These two weeks flew by quite fast but I did quite a few things too!
Firstly I felt the need to do some loom knitting as I wanted to test out an idea. It was about making little kitties to stuff with kitty grass and have for animal auctions but it turned out it's not such a good idea to use knitted fabric for such a thing. Way to delicate for their little claws :)
I finished with my kitty illustrations for now and this was my last one. It's called "Fare Well" and is in my Redbubble shop with all the others. There is also something very exciting going on at the moment connected to these illustrations but I need to keep my mouth shut until it becomes more ... ehm.... real :)
This time of the year is also the time when Ex-tempore Piran happens and I have been part of the last two. It's an annual painting contest in which you have one week to make the painting. You go in and stamp your substrate and then you bring it in for the judges to judge. It all happens very quickly and it's this fact that makes it so interesting to be part of. At least for me as I do love a good challenge every once in a while :D
Not all of the paintings get accepted into the exhibition so to be a part of it is quite big too. And my first two times I don't think I got in this year either but at least i am not surprised :D
Here's what I made and how the stages evolved - I always love seeing process photos.
And just today I finished with my fifth batch of "25 days of" that I keep making in the morning, before breakfast. Here's just a few of the squares:
I am thinking about taking on a sketchbook for this from now on but am so unsure about it. I think I will wait with the new one as it doesn't have watercolor paper in it so that the transition won't be so painful :D Looks like I made up my mind. The tiny watercolor Moleskine it shall be!
Oh and I met with my online FB friend Alexandra! She flew over from Washington for a hiking vacation at a place called Pri Lenart but she had half a day to spend in Ljubljana so I met with her and took her around. It is just so awesome to meet online friends whom you know for years but a real deal is just so much more. What a lovely person she is! I think I'll go and have a hike with them!
Thank you for reading, all comments are greatly appreciated and see ya in a week or two ;)
With much love
Just Keep Moving
Now this is quite a jump isn't it? From the beginning of June to the almost end of August. But yeah, it happens. One gets sidetracked, looses interest, doesn't get the feedback one hopes for, is tired, lots of things. But guess what? I'm here now and will do a quick recap and then I'll just keep moving, exactly like Miss Sia says, and my oh my is she right!
So the last time I wrote, I wrote about my 25 days of tea and coffee being bound into a simple book. That thing is long finished by now and it holds so well that I will do the next three ones too. Here's a little video I did of this little book:
I continued with my morning squares and reached 100 of them! Just like that I managed to complete a 100 days project without even going for it and because of that, I have a few really cool designs in my Society6 shop and the Redbubble one to which I definitely invite you to if you are looking for something as a gift :)
I also started with another painting and had lots of fun with watercolors:
Watercolors were the big thing for my birthday in June and I am still not finished with trying out all the Daniel Smith's samples I received. I also got a few tubes and a big empty tin palette which I hope to fill up with the colors I love the most. So I still have a few samples to try and then decide which 35 will end up in my new tin palette box. It's not going to be easy, I know :)
July was mostly about being outside. We climbed a lot in a new place to us - Buzetski kanjon:
I also met with my dear friend Liezl's mom and sister and lovely Miss Bell :) because they were visiting our country and I of course offered to drive them around a bit. Three lovely ladies provided a LOT of great new memories which ended up recorded in a special little journal I made out of all the wrapping papers I received as they brought along a lot of gifts :)
Here's a short flip through video of my special journal. It was a fun one to make because I tried to do it "Liezl's" style :)
It's funny how this blog started out as a need to log my creative endeavors especially after receiving all those awesome e-courses on Jeanne Oliver's site. I can't believe how often I forget about those because I get sidetracked by being outside and all other things that are happening. But this month I remembered and watched two classes. One was about simple landscapes and sketching them on location. I realized one really needs to familiarize oneself with their watercolors and choose only the colors we love deeply. And of course, having the best quality ones we can get makes a huge difference. I didn't go out and sketch any landscapes at all as it's not something I'm drawn to do but it was nice to see those videos. In case you're wondering, this is what I am talking about - Close To Home; A Watercolor Landscape Journey
I also got myself a pair of gorgeous roller skates and till this day, I skated only 2 times :/ I know, I need to pull myself together and start learning! :)
The second photo shows my start for the e-course called In The Garden: The Tunnel Book Course. It stopped there for me but I did love the videos and the end result. Definitely something cute to make.
