There’s an old expression my husband repeats often. “Happy wife, happy life.” Now, I’ve heard some folks claim that it works both ways and that a better adage would be “Happy spouse, happy house.” Truthfully, either one works for us. I’m happy, he’s happy, we have a happy house, and indeed, we have a happy life.
I recently used happiness as a theme for a page in my art journal. I was in a exceptionally good mood, I think, because I had fun throwing everything onto the page — everything but the kitchen sink, to use another well-worn phrase. And since happy housewives and kitchen sinks tend to go together — at least in my old-fashioned mind — it all seems to fit nicely here.
I started with a bit of modeling paste and a stencil. I used watercolor ink brushes to add color, squished it all together to create a bit of a Rorschach test, and added peel-and-press stickers here and there. Yes, there’s some doodling, and of course there’s glitter.
Speaking of glitter, here’s a cute saying I heard recently:
Glitter is nothing but sand that majored in musical theater.
I loved it, and right now I have a lot of “musical theater” going on all over my studio. I have gold and silver, and colored glitter, and yes, it does get all over everything, but do I care? Not really. I like glitter.
Again and again, we seek for ways to define art, to determine what is or isn’t, and I’m apt to come up with different answers at different times. Right now I’d be inclined to say that “making art is making happiness.” Art is colors and glitter, and crazy designs. It’s paste and paper. It’s inks and brushes.
Sometimes on other journal pages I’ve done, art has been pieces of string or bits of tissue paper. It can be so many things — squiggles and circles and images drawn, painted, or cut from a coloring book. Sometimes I write a few thoughts in my journal; somethings I cut words from old magazines; sometimes I use rub-on words or more of those peel-and-press stickers. Oh, I’ve used stamps before, too.
This particular page is one of my favorites. It’s all about happiness, and every time I look at it, I can feel happiness in it. I like happy art. I like making it. I like sharing it. I hope you like my happy art too.