Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Out with the old... In with the new....

This month our journaling theme with the Paint and Chronicle group is Simplify.  Specifically by decluttering  (oh I know - its a dirty word - but it has to be said) LOL.

I glued this quote into my journal last week:  " I give up freely what is no longer serving me.  I release it to create space for what inspires me".

And so I decluttered my bedroom (I wont post a before picture - too embarrassing - seriously!!) - four years of clutter went out - 9 cardboard boxes of "crap" went to the dump!  Why had I been living with this for so long?!!!  (I am not a hoarder (family laughs hysterically in background) - I just hate tidying stuff up, I dont have the energy for it and it causes me physical pain.  So I leave it.  I walk over it, around it, pretend its invisible....

By decluttering (as tough as it was, physically and emotionally), I freed up what was no longer serving me and I was able to create a space for what inspires me.  Quite literally.  I created a little nook in my bedroom for journaling and drawing etc, which is really very inspirational.  I am so very thrilled with it.  Judge for yourself:

much love

"Give up the idea of what life should be and just celebrate what life is"
-James Arthur Ray-

Monday, 9 March 2015

Intuitive Painting on Tags

This is last week's creative exercise, intuitive painting on manilla tags.  The idea was inspired by the artwork of Mystic Tulip on Facebook. 

First I painted the tags with a layer of white acrylic paint (in retrospect Gesso would have been a much better idea).  Then I added a background layer with gelletos and sealed that with a layer of gel medium. I then doodled some designs with a black marker:

After that I painted the backgrounds and the designs with acrylic paints, leaving some areas of the first layer to show through:

The next step was to redo the black outlines and add further doodled details with black and white pens:

Finally , I glued the tags onto co-ordinating cardstock and then machine sewed around the edges.  I also added word stickers and hand-dyed ribbon bows:

(no comments on the sewing please LOL ) 

much love
Be Open For Unexpected Pleasures