Well, looking back like this makes me feel so much better. I actually was creative even if I always feel I am not creative at all. Gosh, the Ego sure loves to play tricks on me :/
In August so far :)
Now, August hosts a very special project called Sketchpack Project and it's hosted by this lovely South African lady called Di Metcalf. It's been going on for a few years now and I tried to participate in the last three installments. The goal is simple, to sketch every day through August. You can do it in the project's own accordion sketchbook or anywhere you want. There's a great support group going on over on FB and it's great to see what people do.
Well, my first year was about designs for my needle felted pincushions and I stopped at about number 20. I think :) Last year I tried to paint little faces but because I chose mixed media I wan't able to follow up at all.
This year I decided to paint little watercolor illustrations - postcard size (15x10cm) but of course fell of the wagon again. HOWEVER! I still do them because they are made with an intention of being gifted to charity auctions where they can raise money to help animals in need. And this is my way of helping out. I have drawn 13 so far and will continue to do so till I reach number 31. Here's the first twelve of them:
I am also still continuing with my morning squares only I made them bigger for this next round of 25. They are 15x15 cm now instead of 10x10 cm or 8x8 cm as the first ones were. And I still like splashing colors around the most as opposed to doing something intricate or even very mindful first thing in the morning :D And I think that's what's important the most - doing something that brings you joy.
Phew, quite a long follow up! :)
If you came this far I thank you very much for reading. I hope you found something useful for yourself and that I will read from you too :) (comments are certainly very much appreciated ;) )
Now, have a lovey rest of August and see ya back in September!
With much love,
These past two weeks rushed by again but I can't say nothing happened. I finished up with my 25 days of coffee and tea challenge and all the little squares are being flattened as I write this :) I will definitely make a little book out of them as I've been wanting to try out simple magazine binding for a while now. I hope it works well and that the book won't exactly fall apart as soon as I'll start opening it.
I did some sewing too - a quick curtain fix for my garage studio and I finally took a pattern off of my recently bought top (the one I got in Spain):
But the most important thing from the last week was my getting back to painting. There's a "big" canvas waiting patiently for me since October, down in my garage studio, and I finally took the plunge and went for it. I've gotten used to it being only white and golden but it does need the colors. Of course I was afraid to mess it up completely and I am still not entirely sure I did good but I will continue working on it as the energy coming out is the right one and that's what is giving me the courage and confidence to move on. So thank you again Universe! ♥
I also kept going with the little squares as I find them to be such a lovely fit to my breakfast. I'm exploring watercolors at the moment and having fun with the splashes and salt. This is how my breakfast table looks like :D
I would really love to hear from you guys. Do let me know what you are doing or struggling with so that we can encourage each-other.
Wishing you all a lovely summer/winter time. We definitely have summer here and it's very pretty!
Thank you for reading, hope to read from you too!
With much love,
I'm in week 21 already and I wanted to postpone my post but then I said to myself no, you won't write for 5 weeks again so I won't :)
The truth is, I don't have much to show because with Spring being here and the weather somehow weird but also very nice I have been spending my time outside mostly. Which means not that much creating got done. But I am keeping up with my #25daysofteacoffee challenge! And that's great me thinks :)
I have been sewing a bit too, this I must admit. First I made something for myself - I put an applique on a bought top and I love it. I did it by hand and I hope the future fraying of the gecko fabric won't ruin everything. I'm hoping it'll actually make everything way cooler :)
Then I made a new bag for our climbing rope and I managed to recycle all the good things from the old one. So the blanket is now sewn on the bottom of the new one and the strap and the zipper were reused. It came out really well and it functions perfectly. Mission accomplished in my view :)
Here are 15 squares of the tea/coffee challenge I made up till yesterday. I'm making them at breakfast and then it depends on the day - sometimes I manage to keep adding to them during the day and other times they stay as they were made in the morning. I do like making them though but I very much dislike this paper that I'm using :) But I'm sticking with it so that they will all be the same in the end.
I discovered tea is much softer and lighter than coffee but coffee gives better contrasts.I think I'll have to expand my selection from coffee, rooibos and black tea to herbal tea because I think I used up pretty much all of my ideas for these squares. Not really sure what I'll do with them once they are finished but I think a little book would look really cute.
I know this is short but that's how it was creating wise :)
I hope you're all having good times, if not, I hope you get back in the good soon.
With much love,
I need a little challenge to get me back into the groove of being creative daily. I chatted with my online friend Ilana today and neither of us heard about one that would sing to our hearts - which is when this idea came to mind...
