|Some navel gazing.|
|An ode to my favorite pastime.|
|Playing with stencils and Distress Stains. (I bought every color. Shhh.)|
|Annette, one of my long ago wannabes along with Nancy Drew and Penny from Sky King.|
I started a little PBS book club here in town. There are 5 of us who meet every other Thursday. We pick a book, read it, discuss it a bit, pick another book, etc. Unfortunately I've discovered that I don't enjoy reading by committee and on a schedule. It just drains all the pleasure out of it and I'm left feeling obligated to finish the damn thing whether I like it or not. Plus I get fidgety sitting there while we wander off the book topic onto whatever else.
So... this past Thursday I took along index cards, several black markers of various widths, and a whole box of my super cheapo markers. Only three of us showed up. I got out my art stuff, slid an index in front of each of them and said, "Draw."
"Anything. Whatever you like."
They both watched me for a moment, then each picked up a black marker and began to doodle. The one woman - a bit loud, good sense of humor, reads nothing but mysteries - covered her entire (first) card with thick heavy wavy lines of mostly darker colors, blunting several tips in the process, which is why I bought the cheapies.
The other woman - quiet, somewhat unhappy, reads police procedurals - drew wispy flowers and suns.
When they stalled out, I slid another card over, and eventually another. While tentative at first, soon they were rooting thru the marker box for just the right color and getting into it a bit. We were there almost 2 hours and in that time, each of them did 3 cards while I did two, which I'll use for 7/2 and 7/3. They both took their cards home, slid carefully between the pages of their books. I forgot to take pics, doh!
It was an interesting evening and next time I plan to take card stock ATC backgrounds, magazines and glue sticks. I'll be sure to report back on my great social art experiment.