tell her she’s wonderful

After 10 days of no art endeavours, i finally got to my art desk on Friday. Inspiration just seemed to flow and these three frames are what arrived from my fingertips.

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This flower uses fabric for my stash: an old skirt, left over fabric when my eldest was a flower girl at my Dad’s wedding, a chiffon curtain, remnant tulle from a rock and roll fancy dress outfit from 16 years ago… many memories.

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This flower contains pink dupion silk from dresses i sewed my flower girls plus leftovers from the dress i sewed myself as bridesmaid for my sisters wedding and a vintage button from stash.

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These small frames make great gifts and were so fun to make.

stop saying you like my artworks

The biggest trap to unleashing creativity is listening to other people.  The lovely comments about our art, build us up only superficially because let’s face it, if we the artist don’t like the art we’ve created, no one’s opinion will change that.  If you’re anything like me, I will simply discard other people’s well intentioned comments because what i already believe about my art will generally override their comment.

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The best way to unleash our creativity is creating judgement free zones: no ‘i love your artwork’ and no ‘i dislike your artwork.’

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No compliments?  That’s so hard, we post on insta, Facebook and blog to get positive feedback don’t we?  It takes a little while to get used to sharing our work and not receiving compliment booster shots, but after a while I’ve found that I relax way more during the art process and experiment more freely when I’m free from other people’s expectations and opinions on my art.

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We as artists need to shoulder the responsibility to create group and family cultures that appreciates and values the art process and the artist.  Then we are ready to share art from the heart.  Creating that culture?  Try sharing specifically about the impact that the artwork has on you with the artist instead.  If you must complement the artwork, share something specific that you like, such as the way they used colour or the way the flower petal is so transparent or that tiny silhouette on the horizon.  Those sort of comments show you have taken time to really look at the details, and attach the compliment to the the process.

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No judgement zones create safe places for the artistic soul to fully express itself.  We will all become better artists, creators and writers, our creations will become an overflow of fully discovered creativity rather than allowing the comments of others to bonsai our creativity.

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love never gives up

I splurged on a large canvas (90cm x 53cm) and finally tackled it this week. Thanks family for letting me take over the kitchen table for two days.

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“LOVE never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful & endures all things.” Adore these words, so powerful. Huge stencil hey? Made it a challenge to work with but am happy the way it turned out.

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Lots of lovely vintage goodies on this canvas: dictionary pages, sheet music, pages from a hymn book, pages from Gone With the Wind, Wind in the Willows, Shakespeare, a prayer book, plus Japanese and German book pages.

Love it? You can buy it here.

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wild at heart

Don’t let art become complicated.  Sometimes I just wash ink all over my art journal pages as a background, grab a basic stencil, cut out a picture from a magazine that expresses what I want to say and find some words to paste on.

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Simple.

Satisfying.

In 1/2 hour i am done.

fearfully and wonderfully made

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I had one Christmas custom artwork order that i found hard to part with: “I am beautiful for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” I’m sharing it as a post now because it’s a timeless message in a society determined to  make us believe lies instead of truth.
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To the young lady on the receiving end of this canvas, I pray that the words, colours and shapes held in this canvas strengthen and give peace to your soul as it has mine, as it was created.

These sweet words are inspired from Psalm 139:14

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i love wood

2017 is a year of page turning, saying hello new and saying good bye and well done to things previously started that are now finished.

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One of my hello new, is embracing my love for wood.  In 2016 I’ve been learning to master the scrollsaw and making jewellery and Christmas decorations.  In 2017 it’s leaning to turn wood.  Yep, I’ll be taking a rough log and making it into delightful, smooth, shiny timber products such as pens, bowls, beads, candleholders and jewellery.

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So excited to have had two official lessons at my local woodworking society and racked up 2 hours practise on hubbys (and my) lathe.  My brain is expanding with all the new neuronal pathways and I’m loving it, sawdust and all.  What amazing therapy. What an beautiful way to create.

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Above is some of my Hubby’s creative timber work, he now works full time at our woodworking business called Lathe & Chisel, turning pens and jewellery.

Yay to new adventures, blank canvases and freshly cut logs of wood.  Follow our creative adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

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weeping sky

Sometimes the sky weeps. Sometimes there are good reasons and sometimes we feel like having a good cry for no particular reason. This art journal page in my mini art journal celebrates those tears. Yet the tears water the flowers  and they flourish and grow. If you’re having a hard time lately these page are for you!  With love. Sometimes weeping is the bravest thing you can do.

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