I don’t really know how this works, but I’ve learned to trust it. The idea comes when it’s ready.
A friend gave me a bunch of canvas tote bags a while ago. When I first got them I did a test run, drawing the first thing that came to my mind. Which was a goddesses on a snake boat. I ran her through the wash to make sure the marker really was permanent.
It was and washed well. But then I thought there probably aren’t too many people who want to walk around with a naked woman on their tote bag.
And that’s when I got stuck. I couldn’t figure out how to fill the space and what to fill it with.
Also, Jon had posted a picture of the tote bag on his blog and it got a lot of responses. But so many of them were from people asking if I was going to draw some of our animals on the bags. And every time I thought of the tote bags, I kept seeing a certain barnyard scene in my mind. It wasn’t something I would draw, it was a strange conglomeration of hundreds of barnyard scenes I’ve seen at throughout my life. And I couldn’t get that image out of my head.
Then one day, the barn yard scene was replaced with dancing goddesses. So I drew them…
They sat in my studio for over a month, then today I gave them some goddess symbols to dance with, and some color.
The friend who gave me the tote bags suggested I do some bold black marker drawings on them. It was then I could see my pencil drawings on the bags, in black marker.
Now I’m hooked. Somehow, after all that time, today was the day things fell into place with the tote bags. Like I said, I have no idea why, it’s like they just finally came around.
I made four Tote Bags today and will be making more for the Bedlam Farm Open House June 25th and 26th.
All my Tote Bags will have a unique and original drawing on them. They’re $40 each + $8 shipping. If you see one you’d like to carry your stuff in, you can email me here at [email protected]. I take checks and paypal.