I feel as if I have deserted my blog of late, but to those who follow me you will know that I have been struggling with my artistic abilities of late, in reality it has been an absolute nightmare and even I am getting tired of listening to myself bemoaning my lack of imagination and enthusiasm, it is boring and uninspiring.
So I am focusing on what I can do and not what I can't, and participating in a little private challenge is the beginning to better outcomes.
I have a wonderful bloggy friend, whom some of you may know, I refer to her as Quirks but her name is Lisa (You Made Me Ink) she creates amazing objects as well as cards, and along with her humorous posts she inspires me to constantly think out of the box. As you know I love Shabby Chic, it is my preferred genre, but it has not been challenging enough of late, I am always wanting to push myself, to see where it takes me, (of course it has taken me nowhere of late.)
When Q came up with the brilliant idea of setting ourselves a challenge, as we are both going through a low period creatively, I jumped on it like a wild animal in heat!!!!
Below is a creation that has been inspired by the Challenge.
The theme is:
"Colours, more than three; the quirky bit it must have a fork!"(Lisas Choice).
And is must not be a card!
Now you will understand why I call her Quirks, she certainly makes you extend yourself beyond what is comfortable, but I am always up for a challenge and I think it is what I need at this time.
I had an abundance of hand made painted backgrounds lying all over the desk, so it was a simple decision for me to use these for the colour aspect. I cut them up in strips and weaved them together, making three different size tiles, mounted them on white card-stock then framed them up as you can see.
Now you are asking where is the fork????
A bit of a dilemma, as I did not want it to look like the element was just placed for the sake of it and not look part of the design.
Knowing Q as I do, you will not need glasses to see her fork, I have no idea what she has made as she did not give me any clues.
In hindsight I could have made it larger, but I could not lose the fear of being wrong, my worst enemy is self doubt, when it was complete I realised I should have just contemplated less and placed the larger fork that I had cut.
How surprising is this? Me, a person who adds and adds to cards, had a fear of placing a little fork on this almost CAS like project.... So atypical.
I added a spoon.
I have used Acrylic paints, Inks, and White and Black pen for the doodles.
It is a tangled mess but it holds great colour and movement ;the symbolism is so relevant to where I sit creatively at the moment.
Now pop over to see how Lisa interpreted our challenge here.
I know it is going to be quirky, but also amazing as her creative mind is distinctively unique as she holds no fears.
We will do another, so call in again next Sunday for our next challenge to each other.
It may inspire you to think outside of the box.
Have a great week