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ACEO – Art Cards Editions and Originals

 

I have been busy creating little works of art on paper, my doodles are now available in the shop as mounted originals or prints and I will be adding plenty more as the days roll by….  beads all start with a doodle and my first love was always pencils.  Hope you all like them.  Click on the shop link to have a better look with more details.

 

As always monitors do show different colour spectrums so I have included both a scanned image and a photographed image in the shop.  I love bright colour so the bright images are more akin to the ‘real’ piece.

 

 

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Roald the Whimsy World story teller.

 

Roald is, as his name sake suggests, is an author of Whimsy World stories, he loves nothing better than being immersed in a world of BFG’s (Roald Dahl’s BFG [big friendly giant] for those that have never read it.. you must go and read it but maybe pour yourself a glass of snuzzlebunger first 😛 ). So ‘this’ Roald is always dreaming up lands far far away, with dogs playing the centre roles.. obviously. He trades his stories for gravy bone biscuits oh how they make him drool 😀

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May 2017 Component of the Month with Art Elements… the Reveal

Back at the end of April Lesley Watts from the Art Elements group announced her component for the month.  A selection of delightful ceramic cabs with gorgeous rich colours in the recesses of a mold she made from a section of shell.  To read the full blog post of the original article click on the link above.
Lesley creates beautiful pieces in ceramics and in metal clays – you can see more of her work on her Facebook  page.   Lesley does favour the more organic style of work, compared to my wacky designs but I did fall in love with these pieces as soon as I saw them.  There were several colour choices to choose from but the green glaze really appealed to me.

I chose one of the round cabs and when it arrived I was not disappointed, these pieces are rich in colour and really tactile, I did have it on my work space in my ‘kitchen studio’ – very posh sounding corner of the kitchen dinning room where I keep all my drawings and pencils for when I take over the table!  I kept it out on the dresser so I could just pick it up and touch it, in the right hands this would make a really lovely tactile brooch or pendant but I saw dragons.  My first idea was a dragon drawn with scales using the colours of the cab to guide my choices but then I went on Pinterest searching for a quote that appealed to me and found this one…
‘Never stop looking up’.
What a lovely positive saying and I immediately thought of giraffes and was cross with myself for choosing a green cab rather than a giraffe cab that would have gone with this idea better.  For a few days I mused over this and stroked my cabochon until my husband commented on some other drawings had I done, I was lamenting (again!) about being quirky and cartoony and as far away from my realism portrait days as is humanly possible, when he said to me ‘don’t stop being different that is what makes you you.’ (once in a blue moon he can be quite sweet, usually ruins it by then telling me I have got a big backside compared to when we met 25 years ago….  such is married life!)
So I modified my saying….
I am still really new to Art Journalling just for the sake of it, I doodle and draw each day but have to commit to the Art Journal idea and experiment with mixed media which I still struggle with but lo and behold, my cabochon became part of my giraffe and lets face it… never stop looking up or being that bit different is not a bad way to live!  
For more creativity using Lesley’s work please follow the links below…. 

Guests

Art Elements team

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Art Elements April COM challenge

Sounds of time, like waves that flow
Endless hours that come and go…..
This month’s COM for Art Elements is from Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions and was a beautiful swirly lampwork glass bead that reminded me so much of the sea and it inspired just a few quick lines of creative writing as I sat down to write this blog.. they have been in my head since the arrival of the bead.
Unfortunately for me this month has been one of the crappiest in the longest time as we lost our beautiful, young Simmy Cat…
… he was just a year old and leaves behind his sister ‘Mudgy who has really struggled with his passing and of course our Gordy with whom Simmy used to play ‘proper cat fighting’ games but he was so good with Gordy who was brain damaged at birth (for those that don’t know) and although he is 4 now Simmy being a big boy at such a young age could play with a cat that has no ‘gentle button’ but no malice.  Between him and ‘Mudgy they helped Gordy in ways I could never have imagined or expected.  He is sorely missed by all of us and of course this impacted on the last couple of weeks, my creativity disappeared down a deep dark hole and is only really just coming back out….
BUT….

When I first saw this beautiful bead and heard the sounds of the sea in my head, I reached for my bookcase and my rather dusty book of Chinese Knots – I love knots!  I had a small clean up in the studio and found my limited stash of silky cord.  
Now I love reading, everything and anything, although I do have a penchant for animal stories and like most people now I have the digital device for reading books downloaded BUT my most favourite thing in the world is holding a real book, smelling the pages and touching each leaf as I make my way through the story.  I lose myself in a good book.  As a result I love bookmarks and each bookmark I own can tell a story of their own.  I wanted this bead to be the ‘anchor’ of my bookmark – I don’t know about you but for me objects can hold memories and although I didn’t create this bead it instantly reminded me of standing on the beach, the wind blowing in my hair and the smell of the sand, the sea… I lived near the beach several times as a child and I love the solitude, the reflection of memories, it seemed a good fit to my recent loss.
Unfortunately  my concentration has been so intermittant that I have only managed the ‘concept’ of my bookmark but I like it so far, I will be finishing this at some point, there is always a book that needs a bookmark!  
Don’t forget to blog hop around those that joined in this challenge to see what everyone else has been creating.

Guest Designers:Sarajo WentlingDeb StewartArt Elements Team:Sue KennedyLaney MeadLesley WattClaire FabianKaren TottenCooky SchockJenny Davies-ReazorCaroline DewisonCathy Spivey MendolaNiky SayersLindsay StarrJen Cameron

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February COM for Art Elements with Jenny Davies-Reazor

This month Component of the Month challenge was set by Jenny in the Art Elements team.  Jenny produced some beautiful polymer clay heart beads and cabochons.
Out of the cabochons above I choose one like the centre that lovely soft ivory/white with gold flecks.
My original idea was bridal, but ‘love unrequited’ kept sticking in my head and the image of a bridal piece of jewellery just wouldn’t work for me. 
I have been experimenting with art journalling which I do find a challenge.  I have HUNDREDS of sketch books that I have scribbled and doodled in over the years, some have messages and diary style extracts next to them but the whole adding mixed media is completely new to me.  I came across a lovely quote ‘when the world says give up, hope says try one more time’ and it really hit a nerve with me.  My whole life has been a fight for survival on almost every level, whenever I feel like giving up something happens, a spark burns in me and anger gives me strength to not be beaten and try again.  
My heart had found its muse.
The Chinese coin is one that I had in a box at the back of the wardrobe, I have had it for years and it is supposed to bring luck, I can’t even remember where I got it from.  The playing card is representative that life is a game of chance – a tarot card would have worked here too…. – the shells, beautiful shell creations in bronze clay and ceramic and made by Lesley the former and I think one of the other members possibly Cathy, I wish I would stop losing the cards to say who did what!  Shells remind me of living by the sea and as a child holding the shell to your ear to hear the wind and maybe your future dreams.  The skeleton leaves are signs of death in Autumn but also that when Spring comes they will live again.  
It is unfinished.  I wanted to do so much more but mixed media is a struggle for me I want it to be so full of ideas and drama and things to touch and read and colour.. but my control freak artist side wants to just use line and structure.  I do love the idea of this though and I love how the heart inspired it.  The quote inspired me to finally stop procrastinating and print my doodles as cards and prints you can find them on my FB group page which you will need to join and eventually in my Etsy shop – link on the side of the blog if you want to come and find me 🙂

A list below of all those that joined in the challenge so grab a cup of tea and join me in blog hopping to see what other creations these hearts have inspired.


Guests: 
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