…and biting the sour apple.
I clumsily dropped my phone and the front glass shattered. It’s being repaired, but in the meantime I am having a bad case of iphone abstinence. As with everything this proves what I already knew: it’s not until you loose something that you notice how much you love it (or need it, depend upon it or use it).
I am not obsessed with my phone, but now that I don’t have it I understand how often I use it to distract my thoughts, to waste time or to check for messages! I especially miss taking phone photos and sharing my favorite ones straight away on instagram. But also taking a walk and having the endless possibility of podcast and radio shows via internet in my ears! But in a week or two I will get my phone back and everything will be back to normal. Except maybe, I’ll try not to waste as much time on it when I shouldn’t…
This week I kind of lost interest in blogging for a few days too, since I turned off comments for a while… I so love the comments I get, they’re like food to me… Maybe it shouldn’t be like that, but loosing the ability to get comments here felt horrible… Continue reading
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
I love scraps! Not only the paper scraps I use all the time, but fabric scraps too. I think I collect them. And pet them, but don’t tell anyone. I love how scraps let’s you mix and match something small into something new.
From a few of the many scraps I’ve sewn two scrappy pouches for myself, one pink and one green. Love them! Pink and green are my favorite colors!
Here’s a Before Page in my Kawaii Art Journal. This is what it looked like when I bound the book together. One painted page and one gray wall paper page to the right, decorated with some polka dot washi tape.
Hello to the first of March 2014. Nice to meat you! This month let’s March on, in spite of the IC! To me it seams that February went by like a lightning bolt. Swoosh!
I need to get my planner out and mark up those pages with the projects I want to work on, the things I need to do and the ideas I want to try. Otherwise, the days just passes and nothing gets done. Except watching old episodes of Friends! Love that TV-series! Here’s what inspires me right now:
Inspiration Mosaic of images collected on Flickr, February 2014. Click the image to view the original source or view mosaic big right here! Right click on the big image once it’s open in your browser and there you can, if you feel like it, choose Use as desktop background to set it as your inspiration starter for March.
That mean old Inner Critic
I have enjoyed your comments on my review of Quinn’s book Inner Hero Creative Art Journal this week.
Well, reading your comments was not all fun. I asked what your Inner Critics say to you, and wow! Some of the comments makes me worried, because your Inner Critics are so loud and mean! Just writing a few sentences of what I hear made me realize how strong the IC can be. We’ve got way way too much negative self-talk going on. Ann wrote a whole description of her IC and says: Continue reading
I have a big love for browns and earthy tones. Brown paper! Gingerbread cookies! The color of my hair! Coffee with milk! Yum!
And let’s not forget the Brown Quilt that I made myself. I still adore it, and use it almost every day! Also, I own at least two dark brown skirts and one brown t-shirt.
Well, I really like this color.
Though I never use brown when I paint acrylics. I don’t even think I have that on my palette… Color is funny like that. It can be lovely in one area but not so much in another. To me it’s lovely on fabric and in print, but I don’t want to paint with it and I don’t like dark wood furniture… But, I adore patterned paper in different brown hues!
The spread above is inside this pretty brown-ish Smart Journal that I made:
Above all, be the heroine of your own life, not the victim.
I am drinking black coffee and reading your comments on the giveaway post. Last chance to enter the giveaway of Quinn’s new book Inner Hero Creative Art Journal, a how-to book about finding and defining your Inner Heroes. Last chance to enter now – I will pick a winner this weekend.
Do you ever feel like a old dried up paint rag, laying on the floor – waiting to be thrown away? Discarded. Finished. Used up?
Sometimes I do feel like that, but not today.
I just wondered, because I needed to share this photo with you guys!
Isn’t this dry paint rag beautiful?
So life can’t be too bad.
That’s what I’m thinking.
In the Coursera class that I took this summer (Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques with teacher Anna Divinsky) I made three of the assignments (you had to make two to get a diploma). I showed you the collage of Forever Summer and now it’s time for a look at the first assemblage in a very long time! A couple of years ago I did a lot of experimentation, all documented on the blog. Art dolls and mixed media projects, and assemblages too, at least two or three of these tin can boxes. So for this class assignment I decided to make another one in the series…
I doodled and painted a quick little compass mandala in a fresh notebook late last night. I have been jumping between all kinds of journals and notebooks lately, not feeling completely at home in any of the ongoing books…
In Search of a Compass…
Trying to find my way, in art as well as in life. The image is a good metaphor for where I am right now, in search of what to do, how to do it and where to go. After I posted a picture of this mandala on instagram I journaled a bit in my diary. Then I totally went into writing mood, and before opening up my laptop I also wrote all around and on top of my doodled compass mandala!
No medicine cures what happiness cannot.
Gabriel García Márquez
Drops of color in puddles of water, because they sky is too gray and winter too long.
I feel like I need a lot of “just because no reason” right now.
Sometimes we don’t need a reason, even though our brain constantly tries to convince us that we do.
Letting watercolors mix by swirling them into each other? Just because…