After last week’s posts, y’all know I spent a good deal of time during my recent winter beach break to play with paints and more. I’ve already shown my favorite results… so I suppose it’s time to share a lesser effort. I ended up with a piece that doesn’t wow me, but I’m gonna g’head and cling to that fine, fine cliché: it’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey.
Don’t worry — this is a short trip.
BADGE WORK UPDATE: DRAWING & PAINTING
A task for this badge requires scouts to paint with something other than brushes — sponges, fingers, string, toothbrushes — any way other than a brush to get color on the canvas.
I used native grasses growing by the beach as the inspiration.
I used an AquaStic to create a simple sand-colored wash on a sheet of canvas using a fine sponge. Before it had time to dry, I started applying color from an ink pad using (what else?) seashells. The ridged edges provided a natural fan pattern that I would never have been able to create freehand. I used three different-sized shells to create some depth and just began applying color.
The water-based ink just bled right away which felt a little disappointing — until I kind of liked it. As the hours passed, and the canvas continued to dry from its original wash, I added more layers, each of which bled a little less and began to create some depth.
The next day, with a dry canvas, I turned to a gold ink pad to add a final layer that pops just a bit.
Again, not my favorite project for the week. But without having been prompted to use something out of the ordinary to apply pigment, I don’t think it’d have even occurred to me to use a seashell. Outside the paint-box thinking: there’s the value in this task.