After some time away from crafting, I finally sat down to do some collage-making on the weekend. And was immediately met with contempt and disdain from the creative Gods. I couldn’t wrap my brain around starting anything, let alone actually completing a half-way decent piece. I doodled, I painted, I cut out and fiddled about, but nothing was working. Is spent ages drawing and painting a little crowned lady, only to be disgusted at my own lack of artistic talent, and threw her in the bin. Sigh.
Then I went back to basics. I started with a nicely patterned piece of paper and stuck it down on a fresh board. I lightly smeared white gesso over the paper, rubbing it off in places and letting some of the pattern show through. I stamped a heart in one corner – I didn’t even bothered trying to draw or paint one, given my creative ability had deserted me that day. I let it all dry and thought about what else I wanted to add.
I felt like doing a “wordy” plaque – something with all text and little else. So I began stamping…
I have a nice collection of alphabet stamps now – all different sizes and styles. I buy them wherever I see them – you can never have enough – and it’s good to have different fonts and in both upper and lower cases. I am hopeless at getting things straight but I am learning to not worry so much about that.
Aside from the stamping itself, which took forever due to my dropsy fingers (I’m sure I have some teeny little clear stamps embedded in the carpet now…), this project was done and dusted quickly and I am pretty happy with it.
Most importantly, it got my creative mojo a-happening again, which meant I was able to start a few other projects as well, and make myself feel better about my lack of “oomph” earlier in the day. It’s easy to get discouraged – well, it is for me, anyway!
Thank you for dropping by – hope you’re having a happy, productive day x