Thursday, 29 January 2015

insta-art: the monthly mindful art and design challenge for january

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you my own piece of art i designed for the monthly mindful art and design challenge in january.

this is a free challenge i am hosting each month, and it includes a chance to have your art featured here, a chance to win a set of greetings cards, and a private facebook community to share in. oh, and oodles of inspiration and prompts for your own art! if you want to join us there's still time! i am choosing my favourites and winners and will be posting them here on the blog next week. you can find out all about it and sign up here.

this month's prompt was family and friends. i chose to focus on my online family of sisters when creating my own art. it began as always with a simple sketch.

i then added some skin tone colours - using my neocolours, acrylic paints and graphite.

i added in some white acrylic paint for highlights.

then i started to bring back the details with my graphite.

hair colour now! i wanted my sisters to have the same shade - created initially with pitt artists pens.

i then used my new watersoluble tombows (you can see them in the first picture!) to define and add more detail to the hair, eyes, cheeks and lips.

i also added in a layer of watercolour pencil for the ladies outfits. i knew what i planned for them but wanted to give them a little colour too.

i used a combination of paynes grey and other grey watersoluble crayons to start getting my background together.

i went from dark to light with the colours, with the darker shades around my girls.

i collaged in some little butterfly toppers into my girls hair.

stamping time!

gorgeous gilding flakes! i added in the watercolour so the white wouldn't show through (in case of any gaps in the gilding flakes).

definition, definition, definition.

some shading on the collaged butterflies.

and they're done!

i love the sense of emotion you get from looking at these ladies. especially the lady on the left. they have such a sense of togetherness!

in fact, i loved them so much that i used this art work to redesign my online sisterhood site. i think they look great over there too!

if you want to get involved in the monthly mindful art challenge then feel free to head on over and sign up. i will be posting my favourite art from the participants and announcing the prize winners next week :)

i am linking up this post to creative every day, sunday sketches and paint party friday.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

tips and tricks: how to make sure i can reply to your lovely comments! (plus another blogging tip!)

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you simultaneously something that makes me sad and the fix for that very thing! plus an extra tip for those of you who want to be able to reply to commenters on your blog easily and quickly.

since blogger began allowing people to connect their google plus accounts to their blogs, i have noticed more and more people who leave comments on my posts but don't leave their email address (or don't have it linked to their accounts) so i can't easily reply to them. 

i don't know if you've experienced similar things on your own blogs, but it makes it almost impossible for me to get back to you when you have taken the time to comment.

here's the fix for that so that i can email you directly when you comment and answer any questions you may have. here's the how to:

1. go to your blogger dashboard and look for your name in the top right hand corner.

2. you'll see there's a little down arrow on the far right. click it and you should get a little box open up. you can see on mine that my blogger profile (not my google plus profile) is connected. this is the best way to make sure your email is set up properly. if your google plus account is currently connected, go to the gear symbol just below your name, disconnect your google plus account and connect your blogger profile instead. if you have a blogger profile connected like me, click on the words blogger profile.

3. click edit profile.

4. make sure the show your email address is ticked and make sure your correct email address is in the box below there. click save profile. and you're done!

now, whenever you comment on another blog, that blogger will be able to email you straight back! so simple and straightforward.

now, you might be also wondering how come i have my blog comments sent directly to my email address in the first place.

if so, here's a bonus tutorial for you so you can set yours up in the same way!

1. go to your blogger dashboard and click settings on the left hand side.

2. click on mobile and email on the left hand side. then add your email address into the comment notification email box. then click save settings.

and voila - you will now receive an email whenever anyone comments on your blog and you should be able to reply to that comment straight through your email!

no more tracking down their blog and finding a post to comment on. no more scouring their google plus profile for a message link or a blog link. 


have a great day lovelies :)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

curious creatives

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to continue with my curious creatives interview series here on the blog!

this is a gorgeous interview series where i feature a different creative each and every month. think of it as a little sneak peek into the hearts and minds of curious creatives everywhere!

next up for this monthly interview series is the lovely jacqueline!

Tell us a little something about your creativity. What do you enjoy creating the most?

Well my creativity finds outlets in lots of different mediums. At the moment I am developing my painting abilities further, but I like playing with wool and fabric too. Sometimes it's hard to keep focused on the one thing - there are so many potential things to try and learn! 

The thing I am enjoying a great deal at the moment is my little cards. Each one is hand drawn, painted and glittered, but because they are so small, it is very satisfying to finish them, especially when I have a one and a half year old running around distracting me!

What made you decide to start creating?

I have always created stuff. I'm not sure that I have the choice! Painting is almost a meditation for me though - I find it quite healing. There is a point where you lose yourself in the process and that is really beautiful. I like to share my work too. I find that quite exciting and it's something that I want to do as I hope to add beauty to people's lives.

Where do you get your inspiration from for your creative endeavours?

My inspiration comes from nature mainly. I love looking at shapes and colours and trying to apply them to my work. My friends and family and customers inspire me too as they often challenge me to create something I might not otherwise do. It's great to put some of their energy into a piece of art to make it more special and personal.

