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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Mixed Media Is a Blessing And a Curse!

I finally feel like I am finding my way into my mixed media art journal. While it is something I’ve wanted to do for ages, I was struggling to get a balance between ideas for a page and playing with my material. Sometimes I would have it open on a blank page and not really have any what I was going to do. This was frustrating at first, and I’ve often had the ‘fear of the blank page’ but I seem to have moved past it and after playing around with different embellishments, paints and sprays I end up with an idea to explore. Part of me still holds onto the notion that it has to be an amazing piece, but I am trying to let go. That isn’t the point of an art journal, and specifically my intent was just to explore mixed media materials and enjoy the creating process, finding interesting combinations and creating different effects.

One way I have decided to create pages is through themes. The underwater page came to me after I had sprayed the blue and greens on, but I want to try more abstract themes like Memory, Escape and Enchantment. I am sure I could brainstorm a lot just from those words. I have been working on a few other things as well, including the trinket box and a mini scrapbook album. Photos are to come very soon!

Some Cool Things To Come…

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but I got struck with the lurgie last week and felt like my head was trapped in some kind of fish tank. Thank god for the weekend! Time for some recovery art making and fun. I am thinking of making a cake, maybe a rainbow cake if I can a.) be bothered with all the coloured layers and b.) have enough tins! I also want to do some paper mache, painting and drawing in my journal, as well as see a film – Flight looks good, but I also haven’t seen Django Unchained yet (film geek!).
I’m really pleased with all the great comments I have had recently on my art journal pictures – I love getting any feedback on my stuff and especially when it is so positive. I think I am allowing myself to experiment more with different styles and ideas, not being too caught up in perfecting anything and having fun. It is refreshing! And it seems to generate more creativity too as my brain is all fired up and ready to burst onto the page 🙂
Another really cool thing is that I reached 500 likes on the blog – that is super sweet! Thank you to everyone that takes the time to check out my rambles and pictures. My blog has definitely grown into something I didn’t really imagine, but that is half the fun and satisfaction of doing it. Having people like it too is a great bonus.
I have some more post ideas coming up soon on art, therapy and creating, just need to brew them up a little before they are ready… laters x

Art Journalling :)

Good evening! This little post is about my art journaling, and I am pleasantly surprised at my productivity recently. I’ve felt inspired and driven to draw, but also experiment a little with my materials. I have used water colour pencils, inks and stamps and, amazingly, have been able to let go of my notions about how the journal ‘should’ look – that isn’t even the point of doing an art journal!
It is for expressing yourself freely, exploring new ideas, ways of drawing and making marks on a page that are satisfying. I think this is partly achieved by keeping your journal private – in that you don’t feel judged by showing it to others, and then creating in your head ideas about something being ‘perfect’ – again this isn’t about a finished piece, it is a undisturbed space to develop thoughts and ideas, note things of interest and chronicle the way you grow creativity and as a person. It sounds strange as I put pages up on my blog, but I wouldn’t really show people I know, in particular while I’m working through an idea. I also know that the people who like my blog are interested in arts, creating and expressing themselves through material items, so in sharing my daily creative journey I give something of myself to like minded spirits; whether just a little smile or inspiration.
I have been on Pinterest a lot for inspiration and just finding new things has opened my mind to new ideas. Some topics I love include birds, tropical flowers and keys! And there are loads of great pictures on these. If you are feeling a little stuck I would recommend Pinterest as a starting point. I have even written a small list of the art projects I want to do this year – I will come back soon and write about that.
Time for some tea now I think 🙂

Selling My Crafts?

I’ve been thinking about creating an Etsy accound and maybe selling a few of my crafty things. Some of my friends have been telling me to do it for a while but I guess I don’t have the best confidence in my abilites. Would anyone consider buying my things? I would love some feedback

This is going to be a project I want to start for the New Year. And while I love crafting, I end up with tonnes of things in our tiny flat!

Hurray, it’s Saturday!

It feels like this week has been massively long, and also bloody freezing! So I’m estatic it is the weekend and I can have a lie in, eat some yummy lunch and hang out with the boyfriend (who is currently playing computer!). Also, hot chocolate with cream 🙂

I wanted to share my current art project as well, a shadow box. I already love it and it isn’t even finished! One annoying thing about having art and crafts as a hobby is that it can get expensive. Boo! I even thought  if I make pressies this year it will save me money. I was wrong! I’ve probably spent over £150 already! Christ! On well, some things I can use more than once like stamps, and I have so many charms, buttons, beads, paper, inks etc that I will be making more things for a very long time!

Here is a sneak peak at the shadow box

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And this is my crafting table! What a mess!

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Happy Weekend x

All The Lovely Bloggers…

It is Sunday morning, I have a nice coffee and I am listening to Louis Armstrong 🙂 I wanted to write a little post about all the lovely bloggers I have come across since I started Cherry Blossom.

The many lovely, inspiring people who have come to have a look at my blog, left comments and liked my post was almost an unexpected bonus to my starting this blog. But it is one of the best things! Knowing people like what I’m upto and are doing something similar, making art, writing, taking photos of nature is invigorating and keeps me going, even when I have creative blocks.

I look forward to finding more likeminded people and a big thanks you are awesome to everyone who comes to look at my crazy stuff! xx

 

 

 

Creative Block :(

For the last few weeks I’ve felt very frustrated with my art. I’ve felt this way many times before, yet it always seems to be difficult to dig myself out of a rut. I’m not even sure why because I still have my Vanity painting to finish and a collage I started for my friend Sharon. My Mum and Sister coming to visit took up a few days, but even with some new goodies (lovely beads :D) I don’t feel very inspired or motivated.

I wish I could be more chilled about it and say it is a normal phase, things will pick up again soon, but instead I end up fretting! I am my own worst critic. My brain is constantly fighting between being creative and being critical. This does not lead to anything productive! Part of me thinks I should step away for a while and not force myself to do art for the sake of it. It is meant to be my place of solace and it could soon end up feeling like a chore. Yet another part of me frets that when I’m not doing anything creative and arty I will lose it, lose my creativity altogether.

My mind is in a bit of a pickle….