Archery is one of things that had been on my bucket list of things to try for years. Ever since I saw Robin Hood as a child, I wanted to try it out. Two years ago, after we moved to Newport, South Wales I finally got the chance to try it when we found a club not far from where we lived, and I dragged my partner and daughter along- first session was free 🙂 I think Bee’s idea of archery ran more to galloping around on horseback and flinging arrows left and right- think Disney’s Brave!
Two years later we are all archers and will be trying our luck at our first tournament at the end of June! My bow is a Ragim Wildcat- great starter bow, but comes with very plain limbs- blank canvas says I!
Within weeks of getting my bow, I came up with some designs- tattoo style- because of the very narrow space I had to work with (just under 4 cm wide). I used acrylic to hand paint my deigns onto the limbs of the bow and then when that was dry, I gave it three coats of varnish, and so far, so good. I have shot indoors and outdoors, in rain and scorching sunshine and two years on, both the artwork and the varnish have held up really well.
I will be upgrading to a heavier pair of limbs and will either paint the same design on those or try something new- have not yet decided, but I love how I have been able to combine two of my favourite things- art and archery.