Posts Tagged ‘creativity’


It feels like it’s been forever since I posted…I don’t think I’ve ever gone this long. Things have been a bit crazy in April – I have a new position at work which requires some after-hours work just to keep up with everything. I’ve hardly done anything creative. I really want to get back on track with my artistic goals.

Some good news…my recycled magazine page bows will be published in an upcoming issue of Greencraft magazine! I was very happy to receive that news…now I just need to write the article.

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It’s been months since I’ve created anything. I find when I don’t create for a while, I have trouble getting motivated to do it again. I’ve been working a lot and have been more tired than usual too, which does not help get the creative juices flowing. But I managed to finally 1-find time and 2-rouse myself to do something…anything!

I picked up where I left off with my magazine-page bows. These are so cute, and easy to make. I ripped out some magazine pages and painted each side with a gesso wash. Then I stamped on top with a variety of rubber stamps. The stamps are the clear cling-type; I have a large acrylic block and I stick as many stamps as I can to it. That way the stamping looks random-ish but doesn’t take as long as individually stamping each stamp. I used Staz-On ink, which is a new product for me, and I have to say I am becoming a big fan. Definitely need to get more colors of Staz On!

I’ve made these before, but I did not do anything additional to the magazine pages. This time I decided to step it up, and make some vintage glam bows. With sparkle of course! Courtesy of my beloved Glimmer Mist.

Here is a magazine page that is ready to cut into strips.

glam magazine page

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Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of What If I’m a Mermaid?.  I thought I would take a moment to revisit my very first post.  I had written a list of goals which I hoped to achieve through my blog, or online art journal as I preferred to call it back then.  I can say that I have pretty much failed at all seven of my goals.

1.  Mark my artistic creations, endeavors, hopes, dreams, failures, and accomplishments.   – ok, I do some of this, but I could go deeper.

2.  Share with other women the struggle to maintain a “room of one’s own” when one has so many other responsibilities to tend to.   –  I have spoken of this a bit.

3.  Share my art with others.   – I have accomplished this one!

4.  Put myself and my work out into the world.   – This also I have accomplished.

5.  Challenge my creativity.   – I have done this a bit, with a couple challenges, such as the Halloween inchies I did last year.  Actually I think that’s the only challenge I’ve done!

6.  Meet new people.   – I would say that I have accomplished this in a general way.  Blogging has given me an opportunity to learn about topics and see things from different perspectives.

7.  Allow those interested in my work an opportunity to learn more about my processes of thought and creativity.   – I do speak a bit about my process but I could certainly explore that more.

Here are my new goals:

1.  Share my work, dreams, failures, accomplishments, and processes.

2.  Challenge my creativity via special projects.

3.  Encourage others to explore their creativity.

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it’a been a while!
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted. I don’t know what to say other than that I’ve been….busy. I strongly dislike that word – busy. When people say they’ve been busy I bet they can’t really even say exactly what it is they’ve been doing. I’m not really sure what I’ve even been doing – taking care of Lily, housework, my job, stuff – but I certainly haven’t been creating anything or posting on my blog.

But all that is going to change, mainly because I’m about ready to go crazy! It’s been at least three weeks since I’ve worked on any projects – and that is simply unacceptable. No wonder I’ve been feeling so frustrated lately. I was put on this earth to make stuff and post on my blog – two of my most favorite things! So let’s get back to business, shall we?

a little help from my friends
I’m very excited about a new book I bought last week: The Artistic Mother – A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, by Shona Cole. I first heard of this book a few months ago in the Postscript newsletter from Stampington. As soon as I read the title I knew this was a book I needed to get.

artistic mother

I had stopped in Barnes & Noble last week to see if they had Jewelry Affaire (which they did, and more on that in a minute). I’ve been trying to find some crafts that Lily and I can do together so I decided to check out the craft books. As I was perusing the shelves my eye suddenly came upon The Artistic Mother sitting on the shelf right in front of me.

Considering how utterly frustrated I’ve been lately with trying to find time to create, I felt this was a sign that I should get the book.

So now it’s mine and I can’t wait to get into it. Miss Cole covers some foundational topics (motivation, inspiration, creating your own space, planning) as well as some basics in digital photography, mixed media & collage, and poetry! (a forgotten art these days but one that I’ve always enjoyed)

I like how she uses an “art action plan” for each project, which breaks the project into small bits that you can fit into your day. I’m the kind of girl that loves a good action plan!

I decided to dedicate a half hour a day, at least, for creating. If I don’t create, I get downright ornery! Creating keeps me sane and at least a little more balanced. An unbalanced mother is not a good thing.

a jewelry affair

jewelry affaire

So I see the jewelry I submitted for the first issue of Jewelry Affaire was not selected for publication. Looking through the magazine though I can see that I was off in the jewelry that I made. I think my jewelry was lacking in imagination and creativity. The pieces I made were very pretty (and I’m looking forward to getting them back!), and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I need to ramp it up a bit. At least now I know better what they are looking for. The next submission deadline is May 15, I think, and while I’d love to send something, I’m not getting any concrete ideas and time is so short. Might have to wait until the next deadline!


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The other night while watching American Idol (a guilty pleasure!) Kara, one of the judges, made a remark that I’ve been thinking about ever since.

One of the contestants, Megan, gave a very good performance despite being ill with the flu. Kara commented (and I’m paraphrasing) how Megan displayed determination and seriousness in her craft by performing while being ill, and that’s good because being an artist is hard work.

It was those last few words – “being an artist is hard work” – that was a revelation to me. Especially since at that moment I was working on my vintage Halloween project and trying to stave off those creeping thoughts of “I’m never going to get this done in time”, “this is going to look stupid”, “I can’t do it”, etc.

Being an artist – a serious artist, one who is passionate about perfecting her craft and determined in getting her work out into the world, one who is focused on developing her artistic vision and pushing her creativity to it’s limit (and beyond!), one who sees the value and importance in sharing one’s work, and indeed sees creativity itself as a gift to be shared – requires a great deal of hard work.

There are deadlines to meet. New techniques to learn. Publications to read. Websites to maintain. Etsy shops to update. Blog entries to write. Photographs to be taken. Online communities to participate in.

Oh yeah, and art to be made.

It’s not all sparkly beads and glitter glue!

I felt, strangely enough, relief when Kara said that. It was a validation. That it’s ok to be an artist and take my creativity seriously.

Which is good, considering how much time I devote to it!

So now I can say, when I pull out my paper and scissors or my thread and beads, I’m not playing. I’m working!

~off to work~

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