Prompt : Collages ( AKA: That Damn Junk Drawer )

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As i was flicking through my journal over the weekend, i noticed that subconsciously, i create collages to fill pages. Hence the inspiration for collage this week!

Now when i sit down to create a one of these, i am usually using it more like a mood board, see what colors i am favoring at the time, what catches my eyes. A few months ago, i sat down and printed out images from my tumblr, and just spent an afternoon cutting them out before pasting them down in a blank sketch book with the intention to return to them again, and i probably will, but for now they are shelved.

In my current journal, i use clippings from magazines to create some kind of depth, or to just add something different from my usual jotting of notes and dot points, drawings.

Personally i think they are great to go back and look at, and really come in handy when you aren’t feeling inspired. They are just a cluster of images that reach out to you somehow at that particular time, maybe even a reference perhaps.

Book Keepers : You know that pile of magazine clippings you have collecting dust in the corner of your work space. Today i want you to dig them out, Tip the folder upside down, stand back, and pick out what jumps out at you. Using these, create a collage!

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Sketchy Keepers : Draw yourself. Done that? Good, Now draw things that you adore and love all around you! The above is one that i completed earlier, this literally took me about eight hours. Just a different approach to collage, but one that could be interesting none the less!

Art Journal : Create a collage using photos that you have stashed away that were deemed “unusable” use this as the base, continue building up your collage using odds and ends from your junk drawer, was-hi tape, patterned papers.

Shutter Bugs : We all have our work spaces, I challenge you to take the things off your desk, arrange them on the floor, and shoot. Do this with an artists eye, arrange them in the shape of the first letter of your name, or even in the shape of your favorite food!

Happy Creating Peeps!

K xx

Stress Vs Being Grounded

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So it’s that wonderful time of year, that the educational portion of the year start’s to wind down. But what’s this? A seemingly infinite laundry lists of assessment tasks to be completed in what seems to be a microscopic time frame.

I’m fairly certain we all get hit with that same sinking feeling, Yes. You know the one, where all of it suddenly becomes too much, and everything you produce is absolute rubbish, and quite frankly, just not good enough. ( Though it isn’t as bad as YOU think, and is actually fairly good )

For myself, i’m having to reflect on my work that I’ve done this year and compile it all into a folio; In preparation for interviews to hopefully gain a spot for next years bachelors of arts.

For any artist, it is almost painful to glance back at our work. Not because it isn’t great quality, but because we can see every single flaw in our “finished pieces” which by the way are rarely finished to our own standards. This in turn turns us into flailing artists that second guess every thing we do.

Stress.

Stress.

Stress.

While it is completely natural to be feeling overwhelmed at this point, it is that much more important to remain grounded. Which is why you need to be extra kind to yourself during this period.

When you are grounded, you are more capable of making decisions that have had a considerable amount of thought, and you feel comfortable with the final decision.

Your head is clearer, and in general you are much happier.

Part of it is time management.

Perhaps not watching that extra episode of the current television series that has captured your attention, in favor of reading or browsing other artist’s websites.

  • Ensure that you take the time to plan. Not planning means that you are prone to procrastination. While it doesn’t need to be down the hour, it would be helpful to at the very least keep a to do list within your eye line; so that you are constantly aware of what you should be doing and when.
  • Treat yourself to lovely tea breaks, bake some cookies – and just sit outside for a few minutes. Long enough to drink your tea, and to get some fresh air. Taking breaks will improve your mood in turn lending a better attitude to your work.
  • Sprints! These are an absolute god send to me. Set your timer for an hour and a half, turn that phone on silent. Work, like there is no tomorrow. After you have done this, treat yourself to a half hour break. Go for a walk, check your social media, do whatever your heart desires!
  • Study Groups. Working by yourself can be incredibly difficult. Having those extra people to bounce inspiration off – makes you feel less isolated and more aware of ideas that you produce.

For myself, the greatest thing i can reward myself. Is an hour or so of isolation. Sitting in my nook with my journals, and pondering about ideas, planning out the future. Makes me incredibly excited for the future. Because that is what we are all aiming for.

Be kind to yourself, and keep your eyes on the prize!

Stay Grounded Peeps!

K xx

Journal W/ Peep : Faux Hobonichi 001

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Hey Peeps!

So i’m changing things up a little and Wednesday posts will now be about journals and my progress in filling them!

Now i spotted the Hobonichi on Instagram earlier this year and to put it bluntly i fell in love.

It’s a day-per-page diary in A6 size, with a minimalist grid layout. But it’s the many novel ways the diary is used that give the Hobonichi it’s significance. The word hobonichi means ‘almost every day’ in Japanese.

The only issue for me? The price.

It’s to me, quite expensive – so I’ve ordered myself a substitute and if i can stick to it, by doing something in it everyday, i will probably save up and get a real Hobonichi. At a fraction of a cost i am able to get a book that has the same grid lay out, but requires me to DIY my own lay out.

That just means ruling a line across the top, writing the date, the sequence of the moon and recording the weather for the day while Journaling about it below. Now i’ve tried very hard to journal every day, but it can be a struggle especially around folio time. But i’m keen to try.

While i haven’t gotten my hand on this book yet, it is on it’s way, and i’m excited to see how it in real life.

But for now i shall browse Hobonichi Love for inspiration!

I’ll do a review of it once i get it in my little hands!

Do you want a Hobonichi? Or Do you have one?

K xx

Prompt : Doodlez

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Hey Peeps!

This weeks prompt is all about doodling, Why? Well, seeing as though procrastination is high on the to do list for me lately, I’ve found myself to be doodling endlessly on the back of envelopes, perhaps this is some kind of stress relief, i’m not really sure, But i’m fascinated with doodle art and thought it would be fun to try!

