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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Smash Book and Other Nonsense x

I thought I would put up a small post with some things I have been doing recently. The first is an A3 sketchbook I was covering, although I seemed to run out of ideas half way through! So it is still a work in progress.

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The second is my Smash book I bought for my birthday which I am just obsessed with. I have only doodled on the front cover and sort of started a page without a main idea, which is what Smash books are all about, but my art journaling and shadow boxes have been my focus for the last two months really so I feel I have neglected my Smash book. I have been collecting things for it though, whenever I find something interesting in a magazine.

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Well that is all for now guys, have a great week!

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!

Art Journal Pages

Here are some art journal pages I have been doing recently, trying out different materials and seeing how I can play with them to create something. The first one I decided to rip a mixture of papers up and glued them to the page, before spraying and painting over the top. I like the textures this created. The second picture I wanted to create a blue page so sprayed a mixture of green and blues and water onto the page and I had some cute fish postcard which I cut out and stuck onto the page. While it isn’t as good as I did hope (it is quite difficult to draw onto the shimmery spray) I am quite happy with it as it is about the process rather than the overall piece and just doing these pages has given me lots of inspiration.

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New Art Pages

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I have been so productive with my art journal, I think because I’m really excited to be using my new materials! This one looks quite dark, I think because I used so many things on the page, including grunge paste which I scrapped into, then dylusions sprays, acrylic paint, pen, and grunge paper I die cut into the flowers, butterflies and hearts. I am still quite happy the way it came out as I think it is quite interesting and gave me the opportunity to play with my art and enjoy the process much more.

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I love the colours of this page (which I scanned in) and I used the grunge paste more sparingly with a stencil to get a different effect. I also made my second video of me making this which you can watch here:

Second Art Film

I’d love to hear what you think!

Art Journal Page

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Here is my finished art journal page I did at the weekend. I love the colour sprays which are Dylusions by Ranger. I set myself the project of a little video showing how I made it. Here a link:

Art Video

Please let me know what you all think! Enjoy!

Art Journal Ideas

I started this doodle/ sketch without any real idea, yet when I started to colour it in – especially the blue hair – an idea for a painting struck me!

I have a really big canvas I think this idea will work well on, just not sure how I’m going to actually paint it! I’m going have some flowers and vines on the left side and make it more colourful like a garden.

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