Let me paint you a picture

In craftiness, like in conversation, I tend to go off on tangents.  I start out with one thing in mind, and before I know it, my mind is over in the corner looking at something shiny and I’ve changed subjects 30 times, and have no real idea how I got to whatever point I am making.  Then I have to rewind myself and figure out what the original topic was about…sometimes I can even figure out how I got from A to Q…and then I am super proud of myself.  The problem is when you go off in tangents during  conversations, especially if your talking to someone who doesn’t know your quirkiness, people generally tilt there head to the side and their eyes glaze over.  I think it must take a lot of energy to keep up with my randomness.

However, in regards to craftiness, tangents aren’t necessarily that bad.  I find that I work well that way.  I might start off with every intention to crochet today and end up making some jewelry.  Or start off thinking about polymer clay and end up with embroidery in my hands.  Percentage wise, I do significantly better if I let my mind veer off into whatever direction it chooses, because I get so excited that my hands just fly around like crazy monkeys, spreading joy throughout the land.

And that’s what happened to me a few days ago.

Everybody that crafts (well, basically everybody, I’m sure there’s got to be one or two people living under a rock with no Pinterest access that this doesn’t apply to) knows about alcohol inks.  I personally have had a couple bottles of them for probably a year now.  When I first got them, I thought: ‘Oh, this is interesting.’ and I may have, in the first week of owning them, done a few little random tests with them here and there.  And then I put them in a container and stowed them away…for the remainder of a year.

In the mean time, I was perusing the interwebs, seeing all kinds of interesting images (Pinterest, how I love thee!) and getting all fired up and whatever.  So anyway, one day I saw this awesome mermaid print/drawing that someone had done.  (I think the person sells on Etsy, but I can’t find the original inspiration to save my life…so I’m sorry if I copied you and your greatness and then forgot who you were, even though I love your work dearly.)  And seeing as how imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and how practice makes perfect, I set about copying this awesome mermaid on canvas.  And so I had drawn a relatively decent copy of the mermaid and colored her in with some watercolor pencils.  But the poor defenseless mermaid just sat there, on the white canvas, with no background whatsoever.  Oh, how sad she looked…for several months…while I decided just what to do about the background…

And then one day, while pulling out some ink pads from one of my crafty containers (so as to make a card), I saw the alcohol inks.  I promptly threw down the ink pads, grabbed the little bottles and went to work on my lovely mermaid’s blank background.

And here is the result:

"In a sea of people, my eyes will always search for you."

“In a sea of people, my eyes will always search for you.”

Oh, happy day!  I had found the perfect thing…  And that quote, oh that quote…(which is painted in metallic acrylic paint, as is the border)  I do love a string of words strung together well.  I especially like this quote, and mixed together with the fact that the mermaid’s eyes are closed, it makes me think that she is remembering someone she loves…kind of beautiful and melancholy all at once.


And so, once I had started on the alcohol ink background, I pursued this tangent with vigor and delight.  And ended up with a few more images:

"I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares."

“I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.”

Just look at that snazz-tastic background! Oh, the drips and the pooling!  I die…  Additionally, I am super excited about those flowers.  (They are acrylic paint, both metallic and non, by the by.)

And then her:

"My heart won't miss you; my heart goes with you."

“My heart won’t miss you; my heart goes with you.”

Just look at the splotches…how exciting!  And a Johnny Cash song lyric to boot…huzzah!  I am quite undecided as to whether or not I like this girl…I have been trying to practice my face skills and my acrylic painting all at once, and I just don’t know.  She’s kind of growing on me.


And lastly, just an alcohol ink background, waiting for something to be done:

Fun with alcohol

Fun with alcohol

I am thinking of doing a paper collage over top in the shape of a house with a lovely Jane Austen quote that goes: “There’s nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”  But we will have to see where it goes, because, while I make plans, there’s nothing like a good tangent.