Tag Archives: Inspirations

8 steps to free yourself up as an artist:

Step #1 go to Pinterest (or a google image search)

Step #2 find a board with about 2000 pieces of random art (art journal ideas in this case http://pinterest.com/mardi_sheridan/journal-ideas/)

Step #3 pin (save) EVERY piece you see that even part of it inspires you, dont worry if it isnt something you think you can or would do or if only a tiny bit of it inspires you….PIN IT (or save it)

Step #4 go through your list of inspiring pins (pics) and think of the art you can create with these inspirations and ideas (not duplicate but make your own in maybe a new style)

Step #5 envision it on your wall

Step #6 imagine your friends seeing it on your wall

Step #7 every time you imagine and worry about your friends not liking your art because it is different from stuff you usually do, or not cool enough, or has pink in it…SMACK YOURSELF UPSIDE THE HEAD until you realize that it is YOUR art and what you think of it is what matters

Step #8 CREATE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, make something you might not otherwise try, open yourself up to ideas, go for it!

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Out of the mouths of Babes

Some more Art Journal Every Day stuff

I have either been prepping pages, studying/buying art journal books or actively working on pages every day this month

I have decided to do a weight loss surgery Journal using¬† “stitch over ribbon” bookbinding with Bristol and watercolor paper and some bookboards from an old light weight journal and then binding it with cloth measuring tape ribbon like the one below (mine is 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 in)

I may also do one on our Handfasting, not sure.

(sorry my camera phone is not great, going to scan a bunch of work this month)

the one with the butterfly above it is my inspiration

I am learning what I can and cant do with bristol paper which I have never used before, it looks like I will be investing some money in 140# watercolor paper and learning about gessoing bristol paper, It should be a learning experiment.

1st page in my 1st handmade book, red ink sunk through page, thankfully there was nothing on the back

I have also been doing Zentangles and some work in the new journal..

Zentangle to celebrate getting under 300 pounds (I was up to 463)

Zentangle for the point of ... well Zenning out

50 art journal pages based on lists

These are 50 pages I either want to do or have done

they are all based on lists and inspired by http://www.flickr.com/groups/1359120@N22/

List #1. Art Supplies I covet
List # 2. The things you’d save if your home was on fire.
List #3. List of things I want in a man.
List #4. The professions you would like to try.
List #5. List of crafts I would like to try
List #6. List of new years resolutions 2010
List #7. List or new years resolutions 2011
List #8. List the people in history you’d like to have a conversation with.
List #9. List of projects for the handfasting
List #10. List of favorite colors in order
List #11. List the places you would like to visit.
List #12. List your guilty pleasures.
List #13. List of Favorite LOVE quotes
List #14. List of Favorite Creativity Quotes
List #15 List of new clothes I want/need when I reach goal
List #16 List of things to do after my knees are replaced and healed
List #17. List your bad habits!
List #18. List your favorite movie stars.
List #19. List your acts of kindness.
List # 20. List the ways you’ve changed since your teens.
List # 21. List your favorite books.
List #22. List of things I want to do with Alex (not sexy)
List # 23. List of reasons I like to Art Journal
List# 24. List the jobs you’ve had.
List # 25. Lists of great words and meanings
List # 26. List the hangouts from your past.
List # 27. List your biggest regrets.
List # 28. List the bands/performers you’ve seen live.
List # 29. List the most memorable friends from your past.
List # 30. List your favorite songs.
List # 31. List of favorite smells
List #32. List of reasons to love Alex
List #33  List of reasons I think Alex Loves me
List #34. List the role playing games you have played
List #35. List magazines I want to subscribe to.
List # 36. List the people you love the most.
List # 37. List your favorite cartoon shows.
List # 38. List of the silly things that make me happy
List # 39. List your favorite holidays in order.
List # 40. List the best things about you.
List # 41. List your favorite homemade foods.
List # 42. List things you would change about yourself.
List # 43. List the gothy Items you wish you had.
List # 44. Your bucket list.
List #45. List your closest friends.
List # 46. List your pet peeves.
List # 47. List the things you like to do on your day off.
List # 48. List your favorite bands.
List # 49. List how I wish I could decorate my house
List # 50. List your favorite movies.

Art Pay it forward on Facebook

A friend posted this

~pay it forward 2011~
I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. They must in turn post this and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.

so I joined up and I am doing crafts for 5 people

Tanyia, Kat Stone, Liz Stone, Beth Cox and Chelsea Mortensen

I think this is a great idea, thinking of doing different light switch covers for them all