Saturday, August 18, 2018

Moonshine : You were made for joy

I've been very busy with family birthday celebrations this month which haven't left as much time for creativity as usual. But to be truthful, I could fill that "I've been busy with....." {some excuse} every week/month - so really my problem was that I had fallen out of good habits of creating in the spaces between the busy. We all have challenges about finding time to create - I forgot to be actively creating in the 5-15 minutes chunks of time I do have. I explain the theory of micro-movements in full HERE, but the essential point is that you use every 5-15 minutes you have to do just one step - gather your materials, arrange your work space, thread your machine, add a layer of paint, add a layer of collage, find the mask/stencil, add another layer of paint, cut out found words....The effect of the micro-movements idea is 2-fold. Firstly, 5 minutes here and there can quickly build to 1/2-1 hour in a day, which is 7 hours in a week....Secondly, if I feel in a bit of a creative slump, I can trick myself by saying "I'll only do this for 5 minutes" - often after that 5 minutes, I'm sucked in :-) Once you light the flame, it's going. 
This was a lesson from Effy's Moonshine class and was built up by layers.
Once I remembered micro-movements, I was able to move forward a layer at a time and then walk away to my next "busy" while that dried. I've taken process photos - none of the steps took very long in themselves, so imagine them as the 15 minute bursts I've described over a few days.

You were made for joy ♥
You can sign up for this and other classes with Effy Wild HERE. See my Flickr album of all art work inspired by Effy's classes HERE


Nancy said...

A pretty journal spread- and glad you are back in the creative groove.

Lynette (NZ) said...

Thanks Nancy - funny how I forgot the micro-movements when I've shared that concept with so many people over the years.

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Love your 15 mins per layer approach! It's true that it's easy to fall out of the habit of creating. I find that sometimes just thinking about creating can light the fire for me but it always has to start with a small step and the next will follow!

Lynette (NZ) said...

If only i could remember to stick at the 15 minutes all the time....when you don't feel 100% for whatever reason (illness, weather) it sure can derail you. Trying to remember micro-movements for September

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