Entering The Danger Zone

This week’s story so far:  from a place of overwhelm, confusion and desperation, I just gave up trying to do the “right/logical/most productive/best/most likely to lead to clients/most likely to lead to sales/what I should do/what I had to do/creating art/working on the website” thing and just gave up.

I let go of having any idea of what I ought to be doing and allowed myself to just do what I felt like even if it was watching tele, reading a book or going to be beach.

From that space I remembered that Flora Bowley was running an online boot camp during September so I went to check it out. Yesterday’s post – Look What I Did – tells the story of what happened next.

In a nutshell things flowed splendidly and I had a wonderful day.

But . . . this is where it gets tricky.

My normal pattern is: Continue reading

Look What I did!

Yesterday I wrote how letting go had enabled me to stop faffing and start creating and how I was going to go back to the beginning of Flora Bowley’s Bloom True Boot Camp to give me a bit of structure. Well, I never actually got around to day 1 but I still found myself being more productive than I’ve been in a long time. And . . . with no pushing or trying (almost none anyway!).

After writing the blog post I wanted to add an image so I chose one of my inspirational quotes paintings that had been lying incomplete for months and added the words “Let Go” to it. It seemed very appropriate! I photographed the painting, uploaded it to Fine Art America, then to my blog and then published the blog post. That in itself is a great example of how letting go helps.

I first scanned the painting which didn’t produce a good image. So I switched to my camera and then took 2 hours to get a decent enough photo. I almost gave up because the file size is so small. Not to mention that the upcycled game letters is just a temporary fix. I really want to make a better job of adding the words but, at each point I went for good enough rather than perfect and kept moving.

I tweeted about it, commented on Flora’s blog and posted to Instagram. It all just flowed. There was none of the usual “don’t make me do internet marketing” angst. Wonderful!

So . . . back to the boot camp . . . Continue reading

Letting Go and Flora Bowley’s Bloom True Boot Camp

let go mixed mediaThroughout September Artist Flora Bowley is running a free, online creative boot camp “to support, guide, inspire and ultimately kick your creative habit into high gear — or at least get you moving in the right direction!” (Click on the link to find out more about it and how you can join in).

The day the email arrived telling me of her offering I was faffing around jumping from one thing to another and not feeling good about it.  The boot camp sounded like the perfect way to add some structure to my life and get creating again. Fast forward to today and I confess that I’ve actually only completed one of the prompts so far and that was more out of desperation than anything else! It was the prompt for September 4th: Get Quiet.

Over the last few weeks the often ignored but ever patient voice of wisdom has been suggesting the same thing – Stop. Let yourself off the hook. Allow yourself to do nothing. Let go. – But I didn’t want to hear. I’m in the middle of having a new website designed and there is much to do and think about. But the more I push the less I get done. The harder I try the louder the dissenting voices get and the more confused I become. Then my mood drops and I’m caught in the “wanting to give up and chuck it all in” place.

Yesterday I finally did give up. And from there I remembered Flora’s boot camp and listened to the Get Quiet meditation on Day 4. It helped a lot. I ended up creating an earrings holder and spending most of the day on the beach with a friend. I didn’t get much done but it was enough to slow down my thinking and I feel so much better for it.

Today my plan is go back to Day 1 of the boot camp and work my way forwards.

I’ll let you know how it works out!

In the meantime, if you’re holding onto something and ignoring the “slow down, take a break” voices, I can highly recommend just letting go. . . . go on, you know you want to really!

As always, please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. Let’s get a conversation going!

WOYWW ~ Citra Solv Art – Top 7 Preparation Tips

It’s What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday and I’m particularly happy to share my desk (floor) this week since I’ve been promising this for more than a month!  This is just a taster of what is strewn all over my floor and table. I’ll post more detailed examples in a future post.

Citra Solv ArtI’ve been itching to have a go at some Citra Solv art and after a few false starts I finally got my chance to try it out today. Hoorah!

It wasn’t quite as straight forward as I thought it would be, however, so I’d thought I write this post in order to help anyone else who wants to give this technique a go.

 

Here are my Top 7 preparation tips for Citra Solv Art:

1.  Use the right Citrasolv product!

As I explained in this earlier post, Mixed Media and Ink, you need to buy the concentrate and not the spray product. The first video tutorial I watched said to use the spray so I bought that but it doesn’t work. Nor do the other citrus type cleaners I tried.

2.  Use The Right Paper

There are loads of examples around of people experimenting with papers and magazines and, whilst some have found items other than National Geographic Magazines to work, my experiments on anything else failed. The general consensus seems to be that the Citra Solv art technique works best on Nat Geo Mags from the 1970’s onwards and so far that seems to be the case. Continue reading

WOYWW ~ Mixed Media and Ink

The last few days I’ve been back in the attic after a couple of weeks away having fun at the Commonwealth Games and visiting friends “up North”.  I’ve been making the most of a drop in temperature and my first port of call was to get stuck in with the Citra Solv as mentioned in my last What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday post. Alas, it was not to be. It seems I’ve bought the wrong type of Citra Solv which ends up making the pages greasy and not moving any ink. Grrrrrr! So I’ve got another order in. Hopefully it will arrive faster than the last one and I’ll have a report for you by next Wednesday.

Returning to my game of adding something to every board in my Pinterest account I decided to focus on Mixed Media next.

Sometime back I found a tutorial Continue reading