We draw/paint/doodle on a little piece of paper for 25 days in a row and then make a lovely collage out of all these pieces. We can display it as it is or take it further and paint over it. We could also make a book out of them. Or a garland. Or just toss them into the bin. No pressure for perfection here, just a bit of art time every day because these minutes are a life changer. They certainly put you in a very different perspective and ease of mind.
So, what say you? :)
Now, I put "art on the go" in brackets up there. Why? Because I know we don't always have a lot of time on our hands to be creative or to sit down behind our desks and make. "Portable studio" is a wording I heard many times before but never really went for it. My creative and dear friend Liezl mentioned it just the other day so I took a look at the video she linked to. Now the girl in that video packed a really big box for her portable studio but it was full of things she loves using the most for her art journaling. I decided to go much smaller for the sake of this challenge alone. I created a little package that contains everything I need to make these 25 pieces of coffee/tea art and I do plan to use it! At home or while I'm out for that tea with a friend of mine. They can have fun drawing too as I prepared more than enough papers :)
The most important thing for making art on the go is a solid surface to work on especially for the times one does not have a table near by or when we want to work on loose paper. There are a lot of things we can use for this and I am sure we all already have them at home. I use a small bamboo cutting board when I do my small sized watercolors. It's portable, I can tape the paper to it so it doesn't wrinkle up and I can have more paintings on the go at once.
For this challenge I made a sturdy board myself because I needed a smaller size. Here's how I went about it:
I took two matching pieces of cardboard (you can use any type of cardboard but do use more layers as it makes everything sturdier) and glued them up really well. I left them to dry while going for a walk and when I returned I prepared my surface to work on:
I covered both sides of cardboard with white paper and then I taped clear tape over it to make it waterproof. This way I can easily washi-tape my paper on and off the board and mix watercolors on the surface as well (should I need to).
My "portable studio" contains a zip-lock bag of pre-cut watercolor papers (I went for cca. 10x10 cm), my drawing white board, few pens, eraser, small set of watercolors, two aqua brushes, washi tape and some paper towels. And it fits in a lovely tin box that was a gift from my dear friend Mo. Quite perfect I'd say as I can very simply toss it into my bag :) I could even put all of this into a bigger pouch but I love the idea of using a box.
This challenge will start on Monday, 7th of May and will run for 25 days. I shall post my pieces on Instagram daily (hopefully) and then do a re-cap post here on the blog showing you all the pieces at once.
I hope you join me for a bit of daily art fun spinning around our favourite tea or coffee. I am very keen on seeing what you guys come up with. If you share on social media please use the hastag #25daysofteacoffee so that I can see your works.
Let's have fun with this! :)
Seriously? Writing down a log for the past four weeks? While being in the fifth one already? Well yeah, why not. I was busy :D
Spring arrived which means it's time to spend much more time outside - hiking, climbing or just walking. One gets a bit too tired for art making which is not exactly good, so with today, I am setting up a new challenge to get back into the groove of creating again. Hiking, climbing and having time for my friends is still ON though, because friends and the like minded souls out there are what makes everything SO much better.
I'll post about the challenge in my next blog post - let's keep it to itself :)
I really wasn't creative a lot in these four weeks but I did do a fun collaboration with a friend of mine who makes dog collars and accessories - here is her beautiful site GALGINA. Because I was visiting my dear friend Mo this month and I wanted to surprise her with a new collar for her little furry friend Simona (from Galgina) suggested I paint the fabric myself. I loved the idea so I made it. I went with green because it's Mo's favourite colour and I knew it will look awesome on her Snoopy :) I wasn't wrong me thinks:
I managed to make myself a My Pages inspired travel journal a day before leaving but I did a different type. The size is the same as the original book but the pages are not treated in the same way and the craft paper I used was a different one. I wasn't exactly using it but I did a few test pages in it and loved it very very much. Here's one spread on which I tested Mo's oil pastels which turned out to be just simple crayons. But in A LOT of different and yummy colours. She gifted them to me so that I can keep on experimenting with them ♥ So sweet!
Now that I'm back from my very relaxing week with dear Mo and after a week of getting back into my reality it's definitely time to start doing my work again. I miss being creative a lot and it really is time I put a bit more effort into squeezing art into my days.
Oh, I did watch quite a few of my online classes in the meantime! Sadly none of them made me pick up a brush but I still felt like I was getting new things into my head. Which is always good, right?
Don't forget about my new 25 Days Challenge! Reveal is in my next post ;)
Hope you're all good! Do tell what you've been up to.
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