Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Little Something

This new box is only a day or so from going out, so I thought I would give you a little something to look at


I will post the rest when I have it in the mail.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

How do you Art?

Since the beginning of my new projects, I have been paying more attention to my process…Trying to gain, maybe a better understanding of myself…Looking a little deeper to the layers of me. I have always known that I like Quiet. I don't mean A space void of noise; on the contrary, I like to hear what's going on around me. I enjoy the birds, the train, flowers growing... I gravitate towards natural noises (ha ha! I know a train isn't natural). This does not mean that I don't like music or TV:  It just means that they generally clutter my clouds. 

Coming from a country girl perspective, I can work with natural noises. Or I can block them out. Somehow a bird song lifts me up… Helps me levitate my thoughts.  A cow, lowing, can bring me down to earth. Same with natural scents. Something heady like a rose can perpetuate a dreamy state; whereas, the smell after a rain grounds me and I will want to work with burlap or some other rough or natural fiber.

Each one of these mood altering sensations can affect my art, sometimes, in many ways. It can compel me to work with particular type of materials. I may want to work with organza if I am smelling a heavy flower scent or after a rain.

What I've learned so far is that I am extremely sensitive to my surroundings. The feelings in my space. I like to burn candles and listen to music that lends itself to the material or even style of my creations. 

My mood when I enter my art room also has a huge impact on what I do that day. If I am feeling particularly feminine on any given day, my crafts will definitely be more girlie and tend to be some shade of pink. Or if I'm feeling rockstar-ish I'll lean more towards graphics and darker colors. So... this effects what I will focus on that day.

If the way I am feeling is not in alignment with a piece that I am working on, then I will likely focus on creating elements that I can use to create something else further down the line. For example, this past week I did a lot of stuff with my cuttlebug:  I grabbed a variety of papers, my die cuts, thinlets and embossing folders, set up my table, got out my binder where I keep all of my cut paper, and went to work. And I made a huge mess. I also stamped a bunch of tissue paper and brown craft paper which I then use to wrap my gifts in. I may not have finished anything: but now I have a whole lot of small intricate pieces to use at my whim, which will make the creation process flow better somewhere down the line. 

I am absolutely in love with this Stampendous Dahlia stamp.
Makes me want to break out my Crayons! 

I used Tim Holtz frayed burlap on this stamp.
I didn't allow myself to get stuck on perfect alignment here.
This was about getting paint to paper, not perfection.

See that stack of tissue paper? I got all of it done. 

This is some of the paper that I used for the last box.
Just random stamps. The focus here was to fill up the whole page.

Sometimes this is me taking a break and putting things together in my mind. Taking a break, doing something that takes enough of my attention that it moves my mind off all of the clutter going on in my head, clouding my clouds.

I know if I put my art down or away then it is completely stifling a major part of who I am. I have noticed that when I walk away from my art I am walking away from myself, and the end result is that nothing gets done, I stay stuck! I stay stuck in my problems and usually seem to stay in them for longer. 

I don't have to be creating anything major, usually, Putting is enough. Moving things around in my art space. Organizing is one of my favorite past times. I love to play with textures, so sometimes I just like to refresh my memory and pull out ALL of my material. I enjoy the textures and soft muted colors. I adore visiting my crocheted doily collection. I ponder the ladies who created such incredible small beautiful works of art.  

So... what do you do when you are not in the frame of mind to create? 

How do you go about resolving issues: do you stay artsy or do you take a break altogether?  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Calming the whisps

I feel like I have fluff floating around in my head.

I see a beautiful afternoon, in the middle of a field, sun shining, and all I can see is dandelion fluff floating in the air.

I am working on my next box. I was on a roll and had to break for a doctor appointment and then an impromptu house showing, which technically was a no show. By the time I returned phone calls, text, fed the animals, made a cup of tea, my muse decided to go to bed for the evening.

I cannot, for the life of me, figure out or put in order what I was trying to do earlier. So back to that frantic state of being. Oh, I know I'll get it back. I guess I'm just too wound up to settle down. I can create so much better if there is nothing going on, or I can at least pretend nothing is going on.

There are these little fluffy things floating around, and if I could just grab one and hold onto I might ....

What do you do when...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Little Boxes (Pictures)

Drum roll please....

I am finally getting these on here. I'm so pleased with my self, I'm Pink.
We have had showing after showing; which has made it difficult, to say the least, to get all the wrapping and packing done. On the box I mean.

I have a confession: after going through the pictures, I realized that there is quite a bit that did not get photographed. I don't know if it was that, I was on a roll and forgot, or what: but I promise I will get better at this. I'm pretty ecstatic that I remembered to get this many.
Remember I did say (warn) in the beginning that I forget to take pictures all of the time.
So without further ado, here they are:

This is everything all wrapped up and ready to go into the box. . Whew!

Friday, April 3, 2015

How do you Art?

I was pondering this question while I was trying to pack up a Little Box Of Smiles. What started the pondering is that I was looking at my pile of to do tomorrow stuff. I have gathered a bunch of ribbon and some material I had torn to be ribbon. I was considering getting down on the floor to pull out stamps to go on said ribbon material and then I started the pondering. OOF! that was a lot of words to get to the point.