Happy Thursday! (See what I did there? 😉 XD )
So the last few years I have taken part in inktober in my own anarchistic sort of way, not following the daily prompts or worrying about having to produce a whole drawing each day… but instead using it as an excuse to indulge in something I love but never feel justified setting time aside to do.
When my wonderful friend Mrs Brown first asked me to take part with her several years ago I felt that invitation had given me permission to set some time aside to do something for ‘me’ – something I have always struggled with as we have such a large household and so many other commitments.
I used to be fairly good at art and spent enough time doing it that I considered it as a career. Now this one month a year is pretty much the only time I pick up a paintbrush – except to clean the ones that others have been using! XD
As a household we do a lot of creative stuff but that usually means me stepping back and giving the kids what they need to be creative. It feels as indulgent a thing as a hot chocolate and rum or a hot lavender bath to have this creative ‘room of One’s own’ so to speak, even if it is only once a year!
I know that as with other things of this nature, many people find inktober a stress. I totally get that and if that’s the case it’s possibly not a healthy thing to continue with. I’d hate to think I had put pressure on somebody to do something that caused them stress or anxiety.
But for me it is something which brings me joy so I am going to continue to spew tea painted silliness into the aether throughout October and I hope that seeing it brings some of you some giggles as well XD If you’re doing inktober, do feel free to put links to your posts in the comments I love looking at what other folks are doing too 🙂
So to kick us off, here is cutesy little half-demon Edmund with his little heart shaped smoke rings. He’s painted in a mix of black blended tea and coffee with an underwash of lapsang and mate to his jacket and trousers giving that grey-green tint which I’m not sure is that noticeable on the image! His demon-pride red waistcoat and scarf are done in mixed berry fruit tea and I had to cheat and do his blue eye in watercolour because I’ve never found a vivid enough blue tea! The golden yellow is tumeric and the pinkish wash to the background was the mixed berry again 🙂
I AM going to try and do him lying down in the park at some point but I didn’t have the courage for that as my first one! XD
Hugest blessings on all your Octobrish shenanigans, whatever they may be! 🙂
So to combat the stress and anxiety and down right shittiness we’ve been experiencing this end we’ve been channelling our sinister scarecrow Montmorency in his/her/their ‘other’ form of Evil Eliza (If you haven’t seen that side of our wicked scarecrow landlord she appears in Jack and Marjory which I’ll start posting from again once Silk and Steel is finished). We’re making dark humour colouring pages for the plague and also for pride, (so if dark humour ain’t your thing then look away! XD ) So I just got a scanner I will try and share some more on here but here’s the first – just a photo as I’ve not figured how to open the scanner box yet…. ho-hum… XD ) – they are all licensed through creative commons ( © 2020 CC BY-SA)so you can print them colour them share them burn them throw darts at them use them any way you like 😉 x