I spent two hours this afternoon embossing cereal boxes and painting the embossed pieces. I recently became aware of the effect painting has on me. I was a stamper/card maker for 13 years. I loved it. This fall I was asked to make Halloween cards for a friend. I've done this in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it. This year I found that I wanted to get them finished so I could go on to something else. The process was not as fun this year.
Lori, a friend, commented on it at our Tennessee Stamper retreat. She told me that my entire being changed, relaxed and settled when I picked up the paint brush. All I was doing was paint gesso on an Art Journal page.
Usually when I sit down to work on a page, I want to complete that page in one sitting. Today, I realized how content I was to simply paint the pieces. I might work on the page later today or I might not. The process, the painting was more important than the finished piece. I find it amazing that I keep learning things about myself. Creating is about the process and I really enjoy that process. The process is a calming and a centering activity for me.
Link: Art Everyday Month, Paint Party Friday, Just Add Water Silly