Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Year of Rumi : fan your flame

Last weekend I had a wonderful Girls' gathering away at the beach sandwiched between 2 extra busy weeks at work. Finally I've had time to complete another art journal spread. It's been almost a month since I shared my previous page in my altered art journal, repeating a prompt from Effy's A Year of Rumi online class. Our Rumi quote for July inspired a fan shape in Effy's original art page and in my own art card HERE
I loved the fan and decided it would be lovely to have one also in my art journal along with a face. I was also inspired to use Turquoise and Red together again and thus my background began : 
She has really taken her time in emerging in sometimes difficult ways....
Red glaze finally made me happy with the fan
But that was a much easier fix than her face....got her eye position far too low to begin with but didn't realise until I stepped back to work out why she didn't feel right {a lot of courage to share this!}
Quite a lot of reworking to get the eye to here....but she still doesn't have the right expression for the fan - not flirtatious enough 
I lowered her upper lid and added the extra white pen details. Also had to rework her hairline a little bit before I was happy
Finally I'm calling her done
Find out more about the "A Year with Rumi" class with Effy Wild HEREYou can also enjoy this class by joining Effy's Patreon account and paying monthly. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Inspired by....

Online art classes for 2020 have begun to be advertised. I always feel a bit overwhelmed trying to decide if I want to do none or all of them! If you want to get a taste for what Life Book 2020 is all about, you can join the FREE Creativity and Wellbeing summit which this year runs 16-30 September. Sign up HERE
Enjoy Free Access to 30 Inspiring Interviews and 30 Art + Wellness activities!
Learn how creativity can support your wellness and happiness in life!
I've never done "Let's Face It" but it looks really good - read all about it HERE.
Registrations open 14 October, and REALLY Early Bird special of US$99 ends November 30. If you follow that link you can also go on a blog hop to win a free place.
Alisa Burke also has a new online Art Journal class which begins September 23rd. I am ALWAYS inspired by her work.
Find out more HERE - early bird registration US$35 until it launches. 
What's inspiring you? Any FREE classes you know about that I might not? Please share!

Monday, September 2, 2019

August to September in New Zealand

Spring is coming. It felt like it suddenly arrived yesterday (the 1st) with a stunning day of sunshine but the official date for Equinox is 23 September so it may continue to be a bit unsettled with some wintery reminders until then... My magnolia tree is in full bloom ready for the winds that always come to spread the petals around! I love the colours and the abundance. I am grateful for this sign of warmer seasonal change as I navigate the challenges of change in my own life cycle whilst also doing my best to support others my family love in their own times of change and personal need. I'm still present over here, doing something creative most days, although scarce on the blog these past couple of weeks cos of *reasons*. 
The photo above is of the art I completed in August. I am feeling happy that I am creating pieces I love at a pace that fits with my other priorities. I haven't shared the cards yet on the blog, but you can see the process photos of the art journal spreads HERE and HEREI still take #arteveryday photos - the desire to keep up that ritual reminds me to try to create a little every day....sometimes the photos are ''every couple of days" and when I look at what else I do in my week, that's perfectly okay. I did quite well last week : Monday - Sunday
I continue to take a neonatal quilt making elective at school - as you can see above that takes up quite a bit of time at home helping them by preparing their next steps. 
I also taught a 2-hour class on Art Journal construction at the beginning of the month. I am really proud of that class. I did lots of preparation and I've shared a very detailed blog post with a ton of links from that class HERE. It's a wonderful resource of all sorts of ways to create different book forms. 
New supplies this month : I was very blessed that a friend from my quilt group was having a clean out and gifted me these! 
I have owned and loved lumiere paints for a while now, but have never owned soft pastels. I need to do some research about how to use them - they are chalky. Apart from knowing they will need to be sealed with workable fixative, I need some time to play and experiment so any tips you can give and links to tutorials would be great. Do you think I could find info on pan pastels and use them similarly? Look forward to reading your comments.
As suspected, I have finished my Inner Work Journal to coincide with the end of the month.
August was much more focused on intentions of being present and thinking about "what really matters?" instead of having a check list of things to achieve. I think I will continue that focus for September. I'll be preparing a new journal for my writing practice for the new month ahead. I purchased a plain blue book this time and picked up a lovely mandala stencil at the same time...I'll share how they combine
I was VERY disappointed that Tam's new book didn't arrive for me in August - preordered so something's gone wrong. Hopefully can share with you in September. 
In other news for September, I am starting with a VERY social week (2 x dinners and 2 x afternoon coffee with close friends) and this will culminate in traveling away on Friday to our annual "Girls' Weekend" - 8 women at Raumati beach - we shop, eat, drink, laugh, share and relax. Most of us had our first babies together 19 years ago!
I ♥ stencils and I'll be sharing techniques next week in a 2-hour class - of course I'll share useful links with you again after the event as I always do when I teach
Really happy that I was able to complete a piece of art yesterday 
- great start to the month and I am looking forward to finishing this work in progress very soon : 
I also made these card bases during the last month so hope can make something of them 
I love Spring and am looking forward to hopefully warmer temperatures and some switching out in my wardrobe from merino and jerseys to lighter pretty tops and sneakers. Also looking forward to sharing art and other inspirations with you this month. Talk again soon. 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Klimt in the garden with Rumi : August art card

Ready to share my next art card inspired by Effy's A Year of Rumi online class. These art cards present special challenges to me since they are only 5 3/4" square. Always start with gatherings - I know I'm going to use a candle to symbolise the light and I already have all my quotes printed in the same font
I love stenciling and am teaching a class in this next week - I'm also very inspired by turquoise at the moment and I think it will make a lovely night time suggestion without being too dark
Next I decided to add some pretty washi tape for more subtle background interest and trial positioning my candle and quote
Before I stitch anything down I check and see I've got Klimt covered with my patterned fabric and the gold (+ I always use metallic thread) but what am I going to have for my in the garden element? Having sorted that, the machine stitching with gold metallic thread begins
Once I've finished stitching down all my elements, I always find a suitable fabric to put over the back and machine stitch right around the edge. 
This is my completed card for August. 
Find out more about the "A Year with Rumi" class with Effy Wild HERE. Check out the rest of my art card series HERE.
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