Do you ever have those ideas? The ones that kick around in your head for ages. The ones that keep circling back around to tickle your brain every so often. Bouncing around in your creative noggin like a pin ball?
For what feels like an age (months certainly, maybe more than a year), this idea has occasionally tripped its way across my creative mindscape. Sometimes quiet, like a field mouse. Other times as stompy as a herd of cranky elephants.
Inspired by the beautiful work of Monique Vanmeulebrouk over at Morgan le Fae's Trinkets I wanted to paint one of my blank Fauxdori notebooks with a custom painting.
The painting that really spoke to me is one of my favourite works of art. Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night".
Once I'd done the background blues I moved on the foreground features, the dark elements (are these trees? I'm never certain), the fields and houses, the moon and stars:
From there is was just a case of building the layers of paint up, trying to mirror the colours, without being too pernickety about the exact placement of the brush strokes (Van Gogh I am not!). It really seemed to be starting to come together at this point - maybe there was hope for the idea yet?
Finally came the black outlines and details. This is where I actually began to think this could be something I'd be proud to take out of the house.
And then...voila! All finished. I had to stop myself from adding more to it because I think I could have plodded on forever making tiny adjustments. There comes a point where you have to call it done, I suppose.
An agonising wait for the paint to dry overnight meant I didn't get elastics into it until this morning. I'm happy to say it's all finished how though and is gracing my current collection of moleskine cahiers as my planner/journal this morning.
Every time I look at this notebook it makes me happy. It makes me happy because it's a representation of what I can do if I let go of the fear of messing up and just enjoy the process. It makes me happy because it's a little patch of colourful/swirly goodness that cheers my heart. It makes me happy because, well, it's a traveller's notebook, and they pretty much always make me happy.
Lesson of the weekend - sometimes you just have to be brave and dive right it.
What have you been putting off? What idea is stomping through your creative subconscious? Why not give it some air time, you might surprise yourself. I did.