Last night I was just not sleepy. Didn’t even try to sleep until around 2:00 pm, but when still wide awake and tossing, my dogs and I got up and hit the kitchen for a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips.
A few chips and the Time magazine didn’t cause even one yawn, so out to my studio I padded – eager to see what would be crated from the unrest I felt inside.
Hmmm, choose a tile, any tile. So I chose a slightly beige haxagon measuring maybe 13″ x 13″ inches. And to make me happy, I avoided the usual “what colors should I use now?” question and went straight for the blues. If you have been reading my blogs you’ll know that’s would be a big surprise.
But the choice of what style to try had to be made. Again I went for the obvious – my favorite – big billows of alcohol-y color.
Sapphire blue, stream, rainforest green, teal, denim – all blues, all easy to work with (it WAS 3:30 AM by now, remember) and all so very pleasing to my tired, but still not sleepy, soul.
the tile was inviting and so were the colors, so I started to billow with denim and got a wonderful multishaded cloud. It seemed natural to just work my way around the hexagon, staying away from the edge and keeping the colors close enough to meet and mingle but not merge and take over. That rainforest green is a pretty shady character and can take over in the blink of an eye.
Slowly and lovingly I worked around the circle, watching heavenly colors spread and fade and mix and shade. It was a great activity for that time of the morning.
By the time the circle had been billow-ed, there was a need for a little bit of fill in between some of the clouds and that presented the biggest challenge of the session – figuring out which color created which cloud. Those folks you see on their webinars that have color coded charts and bottle tops are brilliant. I don’t, so it’s always a struggle to go back and match a color for me. Sounds like a good project for this coming week.
So now the hex is heavenly and my natural tendency to make things MORE heavenly, more colorful, more saturated had fallen asleep, so I left it alone and happily went to bed, Inky fingers and a fulfilled heart.
Went right to sleep. Slept in late – luscious.
And when I went back to the studio to see what had actually happened in there last night, there sat a very pretty hexagon…and a couple of chocolate chips!
When people say doing alcohol inks is meditative – believe them.