The Emerald Casket


What to do while on lockdown? Take a class!

I’m busy, of course, working. I still have to write and edit other authors’ books, but all work and no play will drive anyone nuts. So, I’m taking an online course from one of my favorite artists, a woman named Laura Horn. The class is FREE. And it covers something really fun and something anyone can do—abstract collage!

Here’s the link so you can check it out: Abstract Collage Creations

Lesson #1 is about gathering your supplies. So, I’ve ordered some watercolor paint, because I love her color scheme and want to see what I can do with it. You don’t have to buy anything! Use what you have (pens, pencils, Sharpies, kid’s watercolor set)! I’ve sifted through my snippets of papers I’ve hoarded for just such a task. And I’ve pulled out some fabric I think might work in the mix, too. Here’s what I have so far…

From left to right in this picture, I have some handmade art paper, a sheet of heavy craft paper, a piece of an old sewing pattern, ripped up corrugated cardboard, handmade (by my mom) paper, old book pages (from a moldy old copy of A Tale of Two Cities, Post-It note pager, flimsy craft paper, a piece of stamped vellum…

Comic book page, a strip of sari silk, an old green scarf, some patchwork batik fabric, brown wrapping paper…

So, I’ll be back in a couple of days. I’ll be making “marks” and slapping on paint on the paper.

I hope if you have any interest in creating art that you’ll find some sort of online class to keep busy. Clean the house, do some writing, play with the kids, have movie nights, game nights…make some art. Anything to “fill your well” as we weather this disease.

Let me know what you’re doing to “fill your well”!

Keep safe! Love you, DD

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