Sunday, June 9, 2013

Art Journal - Be The Light

Well the weekend was cold, damp, grey and rainy so it was the perfect time to put a pot of pumpkin soup on get the house warm and have a play in my journal.  The children were occupying themselves so I pretty much had a weekend filled with crafting.  I untangled my laces and sorted them out into colours.  Pretended to tidy up my art table but really just moved stuff around and the I got to it.

Over at Artistic Creationz over on Facebook they have a weekly mojo challenge.  It's just for fun and just to get the juices going if you are lacking in the idea department. This week it was my turn to think up a challenge and so my idea was to use this beautiful and simple phrase in what ever project/creation they liked.  BE THE LIGHT.

 For so long I lived in so much darkness...things from the past that cluttered my mind and created obstacles that made it hard for me to let go and get on with life...I would have terrible lows and often even though I would get on with everyday life I felt like there was always and underlying sadness.  It's taken a long time to push through a lot of that dead weight that kept me drowning...a lot of self healing and dealing with things that often made situations worse before they get better.  Even though it is still a daily effort to control the anxieties and thoughts that go on inside the rewards of being able to smile honestly and enjoy things guilt free make up for the hardwork.

So with those words in mind I decided to get started on a Journal Page.   Ages ago I purchased some Provo Craft Alpha dies...I don't spend a lot of money on craft supplies and have hardly any dies but I thought these would come in handy for so many things especially for my Journal Covers.  Well after making such a carful practical purchase I then quite frankly forgot all about them and had never used them until I was having a wee tidy up and found them.  So in some way I wanted to incorporate them in my Journal Page.

 This page came out so yummy and textured and as always my amateur photography does it no justice at all...there is quite a lot of shimmer and detail that is missed in the pictures...up close you can really see all the details like how the different paints seep into the indentations of the letters.
 Usuaaly it would be quite hard for me to randomly put letters all over the page because for certain things I usually like there to be a reason but I really enjoyed glueing these on and the shapes and textures the alpha's's got my mind working for other pieces in the future on a much bigger scale which is the awesome thing about art provokes ideas.

 Loved how these leters came out and added so much dimension but not so much that I couldn't close my Journal.
 I'm still learning to take better photos, but am still struggling.  I love this on below :)
Heres the fast play vid :)

Thursday, June 6, 2013


Wow!!!!  Once again it has been yonks' since my last blog entry.  It seems every time I write on my blog I am making another resolution to be more blog savvy and committed to it.
So it's June.  It used to be my most dreaded month but this year I welcome it and my birthday.

What have I been up to?? well.....hmmm....I'm still trying to sell my art and crafts it seems to be an on going battle for me...the making of the art and craft comes to me easily but the networking...pricing...letting go and getting people to buy my crafts is a whole other story.  I could happily create all day long and hand the stuff over for someone else to sell.

So these last few month I haven't been doing a lot of painting which is what I should be doing but I have been crafting a lot...more journals, mini albums and flowers like there is no tomorrow.  What I love about making flowers is that they are gorgeous!! even the ugly ones are still lil morsels of yumminess,  they don't take much time and you can get the feeling of finishing something every 5 mins so I love use minimal supplies and the supplies you get to use are gorgeous...lace doilies, vintage buttons, ribbon satin, fabric mmmmmm love it :)

Here's some pics of all the flowers I've been making.

 And this is just some of them!!!!