Tuesday, 26 August 2014

There's going to be a change - for now


It's been a few weeks since I posted on my blog which has been troubling me somewhat.  I have found it difficult to get into the studio to work for any length of time and anything that I have produced has been in snatched moments of time.  As anyone who blogs knows, it takes up quite a bit of time to add to a blog and a considerable amount of time if you commit to doing it on a regular basis.  It's not just the content of the post, there are photos, links to mentioned companies/products to find and editing to name but a few things to bear in mind.  

I want to be able to create a nice blog where I can look back to see how I went about a project, how I put it together and to be able to learn from it and improve.  I'd also like my blog to be something that other people enjoy reading too.

I feel that I have been a little too ambitious in my first few months in my new home thinking that I would be able to spend the time needed to produce a weekly blog.  We have been so busy since we moved and had so many lovely people come to visit us whether it be for a day or a week, the time just disappears.  If I have missed weeks on my blog, I have felt a little guilty that I have not produced anything and then it feels like blogging is more of a chore than a pleasure.    

With all this in mind, I have decided to take a small step back - running before I can walk springs to mind here - and reduce my blog to a monthly post. This time frame feels more realistic at the present time and I have decided to do this up to Christmas (yes, I said the 'C' word).  Following my post in December, I will review whether I feel able to put that extra time into a fortnightly or even weekly blog.  

Thank you for taking the time to catch up with where I am at the moment and please look in at the end of September for the first of my monthly blogs where I know that amongst other things, I will have a haul to share with you.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

It's holiday time - for my mojo!

Hi there

It's right in the middle of holiday season here on the south coast.  There are lots of holiday makers and families having a good time on the beach, the roads are very busy with day visitors taking advantage of the beautiful weather.  In fact, everything seems to be very busy and buzzing all around me, but my mojo seems to have gone on its holidays too.  I have had visitors again and, don't misunderstand me, they take up studio time.  I love to have family and friends visit and stay, but it is impossible and impolite to disappear to the studio for a few hours.  How do others cope with creativity time being taken up for whatever reason?  

I have been sitting looking out of the window waiting for inspiration - I think it's on holiday with my mojo too! My desk is covered in 'stuff', it is not a pretty sight 

This is not a creative mess, it's just a mess! 

I did receive some nice mail in the post this week though and perhaps I'll be able use these books to give me a creative kick start.  

I love colouring and used to love colouring with my daughters when they were small.  These are 'grown up' colouring books by Jonanne Fink which feature her Zenspirations illustrations.  Each page can be removed from the book and coloured with any medium.  Perhaps if I choose one of these lovely illustrations and work without my head being filled with daily intrusions - shopping lists, cleaning schedule, washing, ironing etc - my mojo will creep back and I'll be off again.  

I did not want to miss a post just because my creative juices have temporarily gone AWOL - honesty is the best policy.  Let me know how you get over any dry patches and I hope you check back again next week to see.

Thank you for stopping by, I'm off to sort my desk out 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Turning a failure into a success - nearly!


It's August already - I can hardly believe it.  The hot weather has been carrying on, but as I write this, today is a little cooler and I welcome that.

If you looked in last week, you will have seen that I had had a disaster with my first attempt with Copic Ciao pens.  I spent some time this week looking through some videos on YouTube to see where I was going wrong and I think that I have made some progress.

As you can see, to make it a little easier on myself, I stamped the image again (on the right) in black and followed the instructions on the videos that I had watched.  I think that it looks much better although I think that the shading could look better.  I did have a go with another image 

I love this sweet image and I used the Copics to colour the cupcake case. I think that the blending looks much better than the flower image.  It seems that it takes some time to get the blending just right and lots of going back and tweaking it here and there.   I'll just need to keep colouring which won't be too onerous for me - I find colouring images very therapeutic.

I have loads of pretty backing papers, some I have bought myself and some have come as gifts with magazines.  I have always thought that the papers should be used with scrapbooking and have never had the courage to used them in cardmaking.  As I am sure that I have mentioned before, I follow Kristina Werner (www.kwernerdesign.com) and Jennifer McGuire (www.jennifermcguireink.com) and was interested to see their collabaration for several different online card classes (www.onlinecardclasses.com)  There was a class on using background papers and this was right up my street.  I signed up for it and spent my time watching it thinking 'why didn't I think of that'.  So following the class, I made these 

I was really pleased with these and I'm going to look through my box of patterned papers to see what else I can come up with.  If I'm being honest, I think that I found the papers a little intimidating and before taking part in the class, I would never have put a striped paper with a flowered one.

Thanks for dropping in this week - check back again to see more of the Copic colouring and how I've been using my patterned papers.