Pinch punch it’s the forth of the month!

So we’re only four days into February and I must say I’m enjoying some overdue FIKA with creativity! This month I have two projects to keep my creative energy up and i’ve been so looking forward to them both.

Firstly, a new daily challenge from two of my favourite Creativebug instructors, Faith Hale and Courtney Cerruti. In this 28 part series Courtney and Faith share their favourite techniques for altering found books to create unique pieces of art. For me this brings together some many of my favourite creating techniques; collage, interactive book elements and book art.

Over the weekend I set about finding the perfect book which would become my collaboration for the next 28 days. My local charity shop didn’t disappoint and after picking up about 10 books, I settled for these three. I liked different things about each one so I really couldn’t decide!

After posting to Instagram asking for help, I settled on Paul Gallico’s ‘Mrs Harris goes to New York’. I liked the thickness of the paper, the awesome dust cover and the handwritten date and signature. Also I took a trip to New York in 2010, so I will hopefully be able to include some of the 1,000’s of photos I took within this challenge.

The second project I’m looking forward to is the new season from Get Messy Art. They are mixing things up this month and this is the first in the new format for Get Messy Art. This season is titled ‘The Season of Celebration’, and aims to celebrate the Get Messy member (Get Messians). Very excited to see who will be featured and can’t wait to dive into the daily prompts.

For more information on Creativebug and Get Messy Art, just click on the links on the righthand side.

Note – If you’re looking to become a member of Creativebug, by following the link on the right you can start your Creativebug subscription for $1 and we both get a free class! How cool is that!

2018 – A creative review

Well we’ve made it to Old Year’s night, what happened to 2018? I remember starting the year full of creative energy, this was going to be my year to create more. And I feel like I achieved this.

I started with my take on the Creativebug 30 days of pattern challenge. I used brush pens rather than paints, as I couldn’t find my paints and I wanted to take part in something. I love this Matisse inspired pattern, and I think this was a firm favourite of the challenge.

February brought another Creativebug challenge, daily acrylic painting. After a bit of a overworked start, pomegranates aren’t my friends, I did get into the challenge. Painting objects I found easier than pets and people, so I did finish this one a bit earlier! From this class I did a study of chilli’s, which remain my favourite fruit to paint.

March saw my biggest creative challenge to date: The 100 days Project! I know now, the actual project starts in April, but at the time I was excited to start. My project took the form of water colour and journaling. It was challenging at times, but there was start a strong feeling of community on Instagram, which really helped me to finish!

Summer saw a break in formal creating. Although I loved the 100 day project, my creative well had run dry. I spent this time with friends and a holiday to Crete helped me get back to creating again.

July saw me enter the world of art journaling. I really enjoyed creating a new page everyday in the 100 day project and art journaling seemed a good fit. I started by following a Creativebug course, with the delightful Dawn DeVries Sokol. This is when my style started to develop and my love of minimal came to the foreground. Then I found Get Messy!

Get Messy was the art community I was looking for. It helped me to develop myself as an artist and I met some many creative and like minded people. I started with the Season of Seasons and have also completed the Season of Ubuntu and the Season of Freedom.

As always I end the year in a bit of manic rush of seeing family, friends an making the time for creating does take a bit of a back seat. However I’m feeling the need to create and I can’t wait to see what I create next.

As I look to 2019, what goals do I want to achieve? I want to find a balance between work, life and creating, this is something I have struggled with. I hope to have my garden studio/office up and ready for early 2019 creating. Having dedicated space will give me time and energy to create as well as a space to work and relax in. I really want to continue with this blog, having started it late 2018. So please stick with me as I work out the schedule and work out how this is helpful for you and me too!

Finally I like to end with a post I shared on Instagram a year ago today:

I’m walking into 2019 with a clear heart and mind.
If you owe me, don’t worry about it – you’re welcome.
If you wronged me, it’s all good – lesson learned.
If you’re angry with me, you’ve won, congratulations.
If we aren’t speaking, its cool..I wish you well.
If you feel I wronged you, I apologise.
If your waiting on me to fail, don’t hold your breath…you have a long wait!
I’ve already overcome more than you can imagine.
Focus on making your life better for you & your family and watch how doors open.
Life is too short for all the pent up anger, holding grudges and extra pain.

Take care and speak soon

Get Messy – Season of Freedom

As 2018 draws to a close, I start my third Get Messy season – The Season of Freedom.

Season of Freedom

I really enjoyed working small on the Season of Ubuntu, I felt to look the pressure of making a massive page if I didn’t have the time, so I’ve gone for a Mini Book, held together with rings to allow pages to be added or taken away. The inspiration for this Mini Book came from Caylee Grey and Essie Ruth.

So far I’ve made four pocket pages where tabs can be inserted and taken out, plus my introduction page to the season. I will keep adding pages as we I through the season to make the completed journal. The idea of the season is to create without restrictions, although I will be restricting my colour pallet to grey, blues and blush.

More information can be found about the Get Messy Art Community here

Hope you have a great week and speak soon

Phill