Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mail art {Received}

Some months ago Kat and I set up a new project for mail art. Some people never heard of art journaling before, nor sending mail art. Although we didn't really shared a theme, it was very obvious the pages would have a spiritual mood, since we all came from a spiritual minded community. There were people who procrastinated so much, they saw no other choice than to leave the group. I think that's a sad thing, especially when people procrastinate out of limited time (which is an illusion) or fear (even worse!). At the end, there were just 7 of us. I was the first to receive mail art and this is what I got {in close-up}:

Not on the picture: samples of mint tobacco & magnolia.

Too bad no one of the artists above has a blog or website so it would be useless to share their names here. I want to thank them all, not only for the awesome pages they have send but also for the many other swap and pay it forwards we did the past year. It's sad the community will be closed soon due some personal issues of the founder...but we all respect her decisions.

There are still pages which need to be made/shipped so we will keep contact one way or another, to keep the deal going. And who knows what will be next?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The end of a blog break + creative update

It has been a long time since my last update here. I decided to take a break from weekly blogging and try to find some focus instead.

Well that didn't work.

After many months of having a drawing block, I finally took my sketchbook and start drawing again. I still struggle with it, even with a whole new set of pencils. But yeah, I'll try to keep the practice so I guess it will go better from here. Maybe start my 100 portraits challenge again, something I also tried several years ago.

So what have I been doing all those months? Focus? It actually went the other way around. I've been painting, crafting, cooking, photographing & writing {+ a dozen of other things}. If you can't choose, pick them all, right? Take a look:

Remember Jackie, my cute little jackdaw? In spring, I wrote an article about him for Dreamtime magazine. Seeing his picture in a magazine made me smile like a child with a lollipop. Seriously.

Photography. If my camera wasn't so heavy I would take it anywhere, anytime. I took too many pictures to share them all so here's one of my best of summer.

You know what I like most about my boyfriends tattoo shop? When the sun's out, we are too! We take our stuff and paint outdoors {next to the shop} while tourists stare at us. At first I didn't like all those curious eyes but after a while I got used to it. 10 points for not getting nervous! (Work in progress)

I finished another bodhrán design. The sketch was easy... the painting, not so. Do you know this common problem when a sketch looks better than the finished work? Well, that. Besides that little detail, I'm still happy with the result. It could be worse. I didn't screw up for example, which is a big hooray.

Tattoo scribbles! Water color designs to be exact. I can't wait to see someone tattooed with one of my designs...for that to happen I actually should start a portfolio. (Which is also a work in progress) The first design of many to come.

I've also made some new bracelets! These are from the Goddess series, stretch bracelets with gemstones. All natural. You can find them in my Etsy shop here.

On the schedule {To keep the fire going}
- As I said, I've started drawing again. This must will be a regular from now on.
- I've been obsessed with filofaxing lately. I've bought my first (cheap) planner to get started until my dream filofax can be found (bright purple personal saffiano, anyone who sells his/hers?)
- Art journaling. Oh so many ideas, so little time. But I'll promise I'll share some new work soon!
- Finish those owl paintings (yes there are actually 2 of those)
- Eh, maybe I should finish all the works in progress. I hope I'm not the only one in Bloggerland with a huge procrastination towards finishing some work!

So far for the creative update. :) Soon I'll make some more blog changes so things can get a little wonky here. Feel free to share some of your work in a link below - it has been a long time since I visited artistic blog friends so it would be nice to come by and say hello.
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