Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A doodled festive message for you!

With the school holidays and visitors staying - time and energy for blogging/tweeting/facebook will be hard to find. I'm going to take a break from posting on here for a week or so whilst I focus on my kiddies, family, friends and keeping well. I shall still stop by your blogs whenever I can. Meanwhile I'd like to say to you my inspirational blogging friends: thank you for your company in 2010. Here's a doodled message for you:
   (click image to enlarge)

Look forward to sharing 2011 with you all!
Kat Xx

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Sunday, 19 December 2010

Inspiration Avenue: "Believe"

Here is my submission for the Inspiration Avenue weekly challenge on the theme " Believe". I spent time on a mandala that started with snowflakes in mind but ended up a snowflake star mix. I also found myself journaling and writing around the theme. Realising that the mandala looked quite festive and choosing some of the words I'd written I combined the two to make a hanging decoration. The white card is only a background to beable to take the photo successfully but I have the actual decoration now hanging from the centre of my kitchen dresser.
Here is a close up of the mandala:

I began in pencil and ink. Then section by small section I added glitter, pearlescent and metallic embossing powders. It was time consuming because before heating embossing powders can easily bleed, be brushed away etc. but I was happy with the result. Unfortunately I was unable to show the multi tone and sparkle effects on a photo but you get the idea.
Here is a close-up of the words:

These were a selection of lines I wrote which I then printed onto glossy paper, mounted on silver and embellished with some die cut stars.

The theme "believe" sparked many ideas for me. It is great when something captures the imagination. The time of year certainly seemed to influence this piece. Similarly I've been writing fiction ideas and poetry with winter and holiday themes. This time of year can stir a variety of positive and negative feelings and evoke a multitude of memories.
  • How is your creative work influenced by winter, Christmas and the holiday season?
I hope all of you are enjoying the festive season. For those of you who celebrate it: I wish you a very Happy Christmas. For everyone I send happy wishes for the winter holiday season.

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Thursday, 16 December 2010

Creative first aid during the Christmas craziness....

Daily creativity has been a challenge this past few days. I've been a little overwhelmed by the crazy season and a few niggling health issues. Writing in my journal yesterday helped stabilise my mood and put things into perspective. Some days I'm not sure I would get out of bed if it wasn't for the release of writing in my uncomplaining journal. I realised that by allowing myself to get caught up in medical poop and pre-Christmas madness I had inadvertently pushed my creative time away.  I'm sure that if I'd managed to carve out more creative time in those three days I would have avoided becoming so stressed.

How did I get out of my three day mood & energy slump? My first aid measures were instinctively journaling; thankfully this is a practice that never fails me. Yesterday, unable to embark on a larger project, I did a spot of doodling. Both writing/journaling and doodling are easy, portable and can fit into a limited time slot. This is why I always carry a small notebook and pen in my handbag at all times! I also like to keep a camera with me whenever possible.

  • What are your creative first aid tips?
  • When time is limited or you're away from home which creative activities keep you sane?
  • Which creative tools do you carry with you at all times?

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Sunday, 12 December 2010

Inspiration Avenue: "Peace"

This week the Inspiration Avenue challenge was based on the theme of "Peace". This was my take on the theme. It should read: "Let peace grow inside so you may spread love far and wide". I have painted this on a box canvas using acrylic, ink, and 3D pearlescent/gloss paints (which are difficult to appreciate in the photo).
This last few days have again been taken with Christmas festivities: the kids nativity, a Christmas dinner/party and today we're putting up decorations. Its been fun but I'm exhausted. Nevertheless I'm glad I made the time to create; I always feel much better. Yesterday I put the first layers of paint on when I was meant to be getting dolled up for the party. Which inevitably made me rushed :-) Then later in the evening when we were back home I applied more paint layers. This morning I managed to put the children off from starting the tree and finished the rest. Now the decs are only partly up, the house is a mess but I'm ready for a sleep. Lol.
How do you fit your creative work in during busy times?

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Thursday, 9 December 2010

Frosty Writing/Art Journal Inspiration....

Christmas preparation and celebrations seem to have taken over much of my time and energy this week - hence the lack of blog posts. But today I hosted a writing group meeting. For this meeting I prepared the above collage for inspiration. I used random words and photos I've recently taken (you may recognise one from a previous post but the others were taken a couple of days ago.) Having provided lots of pens, paint markers and paper I encouraged everyone to not just write but create an art journal page that could include words and images. We had about half hour for this exercise but because I was busy being hostess I took twenty minutes and produced the page below.

Just a few doodles and a Haiku but it was a fun inspiration starter for further creative work. If you notice in the last line of the haiku I use the word 'heads'. This was meant to be 'head' but after making the mistake of pluralising I realised I quite like 'heads'; it stretched my imagination further. A happy accident :-) The other members of the group all produced beautiful and different images, prose and poetry. After sharing individual work, our joint imaginations created further musings and ideas. As always, a meeting with the writing gang was incredible fun.

Feel free to use the above collage as a creative prompt. If you do, please let me know how you get on. I'd love to see more results from the same prompt.

Do you belong to a writing/art/photography/creative group? Who inspires you and why?

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Inspiration Avenue Weekly Challenge: Once Upon A Time - stepping out of my comfort zone....

Okay, so I can't draw real life stuff (yet). I'm okay at doodles and am quite proud of my mandalas (see recent posts) but I evidently need some classes on perspective etc. However, hopefully you appreciate the ideas behind my entry for this weeks Inspiration Avenue's Challenge that had the theme 'Once Upon a Time'. I am not putting myself down though because I am actually quite proud that I tried something outside my comfort zone and was brave enough to post it. This year I've finally learnt to just enjoy and not worry about the results. The benefits come from enjoying the process. It is good for me to stretch myself creatively for both psychological and learning reasons.

When's the last time you stretched yourself creatively? Have you recently tried to create something that required using a different skill set? Give it a go. Abandon all expectations. And just enjoy the process!

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Friday, 3 December 2010

A new mandala & an 'air' themed haiku...

I spent all morning and a little of this afternoon totally engrossed in drawing this mandala. Normally it'll take me a couple of days to finish one but I just couldn't seem to stop until I finished! Its actual size is 18cm in diameter.

Materials used: Pens - Berol fine line, staedtler black triplus colour, Tartan pink permanent & Marvy LePlume no.64 plum. I attached some acrylic gems using Golden gel medium. It was drawn onto heavy white card.

Also this morning, with the Creative Every Day theme of 'Air' in mind, I wrote this whimsical Haiku:

Bitter air biting
Asserting icy power
Wool scarf rescues me!

I played with this final line also coming up with even sillier versions like 'Saved by Super-Wool' and such like. I regularly use this 5-7-5 haiku format to record thoughts, moments and feelings. I'm obviously not sticking to strict Haiku rules but I find this short poetry a great way to focus on the present moment. My moleskine notebook is full of questionable haiku. Another method I use to focus on the now is taking photos. On a daily basis I like to write in my journal; an invaluable place for me to spill all my crazy thoughts.

How do you like to record moments,  thoughts and feelings? What about when you're in a rush or on the move?

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