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January photos

Jan photos

January photos

Here are my photos from January…I started my workbook from Leonie Dawson, I recommend this workbook as it is great for helping you with your goals and how to achieve them. I have completed lots of art work as I am taking part in Life Book 2014, leaning so many new techniques and building my confidence try them out in my own work. I am still making my own cleaning products using vinegar and EO’s and finally I did a vision board.! January was a creative month and February is shaping up to be similar.

 

Life Book 2014

I am taking part in Life Book 2014. So far I have kept up with the projects, that in itself is a great achievement for me, I have learnt loads and I am really enjoying it. There is a wonderful community on Facebook who give lots of support and encouragement.

Week one – Inner Artist Guardian with Tamara Laporte

First we did a warm-up exercise to get us used to colour and texture and not to be afraid of a blank piece of paper. Here is my warm-up piece, I just love the colour and textures. I have discovered that I need to work on my lettering or find a nice pen, I decided that I would use a dip pen, not such a good choice as it was too thin and scratchy.

Week one – warm-up.

Then we went on to draw/paint an art guardian angel that we had met in the meditation. Creating portraits has always scared me. I nearly gave up Art A’Level because we had to do a portrait project. Since then I have avoided them; until now only 18 years later! I took the free course that Tam runs over on her Ning site and I was able to draw/paint a face! Her amazing way she teaches sold me Life Book 2014. Oh, and the fact that one of my favourite artists is doing a lesson – Flora Bowley!!! 

Art Guardian Angel

Week two – with Micki Wilde we created this. I love how simple it is and has made me think about ‘less is more’.

Focus

Week three – Creativity & Play with Carla Sonheim

Week 3 was a week that I nearly miss out as I wasn’t keen on drawing silly animals or make believe flowers. Well I had a blast and I loved all of the exercises, at one point I was laughing out loud! These are the drawings that caused laughter! I drew these ‘zebras’ with my eyes closed, this is what happens when you do that sort of thing! Loved it.

Zebras with my eyes closed

One-line elephant

One-line bicycle

Drawn with my left hand

If you are thinking of signing up to Life Book 2014 I highly recommend it. I am learning lots of new techniques and having a blast.

 

Craft it forward

This post is long over due…I took part in ‘craft it forward’ over at Fate-filled Times by the lovely Amy. She sent me two lovely crystal bracelets that she made. One is Tigers-eye and Smoky Quartz the other is Moonstone and Lapis Lazuli. They are both just my ‘thing’. I love them both.

Crystal bracelets

Craft – an activity involving skill in making things by hand.

So it is now my turn to craft it forward…I will send out a piece of art to 5 people. I will craft these 5 pieces using mono-printing and stencils. I will send it to you in the mail and I will ship worldwide.

All you have to do to take part is be one of the first 5 to comment on this blog post.

Good luck.

(If you don’t know how to take part in ‘Craft it Forward’…if you participate, you are supposed to offer your own ‘craft it forward’ on your blog.)

Writing and fears

A while back I listened to a webiner about business and how to promote yourself and your art online. One person spoke about how search engines are now looking at blogs more and how it is important to have a detailed description about the piece of art or product and to tell a story of how it came about. Well as you can imagine I haven’t completed this task yet. I think I wrote a list of the paintings that I would like to write about but that was as far as I got. I have started to write more and I am almost enjoying it. I really want to change how I feel about writing, I have been making more of an effort to write on my blog. I write more comments within the Facebook groups that I am members of and I now have a few pen-pals. This is all helping me face my fears of writing. ‘The more you practise, the better you get’ however I am one of those people who thinks that I should be good before I have even tried! So over the next few weeks/months I am going to write a description/story about my artwork that is for sale in my shop.

Manifesting Abundance

My Abundance altar

The start of this month saw the start of the “Manifesting Abundance” with Laura Emily from the Apothecary Circle. It is all about getting your finances in order; so you have control of them and they don’t have control of you. I received my loan deferral pack from the student loan company on the same day, every year without fail I return the paperwork late, every year I think I could of paid it off by now, why the heck didn’t I start by paying off xxx amount each year. Every year I look at it and ask myself was going to art college really worth it, would I be in the same position now had I not gone. Each year I say I will pay it off each month. Each year I say I should be earning way more than I do…I completed my BA 13 years ago!! Just seeing that has made me realise I should have paid it back by now.

I have never struggled with money. I put myself through Art College and I also did two years to gain an MA in Contemporary Craft. To this day I have no idea how I did it, I have always had enough money to get by. When I left college I had no idea what to do next! I hadn’t thought beyond my degree show. I can remember to this day being sat on the sofa in no.4 with the yellow door with my friend talking about what to do next; when reality struck me like a slap in the face, “Shit, now I need to live in the real world, I need to get a job.” So that afternoon I popped into a gallery and asked if they needed anyone and low and behold they did! So I worked there for five years, two of those years I worked part-time while completing an MA. Every since then I have worked, apart from a couple of blips and the year we took off when we spent four month in New Zealand and then house sat for the in-laws while they travelled. I would love to earn a living from my art but as yet I have not put in enough effort in to make this happen. I have decided that any sales I make form my artwork will be going towards paying off the loan.
I think I have a good relationship with money, I am good at budgeting and never over spend. I hate to say it but I would like more, I feel a little guilty saying that. I do have enough each month but if I had more I could pay off the loan quicker, and give more to the charities that are close to my heart. I would love to pay my loan off in the next year, watch this space the universe works in wondrous ways.  

Heat Tool

At the beginning of April I purchased the most amazing tool ever. It was sold as a tool that burns wood ‘Pyrography Wood burning Tool Pyromaster Dual Heat’ I bought it from Antex.  It came with 18 different tips. It has other uses apart from making marks on wood. Some of the tips can be used for cutting and bonding synthetic fabric; this is really useful as it stops the fabric from fraying as the heat melts and bonds the fibres together. I have used it to etch photographs, this is really effective and gives the photography a completely new look. I am also going to try printing with an etched photograph as I feel the etching is deep enough to leave a mark on the gelli-plate. Watch this space…

But my all time favourite thing I can do with the heat tool is cut stencils!!! I use acetate/transparency film to make my stencils. I would normally use a craft knife to cut the design out but after a short while it would hurt my finger, using this heat heat tool it makes it so much easier and I can’t believe how much quicker it is too. I am so pleased with it. I am sure I will find other uses for it!