I was meant to post this a while ago however with both the kids getting chicken pox one after the other, the half term, my operation and the upheaval of having the whole house decorated (which was finished yesterday) I just haven’t gotten around to it until now. This is the Halloween/Samhain themed page from my journal. You can’t see the colouring all that well in this picture but it is a dark purple with a layer of orange underneath it. The characters have been stamped on with green acryllics, the black drips are ink and the envelope opens so you can pull out a small card from inside that I made for my altar with a prayer on it. There’s also a fair bit of glitter gel pen on there and some metallic markers which I found in a shop and now love, I really can’t turn down anything metallic or glittery to play creatively with.
The stringy areas, which I added spiders to, have been sewn directly into the page and are a part of the next double spread. I specifically wanted to include them on the next page which is about my operation. Hopefully now I have my work area set up again I will be able to finally get it finished and get down to some more art, it feels like I have been abstaining for ages thanks to the house being in such disarray.
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You may have been wondering what’s been going on, I know I certainly have. Despite a really busy few weeks with the kidlets being ill and having my wisdom teeth extracted in hospital all over and around the half term my muse has finally returned and I couldn’t be happier about it. Though the process is slow I am creating again and feeling so much better in myself because of it.
I’ve currently been working on two art journal pages, a single and a double, one of which I finished this evening though I will wait until day to photograph it. The other is a double page spread which is unfinished as of yet, it’s taken me a while mainly because there was an element I wanted to include that played on the first single page thus the two have had to be built up together. You will see what I mean when I get the picture up and write about it!
I’ve been tentatively making cards again and creating handmade journals out of recycled materials which has gone well so far, I’m hoping to make many more to sell in the future.
I also succumbed to the fad that is Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. I had been debating it for the longest time though anyone who knows me knows that I dislike things that are overly ‘popular’ and ‘trendy’ in some way. I see a whole lot of young ‘uns doing this book and showing it off online and it took me a good few months to move past that, but I finally got one and intend to have a lot of fun just playing around with it.
It is also NanoWriMo this month. I have done it for the last two years and really had to debate going there again. I had an idea at the beginning of the month though being out of action for such a while recovering from my op put a bit of a spanner in the works. I’m not one to give up however, at least not until it is really over so I began writing today. I have a long way to go to catch up and half the month to do it, whether or not I can depends entirely on my muse right now though and where she wants to go. I have been so long without creative input I’m not going to force myself to do anything that doesn’t resonate with me. We need some time to get our footing and just heal. I also discovered very recently that the easiest way for me to lose my artistic inspiration and motivation is to force myself to do things I don’t want to do.
So in a nutshell that is currently it. I’m so pleased to be back and creating, exercising that part of me again and just having fun playing with my creativity through different avenues and letting myself feel the excitement, wonder and childish joy that comes with such play.
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When I look at what others have
I should feel happy not sad,
Joy for their life and achievements.
When I look at who others are
I should feel proud not depressed
For their life is not greater just different.
Comparisons do nothing but knock you down,
They preach that your life isn’t good enough.
But deep down inside you’ll see all that you need
To live life, as you, to it’s fullest.
Art Journal ~ page 3
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