Hello, Happy New Year! Its 2020 and for some reason, I get more excited about New Year than I do about Christmas.
So….do we still do goals? Hmm, lemme see. Not sure about doing a 2019 review that’s for sure. Not much to say on that to be honest – yeah I finally got a job, but its retail hell-on-earth, so I guess my first goal for this year would be to extract myself from that, and get myself into another type of job.
Another goal, would be time management, ha!
The thing with me is working 12 hours every other day needs a day or two of recovery time, and by then, its back to work. So……until I acquire another job, I’m going to have to re-jig my schedule to fit in some creativity.
(Can you tell I have had some time off? This post is peppered with sketches, haha!)
So yes, first things first, time management and find a new job. Do you have any goals to aim for this year? Lemme know – we can hold each other accountable, hehe! 🙂
I’m sitting here in my little kitchen, with a mug of tea, wondering how I’m going to spend my day off today. I think about getting creative, making art, and planning on how to finish a project I started 3 weeks ago.
Scrolling through the news, I came across this:
Its a banana stuck to a wall.
This work of art (by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan) sold for $120k dontchya know. AND you have to change the banana every so often!
Well now, clearly I have been doing this art thing ALL wrong….pity I ate my banana for breakfast, pfft!
Link to sky news article : The world has gone bananas
Just to show you what I’m doodling…..first the blobs and splashes on the page
Then the “transformative doodle” thingy
Oh these simple things do amuse, don’t they?! 😀
So I made this little art book, just for out and about travelling to work and things.
I made it with strips of long paper all folded together…..lemme show you
I splattered a huge sheet of recycled drawing paper with watercolour paint….Jackson Pollock style. (That cup of orangey liquid, is watercolour water….its not juice, heh!)
Then waited for it all to dry, before tearing into 4 long strips. I may have used a hairdryer……it helps move the paint around too.
Then I folded up the strips into equal sections, making the pages of the book. What I love about this is are the details that emerge in the smaller format. So many are missed when viewing a large sheet, but making it smaller just brings a different persepective to the artwork. I see shapes and patterns that I didn’t notice before.
Stick a cover on it, doodle around the colourful shapes that I see, and make art. Its quite interesting making something out of random blobs and dots. And having some colour already on the pages, takes away that “oh what can I draw on this pristine white sheet of paper?” feeling.
I’m going to make another one now – it only takes about 20 mins to do (including drying time)
Hello (again). So after my last post, I was thrown into more work between two shops and 12 hour days once more. Charity retail is not for the faint hearted, I can tell you! Creative time was limited, my mood worsened (I know, I know, introvert problems, what can I say) and finally…..finally, I have a few days spare.
So I decided, once and for all to get my act together. I collected every pen and pencil I own, and sorted them out, cleared my desk, tore up some scrap paper and cobbled the pages together with cable ties (because the less *perfect* a sketchbook looks, the more inclined I am to play in it. I do have the most lovely embossed leather sketchbook, which I received 3 years ago for Christmas. Needless to say 3 years on, I still haven’t touched it)
My aim is to create/draw/paint/doodle/note take, every day. Just a short time, say 30 mins max. Not creating a work of art (pressure), not for Instagram or Pinterest (because….pressure – although I’ll share some things on here because I like you 🙂 ) I’ll stick random things of the day and just play. Gosh I miss it.
So this is my little set up. Drawing stuff within grabbing distance, paper ready to be scribbled upon, and coffee. Always the coffee. Out of shot is a little portable CD player (old school, yep) so I can immerse myself in music should the mood arise. Also, no interruptions! Happy Days! Hope you are all well. x
So I have a job now. Hence my absence. I may have a job and a half after Wednesday, but for now I have *a* job. Until December. Its in a shop, nothing like an office, but its ok….although dealing with people all day is exhausting. (Introvert problems y’see)
Trouble is, I have no time to be creative which annoys me. I’m still finding my feet and getting time to play is few and far between. However, I did manage the mini painting up there, and a bit of decalcomania
And now I’m going to nap. Because working is hard work. 🙂
I took this photo last night as I nipped out to the shop to get some milk. I thought it was fun, all these balloons just lying around in the street. Heavens knows where they came from!
Anyway, I’m trying to think of some ideas for the charity event that is happening soon in October. More about that later (I have no news, just that all staff need to contribute something to raise money – eek!) Obviously I would like do something creative, but not sure yet what to do. Some ideas I have on my list just now are:
I did this one way back using watercolour splatting and drawing around it.
These keyrings are made from corrugated cardboard, or paper beads that I rolled up and painted.
Bubble photos are great fun, and not too “out there” haha!
I love doing other things, as most of you well know, but some of my stuff is a little bit odd, shall we say……I need to keep it mainstream really. Not that bubble photos are mainstream, but you know what I mean. I also thought about painting stuff and upcycling, so if I find any more items to do that with, I shall give it a go.
Happy Friday! 🙂
So I altered another charity shop find…..well it was going in the bin, so I had to rescue it! Had To…..!
This was originally a plain wooden box thing for bread. I stained the wood (with acrylic paint) and glued scrapbook paper onto it. The paper already had a grungy look to it, so I went with it. I liked the aesthetic, so just followed through. On either side I covered two cardboard tubes with paper and glued one end to a point so that anything (paint brushes, etc) I put in, wouldn’t fall out. One the other side I papered over a little box and used that for pencils.
Inside I stained the wood again, and used it to store paints (in the orange pouch), paper, palettes and a jar (for water). I love how the door bit folds open so that I can paint on it like a little table, so cute! So yes, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out – only took a day to do it.
If I find something to upcycle again, I will do a before and after, or even a video, ha!
So I have veered into the word of Vintage Ephemera……which is a whole new place for me. I was initially inspired by some youtube videos of books/journals that were being made with scrapbook paper ( I bought a whole stack of pads last week from the Poundworld chain of shops that was closing down, purely because they were pretty. I had no plan in mind, I just didn’t want them to go to landfill)
So I was browsing the videos, wondering where they got their images from, found some free image sites, downloaded a few images to see what they looked like, and made this…..
Naturally I had to go with the surrealist in me…..no straightforward matchy matchy for me, oh no. So here we have a steampunk scrapbook page, with random cactus placed along the bottom. The cacti have upturned strawberries as flowers (heh!), and an early 19th century girl stands among the thorny plants waiting for her beloved. He brought along his giant pet bird because he couldn’t find a sitter, but the bird doesn’t mind as he found a friend in the upper left corner. So yeah, that was fun. Off to find some more pics now – apparently vintage is a *thing* just now – who knew?!
I got this elephant from the charity shop where I work as a volunteer (maybe I haven’t said before, but I have been there a month or so now just to keep me busy) and it was a simple white ceramic elephant. I jazzed it up with acrylic paint to make it a little bit funky. (The customers of the shop are so funny – I could write an entire blog about it in itself, but *privacy issues* y’know…..)
I also used the elephant as a way to get my creative “mojo” back on track since I lost it for a while. Its been a busy wee month here, although still no jobs are happening. (I kind of get fed up after a while when nobody even bothers to reply)
Hope all is well out there in blogland. 🙂 Now I have some focus, perhaps posting here will become a bit more frequent!