A long, long time ago… when every kid knew the lyrics to Don McLean’s song that started out with those same words, before I knew pastels existed, back when blue eyeshadow was all the rage and my mother’s idea of doing her own face was a light dusting of pressed powder to dull any glow or shine and a little chap stick for her lips so naturally, make-up was forbidden. It was one of those sinful things in the Naz Way (if you read that post) but, ever resourceful me, traded and swapped trinkets at school to acquire powdered eye shadows from friends who stole their older sister’s cosmetics.
Did I dab them on my eyelids? Oh no… I used the eyeshadow as art supplies. Sometimes, I created eyeshadow skies for the same, simplistic abstract birds in flight that I still draw today, just so they could soar amongst the not quite real looking clouds.
Sometimes, I swiped drops of food coloring from my mother’s pantry to mix with baby powder, trying to create clean mixes of new colors, but that was risky as mom would notice if I swiped too much.
No, today’s art was not drawn in eyeshadow. I was tempted. I thought about using eyeshadow when the idea to do a throw-back drawing hit me on the bus today, but my Elizabeth Arden set of shadows only has one shade of blue and it is kind of senseless since I have this set of 80 Sennelier half sticks, real pastels to play with.
I have not thought about those eyeshadow drawings in years, not sure why they even crossed my mind today.
Did you ever make your own art supplies or repurpose something else?
Thank you for viewing my art!