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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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:

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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.