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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