Monday, 24 December 2012

Festive Wishes

D helping decorate :-)

Wishing you all Happy Holidays full of festive fun. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2013 full of joy, love and creative cheer! 

Thanks for sharing 2012 with me!
Kat Xxx

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Creativity, Children, Community Charity, Craft.....Collapse!

So why is it a month since I last blogged?

Overall, my health has undoubtedly been better this year than it has been for many years. I've thoroughly enjoyed building up my strength and being able to be more creative and social. However, a few weeks ago the good health spell ended after an intense infection and the MS reaction to it knocked me completely off my feet. This is why I had to pull out of the AEDM 2012 challenge and haven't been online. I'm still recovering but am much better than I was. Anyhow, I wanted to do a blog post to say hi and to show some photos of all the creative activities I was doing before I got too ill to do anything. Here goes a photo story..............

a few finished cards

My messy work space (aka kitchen table)

To be honest this was the tidy version - my family had to eat on trays in the living room for at least a week :-)

Piecing together my decoupage mandalas ready for card making

In between crafting for craft sale I was creating for my daughter's Birthday. As you can see my cat, Alfie, was very helpful!?

close up of a finished mandala card (this design proved popular & I sold a few of these)

Another finished mandala card

and the matching mandala pendant

My daughter wanted me to make a Tatty Teddy Birthday cake

A gift for my friend's 11 year old mad-on-swimming daughter

I also made this charm bracelet for her. I found these cute swimmers on ebay and then created some beaded charms myself.

And I made matching earings
This gives you an idea of some of the creative activities I was busy with before the infection and MS got the better of me. Once I feel well enough I shall put some of my new designs in my etsy shop. Meanwhile, if there's anything you like especially let me know & if its not already in there I can try adding it into my etsy shop for you or sell to you direct using Paypal. Just be aware that I'm not checking my emails daily at the moment.

Christmas is coming and I hope with lots more (boring) rest I shall have enough creative cheer by then.

  • How are you finding the busy pre- holiday season? 
  • What have you been creating in November and December?

Wishing you all creative cheer during the festive season!!

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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Art Everyday Month Days 9 and 10

The Birthday parties (three kids parties this week and more to come) and preparation for craft fairs are still keeping me busy but between trying to limit my cake intake I have been creating. Here are some of the card toppers I've made in the past couple of days.

Take a look what other Art Everyday Month participants have been creating by visiting Leah's inspirational Creative Everyday website.

Wishing you all a happy & creative weekend :-)

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

AEDM days 7 and 8 - more mandala jewellery

For AEDM (Art Everyday Month) days 7 and 8 I've been turning my mandala designs into jewellery ready for my craft sale. This particular design was taken using the mandala I did for the art journal round robin (see yesterdays post) and, along with other designs, can be bought in my etsy shop by clicking here.

I'm having one of those "not enough hours" days and so I must dash. I've plenty of cards to make next.

If your participating in this month's AEDM or even if you're not, I hope you have an art filled joyful day :-)

Kat :-)

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

AEDM days 1-6 catch up & my last Round Robin Pages...

I've been sooooo busy but creative too. So here is my super quick, image full post for Art Everyday Month 2012 days 1-6....
First I finished my pages in the last journal (Lisa Wright) in this years round robin journal swap:

Then one reason I've been so busy is organising November craft fairs - here are posters I just made (excuse the blanked out bits necessarily so for privacy):

And the biggest reason for my lack of time is that both my babies and many of their closest friends have Birthdays in November. So I've been busy decorating & hosting and card making. Here is a card I've made for my son's Birthday (please excuse the blatant copyright infringement that involved me using google images for movie posters. But it was for my son only and I'd never sell using these images):

 Despite my best intentions to be actively involved in Art Everyday Month for the third year running, I've been creative daily but just had no time or energy to blog about it.

Hi to all those joining in with AEDM2012 - I hope to go visit your blogs and become more social as much as possible.

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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Challenging myself: Creating, craft sales & a lot of IA ORANGE...

