Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Creatively Re-purposing a Hospital Letter....(TIC TOCC 18)


These are my results for TIC TOCC 18 which can be viewed in my Wright Story Extra newsletter here.

I've got to admit I've never felt less like doing a TIC TOCC than this week. After a few days of feeling really poorly I was struggling to do much at all. However, I figured that as this week's prompt was based around being creative with a negative, I really needed to try. Therefore this morning, albeit a little later than my usual TIC TOCC posts are created, I gathered these materials together:


Then taking a recent hospital letter (just visible in the photo) I spent twenty minutes re-purposing it. First I covered it in paint and then dried it using a heat gun. This took my first ten minutes and left me with this:


I spent a few minutes cutting out freehand shapes before sticking them into a page of my art journal. The result was this whimsical picture that feels much happier and positive than the original hospital letter.


I still feel a bit icky, so it wasn't a magical cure, but it did make me happier to create a little. And as the heat gun dried the acrylic paint the smell reminded me of children's school paintings drying on racks over heaters in an effort to prepare them for presentation to proud parents at school pick-up. That poster paint drying was pleasantly nostalgic.

  • What have you creatively re-purposed recently?
  • If you've had a chance to try TIC TOCC 18 please do share your experience/results in the comments below.
***Psst! By the way - readers of this week's Wright Story Extra with TIC TOCC 18 can discover a 10% discount coupon offered in this issue for using when shopping in my etsy shop.***


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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Doors, fiction writing & TIC TOCC 17


TIC TOCC 17 can be viewed here. Sitting down to do this TIC TOCC prompt I thought of a photo I'd recently taken at Lanhydrock house and knew this image would feature in my story. So I spent ten minutes searching for & editing the photo and then sat down to do ten minutes writing. Here is my unedited writing results:

"Surprisingly the door opened inwards and only after a great deal of pushing and swearing did I fall into the dimly lit room. And then only my quick reflexes  along with some fancy 'River Dance' type footwork stopped me from falling onto the hearth and breaking the terracotta pot that sat in its center. The door opened virtually straight onto the marble fire place and only a few feet depth of wooden panelled walls surrounded me. It was like walking into an obscure closet. A quick check revealed that the room's only door was the one I'd entered through. So what was the purpose of having a massive ornate fireplace dwarfing a wardrobe sized room?
          I blinked a couple of times as my brain registered the failing light. Seems my reflexes and reactions weren't that fast after all because I barely had time to turn on my heel to see the door close heavily in my face.........."


That bit of writing fitted perfectly into a ten minute slot. Surprisingly this story wasn't the one that I'd imagined when taking the photo I used in this week's TIC TOCC 17; that is reserved for a longer piece of fiction I'm working on. Instead this bit of writing & this post's fireplace photo all came to me this evening when sitting down to do the TIC TOCC. I love it when story ideas spring into my imagination; it's such fun to think that a new world and character has suddenly been given a tiny bit of life.

This September I'm trying to find a way of balancing my creative time so that I can give time to the different mediums I like to express myself through. Over the majority of this year so far I've not spent as much time as I'd like on my fiction writing; I plan to rectify this by carving out some time this season for the fun of storytelling. With this in mind, I've recently booked to attend a day creative writing workshop in October which I'm very much looking forward to :-)
  • What creative medium/form have you not tried for a while and/or would like to give more time to this season? 
  • If you did this week's TIC TOCC please do share your experience in this post's comments and/or a link to your results. I love to see the varied directions our imaginations can take us from the same prompt.
Wishing you all a happy and creative week!

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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Patterns found in the art we create & the life choices we make...



Maggie and I must have shared a psychic connection when she set this week's Inspiration Avenue challenge as 'patterns' because over a few days I'd been trying out new patterns through creating this doodle. I finished it late Sunday/early Monday and then on Tuesday when I checked to see this week's challenge I decided it was meant to be my entry:-)

It struck me that this week's theme of patterns could also be linked to the patterns we form through our everyday choices, approaches and routines. Apologies for being AWOL from blogland & the internet of late; a mixture of things have kept me away but uncharacteristically I decided not to worry about it and instead return in good spirits. With my children starting a new school term yesterday I've had the opportunity to think about the pattern of my days and how I may like to approach the autumn. I've been looking at health, relationships, being a mum, my art, my writing, working with other people and lots more. I'd like to aim to create patterns that are kind and nurturing to me and those around me. It would be nice to weave patterns that can bring good and help further growth.  What's also interesting is that some of these thoughts have been internally debated whilst doodling patterns. The links between different sorts of patterns has amused and interested me these past couple of days.

  • What kind of patterns would you like to create this Autumn/Fall in your creative and personal life?    

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Thursday, 1 September 2011

And the winner is.....


Congratulations to Missy (Melissa Liban) for winning my first ever blog giveaway click here to see the prizes she won. I used a website called Random.org to choose a number from the 30 entries that were in the virtual hat. Thank you to everyone who participated and spread the word.

A little about our winner Missy:
Melissa is a writer and illustrator and you can learn more about her wonderful work by visiting blog. Missy regularly participates in my weekly TIC TOCC challenges which will resume mid September.  She has just written a young adult book called 'Actuality' which I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed. I downloaded my copy from Smashwords but it is also available from other places including Amazon: details on her blog.

We are just back from a few days visiting family and friends and I'm only just beginning to catch up. Just before we left it was my husband's Birthday. The picture above is of the chocolate cake my daughter & I made. It was chocolate sponge with a butter cream icing middle, covered in chocolate and chocolate sprinkles. It was rich and very yummy :-)

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