The Year, I Made it my Own

2016 is nearly over and I made it. Happy, joyful, changed, purposeful and holding onto my integrity with great care.

As I wrote in my last post, moments do not define me, what defines me is my integrity.

‘This thing that I am doing that is bringing me into my own.

Living in a way that is being true to me.’

Integrity

Man I have had a few moments this year and each one has helped me get closer to my integrity more than ever. I feel pretty darn lucky actually and I am oh so grateful for my year. I have had a few challenges and most of these have been with my work. I am a teacher, this does not challenge me, it makes me feel great, it is like going home. What challenges me is difficult, confusing and bloody frustrating. I understand it a bit more this year and maybe next year the challenges will be less. It all falls around my role as management.

My word of the year ‘Integrity’ has definitely helped me get through those moments that rose to challenge me. Being true to myself has helped me burrow through those moments that challenge my essence.

Thank you Integrity.

Thank you 2016.

Thank you truth.

Next year my word will be Allow, I am going to Allow myself to do those thing that bring me closer to my truth. Creativity is my thing, it makes my heart sing and colours my world with much joy. This is why I love my work as a teacher, I love the creativity. I discovered this treasure, when after 3 years of not having my own classroom, I am finally starting the year with my own class of Year 2’s and I feel so excited by it. That change has helped me better understand my role as a leader in education. I started my current job three years ago and the thing that got me the job, a leading teacher, I haven’t been doing in my own classroom. I missed it so much and I didn’t realise how much until I decided to return to my own classroom again.

This year I will:

Allow myself to make art

Allow myself to develop my creativity in my teaching work

Allow myself to plan daily

Allow myself to doodle in my art books

Allow myself to print my art and give it to the people I love.

Allow myself to print my art and sell it in my shop.

Allow myself to develop my lettering

Hello Allow

Hello Creativity

Hello Teacher

Hello New Classroom

Hello Art Shop

Goodbye 2016 and Welcome to you 2017

Top Tip 4: Allow yourself to discover a word to live your year by. A word that is close to what you need the most. Plan, reflect and set goals by it throughout the year.

How I Create and Top Tip #2

img_6643 Recently I worked on 3 pieces. Two I had already started including my 4th Angel from a series I have been working on with my Spirit Wings Painting Course with Kelly Rae Roberts. I also began my 5th Angel fromimg_6633 the same course.

I like having a few pieces on the go because I am impatient waiting for stuff to dry and get tempted to carry on, this will ruin your art pens, yes I know this…..  so I move to another piece. It is kind of fun to work this way because when I mix up a colour for one piece I can also add to another.

 

 

Top Tip #2img_6644

Baby wipes! Yes baby wipes they are amazing, handy, useful and easy. I use them to wipe my hands as much as I prefer to use my hands to work on my art it is messy, really, really messy. So having baby wipes on hand help clean up messes that are getting in the way of creating. They are also useful for cleaning up stamps, stencils, paint brushes, any tools you might use in your art.

Happy Monday everyone!

See the hero in everyone ……and the unicorn ♥️

The Universe

Melanie M♥️

What I do, When I don’t…..

Write

I like having the time to do housework, garden, bake, walk, read, play with Fern, watch movies, spend time with my family and dream. I should say yoga and meditation except that would be a big fat story. Yoga and meditation is a dream goal for me.

Most of all I love to create, at the moment I am working on a special birthday gift for someone. It is a mixed media art piece I have put together usingIMG_4827 beautiful paper I have bought from Flonz. I painted the canvas during my mixed media mantras art course with Kellie Rae Roberts. I tried to use colours I thought he would like and it turned out with a christmassy look. I like it. Then I lightened the entire canvas by rolling Titan Buff, Golden Fluid Acrylic over the top. That was a good decision, I loved the piece after that. It lightened it and gave it a more peaceful feel.

‘The Moon and Back ‘Lettering is a special saying we have when we say we love each other. It is something I use with most of my family. I like the lettering, I am at a point of wondering how I can make the lettering a more natural part of the canvas.  Stamping is fun except the ink I am using, at the moment, smudges easily, very annoying.

I am so excited about my second challenge. This is something I have been thinking about doing for awhile. I would like to interview an artist and the very artist I wish to interview is someone I admire immensely. Watch this space! Can’t wait! Can’t wait! I hope they say yes. Actually I have a list of people I would like to interview for my blog.

Hello artist friend! Hello time! Hello yoga! Hello meditation!

Melanie M

Take me to the moon

 How far would you go for someone you love? How far would you want someone else to go for you?

I chose this prompt because of my latest piece of art that I have been creating for someone special. Since my children were small  when we said ‘I love you’ we would respond ‘to the moon and back’. I also gave my daughter a beautiful book where the mum would respond to her daughters ‘I love you’, with ‘Always’.To the Moon altered

I would give up my life for my children and granddaughter, if I had to, without question, unconditional love, always and forever. They are my moon and my earth.

It’s funny really because I wouldn’t want anyone to give up their life for me. Would I expect my mum too, no.

Profound post but the prompt attracted me.

Melanie M