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Upcoming Projects

I’ve been focusing on art journaling lately, and in my small art journal which I am really enjoying. I think having a smaller area to work in actually gives you more freedom because you can work with the space and build on ideas as you work. Sometimes in a bigger journal, you are faced with a much more space to incorporate into a whole and it can be overwhelming. I would probably suggest to anyone starting an art journal for the first time to go some something small, although sometimes it depends on the kind of materials you love working with and the themes you want to express.

I have two new projects I am planning to start in the next, the first being a wall hanging made from a piece of wood. I am going to paint it black and have a bold sentence in glitter across it. I want to change up my style in my room as I am little bored with it at the moment and think it needs a Spring revamp.

The other project I want to start is a bird sculpture with Fimo, foil and wire. I have an idea in my head of maybe making a toucan, those birds are really cute and colourful, but I think I will sit down at my desk next weekend and play around with some material first. I find this is the best way to get back into  something when it has been a while, get a feel for the materials and how to mould them together.

I’ve always got some kind of journal page in mind during the week so will be doodling and playing around with ideas. Sometimes I enjoy this more than making a finished piece, because it is relaxed and something I do purely for the love of it.

New collage ~ Journal Page

new inchest

A little page I’ve been doing this week, I sprayed the background then decided to try a collage effect with inches and punched out circles and leaves. I really like the overall affect here with the layers and am going to try developing this in future journal pages.

Wow! 200 followers!

I just found out I have surpassed 200 followers on this blog and I am so grateful! Thanks everyone for following, liking my posts and sharing your comments – it really has opened up my life and influenced my art making practice. I’ve also started my website from the confidence I’ve gained doing this blog and am dedicating that to my art: Cherryblossomtears.squarespace.com

To Celebrate these things, here is a picture of a cute hog x

hog

red flowers

Why Art Making is Important

 

Some doodles and paint pens
Some doodles and paint pens

I started my blog nearly two years ago, mainly as a way to catalogue my art and add a few snippets from my life. And it is funny looking back and seeing how much it has changed, because I have changed. I have gained so much confidence in lots of areas of my life, and rather than just being a catalogue, this blog has become something tangible and meaningful. It is engaged – with others, with nature, with things I do in my daily life. It is like a scrapbook, a photo album, a sketchbook, yet it breathes because I share it with people similar to me and engage through my projects, ideas and dreams.

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Feed Your Mind ~ Journal Page

feed journal

A page I have been working on over the last few days. I wanted to try different things out in this smaller art journal and with a pink page, thought a girl’s face would work. I added the leaf punches and pictures of sweets half way through the doodle to give it a different affect, and the doodles coming from her head made me think of a mind open to ideas.

A Spontaneous Doodle Page

A Spontaneous Doodle Page

A free-style doodle page on a mixed sprayed background. I wanted to try some new combination of colours and love how the orange bleeds into the red and purple. I used a stencil with black sprays across the bottom and right side, then using a larger black pen, drew a random squiggle across the pages. Using that as a base, I began filling out the rest of the page.

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