Real men can do art

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.

Mr.  RSG and I had a relaxing holiday at my sister in law’s yesterday.  Grandma took the girls to spend a few nights, which was just in time, because he and I have been in need of some bonding.

As we decided what we’d do with our free time, I invited him to join me in one of my favorite new hobbies – art journaling.  We sat and watched a few tutorials on Youtube to give him the basics.  Then I turned him lose with a brand new art journal and my tools.


With watercolor paints, acrylic paints, markers, coffee and a little creativity, husband came up with an engineering themed layout.  Mr. RSG seemed to be having fun using found objects like legos, re-purposed items like plastic embroidery canvas and handmade cardboard templates to make geometric designs.


He also used old Dilbert comic strips from an old calendar and engineering formulas from an old textbook to add interest.  I really, really like his color choices too.  I admit, when I first saw him mixing the orange, blue, red, lime green and fuschia, I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but I like it.  I really do.

And I think the Dilbert strip is really funny too!  The sad part is that it’s JUST like his old boss at his old engineering job.


I had enjoyed the time with him while working on art together.  I liked the fact I didn’t feel guilty for working on my art journal while he did his art beside me.  I also like the fact that he gave me some ideas for use in future pages too.

The spread below was from my journal.  I think it turned out pretty nice.  Later, I’ll add some journaling to the right page, but I just thought I’d show it for now.


Me: “So, would you do art again with me sometime”

Mr.  RSG: “Sure, it wasn’t all that painful.”

What a fun-e guy.

About Casey

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road Again
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6 Responses to Real men can do art

  1. Mr. RSG says:

    Well, it wasn’t TOOO painful 😉

    I did enjoy spending time with you doing “your thing” today (and also the time we spent on “my shooting thing” the other week).

    I think that combining my Geek-brain with art just seemed like a good place to start. I imagine that as I keep doing more I’ll tend more toward the artistic and away from the nerdy.

    Thanks for sharing your new fun with me.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed spending time doing art with me. It’s a nice way to be together without having to listen to me talk so much (yeah, I know, it gets old for me too 😉 ). I really enjoyed the target practice a few weeks ago, too.

      “I imagine that as I keep doing more I’ll tend more toward the artistic and away from the nerdy.”

      Oh, cool, so that means this wasn’t just a one-time thing. That’s great! I can’t wait to see what else you’ll come up with. Geek-themed art is just fine. I actually have a few biology/DNA ideas to incorporate in one of my layouts.

      Thanks for playing with me

  2. Phil says:

    I rather like the Mathematical formulas, circuit diagrams, and engineering sketches intermixed with the free flowing colors. 🙂

  3. Glad to hear it!

    Yes, it is pretty neat, isn’t it?

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