Even though I do art projects and sell crafts, I really am not an artist. Not the kind that can draw and create a whole world. I am very very limited in this department. I think my talent is actually collage. I am good at taking different things and putting it together. That is what I do with zines, actual collage art and even what did with a radio show.
Another reason I am not that kind of an artist is that I am kind of half-assed about a lot of the crafts I do. Often I really don't care about getting it perfect. Especially if it is just for me.
When I bought these unpainted house magazine holders I had visions of painting cute little shutters on them, or climbing vines. After they sat around for a couple months I finally sat down to paint them and realized that I had no idea how to do that and I would be lucky if I could just make them look cute. So, I just started painting with very little pressure on myself, which made it much more enjoyable.
I painted these with acrylics and then did a layer of matte Modge Podge on them(I got them at Michael's). I like how they look next to each other. They would look so good in a group of several on a shelf. For now, however, I only have room for these two.
Obviously, I am partial to images of houses. I think it all started from a book I had in childhood. Did anyone else have this book?
You get to go all over the world and see all the different kinds of houses people live in. I remember looking at it a lot.
Ever since then I have always liked illustrations that show different kinds of houses just up the road from people. I have lots of examples I could show you, but maybe I will save that for a later time.