This year, My Fiancé and I said that our word for the year would be Adventure.
We are the best adventurers, hands down. Our aim was to bring adventure into our lives more than we currently packed it in.
Not necessarily in the holidays and mini-breaks away but into our everyday life. So when we ‘adventured’ into town one day and I found a long, thin rectangular canvas that wasn’t your typical rectangular canvas shape, I had an explosion of inspiration. I would ‘adventure’ into painting.
I played around mixing different hues of blue out of white, Cerulean blue and Prussian blue acrylic paints (which just happened to match my favourite paint brushes)
I layered up different mixes to create a ‘wispy cloudy sky’ look to it. However, I do love the fact that the more you look at it (just like with my ‘calm’ painted canvas here) the more you see.
The wispy clouds floating past on a blue summer’s sky or the gentle white tipped waves lapping on a secluded beach cove.
I mapped out the word ‘Adventure’ onto my scrap underlay paper and got a feel for writing with the paintbrush in a soft edged brush script.
I was still nervous about potentially ruining my lovely blue painted canvas, so I ended up lightly pencilling in the letters to map out the spacing to make sure it fitted okay. I felt a lot less anxious that way – did I mention I was a bit of a perfectionist?
I found it a lot easier to write with the paintbrush with the canvas at a more upright angle so dug out my table easel which was just the job (and I felt all arty farty!) Then, I lightly added the white acrylic paint to the canvas with a smaller brush following the curves of my handwritten ‘Adventure’ lettering.
I started off trying to be a bit too ‘perfect’ on the lettering. Making all the edges straight and the same block colour white all the way around. I hated it and started to get frustrated with myself. It looked so unnatural for handwriting. I freed up my paintbrushes a little and just let my wrist move around as if I was writing with a pen or pencil. This created a more organic flowing script, which was just what I was looking for. I actually ended up loving the rougher edges to the letters and the grainy texture of the canvas to show through.
I guess you could say that I had an ‘adventure’ out of my perfectionist comfort zone a bit. I was WILD!
I really love the soaring cross stroke of the ‘t’ like an aeroplane across the sky…
…and the curvature of the ‘e’ like surfers on the waves of the sea.
I let each layer dry before adding another to build up the colour intensity a bit but still making sure I left the ‘fuzzy’ outside line on the canvas texture.
I am very proud of myself for ‘adventuring’ out of my comfort zone and being bold enough to create something new for our house that had a lot of meaning to us. It now fills the gap that I mentioned here in my bedroom makeover last week, as it is a truly joint space where we can dream up our next adventure. It also works really well with the ‘Calm’ painted canvas above it and completes the room a little bit more.
What do you think? Do you have a word this year that inspires you? What adventures have you had this year so far? I would love to hear all about them!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on.