Inspirations & Sweet Things

I’ve been quite unwell recently with a sinus infection. Mostly been sleeping, feeling sorry for myself and watching a lot of nature programmes! I’ve also been doing a lot of art journaling and over the last few months I’ve found a lot of inspiration online through other artists work. I am obsessed with Pinterest!

This made me think of doing a series of blog posts on inspiration once a month. I am definitely a person who goes through phases of struggling with a creative block. It is almost like I have either too many ideas or none at all. So I am going to put up some themes and tips about this in the next few months.

Here are a few things I purchased and have felt inspired by over July and August:Art Books

My interest in Gothic art has been growing and bought Weirdo Noir which is a beautiful and informative book on contemporary pop Gothic art. It features lots of contemporary artists doing work in comics, illustration and is a refreshing change to all the shit candy pop stuff you see in mainstream day to day life. As I am also exploring sculpture, I am fascinated with art dolls and bought The Doll Scene which is full of gorgeous handmade dolls by interesting mixed media artists across the world. I love art books in general but thought I needed something a bit different to inspire me to go in a new direction.

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The Love of Magazines

I’ve been having a love affair with magazines for years! And this is a problem when you live in one room and can’t be parted with them. When I was little I would even make my own magazines, although I spent so long on one I don’t think I really let anyone else have it.

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A Little Reflection on Art

Wow, October sneaked up fast! Not long left of the year, which has made me reflect a little on all the projects I’ve done and the ones I’ve wanted to try. I seem to forget how productive I can be!

I started the year still really into art journaling and got my smaller A5 dylusions journal which I still love. I was also doing a lot of mixed media projects in Spring like my Printer’s Tray and Steampunk themed shadow box. I like to come up with a theme then collect all my materials for that.

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Mini Goodie Bags

Goodie Bag!

I’ve been thinking about doing this for ages. I spent a little bit of time putting together some mixed media scrap bags, for all kinds of scrap-booking, art creating fun. I am putting them in my  Etsy shop and even I think they are super cute and want everyone to fall in love with creating!

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Well Hello Sunshine!

 

This past week has been just crazy but gorgeous weather. All over the UK we have been experiencing what appears to be a heat wave, and when British people see a tiny bit of sun they go nuts! It has also been Graduations at work, which is still continuing this week so I have been super mega busy (I do get to do some overtime too which is good for money!). All I did last week was work, eat and sleep! However I had a lovely relaxing weekend to enjoy the sunshine, swim, do some art journalling and meet my friends for coffee and cinema 🙂

I went to a place near where I live that has a beautiful garden and wondered about with my camera, stopping to look at the different flowers and trees. It would be a great place to come and read a book. Lots of people were out sunbathing or walking dogs, and it made me really want a bike too!

Here are some of the photos:

 

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Discoveries, Intuition and Inspiration

I’ve been wanting to dedicate more time to my art blog and have been thinking about different ways I want to develop it and enrich the content, but alas work and recent bad headaches have pushed Cherryblossom into the background recently. Summer graduations are happening at the University I work at soon which means lots of overtime for me (yay!) but no time for much else (boo!).

While I haven’t spend much time this week on my art projects or journal, I have been reading new books and browsing the web for art inspiration – which is addictive! Of course I keep going back to Pinterest, and the more pictures I find the more different boards I create. I love looking at other people’s work as well and found the following lovely blogs through Pinterest:

I also bought The Bird King by Shaun Tan, who is a wonderful and dreamy artist. I recommend everyone check out his work, which is a mixture of fantasy, animals and machines. I love this one:

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Sometimes when I decide to create a project or art page I just go on an idea and see where it goes, which is relying on intuition. A part of me knows there is no wrong way to make something because even if I made a mistake, I can always fix it in a way. Yet I don’t even think something can be a mistake really. When I was coming up with my ideas for the nautical shadow box I had a very small matchstick type box and sprayed it a shimmery blue-green. When I got the little wooden boat it was ever so slightly bigger than the box. Crap! I had to use a bigger box. But what would I do with this one now it had already been sprayed? Playing around with some paper, I started to over it in small strips and decided it would make a great secret box for a mini album (pictures to come soon!). I started to decorate it with a woodland theme in mind and measured some chipboard to fit into the box. So even though it seemed like I had made a mistake, I was able to use that.

I found out about a creative writing competition at Manchester Met and have decided to enter. It has been ages since I’ve done any creative writing but I remembered that I really enjoyed it. I did some creative writing at University, and this is for a short story of 2,500 words or less. The prize is £10,000 so that is my incentive! I could buy loads of art supplies with that!

So it looks like I will be really busy over the next few weeks but I am going to squeeze time in for a new art journal page and finish the matchbox and mini album very soon. Watch this space guys!

Inspiration Has Come! New Sinners Painting

So, after a few frustrating attempts to draw again, an idea came to me for my next Sins painting. I am a better painter than I am at drawing, which annoys me because I just want to paint! But also because I don’t really know how to get better at drawing, apart from maybe shading… (I was much better at school but seem to have lost that.)

I know planing is the key to a good painting (at least for me) so this is one of my sketches I went over with in pen:

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And here is the very beginnings of the painting, which I am pretty pleased with:

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I want it to dry faster so I can do more!

Becoming Who You Are Meant To Be

I’ve not been writing this blog long, only a few months, but I’ve found I am developing my own style and niche for myself. This is like a self discovery and reminded me of the things I value and are important in life. I often forget and getting sucked down into self loathing or seeing the negatives of things. This has been especially true since I’ve been ill for about three weeks and not been able to do the things I like as much (yet still dragging myself to work!).

However, by writing my blogs, creating this little space to express myself and meet fellow bloggers with similar dreams, I feel as if I am moving towards that person I was always meant to be. It is the small things that give depth and meaning to life, whatever they might be for people. For me, noticing some small flowers growing outside, reading a book and really challenging my mind, painting my nails bright colours, even having a tidy throughout the flat gives me a sense of contentment and completeness. And I stop fretting so much of things I have very limited control.

As I have started to feel better I am hoping this weekend will be filled with lots of creating. I really want to make a crumble! I like to cook but rarely do. I also want to continue with my sins painting, and start a new altered project and a pressie for my little sister. She’s going to be 17 soon and already started her A-levels! I have lots of ideas for this project 🙂

Hope everyone has something to enjoy too x