Today, the kids and I woke up, had breakfast, and played with Lincoln Logs. Or rather, they scattered them all around the floor and then asked me to build a house with them, and then proceeded to tear it down as I was building it. Oh, what fun. Afterwards, we cleaned up all the toys and tried to eliminate some excess toys (because everyday I want to get rid of ALL.OF.OUR.STUFF.) My 3-year old did a fine job at helping so the rest of the day has been a “take it easy” kind of day. The weather is nasty out and we are expecting to get some more winter weather tonight – or so the weather people say.
So, since I didn’t have anywhere to be and I was able to entertain the kids, I decided to add in some me time (whoop! whoop!) I chose to spend my time diving into Fluid Art. I signed up for a class through Mindful Art Studio a few months ago but I haven’t really had time to focus on that with everything else going on. But today was the day.. well partly.. until the kids wanted to try and then Brad stole my paints. Yeah, figures.
A long time ago, long long long time ago, when I was in high school I think, I read this quote that said something along the lines of “the more you waste your creativity, the more you slowly kill it.” Basically, it’s saying that if you don’t act on your urge to create, you dull it out. I can’t find the quote online, but I know of one more place to look in my house to see if I still have it. If I find it, I will post it.
So, fluid art. It is SUPER COOL. I mean, it does take some time to get use to it, and I know there is much more I need to learn, but I think I can definitely add this to my repertoire of creative activities. You’re using high flow acrylic paints which pack a lot of pigment but is very watery. You put a couple of drops on paper, then move the paper around to let the paint flow. Then you can add a straw (and blow through it) to manipulate the paint to move around. There are way more techniques, but I’ve only dipped my toes into this. Here’s what we came up with today for the newbie that I am: (also brad has some on the bottom right.
That’s pretty cool, right? Yeah! I’m glad I made some time to mess with this today and now that I kind of know what I’m doing, it will be easier to jump into it again. The Fluid Art Class is pretty cool. It includes videos, a pdf, and a closed Facebook group to share ideas and your work and it’s a place to ask for tips.
Other than that, here’s a little run down of thoughts.
I finally found a place to print my Ayurveda book for under $50 so, it is currently on it’s way to my doorstep so I can dig into Hale Pule! I’m exploring unschooling/homeschooling my 3 year old, who will be a Pre-K kiddo by the Fall. That’s probably a good place to start. He’s also extremely high functioning/spirited so it will definitely be an adventure. Still teaching yoga on Monday nights at Wellness Pursuits, if you’re interested in coming to class. I’m also seeking space in Willis to teach a possible class. Three people are interested, so hopefully I can make something happen. And we are still working on making our house our home, decluttering, decorating and so on. Good times!
Drop me a line a let me know how you are, what you think about fluid art and if you have any yoga, ayurveda, homeschooling or unschooling suggestions, tips, or questions! ☮🕉💚