What do you if you feel creatively blocked? How do you get past that?   

I don't have time to get creatively blocked! Seriously, having a baby has made me so intent on creating in every spare second I get, it's crazy! I think that because she takes up so much f my time I am desperate for my own thing. Making cards is perfect as I can work around her needs and it's amazing what you can do in five minutes here and 30 minutes there. 

I use my iPad a lot to research ideas and pin things to my Pinterest board. It's great to look at photos of nature and other fairy boards. Inspiration is not a problem nowadays. The difficulty is turning it into something unique and personal to you. 

Do you have any advice on silencing your inner critic?

I think that I'm on quite good terms with my inner critic! I am very experimental and allow myself to be free in lots of ways. Being critical is actually a good way to pull back and be a bit more objective about my work.

What would be your top tips for living a more creatively fulfilled life?

I think my top tip to live a creatively fulfilled life is to enjoy your practice! Don't be too hard on yourself and give yourself room to grow. If you aren't having fun then there's not much point.

Pick one of your creative projects to feature here – it could be your favourite, your newest or a popular piece.  What do you think is so special about that item? Tell us more!

It's really hard to pick a favourite piece as I have really been having a lot of fun recently!

I was asked to do a card for someone's confirmation though and I really enjoyed researching some religious imagery and creating this card! It's lovely to think that they will have something totally unique to remember a special day with.

thanks so much jacqueline for sharing with us your art and your heart with us today - what a great interview! 

if you'd like to be involved in this monthly series on my blog just let me know! you can message me in the comments or use my fancy new contact page up at the top of this page :)

have a fantastic day!

Monday, 26 January 2015

on the unfolding of destiny

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you, wherever you may be. today i am continuing my inspirational series, following my own thoughts and progress with my spiritual studies.

i mentioned back when i began this series that i was completing two courses by francesca de grandis and also learning more about oracle card reading. i am spending time each day with these teachings and literally loving every minute of it!

i wanted to share with you today some of the inspirational insights i have gleaned as i have been working my way through.

using the prayers in "goddess initiation" i have been letting go of my innermost fears. i began with my fear of lack. i visualised it being sent up to my own personal star (created by god/the goddess just for me). i imagined it engulfing that dark fear, and transforming it into a gift for me. the gift sparkles and shines as it returns to the earth towards me - it is the gift of freedom, abundance and love.

it feels amazing and so powerful to let go of these fears and burdens. i have been working through the fears i have - fear of being smug and insufferable in my success, fear of being insignificant. all of these fears i have sent up to that star and received peace, grace and gifts in return.

it's a prayer i would definitely recommend.

and here's an extra little thought to help you feel better about living in abundance. 

it is a sin to deny yourself a good life.

embrace your good life and allow it's joy and light to permeate all that you do. don't deny yourself happiness, learning opportunities or any other of life's gifts.

i have also been enjoying my daily oracle card reading classes with collette baron reid. i have four sets of oracle cards which i love to use (and i have a set of collette's cards on order too!) the reading above came from my celtic oracle card set.

i love them!

the question i asked was this: "what do i need to know to have my best possible week?"

i pulled the cards above and felt so very blessed to have done so.

the damh/stag (in my current situation) is all about pride, independence, shamanism and spiritual pursuits. i am so immersed in expanding my spiritual practices at the moment and this card really signifies that. i am also more determined than ever to live from my own gifts and ideas. hence the feelings of pride and independence.

ngetal/reed (my next step/action/advice) is all about knowledge and learning. it represents the unfolding of destiny and the ability to manifest greatness. so, i need to continue with my learning and expand my knowledge in order to manifest my own destiny. so very positive!

bradan/salmon (my future if i take the right steps) is representative of unstoppable journeys and progress. it stands for rejuvination, wisdom and inspiration. so, if i make sure i learn what i need to i will be unstoppable!

now you can see why i felt this was an awesome reading to pull!

i am planning to offer readings each week on my community facebook group - the curious artists community. so, if you haven't joined already and would like to take part in these readings then head on over to get yourself involved.

have a great day lovelies!

Friday, 23 January 2015

freebie friday!

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be. today is freebie friday of course and i wanted to carry on with my helpful printable series of panning sheets.

last friday i shared a five year planning sheet. this friday it's a one year planning sheet to help you break that down into more manageable steps.

simply click on the picture mock up above to view, download, save and print off the planning sheet. it is perfectly sized to print onto a4 paper, ready to fill in.

have a fantastic friday and a wonderful weekend lovelies!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

new art prints in my store!

wiccan of light. mixed media, sparkly art.

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share some of the latest prints available in my etsy store. i love these and hoped you might love them too!

butterfly girl. this is number one in what i envision to be a whole series of butterfly girls. love!

beacon of love. my lovely girl - full of pink/red tones and sparkly delights. love!

art soothes my soul. this is a watercolour lettering project i completed recently. love it!

beacon of light. the third beacon in my series. i am half planning some more of these too! love the simplicity and of course the sparkliness too!

i love these new pieces so much - thanks for letting me share!

have a great day people!