The Blue Watercolour Tide

Watercolours blue
Blue water in jar

It’s already week 4 of 2012! I just noticed how quick the days roll by. I think I haven’t taken good care of those days. Sometimes I feel like I don’t know how, but I really want to make an effort to take care of time. Because before I could blink – those first days of 2012 were gone. I noticed how three weeks went by without any art being made, and how that made me feel inside. So, let’s see what we can do today?

First I pulled out blue and turquoise watercolours and made some strokes with a paint brush. Lots of water, like a tide of watercolours running over the paper. The rise and fall of paint is captivating. But you need time to notice. Take the time, I’m telling myself. When painting, just paint…

White pen writing
Once the water was dry, I used a white pen to write and doodle on top of everything. I kind of like it as it is. Random marks of a tide that went by to quickly.

A river pattern

I feel like a Beginner of Everything when it has been a few weeks between one art journal page and the next, between one collage and the next. It’s silly but so easy to fall out of practice. To not feel connected to your craft.

So. Don’t let time roll by, sit down soon and make some marks. Just a few, to get your juices flowing. You need it, if you’re anything like me. We all need creativity in our lives.

12 Responses

  1. I am so glad that you took the time to play with your paints Hanna (and so beautifully!), and thank you for reminding us to “take care of our time”. I really, really love the way you worded that. — Time truly does go by too quickly when we’re taking it for granted! <3

  2. Wise words and so beautiful colours. I really like the way you treated it with the white pen. It’s so clean and airy. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That turned out so nice! And I like your approach to the whole thing too. I haven’t done much yet this year either and love your thought to take care of time.

  4. I love blue! It is probably my favorite color.

    I know exactly what you mean about time passing and not getting any art done. I’ve gotten very little done this year, so far. I’m trying to keep up my Etsy shop as well, and it’s more work than I had anticipated.

    I notice you are using Marie’s watercolors. I had Marie’s gouache, but it had a rather funny smell and I had to throw the tubes away. Have you noticed anything about the regular watercolors?

  5. Thanks for this, Hanna. I’ve been focusing on things other than my art as well, and am feeling that deep need to get back to it (even though my time has been well-spent in other ways). I love the look of your white pen on the blue watercolor…beautiful!

  6. Beautiful tide of creativity. Love the white on blue–winter colors, but also summer colors. Thanks for reminding us to keep creatively busy!

  7. You are so right about staying in touch with your art. I have been going through a horrible time at work and getting ready for an audit, and didn’t do anything for a long time. And now that I’m working on postcards and charms, I feel like I started over, forgot my favorite media and techniques, and it’s slowly coming back to me.

    Thank you for this reminder to others.

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