Inspiration eventually finds me.
I've come to KNOW and TRUST that when it's right, it'll come my way.
Today I found inspiration in the pages of a West Elm catalog.
I turned a page and the color, the texture and the ethnic pattern
made my heart go thumpity thump thump.
That's when I know it's real and I have to do something
with it NOW or else it leaves as quickly as it came!
I'd LONG been wanting to paint a canvas bag I had -
one which I'd long ago grown tired of the print.
I ADORE the grommets, rough canvas texture and dark handles -
a mixture of canvas and leather - but the rest was "meh".
Seemed like just the "right" canvas for this new inspiration.
As Inspiration goes when it comes on this swiftly, I failed to take a before pic.
But I'll share with you the after.
The white is pure gesso.
The rest is umber and black mixed with a bit of white
to soften the color a bit.
Wish I could tell you that I took the time to stuff the
insides with cardboard or tissue before painting - but I didn't.
Wish I could tell you that I let the gesso dry first
before adding the other color, but I didn't do that either.
The only thing I was careful about was NOT getting it on the handles, strap or grommets.
I'm kind of shocked that I didn't,
but I used a smaller brush around those areas and "breathed" slowly through it.
I figure if I "messed" up, it'd work with the messy drippy look I was going for anyway.
I've painted quite a few canvas bags over the years
(usually those gift with purchase tote bag give aways).
Even with heavy wear, the paint never seems to fade.
So I don't "fix" it with anything.
I can always paint over it again, right?
What the heck . . . a girl's gotta go for it every once in a while.