Artistic Ventures

Happy new year!

First off, I have been busy. I felt I owed it to this blog to work hard so that I would have something to talk about when I got back from my break.

Something unfortunate has happened to me recently. I don’t want to talk about this too much as I want to keep this blog as a positive environment but somebody that I liked (an acquaintance rather than a friend) said something really insensitive about my mental health and it has caused quite an important change to occur in my life. A positive change.

I got upset but then I realised, somebody who has no problem saying something hurtful for no reason, is not worth getting upset over. I am now feeling uplifted and determined to be the best version of me. Gone are the days where I would hide who I really was just to make other people happy. I realised that I will have critics no matter what I do.

I made a new set of goals for this year (which I will talk about in tomorrow’s blog). Today I’ve been focusing on drawing. I’m such a perfectionist so all my efforts to draw and make art, have always ended with me giving up. Not this time.

This time, I picked up my pencil, I picked up a piece of scrap paper and designed my very own chibi style. But I decided that it would look better in pencil. I did myself proud. I believed in myself and it paid off.

Way more art will be coming in the future. Keep an eye on instagram.

Most importantly of all, do not ever let somebody knock you down. Rise above them even stronger than you were before.

QOTD: What is your favourite art medium (if you don’t create art, what is your favourite to view)?

AOTD: I think my favourite is regular graphite pencil art. It is so simple, yet so amazing what you could do with one pencil. I also like coloured pencil art.

Christmas Shopping (and a cool knit trick)!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Here we go again with the rushing around, desperately trying to find the right gift for our loved ones. It is as much exciting as it is terrifying! This year, I vow to get it done early so everything is ready.

I’m not sure what I’m getting everyone but I have been collecting a few ideas over the course of this year. My cousin was born last week so I had the idea to crochet her a blanket. That’s how I figured out this really cool idea…

So, the colours I chose are orange and yellow because they are bright and inspire happiness. I started to crochet but realised that the yarn is too thin for what I pictured in my head, and the colours didn’t work the way I wanted them to – orange was too dark, yellow too bright. Then a light bulb flicked on above my head like some kind of eureka moment – crochet them together, and it created something magical.

Unfortunately, these pictures don’t do it any justice but you can still see the amazing marble affect it has. It is so soft and warm already and I’ve only just started. I hope it turns out well and most of all, I hope I get it done before Christmas because I am really bad at finishing things I’ve started.

QOTD: What is on your Christmas wishlist?

AOTD: I think the thing I need the most is fluffy socks. You can never have too many fluffy socks, especially in weather like this.

Scrapbooking: Shopping and First Trial.

For a few years now, I’ve been wanting to move out of my parents house because I want my own space and I love decorating. But since I’m not ready to move yet (mentally or financially), I figured I would create a scrapbook of furniture, colour schemes, materials, etc. Any ideas for how I will eventually decorate my house.

But as somebody who has never done this before, I was so lost on what to do, what to buy, what even is a scrapbook? So I did a bit of detective work on YouTube and I discovered Life With Evi and I have never been so motivated to try something out!

So today I went to The Range to have a look at what stuff they have in their craft section. Here is what I bought:

For practice, before I start my scrapbook, I decided to do a scrapbook page with the stuff I already had and stuff I bought today to see what I could do with it. I printed a picture of someone special (who’s face is covered with a sticky note) on the photo setting on my printer which took me a good 20 minutes to figure out how to do that successfully. The outcome was pretty good, if I say so myself, but I underestimated the usefulness of stamps and embellishments.

It is quite empty so I will be buying some more cool stuff at some point and I will finish this page at a later date. I will tag this as “The Reason” so if you want to keep up – any future updates I make will be under that tag.

To conclude, I think my first experience went quite well. I’d love to hear any advice because I only want to improve.

QOTD: What is your favourite thing to put on scrapbook pages?

AOTD: Not sure yet but I do love to use washi tape. For whatever reason, I have always love using tape.

Trying out Poster Paint

I love painting and I wanted to paint my mandala art in bright colours so I thought I would try out poster paint to see how well it works.

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This box of 20 from Baker Ross was £19.99. So that’s £1 each for a 600ml bottle. Pretty good if you ask me.

Price is not the only thing of importance, however. The quality of the paint is the main issue.

 

The paint is quite bold and bright but the colour comes out very streaky. It doesn’t dry as a flat, solid colour.

I would say, though, it is very good for children to use – which is who it is aimed in the first place. It dries very quickly, it washes off of hands and most materials easily, and they last a rather long time. However, I suggest that if you want a paint for your art, you are better off using acrylic paint.

QOTD: What is your favourite type of paint to use and why?

AOTD: Watercolour, mostly because of the way the colours blend together so well. Also because it tidies away so easily and doesn’t take up loads of space like my other paints do. 

My Favourite Personal Organiser (and first blog post)

I should say my favourite so far…

So whether you want to do a daily planner or if you want to do a bullet journal, I highly recommend this folder:

Okay, so the brightness in the images didn’t come out how I’d hoped (or how they looked on the camera) but I think you can still see it.

Here is where I bought it (UK):  https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01184JO4Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Now, here is why I love it:

  • There is a load of space. There is a great big pocket on the side which can fit some tablets (but not mine, unfortunately).
  • It is A5 size so you don’t have to find a really awkward sized paper for your spreads, you could even just cut an A4 page in half, which I did.
  • It closes and zips up. My favourite thing about it because everything stays safe. Also good if you have a piece of paper that you want protected but don’t want to connect to the binder. You can just place it in there and it will be fine.
  • It is faux leather so it is vegan friendly!

There are a few negatives for those positives. But that’s mostly the fact that it is plain black and a bit boring. But there are so many ways you can decorate it. For example, I am going to decorate mine with stickers. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

What is your favourite personal organiser / personal planner?