Creativity: Party Prop

I’m having a major birthday in a couple of months, which is a major excuse to organise a party (otherwise someone might spring a surprise party on me…) So, my party, my rules. Having discovered that there is a local band called “Kerplunk”performing “90’s alternative and punk” covers, they were booked and “Punk’s Not Dead” became my theme. Looking for ideas on Pinterest, I noticed that painted photo backgrounds are a thing, and decided that would be a fun thing to do.

I bought a huge photo print on canvas for $25 (half price). It didn’t fit in our small car until some (ahem) adjustments were made, requiring some repairs later…I had a few practice goes on it with spray paint, but I knew I wanted multiple layers, and the look of a much graffitied  wall. IMG_6917 (Large)

I had the good fortune to come across this book – inspiration sorted! IMG_6990 (Large)

A lot of band stickers featured on CBGB walls, and I don’t have many around, so I’ve improvised with what I’ve got. I found they don’t stick very well on the canvas substrate, whether because of the finish or movement, I don’t know. I resorted to gluing them.IMG_6993 (Large)

I’ve painted over some of the old writing (emptying the brush from painting walls), and done a bit more spray painting, including using a stencil (from Typo).IMG_6991 (Large)

Today I hunted out some permanent markers from my supply stash, and added a few more pieces, including my “peace love empathy’ heart design, which I’ve been doing for around twenty years. I’m missing yellow and violet from the rainbow, so I’ll have to remedy that!

“Anarchy Rules” had to be in there (funny!) and “Party” in bubble writing is on message for the occasion. What it really needs is a variety of “hands” – different people writing in their own style. Also more variety in the markers used.  I’m going to be working on that – visitors be warned!


3 Arty Quotes

I saw this quote recently on the cover of a book filled with beautiful photos of windows, and had to add it to my collection…I would of course, prefer if she had said “person” rather than man, but it was the deep, dark past…

“Art is the window to a man’s soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world, nor could the world see the man within.”

Claudia Lady Bird Johnsonrainbow window

“The map of your right life is written on your soul at it’s most peaceful, and the only sure compass is your heart at it’s most open.”

Martha Beckblue door

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

Kurt Vonnegutsavour the moment

“Just do it” – we’ve all heard that somewhere before, if only in an ad for sports shoes. You may well have heard it from your mother, or some other authority in your young life, and, of course, it’s the rallying cry of the punk movement. I don’t know how many times I’ve read that the Sex Pistols ( or the Neo Boys, or some other just-do-it band) “couldn’t even play” as a dismissal of everything they ever did. Truth is, they learned by doing, in front of other people, having, bravely or foolishly, booked to play shows without spending years practising first. They couldn’t play much when they started – but they sure learnt fast.

Everyone learns by doing, including art.

If you have art in you, don’t wait to become an artist – just do art!

(Insert dream of your choice).

It will grow your soul, lead you where you want to go, and reveal your best self to the world.