As a family, we Picts are usually in rude health. We rarely get sick and until this year one of my sons had never had a day off school ever. This Winter, however, has been a relentless battle against germs. While Mr Pict and I have escaped the various plagues, our four boys have been felled by one thing after another. My preschool students have also been dropping like flies. The whole community apparently needs to be disinfected. This week, my youngest son came down with a vomiting bug for the second time in six weeks. The only slight silver lining to having to take time off work for nurse duties is that, between looking after the little chap and bleaching and boil washing, I could grab some time to play around in my art journal.
This week’s Art Journal Adventure prompt was to transform the edges of the page by shaping them. I was glad of this prompt as it represented a nudge to try something new. I usually operate pretty strictly within the boundaries of the page, neither extending it with a tip-in or subtracting from it by removing areas. I sat at my art table, struggling for inspiration, and saw the shape of my hands on the blank page. I decided that my hands should be the shape I created. I simply drew around my hands and cut out the shape. I painted both sides of the hands with black acrylic. Once that was dry, I used my Dylusions paints to add dots all over the hand shapes. I like those paints for the vivid colours and for the thick texture so they worked perfectly for this particular job. Now I just need to figure out what, if anything, to do with the reverse side of the hands.