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Grateful for Wednesday

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“…love is the most stable, reliable, and trustworthy condition in the universe. When nothing else lasts, when nothing else is true, there is love.” –Bob and Melinda Blanchard, Live What You Love

Few of a thousand things to be grateful for today:

For the book, Live What You Love. For an easy to read book. An inspiring story. And lot’s of notes to remember to live the life you love.

For the unexpected errand(s). It always add a little spice and warmth in my day.

For the cloudy, drizzly, light windy day.

For my flowering plumbago. They gave a different tint of color to my world.

For love. For love never fails to win. Always. Always.

art · art materials · books · botanical · creative practice · do it yourself · mixed media

Explore: Book Cover As Canvas

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“With color, for the price of a pot of paint, people can express their own style and individuality. But as with style, a gift for color has to be developed by experiment. If you don’t dare, you are doomed to dullness.” –Shirley Conran

Today I have been reading, The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday. But this article will not be a review of the writings but thoughts and a mini project I did on the physical book itself. Just so you know.

To begin, its size is about 6″ x 5.”  For me, it is smaller than the common books I have right now. It is hard bound. And has a sleeve that serves as the cover of the book and the main book cover design.

When I read books with sleeves, I don’t know about you, but to me it gets uncomfortable especially when the sleeve started to misaligned with the hard cover. And so, usually I would remove temporarily the book sleeve and set it aside as I continue and enjoy reading. Anyhow, suddenly, an idea dawned at me some time today. I noticed that the hard cover is plain. It was not the same as the book sleeve’s design. And because it was so plain, I thought of making it not plain😊 I thought, I’ll make an art on this cover. I’ll make this my canvas today. I also thought of doing it in all my hard bound books that I have that is plain! Hmmm!

The art above is created using the said book. I set my time for fifteen minutes and started working on it. At first I thought I would be painting a face on this, but then I just let it be it. Like that. I loved it!

I used matte acrylic craft paints, some posca paint pens, gel pens in metallic, neon and black and that’s it. I scraped paint over some initial doodles. Made simple marks and doodled again and again. I have always been drawn to botanicals and so some botanical line works. Also added some geometric shapes inspired especially by Lisa Congdon.

For me this exercise will be a good practice to experiment, explore and just being loose in creating a piece of art. It will also be a surprise to you or to that someone to whom you will lend the book or give the book one day. Oh! I feel happy just thinking about that! Who knows that surprise, unraveling the piece of art on the book cover beneath the book sleeve might awaken and/or tap on someone else’s inner child upon seeing it.