In an Ironic Twist of Fate – I Eat My Words

I’m very excited this morning – Amazon has just informed me that my oil paint fine tip markers should be arriving today.  Wheeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

Yes, in an ironic twist of fate, I posted that I am not artistic and hate ‘doing art’.  I did it right here, posting it for everyone to read (ok, all 45 of you anyway).  So of course, since then, I’ve started ‘doing art’ – making things that look like things that are not things I’d be embarrassed to show as things. It’s all about the things, isn’t it?  I admit it started with some Mod Podge, an old record holder/cabinet and pulp fiction covers.

I'm hooked

I’m hooked

I made it for a friend after seeing something similar at a cool store called Pop-Cycle, which specializes in repurposed art.  I kinda like repurposed art. I won’t use the dreaded word “upcycled” because my friend has threatened bodily harm if I adopt that hipster word. So I shan’t – except now I like to say it to her at any opportunity.  Luckily she can’t harm me through the telephone – she’s across the United States, where it’s safe for me.

Hey Lu –

I’m safe until next February when she might be visiting.  Wish me well…

Any who – I love making things.  I don’t know what suddenly turned on in my brain; but it’s quite awesome. I’ll probably never be drawn to drawing (hee hee), and I’ll have to look at other people’s works to get ideas, but it’s a start.  I feel kind of artisan-ish.  I fervently hope I don’t become one of those weird craftsy people who sport vests bedazzled with fake gems and pictures of cats…and if I do anything in gingham, several of my friends have permission to smack me upside the head with a shoe (Karen & Lisa, I’m looking at you).  There’s a fine line between artsy and frumpy-craftsy… that’s a line I hope to never cross.

But in the meantime, I’m going to be making lots of paper flowers, mod podging whatever I can, inking up our stemware with bats, and chalk painting the hell out of our furniture.

You can never go wrong with Morticia

You can never go wrong with Morticia and  black tissue paper flowers

This weekend I’m painting the cabinets with chalkboard paint – and I cannot WAIT.  Mawhahaha –

So I guess I’ll now take “Art Projects for $100, Alex”

About Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher

I'm a research librarian for Public Television, story teller, bike commuter, baker, music fiend, lover of reading & books, mother, wife, friend - and many more descriptive adjectives and nouns.
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25 Responses to In an Ironic Twist of Fate – I Eat My Words

  1. Congratulations on discovering your creativity. We all have it, but in a variety of different forms. And if you have to steal other people’s ideas to get going, don’t worry about it. The great composers stole from each other and even themselves all the time!

  2. Lu Mabey says:

    F’in upcycle.
    Do not mock me Madame or I will begin making all my craft from buttons!

  3. Whoo-hoo! I got my package today and I love what you made!!! The flowers traveled quite nicely but I have a feeling my darling daughter is going to steal them from me (she’ll have to pry the clip out of my dying hands). I think crafts get a bad rap. Making things is just another form of self-expression and I love how you’re expressing yourself. Thank you for sharing your gifts with me. ❤

  4. rossmurray1 says:

    Modpodge. Fun to say as it is to do.

  5. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Just don’t get all pinteresty with tge projects and we’ll still get along just fine 🙂

  6. Paul says:

    Run! Rutabaga has paint and markers! Whatever doesn’t move will be a target.

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