Love, Gratitude and Top Tip #1

img_6640-1I love making art, playing with paper, paint and pens. It is the coolest thing ever. I hate that I am often so tired or I get tangled up in the world wide web looking for inspiration that time zips away and I have done nothing.

A BIG part of tiredness is the Osteoarthritis I have in my knees. It is severe, so severe that my knees are about 25 year older than my chronological age. This causes a lot of pain. This problem I have has been accelerated by the cancer treatment I had many, many years ago. The chemicals whacked into my body have damaged me in more ways than one. However, I am truly grateful to be alive today because without that treatment I would definitely not be. I am also truly grateful to be moving around on my own two legs, as painful as that is, I can do it. Soon I will be moving around with a titanium body part. I am finally good with this and surprisingly am looking forward to it.

So here is the reason for my blog post, to overcome my tiredness and to stay motivated img_6631with creating I have something that works for me and thought it might work for you. It takes a lot of discipline because going on the web can provide many distractions.

Top Tip for making more art: When looking for inspiration ONLY look in the place that has your inspirational people or ideas. For me this is Instagram, I only follow artists, BUJO addicts and planner addicts. That is my go to place for my inspiration.

What do you have or do that inspires you?

Melanie M

 

Learning and Playing

I have been using Creative Bug to learn new techniques with art journaling. The images in this post, where I took part in a series called ’10 easy things to draw with Molly Hatch’. I had loads of fun taking part. Learning how to draw is something I have been wanting to work on since I started messing about with mixed media art. I started out with Creative Bug using a free trial and quickly became addicted.

I will post some more photos of the latest workshops I have been working on.

Not For Sale


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Here it is
My First
Not my Last
Not for Sale
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I  see the rawness and the naivety
I felt the joy and energy that went into preparing this.
I loved the ugly, mess and the joy of it from start to finish.

My art
My joy
My beginnings

What do you do that pushes your creative spirit, scares you or brings you joy?

Melanie M