Hi there! I had been thinking of writing this series for a while. But kept thinking I am not a famous artist, so who am I to write such a series? I work full time and feed my creative soul every chance I get. And I suspect that there are more people like me out there. I am hoping that such people and all kinds of people chime in. Talk about our innermost deep dark secrets of being creative. Did I scare you already? Well I am too but shhhhhh! Let's slay those dragons.
I am going to blab about my secrets and fears and joys for 10 weeks. I'll also mention next week's topic as well so if you want to write a blog post too you are absolutely welcome! Add your link here and let's have a party. Even if you don't want to write, share your creations - it can be anything a painting, photographs, food (well, you can't really share the food :-) but a picture would be great) , music. Share your link to anything you created.
So shall we get started?
Why do we create? I can't speak for anyone else except myself, my answer is "because it makes me happy"! Although talk to me when some creation went awry - that day I will tell you that I wished I had watched TV instead.
Ahem, back to topic - so about space. You know almost all creative books will talk about reserving a space in your house and some will even go as far as to suggest lighting conditions - sit near a nothern window etc etc. Now I don't know about you but I don't have a northern facing window. And I live in a small apartment. So what's a girl to do? Simple, I just ignored that advice. Bah, humbug - I thought. I am motivated enough to pack and unpack my art box every day.
Guess what? I am really not that motivated! Having to pack and unpack your art material is a huge buzz kill.
I come home, I make dinner, we eat dinner, I park myself on the sofa to watch TV and just the thought of unpacking puts me off. "Tomorrow I will create", I tell myself, "after all what's the big deal? All I have to do is unpack a box?". And I didn't create, at all! Because if it wasn't the inertia about unpacking it was the thought of packing. I can't really explain it. But the odds of me creating something went up tremendously after I made myself a spot. So much for my Bah Humbug! I do recommend having a spot.
Do you want to see my spot? It's not pretty, but it's mine. I can sit and make a happy mess all I want. And I sit on the floor while I work.
Another thing that works for me is to leave the material for my project out. Papers, embellishments, trinkets - I leave them out in sight. Because really "out of sight is out of mind" in my case.
So now will you share your space or something you created? Go ahead and add your link in the Inlinkz gadget below, you can add links up to Tuesday morning.
And before I forget, here are the instructions to the box.
Text paper or music notes or any paper of your choice
Pigment or Stayzon black ink
Transparent acrylic colors, I like using fluid acrylics from Golden
1. Tear up the paper into pieces and glue on the box with Matte medium. Apply this medium with a paint brush (and don't plan to ever use that brush for anything else except for gluing).
2. Let this dry, I generally leave it overnight to dry.
3. Now stamp with black ink and let this dry.
4. Glaze with acrylic paint. Glazing means painting with transparent colors, this way your stamped images will show through.
Next's week topic is about learning, where to begin learning something that you are interested in. Please join in again next Sunday!