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Craft as Cure

It’s been a very long week.  Do you ever feel like time is speeding up but somehow there’s more stuff to deal with and fit in to every 24-hour period?  I have been trying desperately to get a grip on my worrying and anxiety and, in particular, my dermotillomania which is just driving me nutty.  Or, more likely, I am already nutty and that’s my I can’t stop destroying my fingers with the constant picking and chewing.  It’s gross.  And I hate it.  And I wish I could stop, but I can’t at the moment.  So, bandaids are my best friend – they cover things up and keep me from being able to do further damage (although, to be honest, I just move on to another finger).

The best thing is to keep busy.  And the best way to keep busy (for me) is to do something creative.  It’s hard to chew your fingers while they’re wrapped around a paintbrush or holding a pair of scissors.  I do try not to sit around doing nothing – watching TV is THE WORST.  Halfway through an episode of Masterchef and I’ve decimated several fingers on one hand and am thinking of moving on to the other.

Anyway, being creative is a good way to put those fingers to better use.  I haven’t had a lot of free time this month so my craft room has been very neglected (the painting below was done weeks ago…)  But I am determined this weekend will have a few hours set aside for me to shut myself away from the world and all the worries it contains and do some painting, collaging, drawing and making.

That’s my wish anyway – things don’t always go to plan 🙂

Thank you for reading.  Hope your weekend is wonderful and that a few special wishes come true for you x

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Go With All Your Heart (Collage)

Hello everyone and welcome to another week.  2018 is whizzing by…is that because I am getting old, or has time actually sped up?

I didn’t think I was going to be happy with this piece but, in the end, I was quite satisfied with it and glad that I didn’t give up on it (which, I confess, happens a lot with me…).  The little bird-man was originally holding a letter in his right hand, but I cut that out and replaced it with a heart.  Off to the right hand side of the photo, you can see a “dud” heart that didn’t work out, complete with the little notch cut out of it for the bird-man’s thumb.  Sometimes it takes me a few goes to line things up exactly right 🙂  I think it’s worth the effort – the end result looks pretty good, like the heart was always part of the picture.  I added an extra little one on the parcel too.  So now he looks like he is going somewhere, with plenty of heart 🙂

Hope you’re having a wonderful day today x

 

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Lost and Found (Collage)

Hello everyone and Happy Hump Day!  Aren’t the weeks just flying by?  One minute I am whinging about it being Monday, and the next thing I know we’re heading towards the weekend again.  It’s a sure sign of getting older – the time slipping by at a rapid pace.

This collage was made using a wooden board from a puzzle.  I bought some little wooden puzzles from an op-shop a few weeks ago – they were brand new and still in their plastic wrapping.  The puzzle pieces were held in place by the recessed wooden board, and I thought it would make a great “framed” collage piece.

So, I painted the board with black gesso on all sides and tried in vain to remove the label on it that showed the image of the finished puzzle.  Gah!  Non-removable stickers and labels are the bane of my crafting existence.  This one WOULD NOT COME OFF.  I didn’t dare to use any kind of  label remover, for fear it would leave an oily residue.  So, what to do?  Desperate times call for desperate measures so, rummaging through my “bits and bobs” box, I found a child’s wooden block that was the perfect size to cover the label.  It was painted black and stenciled with the same brick design as the rest of the piece.  after completing the collage, I carefully glued the block to the front, over the label, and made sure it was level with the edge of the board, so the board would stand up on its own.

I think it worked out pretty well.  The block at the front almost looks like a bit of garden wall, or maybe the top of a chimney, and having the whole piece stand up for display is pretty neat too.  I wasn’t sure what words, if any, would suit the theme and so, stuck for ideas, I just used the words “Lost and Found”.  I added the little wonky sixpence to  tie in with the theme (well, vaguely…) and it was all done.

I will be making more of these pieces, as I bought several of the puzzle sets.  It’s great to upcycle things, and the puzzles themselves I have re-thrifted, so they weren’t wasted.

Hope you are all having a good week – thank you for stopping by 🙂

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Look at Me (Collage)

Hello everyone 🙂

This is a piece I made a few weeks back.  I had finished the collage itself but couldn’t settle on the words for it.  Then, after watching Grease one night with my nephew (his choice of movie – I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate or not for an eleven-year old, but then I remembered that is exactly the age I was when I first watched it all the way through) I kept getting the “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee” song in my head.  Not the saucy slumber-party version that Rizzo sings, but the sad, navel-gazing one that plays when Sandy is watching the car race.  The bird-lady here seemed to be channeling that mood and feeling, so I went with it.

The original mirror had actually been cut from the lady’s hand, so I had to go searching through my cut-up books to find another one of the same size.  I got lucky.  That mirror looks like it belongs there – I don’t think you would know I had used a different one from another picture.  Small triumphs can make your day.  And those skinny little legs and toes were nerve-wracking to cut out and adhere too – they were pretty fragile, especially once they had glue on them.  But, she survived, intact, and ready for some self-appraisal and soul-searching.  As anyone would do, if they were a stork wearing a dress 🙂

Thank you for stopping by – hope you have a lovely week x

 

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Never Mind the Rest (Collage)

A post-Easter bunny for you today, with a quote from Beatrix Potter.  This collage came together so quickly, with a minimum of fuss.  I panicked a bit, towards the end, thinking I was going to get all the words on.  But I managed to just fit them all in (I really need to get better at mapping these things out before I start them…).  I love the vintage bunny, and it was a change to work with the pink tones too.

Have a good day – thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Don’t Settle (Collage)

I’ve gotta say… I am lovin’ the bricks on this collage.  They turned out really well (*pats self on back*) and just seemed to fit with the rest of the design.  The pantsuit (isn’t it fabulous?) came from a vintage seventies pattern I found in an op-shop.  I picked up a few for 50c each – I love old dressmaking patterns and their gorgeous illustrations.  And then I cut them up ha ha.

This Deer Lady went through several changes before I settled on this head for her – she was almost a camel at one stage.  I toyed with the idea of her being a rabbit and an ostrich momentarily too, but the deer head seemed most appropriate and ladylike.

It’s one of the first times I’ve used my own quotes, rather than stealing a well-known one from someone much wiser than myself.  But it also seemed to fit.  Sometimes you’ve just gotta go with what feels right, right?

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope your day is amazing 🙂

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You are Awesome (Collage)

Hello everyone 🙂

Another little collage I made for a friend’s birthday a few weeks back.  She and I have bonded over shared ailments, social anxiety and lots of other issues that make us feel less than awesome.  We always support and reassure one another, even if it’s just by saying “Oh I know how you feel!”  We started telling each other we’re awesome, kind of as a joke, but it has become our thing to say now.

 I wanted to make a little reminder for my friend that she is an awesome lady, even if I’m not around to tell her that,  so I made this 4″ x 4″collaged box canvas for her desk at work.  The crowned stoat could be symbolic for “fearless” or something, but it’s actually just the first image I pulled out of my collage file.  We’ll pretend it was chosen for its symbolism though, because that sounds better and makes me look smarter.

Hope you are having a great day.  Always remember you ARE awesome 🙂

 

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