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Being Yourself

Belated Happy Easter to you all ūüôā¬† Did you indulge in a huge chocolate-fest, or were you restrained and just¬†had a few little treats?¬† Did you spend time with family and friends, or take part in religious events?¬† Whatever you got up to, I hope you enjoyed yourselves and had a nice break.

I spent a lot of time with family and friends over the weekend, cleaned my house so it was fit for my Mum to visit and stay in for a couple of nights, and did some crafting.¬† I am still loving the Kelly Rae Roberts Unscripted series I have subscribed to.¬† It’s just makes me want to craft and create and DO STUFF.¬† I am nowhere near her standard of creativity and art, but it is very enjoyable just mucking about with paints and paper and having a go.¬† I am still rubbish at faces, but I keep trying and hope that some day I will get them just right!¬† If only people didn’t have eyes!¬† It would make everything so much simpler for me, at least in terms of drawing and painting (maybe not so much in real life though…) and I wouldn’t end up having tantrums, or just drawing a lot of people with closed eyes (which is my default position these days).

I had this little communion plaque (bought on a recent op-shopping trip for 50c) and I thought it would be perfect to paint over and repurpose.¬† It’s quite small – a little bigger than an iPhone – so perfect for me to do some crafting on!¬† Plus it had the little hanger on it so I didn’t need to worry about adding one myself.

I removed the picture that was already on it ( a communion poem and prayer) and sanded the wood back, then slapped on a layer of white Gesso, just to seal and give it a good working surface.  I then added paint in various colours to create a distressed, rubbed back look.  I used a soft green, some burgundy and a little bit of yellow Рjust dabbing and rubbing it on with my fingers.  When I was happy with the effect, I let it dry whilst figuring out what I was going to put on it.

I decided to draw my little lady on a separate piece of paper, paint her main features and then cut her out, to be glued¬†and finished on the plaque itself.¬† I didn’t trust my drawing/painting skills to just add her straight to the wooden surface.¬† I adhered her with gel medium and then added¬†flowers and wings cut from scrapbooking paper and vintage¬†books.¬† The words were cut from old books or stamped (when I couldn’t find the word I wanted!) and I’m not quite satisfied with them, but they’re stuck on there now!¬† I might go over them with a bit of colour, just to make them look less “new” and pale.¬† I outlined here and there with black and white pencils to give some definition.

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I was a bit heavy-handed with the lady’s¬†features – I was using a very¬†fine black marker, but it was still too heavy.¬† I will do better next time!¬†I’m happy with her top though – it came out very rustic looking and picks up the red colour in the background – and I’m glad I added the¬†“me” heart as it needed an extra little something.

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So, all in all, I was pretty happy with my little lady.¬† I am trying to be myself and be ok with who that is.¬† Even if it means I am not the world’s greatest artist ūüôā¬† I am still trying to find my “niche”, artistically speaking, so this is another part of the journey.¬† I will keep practicing faces and different techniques with paint and drawing and, in the meantime have a lot of messy fun doing it ūüôā

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Thanks for stopping by – may you enjoy the freedom of being yourself,
whoever that is, today and always x

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Learn to Fly

Hello everyone!¬† Hope you’re having a lovely day ūüôā¬† I had a very productive and pro-active weekend, tidying up and getting things sorted out.¬† I finally finished cleaning up my outdoor area (I have a sort of closed-in patio) so it is actually fit for human habitation and I moved my outdoor setting over so I could now sit and have a cup of tea and look at my plants and not battle spiders, cobwebs and general disorder.

I took a load of stuff to the op-shop (clothes I never wear and shoes I fall down in) and made plans for further de-cluttering and sorting.¬† It feels good to get some stuff done and not waste my weekend.¬† I have fallen in to a bit of a rut, not just creatively, but in all aspects of life, and things have gotten on top of me.¬† So I need to have a plan of action for each day.¬† That way, I can whittle away at all the big jobs, and they won’t seem so overwhelming.¬† I also need to stop being lazy ūüôā

After tidying up and doing some housework (just a bit – let’s not crazy here!), I got stuck into some craft.¬† I have been so down in the dumps about my lack of creative ability that I really needed something to spur me on and get me fired up again.¬† I recently subscribed to Kelly Rae Roberts Unscripted¬†video series and it’s been just the kick in the pants I needed.¬† She is such an inspiration – not just because her work is beautiful, but because she just goes with the flow and creates from the heart and doesn’t let mistakes and bad days get in her way.¬† If she makes a boo-boo, she either paints over it or makes it part of the design.¬† She creates for no one else but herself, and that’s what I need to do – stop thinking about what everyone else thinks.¬† I’m¬†so glad I subscribed – I really had to think about spending the money, but I can cancel at any time and, if it makes me start creating and making art again, it is totally worth it.

I don’t want to copy Kelly Rae, but at the moment I am just drawing from her art and ideas to get me started again.¬† Sometimes you need to imitate before you instigate I guess!

So, with all of that in mind, I created this piece.¬† I am kinda happy with it.¬† I love the colours and the text and it all came together pretty easily (albeit with a lot of false starts and paint-overs!).¬† I tried not to overthink it, and just CREATE.¬† Afterwards, I sat up late, sketching out rough plans and ideas for more collages and pictures.¬† I feel like I am ready to start making stuff again.¬† My mojo might be returning at last!¬† This piece isn’t perfect by any means, but I’m so glad I got it done (and that it didn’t end up in the bin, which happens sometimes!).¬† I’m learning to fly again ūüôā

Thanks for stopping by x

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Nature’s Hearts

Thanks in part to Kelly Rae Roberts and her #kellyraeshearts on Instagram, I am always looking for little hearts everywhere. ¬†Usually, if you’re intentionally seeking them out, you won’t find any. ¬†They just tend to present themselves when you are least looking.
Which, I guess, is like love itself. ¬†Although I don’t seem to find that
whether I’m looking for it or not ha ha!

