Anything can be art, and anything can be adorned with love.
Allow me to introduce Nemo and Mo, my newest pocket journals. I love bringing these along with me to pass the time with doodles, thoughts of noodles, and any passing musings.
I bought a few acrylic markers awhile back (initially the whOops color scheme for my street art stickers) and have found their utility lies far beyond just making stickers but instead decorating anything and everything. My work gloves, my pencil sharpener, pants, storage bins, metal tins, anything that has some space for me to decorate.
It’s a simple act that I rarely put much thought in to, but I can tell you that seeing that adornment always brings me some modicum of joy. Not only that, but it’s helped me reduce my environmental footprint by enjoying what I already have all the more.
Why not surround yourself and your objects with love?
Last night I talked for awhile with a family friend who visited Frida Kahlo’s home and was reminded of this idea of adornment. After being in a bus accident, Frida had to wear a plaster corset for most of her life to support her spine. Most of these corsets she adorned with her paintings.
Obviously she’s adorning an object that’s imbued with far more power and challenging emotions around it than I am, but still she’s making the same choice:
to decorate, to adorn, to share her inner world with us and the objects around her.
What could you adorn? What’s something you have to use but don’t really enjoy? Start with that, then draw on it, paint on it, tape it, use whatever supplies you have however sounds like fun. The point is to imbue the object with some remnant of joy and playful exploration.
Then just notice how you approach it, how it feels in your hands whenever you use it. See if you really need to buy a new one or if you can just decorate what you have in to being a loved object.