Magenta Memories

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Not sure what led me to start sorting through the memory drawer yesterday…I didn’t know a drawer could hold so many things! And there are two more to go!   

I know we’ve saved other shoes from our baby-girl-now-24’s growing-up years, but this pair is a family favorite.   I taught her to say “ma-gen-ta” when we got these (I guess she was around two or so), and boy, she told everyone she had ma-gen-ta shoes.  It was the sweetest thing. 

I’ve never tried to draw a pair of shoes before, but  I couldn’t resist a quick sketch of these with my “ma-gen-ta” watercolor pencil (Derwent non-Inktense).   Just a quick one to remember the moment:

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Then, to cheer myself up:  flowers!

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This is the photo I took a couple of months ago that was the inspiration for the painting.  I love to buy flowers and make my own arrangements.  There’s nothing like fresh flowers to bring positive energy to a space:

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For the background for the painting, I took a piece of ivory lace, painted parts of it with Inktense and non-Inktense Derwent watercolor pencils, then used a few Tombow markers to color through, with the lace acting like a stencil.  You have to hit the Tombowed areas pretty fast with water to fade the spots out, especially since the palette I have is so bright.  I thought it looked nice once it was faded out, though.  

Here’s how the lace turned out:

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I am enjoying every second I can grab with an art supply in hand!  Are we thanking God for a Spring Friday?  Woot!  I hope you set your inner artist free this weekend and make something beautiful.   I’ll be looking forward to seeing it!  Happy Weekend, everyone!

28 thoughts on “Magenta Memories

  1. Awh! A memory drawer! Be still my heart! I have boxes, but not a drawer. I love those little shoes and your memory story. The drawing is so touching. My sons are 25 and 28, so I am right there with you in the memory department. To create art from your memories – so inspiring Laura! And the whole magenta theme…. so my color! On my card today too πŸ™‚ LOVED this post my friend! Happy Friday!

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  2. The shoes are a hit! Love how you captured their age. And there is something about making your own flower arrangements that is rewarding πŸ™‚

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  3. Sweet little shoes filled with priceless memories! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your experiments! Looks like we were both thinking of flowers today! πŸ’β€οΈπŸŒˆ
    Happy Friday!!! 😊😊😊

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