There is something truly magical about great music.
It fills your brain and your soul.
For me, music can be what calms me after a rough day, what motivates me during a workout, or what helps me deal with sadness. There is a voice, a melody, a rhyme, a beat, or a sound that impacts us that we turn to.
As a lover of music, I often listen to it – usually most of the day. I love apps like Spotify that allow me to try out the latest and greatest and try every genre out there. I find it freeing and inspiring on so many levels.
That said, yesterday a new song entered my playlist – “Ten Thousand Hours” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. One line amidst all of it jumped out and grabbed me and I was completely inspired to write it down, listen to it again, and to capture how it made me feel in art.
After a really long week (yes, I know it was only Tuesday) I needed a creative break and found myself in my own version of therapy well after bed time on a school night, elbow deep in gesso, paint, and collage pauge. All the stress melted away, the art flowed, and I just felt like a massive weight had been lifted.
Here is how I created this piece on the off-chance you want to try it yourself sometime…
- Flat canvas
- Old book pages, sewing patterns, etc…
- Collage Pauge
- Heat Gun
- Hot Marks Heat Tool
- Paint brushes
- Fine point Sharpie pen
- Prima stencil mask
- Printed quote
To get started I decopauged the papers onto the canvas.
I next added paint to the edges.
Once that was all dry (I cheated and used my heat gun to move it along), I used the stencil to add gesso in a bold pattern.
Once the gesso dried, I added paint to the top of it as well.
Once that was done, I printed my quote out and cut out each word with scissors. I placed it and used the collage pauge to adhere and seal it. I then added paint to the pieces, and outlined them all with Sharpie. To finish it off I used the heat tool to melt crayons to add drops of texture and color to the piece.
To finish it up I sealed it all with one more layer of collage pauge. (You might have to touch up the Sharpie if is smears in spots.)
Once it was all done, I let it finish drying. Now I just have to figure out where to put it!