“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
When I am stressed, out of sorts, and need to take a break, but can’t go on one, I resort to painting. Art for me is the only way to take a vacation without leaving home. And so I bought a 24” x 72” canvas. This is the first time I am going to paint something this big!
Want to join me in my painting project? I do not know what it will look like, or how long it will take me. If you’re interested in what the finished product might look like, see the other pictures.
To join me, you will need a canvas. If you have not painted before, start with a small one. You will also need brushes and acrylic paints. Later we will gather mark makers from around the house, things like bottle caps, rubber mats, bubble wrap, etc. Anything that will make a mark on the canvas will add to the texture of our painting. More on that later. Then we will also use a white uni ball sign broad pen. Be ready with a rag and water, book paper and white glue.
First step is to tear some book paper and glue on to the canvas. Make sure to glue down the edges and put glue on the whole piece of paper so there are no bubbles. It’s easier to use glue diluted with about 1/3 water. I like using my old meditation pages, so the background of my painting is the Word of God.
When I give this painting workshop, I entitle it, “We are God’s Garden” from 1 Corinthians 3:9. All of us start with a blank canvas, but we are given so many colors to paint our world with. It is best to choose the Word of God as the foundation of our lives. Part 2: Making a Mess