Thursday, 4 April 2019

A-Z Challenge -D -Dancing and Dali

Remember that in choosing to create you have acted with a rare courage. You have let down the mask; you have called forth your best self; you have taken a chance and revealed your heart to the world. This, no matter how struggling and unformed the creation it brings forth, is a praiseworthy act. For all creation is an act of love, and in the merest making of your art you have, in your own small way, made the world a little richer, a little warmer, and a little more filled with love.”

Kent Nerburn - Dancing with the Gods

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” - Salvador Dali

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

A-Z Challenge / C

Creativity Coach..I wonder how many of us knew this was a career option when we were at school.
I am glad Jamie Ridler took that career choice as her work has encouraged me to keep going.

I did her 10 week journaling club in the winter season and she comes up with some great ideas.

I signed up for a postcard swap on Swapbot where we could not use white card as a base.

It was a bit of a stretch to not begin with a painted base so I did some collage on animal print card stock and quite like my creative solution. I finally got three cards in the post.

I also enjoy the Creativity Matters podcast.

Recently listened to someone who has just published a book on the strength of sketching daily while enjoying her main job of bringing up her family.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

A-Z Challenge B=Beautiful

Hmm...what is beauty? When I first looked at 'True Colours' I thought a lot of the work by those artists was beautiful and it was something I could never emulate.

It took months, even years before I signed up for a swap. The first art journal page swap I did was based on the work of Kandinsky...and my partner in Australia said it was amazing. That was very encouraging. I spent ages on it.

One of the group swaps was for 2 pages using black and white with one extra colour. I chose read. My partner loved it and I got my first 'beautiful'
She has no idea how delighted I was.

Sometimes my postcards swaps get 'beautiful ' too. It shows what it truly possible in creativity, along with focus and intention.

Monday, 1 April 2019

A-Z Challenge. A=Attempting

Day one of the challenge.
I thought I would look at 'attempting' today. A couple of years ago I had not heard of artist trading cards or art journal pages.
I liked the look of some ATC's that I saw online but decided I could never make them, mainly because I did not know where to start or how to get some of the lovely effects.

One day I took the plunge and signed up for a 52 card deck swap.

I tried to alter 54 cards and get them posted by the deadline.
I did not have many supplies and it was difficult to cover the laminated cards but I was attempting to to the project.
Some of the cards were quite nice, some were less so.

I did a 2nd series and noticed the improvements, but then left it until recently when I saw there was a new card deck swap.
By this time I had realised I can use any card as a base, and it does not have to be a deck of cards as such.

I have also learned a lot of new ideas and have a lot more supplies and a stash of ephemera to play with, so I signed up for this one ..the theme is Creative Inspiration.

I've made a start on 8 Frida Kahlo inspired cards and will enjoy the results of  this series so much more than my first attempt.

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