Oh I have fallen hard for wood veneer shapes but was never really willing to put money on them. And then Peachycheap came along and offered this little collection at a big discount and so here they are. All good shapes. I may finally be finished the illustration project and am looking forward to new things! These should help.
At the end of 2012, I tried out Goddess Leonie's Business Workbook but unfortunately, I didn't pick it up again in 2013. I suppose one's goals and dreams don't change too much year to year?
Goddess Leonie's Workbook has some deep questions which are fantastic for those who appreciate the value of business plans. If you want a solid planning tool, she's got it! I have more of an avoidant personality and don't want to face those difficult questions again! I'm a terrible planner!
There are some small bits of information I'd like to compare from year to year, and so drawing inspiration from that old workbook, I put together a real bare-bones version for myself using my usual art stylings. If you're a fellow seller, feel free to download it below for personal use!
Here's a neat collection of spray inks that arrived in the mail this week from the Lindy Stamp Gang.
I'm testing them out on an old canvas covered with a thin coat of absorbent ground. The colour isn't drying as vivid as it does on paper, though.
So the annoying part about bringing a big clunky camera with me while I sit at a craft fair, is the fact that there's never actually a memory card inside of it. I am not a smartphone owner, so I have zero photos of the event set up. This is totally not the first time, either!
But I am quite cheered by these cute little brad sets that arrived in the mail! I rarely order from Peachycheap but sometimes there are items that I just can't resist.
I used to think maybe brads were the silliest thing ever... I had no idea how to use them. To me, they were duotang clasps that just sit and look pretty. I bought my first pack of them a while ago and loved how they added such depth to scrapbook or journal pages. Can't wait to play with them!
I'm running out of regular gel medium! The white flake medium is interesting I guess, but I'm not sure what kind of things I should be doing with it! What is it meant to be for?
In the meantime, look at these cool stencils (ahem... "masks") that came in the mail today!
Oops, I totally skipped yesterday. First day back at work completely wiped me out I guess. But after so much awful sanding, priming and painting, our bedroom is now looking super classy in that grey. *Whistles*
Of course, not without a bit of drama in which a store employee had a mishap with the mixing machine which led us to paint dark patches on the wall, which led us to buy twice the paint we needed in order to fix it - *inhale, exhale* - but it's looking good now. I still want to try painting on a subtle pattern with the same colour but in gloss but that's probably not going to happen unless I want to buy more paint.
What else? Just a little journal play. I haven't been incorporating too much beyond acrylic paints at the moment as I've been working from the couch. It's also really relaxing to take an image that is already there and just... paint around it. Rotoscoping might be my calling.
Another thing that happened last week is I finally received my package from peachycheap which contained several sheets of beautimous stickers! So beautimous. These will make scrapping my few trip photos a load of fun!
I'm not sure about the word stickers but I'm completely smitten over the date stickers which are just PERFECT for journaling! Aaahhh, I can't wait to play with them!
Remember the Inspiration Deck Swap? Well, it finally arrived today! Fun, fun. This is definitely the largest card swap I've ever received.
What's funny, is that I am absolutely not a fan of inspirational quotes and messages. Items that just say "breathe" for example, make me gag. And sometimes, just because it's written on a piece of wood or a pretty photo posted on Pinterest, doesn't mean it's good advice.
What I do like, is to see how everyone transformed their deck of cards! Some are very simple, and others have a lot of textural interest (my favourite)! I think one of them is actually a piece of burlap. Another is very sticky. Some are glittery. I loved looking through them all.
This is where I usually store all of my ATCs (and Sailor Moon cards... woop woop) and it's getting a bit too full now. They look right at home, here!
I think I would be interested in doing this again.
Guess what else I got in the mail? Stickers! Tiny, adorable and super high quality square stickers. Love love love them. But I don't know exactly what I plan to do with them... I might save them for art shows, or should I come up with some new creative idea?
I finally went ahead and downloaded I'd Rather Be In The Studio. I am taking it in slowly and purposefully and hope that it is just the kick I need to make things happen.
The first step is to define success, and you know, I have to wonder if a million other people are also reading this book because I've been thinking an awful lot about defining success lately. If you had one big unrealistic expectation, what would it be?
Me, I like to keep it simple. What seemed like unrealistic wishes to me a few years ago quickly became reality! I never thought I'd be a homeowner or a driver and now I'm BOTH! It makes me wonder what other dreams could come true?
What is my art business dream?
Oh ummm let's see.
I will feel successful when...
When I can make at least $800/month through my business! It's small potatoes, but at that point it could replace my day job entirely and I could be my own boss. Awesome.
I dream of having a tiny art studio in a cozy area with lots of foot traffic! I would open the doors and have little parties with visitors!
I'd love to have at least one solo exhibition, even if it was just once, even in just a local gallery. That would blow my mind. Of course, I'd love if it resulted in lots of visitors and some sales!
Just thinking about it gives me such a boost that I could go on and on and come up with bigger and bigger wishes!
If you could have everything you've ever wanted, what would it be?
This may seem obvious to people familiar with her work, but when I was a teenager my absolute favourite artist was Stephanie Law. Her detailed landscapes and fairies inspired me to fill up many sketchbooks. The way she used layers to create the illusion of light kept me focused on improving my own skills. Her tutorials (which are probably still on her website) quite obviously guided my explorations into watercolour.
Back then, we were all very interested in fantasy themes. It was all about the Lord of the Rings, Angel Sanctuary and fantasy novels. I have an entire sketchbook embarrassingly full of wings wings wings.
I don't actually care much for fantasy themes anymore, and so I don't keep track of Stephanie's work as closely as I once did. But I did fall in love with this dragon print. Maybe it's the colour theme that made it stand out from the others?
I just couldn't NOT share this. Usually it feels like my sister and I have been butting heads since she first learned to speak (she's now 12), but then adorable things like this happen and then I'm all like "d'awwww!"
I opened the tightly folded piece of paper and it was a drawing of a pegasus. In the bottom corner it reads: "I bet you could draw this better!".
I can't tell if she's embarrassed, or trying to be modest... It said it was a "dare" so is she asking me to send a drawing back? I don't know.
(Tell me what you think in the comments!)
And so then she goes on to tell me that she did well in track-and-field and sent me her 3rd place ribbon.
Sent it to me.
I... I don't even know.
Maybe I'm looking too hard at this and seeing a lot of messages that aren't actually there, but it kind of feels like someone just handed me a pouch full of precious gems or something.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?