Sunday, November 26, 2017

Finnabair Ambassador, Journal Pages and A Collage For Sale.

My time as a Finnabair Creative Team Member is up.
But what an honour to be
 asked to stay on as a Finnabair Ambassador.
So happy. So grateful.
The Ambassadors group is made up of some pretty amazing artists.
You can check out the group HERE.
As a group we were asked to show "Our Art In 5 Objects".
I've chosen 5 things that are a part of every day I spend in the studio.
These 5 things, in very different ways, motivate, relax, inspire, excite and sooth me.
INCENSE
I always have incense burning or an essential oil diffuser going. My favourites are Sandalwood and Patchouli. Maybe this is a left over thing from my hippie days, but these fragrances always seem to be able to stimulate and calm at the same time.

MUSIC
I will pretty much always have music playing. There is the odd occasion where my head will crave silence, but most of the time there will be an eclectic mix of music coming from my studio.
PATTERN
Pattern. I love it. I can't seem to help it; it must be included in some way in everything I make. Often the quickest and easiest way is to apply it with stamps and stencils, but it can come from collaged paper, fabric, hand drawn and printed in many different ways.

SOFT MATTE GEL
Collage and image transfer are my 2 favourite techniques, and art basics Soft Matte Gel is perfect for both. It lives on my desk and I use it every day. Also art alchemy Sparks Acrylic Paint has become a new favourite medium that now seems to find a place in just about everything I make. I love it's thick consistency and richness of shine. ( Oops, I think I just included a sixth object )

JOURNALS
Journals. What can I say? I love them. Each page is a new opportunity for expression, for exploration, for telling a story, for making a point, for visualising a dream, for recording a memory or  just for some arty, playful fun. Big, small, bought, recycled or hand made, for me they are the perfect place in which to create. A journal is a record of your life. To look back through an old journal is a visual record of your thoughts, ideas, events and emotions.
If you would like to see what is at the heart of the other Finnabair Ambassadors, you can check it out HERE.
Speaking of journals, here's a little peek at 2 that I've been working in lately.
One is hand made from a single piece of water colour paper, folded and cut in a certain way that it folds up into a small book.
There are heaps of YouTube videos on how to fold and make these concertina style journals.
Three pages done so far.


The other journal I have been having a lot of fun working in is the Dina Wakley Media Journal, with its various pages of cotton rag water colour paper, canvas, burlap and craft paper.






Lastly, I would like to mention this print below of  one of my original pieces of work that is for sale.
It is a fine art print, reproduced professionally and printed on the highest quality archival paper.
I have donated it as part of an online charity auction.
 The link for all the details is HERE.

 
This has been a very long post. If you're still here reading, then thank you.
Even tho I have my 5, special, material objects that are at the heart of what I create, I can't help but feel a deeper gratitude. 
I am very fortunate and grateful for the opportunity, the freedom  and the means by which to be creative, and to immerse myself in an activity that brings me so much pleasure, satisfaction and joy.
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