This week's Inspiration Avenue challenge is 'orange' and making my cards I felt orange dominating  a few designs!
This year I've been well enough to tick off a few things off my 'haven't-been-well enough-to-do-for-a-few-years' list. The items on the list have been for most people fairly small things like collecting the children from school and joyfully driving short distances again; but they've meant the world to me. A couple of months ago I got asked to host a Body Shop At Home party. Usually I would have no where near enough strength to play hostess to lots of people but this time I said yes. A big part of me wanted to do it for my nearly 11 year old daughter who always envied her friends whose Mums did girly home sales like this. I felt nervous that I'd be well enough on the day but I decided to think positive. I then had the idea that I could also make a few cards and items of jewellery from my mandala designs to display on the evening. This gave me a creative focus for a few weeks which mentally/holistically has done me a lot of good.

Lots of ladies joined me for a lovely evening of chat & giggles. I didn't sell a lot, just a few items and the above was what is left. But it didn't matter because I'd managed to tick another thing off my list, enjoyed a creative focus and increase my confidence in the process.

  • What challenge have you set yourself recently? Small or big.
I think the important thing to remember is to not pressurise yourself, ignore the pesky voice of self-criticism/doubt and be sure to congratulate yourself on any achievement, no matter how small. 

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Joy in the Post..... *RRspoiler*

Its been too long since I last wrote a blog post but I'm back, after an unavoidable break, sharing my September Round Robin journal creations. Unfortunately I smell of alcohol but don't fear, I've not been indulging in daytime drinking. No, instead I managed to spill alcohol ink-blending solution over me :-)). These are my pages for the lovely Tammy - I hope she likes them.

Quite predictably one page focuses on a mandala I created for Tammy. Here's a close up:

I've drawn this mandala onto Bristol board using Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens. The background was created using coarse handmade papers, ink, alcohol blending solution and fabric paint. I've then added acrylic/wool fibres to help frame the mandala and add dimension. On the opposite page...........

......I've written a few thoughts on how I feel about the friendships our round robin journal group have formed doing this swap and previously as fellow bloggers and Inspiration Avenue team members. The background was done using the same materials/techniques and I used some ink and alcohol solution to soften the printed words. I scanned in the mandala and printed out small versions to decorate the corners of the page. Here is a close up of the words:

Well I guess the words above say enough about how I feel about these inspirational ladies and a few other people I've connected with on the internet over the years.

I like to try new ideas when I'm art journaling and this time I had some fun creating effects using ink, alcohol and fabric paint on coarse handmade paper. Using an old paintbrush, a cut up scourer pad and some inks that have remained unused for a couple of years - I experimented on different paper textures and finishes.

  • What new ideas, materials or techniques have you tried recently?
Wishing you all a happy & creative week!
Kat xx

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Friday, 24 August 2012

A tale written for those who inspire me & a RR journal pages spoiler)

August is the month I've taken care of and added to Kim's gorgeous journal. This month I used a variety of ideas & techniques including: blending with acrylics & ink, drawing in ink, stamping (I used a Docrafts/Papermania urban stamp collection that I bought especially because of Kim's bird themed journal), layering & collage, creative writing and more mandala work. I spent many many hours and thoroughly enjoyed it. The multiple layers of stamps, paint, ink & paper really lent itself to a fun play time. Let me take you through my four pages....

First a close up of 'Loriel' the bird whose tale I create on page four. I struggle to draw anything realistic but I tried my best with this:

Then the page adjacent to Loriel:

 I used Pitt gold and Indian ink pens to create this mandala.

I then cut part of it out so that this page would open to reveal the next - like this (I have to say the other participants of this swap inspired me to do this with their own creative use of the pages) :

The next two pages look like this:

I didn't want the underside of the mandala to remain plain so I stamped, played with paint/ink and layered papers to create a title page for Loriel's story:

I then typed my story & printed it onto handmade paper ripping the paper border and edging with ink before gluing it on my paint/ink/stamp layered background:

Lorien's story is inspired by the round-robin journal girls, my children and all my bloggy friends who regularly help me create. It may be a little twee but its from the heart & is a thank you to all who inspire and encourage. I have a slightly longer version brewing in my imagination but this is the tale as told in and for Kim's journal:

