We just got back from our family vacation from Southern Arizona. It was so beautiful and warm to us from North Dakota. I took many pictures for inspiration and was able to paint and draw a little bit. One thing that I have learned to do is having bases ready to go so that I can use any background as a jumping off point. I took some acrylic paint, mixed media paper, an old gift card and went to work! I just spread out the paint with the card using different color combinations and creating texture.
Here are the bases that I created. The lighting wasn't the best for this photo but this is what culminated. Now I can use these bases as a jumping off point to add pen and ink, pictures, or words.
I then created a few pictures and used up some left over paint.
I watched a few recent videos on using found objects and thrift store purchases to add to my works. There was a thrift store just down the street a couple miles from my parent's place and I found some really fun items. I could only limit myself to what I could bring or ship back. Here is what I found. Some vintage patterns where all pieces can be used. Some old National Geographic books, wood buttons, plastic beads and string. I really liked the beach stamp but could use the other stamps as well. I left the beads and strings for when I come back to the house in Arizona to challenge myself then.
We visited Tubac Arizona and the art community there. I received so much inspiration that I worked on the next piece using watercolor and then pen. It is not completed yet.
I hope you found some inspiration here. My advice is to start somewhere. Use an object or landscape to create inspiration and see where it takes you.
Crafting has always been a passion of mine since a child. I love photography, painting, drawing, stamping, mixed media, and browsing other sites for ideas. My passion is also in horticulture so I love to grow my own fruits and vegetables and houseplants.