Yes. I changed doodles to doodlez, makes it sound a little hipper! :P

Book Keepers : Try expressing your day through drawings instead of using writing, for inspiration check out hobonichi’s! Take advantage of colored pencils, felt tip pens, fine liners, colored paper and make it your own!

Sketchy Keepers : Pick a single color, Just one. Work with tones, cross hatching – if you do get stuck, have a go at trying zen tangles! They do take an awfully long time to do, but they look amazing once they are completed!

Art Journal : Try a different medium or style that you haven’t before. Draw inspiration from what you have seen throughout the day, perhaps a song that caught your attention, a news article. Try to incorporate the feelings of the day through color and pattern.

Shutter Bugs : Collect a pile of doodles, drawn on whatever is lying around; point and shoot. Mess around with the placement of them, include objects that describe your day!

Happy creating!

K xx

Be Mah Fwen!

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Hey Peeps!

So this is probably going to be a very honest, D & M kind of post. But i wanted to touch on the importance of having friends. Mostly because for the first time in a VERY long time i have been lucky enough to become very good friends with some beautiful people, and it’s been absolutely amazing.

Naturally i am a loner, I crave the serenity of my little nook, and being tucked up in my bed reading a book. But it’s really lovely to be able to share what i discover, and what i do in my little space with others. If anything it actually inspires me to learn more, and to create more so that i am able to share with them.

I’m going to be completely honest, i didn’t actually start making friends with people till i was 20, when i joined the LDS; Which i am no longer a part of. While i found the social activities kind of fun, when i left i felt absolutely nothing; I felt like i quite simply didn’t measure up. While i met a handful of lovely friends, who i am so honored to have in my life. The majority of the time i felt on the outside, not to mention when i was fellow shipped, it was the most insincere gestures i had ever experienced in my life.

I continued to make this effort for four years. Often coming home absolutely hating myself for not being up to par, or being able to relate to other people, or even participate in conversations. I’m not going to sugar coat it for you, it was lonely.

The effort i made to cultivate relationships within that atmosphere crumbled when i finally removed myself from the toxicity of the social gatherings, and eventually away from the church.

The year after that was lonely. People i thought were genuine, were not. The only contact i had was with the girls i still speak with today whom i absolutely love and adore.

A year after that, I’ve FINALLY managed to find new friends, which becomes increasingly more difficult as you get older. It’s much harder to see people on a day to day basis and build rapport – fortunate enough for myself. I have been super lucky to have met a new bunch of friends at art school this year, and i am so so grateful!

While it is peaceful being by yourself, It just simply doesn’t compare to being able to share things that inspire you with other people.

It makes me so very happy, and happiness is contagious. Being happy improves not only the quality of your life, but of others around you. We aren’t supposed to spend our lives alone, but to build it with others!

Make sure you contact someone you love today to say hello, or pay them a compliment!

It takes a few seconds to brighten someone’s day, which in turn brightens yours, and all around you!

K xx

Marshmallow & TF2 Goals. No Really.

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Hey Peeps!

It’s that time of the week, where i show you around my desk and let you into my little Nook and share the projects i am currently on. YAY! but really, everybody needs goals and things to do no matter how ridiculous they sound or how small they are in retrospect to others around you. Personal development 101.

Fullscreen capture 15092014 75125 PM.bmpNow i’m just starting to put my work out there, so i was pretty chuffed when someone approached me asking if it were okay that they share an ink portrait i had been working on, and to my surprise 50 other people also liked my work which was just an awesome feeling! Yes; It might not be that exciting but to me, it was a big deal and i was super excited to see my work shared, and people responding to it, even if it was simply a double tap on the screen. Amazing Feeling!

This week i am working on fleshing out my concept for uni, of painting men crying, and here is the reason why i chose this specific theme… Ladies and gent’s…

The other thing i am working on, has absolutely nothing to do with Uni but an addition to my happy garden, His name is marshmallow, and i will be painting this little gem, so that he may be guardian over my happy little plants!

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I’m always looking for cute little projects like this, because they are super cheap and it’s a chance to be creative without it having to be a huge process, i picked up this little guy for 5 dollars!

Other goals include me making the 200 mark on my fave TF2 server. Lame goal i know, not really going to excel me in life, but it’s so hard to get there. The man hours are intense!

If you are interested in keeping up to date, with my creative endeavors, like my page on Facebook, or feel free to follow me on Instagram!

K xx

La De Dah Journal : New Lay Out / Junk Drawer Issues

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Hey Peeps!

As i blogged recently, i have the lovely new Boho journal to play around in thanks to Grant Studio’s so this week i am literally forcing myself to do a new lay out. I say forcing myself because i literally have next to no time for fun little projects right now.

I have cleaned up my art area, in a futile effort to make it appear a little neater. By neater, i mean i practically put things in boxes and crates, the lust for a studios space is suddenly becoming a necessity.

As i was in the process of doing this, i have found a HUGE amount of photographs, brochure’s things that i have been saving and collecting, just waiting to lovingly be placed inside. When i say huge i mean i have a drawer overflowing and a rather large box crammed full of the stuff, not just from this year but other years as well.

I don’t know if anyone else does this, or if this is a case of hoarding, but i literally feel like so many memories have gone to waste, just sitting around to be collated into a gorgeous little book for reflection at a later time.

This week i will be recording a video of me doing my lay out in my orange La De Dah Journal.

Which is the creative journal, Yes. I write my blog posts a head of time but i will make sure to add the link to the video below!

Do you guys have La De Dah journals?

Definitely check out Grants Archive to see the entire range!

K xx