The April Blog along challenge - Day One

I will admit that I am getting a head start on day one by starting to write my day one post the day before. I have a long week of admin ahead with a massive deadline on Friday and honestly, I knew if I didn’t get a head start on something, that this would be the first thing to go and fall off my list - yet it’s the only thing on it right now that I really want to engage with - so rather than stop before I even start, here I am!

I don’t know if we are going to have a prompts list so I am going to ramble on a little about what I have going on with me right now. I have been very much scaled back or pared down for the past 8 weeks or so. I have been struggling a lot with anxiety and having a lot on my plate has been adding to that stress so I have scaled back everything to its barest of bones so that I might be able to get my head back on straight.

side view of my fauxdoris in progress

side view of my fauxdoris in progress

That seems to have worked but of course the list of things that I am “supposed to” or “should be” doing is waiting for me like some kind of monster I dreamt in a nightmare and then manifested in my life. So what I am doing is adding 2 projects back on to my list. One is to work on my oracle deck. I have it all planned out and in a fun twist I decided to make it all digitally using elements of my art to create it, so I am very excited about that and the other is a project making essentially fauxdoris / midoris / travellers notebooks but artist- style, so the covers are board, there is texture and glazing and all sorts of yummy stuff with plenty of room to add collage fodder and inserts to journal on. I have made a few and a friend suggest I do something with them, so that is going to be my next thing!

I guess that is me for today!

So I shall sign off.

Happy Monday and Day one of the Blog Along for April!

top down view of my fauxdoris

top down view of my fauxdoris

Creative Chaos and Major Productivity

Hello my loves!

It's been a while.  Let's be honest, I am just bad at blogging.  It's not a thing I do.  I want to, but I don't.  I shall try to improve, I promise I shall!

So what have I been up to you ask?  Well, in no particular order, I have made some massive changes to the Etsy shop where I list all my planner stickers and stencils.  W have new graphics, new listing images and descriptions, as well as some new products which I am adding a little at a time.  

I'm beyond proud of this work which has been in the pipeline for a while, but to be honest, I just didn't feel brave enough to actually make the attempt to create what I envisioned for the Etsy shop as it was.  I wanted a cohesive look, a professional but über creative feel, organisation (!!!!) and I wanted it all to happen without really knowing if I was able to pull it off.  Well it turns out that I am more than capable and that I really need to stop doubting myself!

If you want to see what I have been up to, just click on the image to pop over and take a look.  All blog readers who make a purchase get 15% off with the code: NLGOODIES15.

 

I have also been making my own inks.  It's become a little bit of an obsession - you don't even want to know how quickly I used 18 glass jars making different pigments.  I am working on my own magical recipe of binder to pigment to liquid, and it seems to be going ok so far.  Working with dip and calligraphy nibs is harder than paint brushes at present - so clearly some more experimentation is required.  In the meantime, however, just look at the beautiful palette of colours above!  Click on the image to be taken to my instagram where you can see a little video I shot from my phone whilst making that gorgeous Burnt Umber colour on the right hand side of the photo.

filming rig

The studio has been in the midst of a huge overhaul.  I finally have a lighting and filming rig set up that I am happy with, that is safe, and works, whilst also has most of what I need to create with to hand.  The IKEA Kallax units stacked on each other provide excellent storage and allow for easy organisation and ease of grabbing what I need whilst filming, rather than searching high and low for every gosh darn thing!

thecakeisalie

I acquired this beautiful cake stand from Style & Salvaged at the Reclamation Rooms a couple of weeks ago.  It's huge and is perfect for storing supplies!  I have taken it upon myself to attempt to use my supplies I hardly touch.  It will be a use it or lose it situation, so in a couple of weeks, what doesn't get used will be being de-stashed and gifted accordingly!  Watch this space if you are after a bargain!

 

I am also launching Irreverent Digital - a new shop dedicated to digital resources.  These will come in the form of original designs, backgrounds, textures and overlays for creative digital projects, and edits to photographs and digital journaling.  Its a whole new thing for me, but I am extremely excited and am hoping it really takes off!

So as you can see my loves, a lot has been going on!  

Feel free to go take a look around and let me know what you think!

Embracing the Mess of Life - An Art Journal Page & Video

Hello loves!

Week Two of the year hones in on embracing the natural mess of life.  I was in the midst of creating this spread and it was a hot mess!  I loved it part way through the first day and by day three, it and I were no in love!  I needed to accept what was going on and work with that.  I needed to embrace the mess, and use my tried and tested techniques to bring everything together.  Once I did that, everything was fine!

I hope you enjoy this video and embrace some of the mess in your life in the coming week!

 

Kisses

Happy New Year & our first video of 2018

Morning! 

Wishing you a happy new year from all of us at Irreverent Artistry; I come to you with our first video of the year.  

This one carries on the series of videos to nurture your creative practice by proving that you can complete an art journal spread in 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  

There are no real rules that I apply to this system other than not going for longer than 15 minutes in a day.  If I am still creating after that I move onto another project.  

This week ruminates on the idea of a new year not being the only way to approach fresh starts and new beginnings.  Every day when we open our eyes we are provided with an opportunity to begin anew and we are given 24 hours to do that in before we are given another opportunity to do the same.  Over and over again.  365 times a year.  What a wonderful gift.

So without further delay, here it is!  Feel free to share, comment and pin as you like!