This particular one I really like – I found it at Hungry Hollow Beach in Bunbury, on a recent road trip, and believe it may be a piece of weathered coral rock. ¬†I keep thinking I should do something with it, incorporate it into some artwork or another, but it’s so perfect on its own. ¬†I might actually just frame it.

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I tend to doodle hearts a lot too. ¬†Doodle experts (now¬†there’s a title!) would probably say that means something very deep and meaningful, but I just like drawing them. ¬†My notepads and work papers are covered in them, which is probably not ideal and makes me look like a love-starved teenager. ¬†I balance it out by also doodling stars everywhere.

Is there anything you particularly like to find, when out and about?  Perhaps you collect interesting rocks, sea glass or feathers?  Do you purposefully look or just enjoy finding them by accident?  Do you display them somewhere, use them in your art, or just delight in discovering them, and then put them back where you found them?

Thanks for reading – hope you find some happy hearts in your world today x

 

Market Day, Mags, & Love from Mum

Market Day, Mags, & Love from Mum

My Mum is awesome. ¬†She is loving and gentle and tolerant and fun and inspiring. ¬†She has nurtured my brother and I, never judging us or making us feel like we weren’t good enough. ¬†She understands us (or at least tries to!) and protects us, even in our adulthood. ¬†She is also super talented and arty. ¬†She and I share a love of all things vintage/shabby chic/collage/mixed media and whimsical.

Yesterday we took some time out to go to the Guildford Fair. ¬†We had not been before but it had a special draw this year –¬†Miss Johnson’s Vintage & Handmade Market. ¬†We have loved Miss Johnson’s Market for years – it showcases beautiful handmade items as well as vintage clothing, jewellery and bric-a-brac. ¬†Always inspiring and always a good way of spending lots of money (you can’t leave without buying¬†something). ¬†In the last year or so, the market has been unable to run in its usual setting – The Guildford Town Hall – due to financial constraints (public liability insurance being the main problem – just too expensive) and so we have missed out on all the goodies. ¬†But this year – huzzah! – they appeared at the Fair and, lucky us, we got to be there and check out all the yummy items for sale and display.

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Artistic Journey Рa mixed-media haven of vintage/shabby/altered goodness!  And LOTS of Somerset Studio mags for sale Рyay!

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I wanted to tuck all these vintage suitcases under my arm and run off home with them. ¬†Strangely enough, the stall-holder (Mulberry Tree Vintage) wouldn’t let me!

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Pretty, pretty things! (from Tea)

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Love this dress made from old sewing patterns!

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Industrial Chic – lots of yummy altered pieces.

Mum and I¬†LOVE Somerset Studio magazine – in fact, pretty much all the Stampington & Company publications are like drugs to us! – and we were really hoping to snag a few issues from one of our favourite stalls, Artistic Journey (the lady there used to have the most amazing mixed-media supplies shop that was just heaven! ¬†Sadly not a bricks-and-mortar store any more, just online I think…). ¬†As luck would have it, there was a whole rack of magazines just asking to go home with us…and we obliged!

IMG_7752Stampington & Company – magazines, magazines, magazines (what more is there in life!?)

Somerset Studio and the other Stampington mags are just soooo expensive here in Australia Рthey are totally worth the price but who has $30-$40 to spend on one magazine?  Not us!  So here, at the market, they had back issues at $10 each Рheaven!  We bought, between us, ahem, 14 copies of Somerset Studio, Where Women Create and Somerset Life.  Whoops!  There goes my savings!  But totally worth it!  I also bought some rusty wire (you never know when you might need some rusty wire!) but other than that, we just got the mags.

Afterwards, we went back to Mum’s for a cuppa and to look through our haul. ¬†So many inspiring things to look at and use for a creativity boost! ¬†My Mum also surprised me with a little art work she had made the previous day – a Kelly Rae Roberts-inspired mixed-media piece, just for me. ¬†We love Kelly Rae Roberts¬†(in fact, just last week, I bought one of her pieces, the “Become a Possibilitarian” dish featured in one of my previous posts here) and find her work very inspiring. ¬†Mum and I had been watching some of her Youtube videos the week before and Mum had secretly gone home and gotten straight to work, creating and finishing a couple of pieces. ¬†Here’s the one she made for me:

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So pretty! ¬†I am jealous because Mum can “do” faces and I can’t. ¬†The picture is lovely though – don’t you think? ¬†She layered pieces of patterned scrapbook paper, scraps of music sheets, paint and rubber stamps. ¬†I love it. ¬†I want to make one now! ¬†The sentiment is perfect for me too – I don’t believe in myself enough and I really need to work on that!

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So, all in all, a lovely day. ¬†Lots to think about (creativity-wise) and plenty of things to inspire and get us in the mood for craftin’. ¬†Now I just want to ignore all the mess in my house and start painting/stamping/glueing etc. ¬†Cup of tea first methinks and then I’ll get cracking. ¬†Hope you are having a lovely day – thanks ever so much for stopping by. ¬†I appreciate all the “likes” and comments ūüôā