Loriel didn’t look like the rest of his family.
He didn’t have their predominately brown feathers and the red
chests that all Robins displayed proudly; a symbol of their
heritage and belonging. Even his bird-song was different to theirs.
Loriel longed to belong to the Robin clan whose many entrusted tasks
included keeping an eye on children for Santa so that he would have
help deciding who was naughty or nice.
When Loriel asked his Mum why his feathers were vibrant hues
of rainbow colours and his song so at odds with the Robins she told him:
“Because you are special Loriel; your colours and kind happy
nature are a gift from the Rainbow spirits.”
“But I want to be like you and all the other Robins,” Loriel admitted sadly.
“Don’t ever wish you were something you’re not,” his Mum advised,
“for you have a special purpose and an important talent.”
“What is it?” Loriel asked eagerly.
“You are an Inspiration bird. You will bring joy and inspiration to
all you meet,” she told him.
“How?” he asked, unable to imagine how he could undertake such a task.
“By being your beautiful true self.”
“Is that all?” Loriel was doubtful.
“That’s all that can be expected by anyone. And much joy
can come from sharing your true nature.”
From that day, Loriel gladly sang his songs with love and proudly displayed
his colourful plumage. He inspired others to create stories, art and
music wherever he visited. They told of Loriel the rainbow
coloured bird of inspiration who happily belonged to the Robin clan.

©Katina Wright 2012

So I wave goodbye to Kim's beautiful journal and send it on its way to its next host!

Its a busy time with visits and visitors during this school holidays. Hope you're all having a good summer.
Wishing you all a happy & creative summer!
Kat Xx

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Saturday, 4 August 2012

What Inspires Me...July RR journal swap (Stephanie) *spoiler*


July's joy in the post was Stephanie's journal. Another gorgeous journal for me to hold in my hands & admire :-) Stephanie asked what inspires us. This collage of images represents some of my inspiration - Cornwall, the sea, music, mandala art, whimsey, mixed media.... I'm never able to match the standard of the other very talented ladies in this swap and I don't try to. Instead I just try to add a bit of me. That included my love of doodling and this mixed media mandala:

I painted some canvas paper and then cut it up to create the collaged shapes. Then I embroidered part of the design. A little bit of paint and pen work and I had a mandala inspired sun.

The whole piece is meant to reflect my whimsical imagination and so I blended some of my favourite colours and images in curvy flowing lines and included a little fairytale stamp. I wanted it to have a fantasy 'head in the clouds' feel that portrays my character :-)

I used liquid masking tape to save some white to write on after the paint was dry. However, yet again, I badly planned out the spacing of the words. Nevertheless they are my words and they also illustrate what inspires me. I hope Stephanie likes this; it is always a bit nerve wracking committing to someone elses journal however, at the same time it is a joyful honour.

These past few months have been amazing in that my health has been stronger than its been in years but this increased ability to engage with the outside world has meant I've been so busy enjoying this opportunity that I've neglected much of my writing/creative time. However, I see this improvement in my health as a gift and I I take each day to make the most of this, especially as I'm never sure what the next day will bring. Meanwhile I carry a notebook and camera with me. And this journal swap has been the greatest gift as an inspiration, focus and treasured opportunity to connect with such amazing creative women.

  • Who/what has inspired you this week?

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Saturday, 28 July 2012


This week's Inspiration Avenue theme is 'Swirls' set by the lovely talented Maggie. Swirls are one of my favourite things to draw & my many doodles are saturated with them as are my mandala creations. There's something therapeutic about drawing swirls and in repeating them within a doodle I can get lost in the smooth action of creating the curves. Swirls also fit with the Creative Every Day July 'round' theme.

The obvious thing for me to have done for this challenge is a mandala or doodle but I thought I'd try something a little different. And as promised I changed from my pink/purple colour scheme to favour blues and greens. Although, admittedly, I just had to include a small pink embroidery swirl at the centre. I couldn't help myself! :-)

Working on canvas paper I first used liquid masking fluid to paint a central swirl. Then after it dried I painted layers of colours (because this didn't fit on the scanner you'll have to imagine the more subtle colour layers that can't be seen with this photo) using a mixture of fabric stain and acrylic paint.
 After drying I peeled off the masking fluid to reveal the grungy white swirl. Then using a paper pricking tool I punched swirl patterns then stitched them using embroidery thread.

This was a fun project because I got to play with different mediums and techniques. Thanks Maggie for the inspiration.

If you visit Inspiration Avenue Sunday afternoon you'll be able to see how everyone else interpreted the swirl theme. With so many talented artists participating weekly you'll be sure to enjoy and be inspired!

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