That’s Beth’s chosen theme for today at Mixed Media Monday… so I decided not to create something ‘new’ for this challenge, but instead, I turned to an unfinished page in my altered book. It had a layered, brayered, image transferred, grungey background ready to be finished – the ideal ‘leftover’ base!
It’s not hard to find scraps on my deskspace at all – I am so untidy and always have 2 or 3 ‘things’ on the go anyway! The big birdie was painted onto a watercolour background I didn’t like, so he was duly cut out and stuck down on this page. I decided I had to put him on a branch, so I opened up one of the books I use for text and gathered all the leftover scraps from previous cuttings and stuck them down as branches. I was quite careful about which side I stuck them down because some of the words were very important…
I was making zetti-style ATCs yesterday and had punched out teardrop shapes from the same book, so I used those as petals. A bit of judiciously applied Neocolour crayonning and smoothing out with the brush and I was ready to doodle and outline. My thoughts are as follows (and if you don’t want a tea/coffee break, I suggest you stop reading now!):
In 2009, I became obsessed with becoming an artist. I believed that to be successful, you have to sell a lot of your work so that you can become a ‘proper’ artist and do it for a living, so I set up my shop on Artfire.com and went about networking, marketing, etc. etc. That was in the summer last year. I had 3 or 4 part-time jobs aswell as a family, pets and a house to look after. How did I manage to juggle all those balls without dropping them? I have no idea, but in truth although I may have become an excellent juggler, I lost my way a bit too…
I still have pieces of cutlery and some other work in the Gallery and my wacky jewellery is in my friend Lyn’s shop in Bude. I have all my larger items ready in boxes for when we start up at Tintagel again. I have stopped making journals as I still have a few ready, apart from those I have ‘gifted’! Looking back on that, I realise I have plenty of “stock” and there’s no need to make any more at the moment. I was also too tired to do any Christmas Fairs, believing, like a lot of other “Handmade sellers”, that people were bound to shop online and we’d probably sell out in the run-up to Christmas… Wrong!
So reluctantly, I took a cold, hard look at my art, my shop and wondered why I was unhappy with it. Truth? I was also submitting regularly to magazines as part of my Design Team duties – in the end I quit Ten Two Studios because I was too tired to do the position justice! – but it was good discipline and I am published again in the latest issue of Craft Stamper magazine – woohoo! (although not online this time…)
I am not Superwoman – no, really, I’m not. I stopped enjoying the process of creating art at one stage and when I started painting pages and experimenting with watercolours late last year, the penny finally dropped. I like the doings… not the repitition. I am a free spirit and I love the weekly challenges and prompts. I love the community of arty bloggers and online friendships. I like being a part of all that so very much. I like being accepted and asking for help when I need it (like when DD was having all the problems at school with bullying…). I like being supported and supportive; I love it when someone sees something I created and says – “Ooohh, I’d love to be able to do that!” or, “Wow! I am inspired to have a go at that now – thanks for sharing how you did it!”
So, my mantra for 2010 is going to be “Balance, Harmony and Encourage“. I haven’t yet worked out the WORD I am going to use for 2010, but I have a worksheet to help me define it and I’ll let you know when I decide what it is, so you can understand why and how I arrived at that. Face it, it’ll probably be quite amusing, knowing me!
Gonna shut up now, because I’d hate to wake anyone up!!!!