30 days of creativity – Day 29 – Particles

30 day creativity challenge Day  29 – Particles

Every now and then, because I am a lucky woman, I get to go to the MShed in Bristol and use their Victorian letter press. It’s a huge ornate monstrosity with a lever that you pull to bring the weight down onto paper on top of whatever you are printing.

It was designed for metal letters, tiny little things that are placed in holders that are now only used by artisans and people with a lot more patience than I will ever have.

I was making plates from cardboard and foam but the results just were not what I wanted, so I tried wire. This was made with cut up bits of gardening wire, bent with my trusty Leatherman pliers. I printed and over printed, moving the paper a little each time then colour washed with watercolours.

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The inspiration came from a poem by Angela van Son

From dust til dawn

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
that’s when it all started

All my particles woke up
and freestyled their way to
what they thought they should do next

Some entered heaven, to have a look around
Some danced in purgatory, and fought fire with fire
Some joined the spirit, and bathed in its wisdom
Some lay down on the ground, to enjoy the view

And so on, and so on
for there were many particles
I won’t bore you with all their stories

Suffice it to say
they had a ball
and weren’t very happy
when it was time to regroup
and be born again

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 28 – Cat Mummy

30 day creativity challenge Day  28 – No cats were harmed

When I collected my son from school today I had to tell him that the cats were fine, no matter what it looked like.

This idea came about after a drunken conversation with a friend, we know how to have fun.

It was started with a hangover and is not yet finished. There are some mighty fine cat mummys in Bristol museum and I need to go up there and look at them to work out the next step.

It’s fiberglass (I had some of the rolls of stuff they use to fix broken legs), papier mache, newspaper, silver foil, masking tape and dust sheet ripped up and stained in coffee and tea.

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It’s not dry yet so I’m not sure how it will look in the end, it should have some painting on it too but I may just give up at that point. It will live next to Nick Drake, the stuffed duck.

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 27 – Circus Theme Crafty Creatives Box

30 day creativity challenge Day  27 – Crafty Creatives box 16

A couple of weeks ago I went to a show at Creative Common in Bristol, which had freaks in cages; a dominatrix Panda, who for some reason was doing her own hoovering (get a gimp girl!) and a rock lion you could play with. A few days after that I spent all of Sunday and Monday nursing a gigantic hangover and box set binging on all episodes of Carnivàle, which has a bit of all that is good viewing as far as I am concerned; satanism, sex, magic realism… (imagine a pikey Angela Carter if you haven’t seen it.)

So when Crafty Creatives box 16 turned out to have a Victorian circus theme it seemed spot on for timing. I pay just under £13 a month to get a mystery box of goodies delivered to my house and so far, each box has been well worth the money.

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In an unusually generous fit of delayed gratification I waited until my son got home from school to open the box. We were so excited! Box 16 is heavy and full! The main kit is to make a circus animal pendant which prove pretty tricky and needed the magic of Uhu instead of PVA to get anything to stick. We got a giraffe who now sports a crown and a saddle. Poor giraffe. Another bit of the box was to make coasters with photocopy transfers. I’d never done this before and I was crap at it, rubbing through the paper to the underneath too much. My son, however was a total natural and he produced something I’d be proud of. I will beat him later for his insolence and pass off his work as my own. (His is in the middle of the picture)

A set of really pretty little stamps came too, I love that we have a stamp of a stamp!  As usual we have some things leftover and we have plans for most of them.

This was a very relaxing few hours spent making stuff. Thank you www.craftycreatives.com

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 26 – Photos of Early Autumn

30 day creativity challenge Day  26, Oldbury Court in October.

Tuesday is my old lady dog walking day, so I dragged Pippa round her local park and took some pictures.

It is often more of a dog drag than a dog walk, she is reluctant and stroppy and has to be constantly kept on a close lead because she attacks other dogs. I’m very fond of her.

Oldbury Court

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 25 – Zen Doodling

30 day creativity challenge Day  25, monochrome mindfulness

It only seems last week that I got my first box from Crafty Creatives. I get one a month because I’m worth it, and because it’s become fun to do stuff like this with my 10 year old son.

Box 15’s theme is black and white and as before the box is generously rammed with goodies, including a nice, thick papered notebook and a very gorgeous fineliner. Crafty Creatives have suggestions on their blog and Zen Doodling was mentioned.

I’ve seen doodles like this before and I didn’t realise it was a ‘thing’ that had a name. It’s clearly a big thing if you look on Pinterest, people get really into it! There are websites devoted it it!

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It’s not difficult and you can’t really mess it up. You draw a load of squiggles on a page and fill in the shapes you make with patterns. It’s tricky thinking of patterns sometimes, and it’s trickier for me not to get all perfectionist on it. Working with a ten year old knocks that on the head though. Some of these I did with my son, some I did on my own. We have been taking it in turns to fill in boxes and its become a restful, meditative process which gets him to shut the fuck up for 5 minutes so that is good.

The notebook and pen live on the sofa now so we can watch films and argue over who’s turn it is to doodle next.

The rest of the Crafty Creatives box is yet to be explored but the main kit bit of it is a needle felted sheep. Sadly our needle broke but they have great customer service and they are sending us a new one! Hooray!

http://www.craftycreatives.com/

https://www.facebook.com/craftycreatives

https://twitter.com/craftycreatives

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 24 – Crafty Creatives Box

30 day creativity challenge Day  24, a box of goodies.

Disclosure  – I’m reviewing this because I like it, I wasn’t given a free box to review, this is totally unbiased.

A while ago, as a treat to myself for being dumped out of the blue by a dickhead going through a mid life crisis I signed up for a monthly box from Crafty Creatives.

For just under £13 delivered you get a box of goodies and instructions to make things once a month, each with a different theme. Past themes have included Steampunk and Glamour but this months theme is Western.

Opening the box is exciting as the contents are concealed behind rather lovely paper. Inside the box are kits with full instructions to make a dream catcher and a rope basket, a card with a rather lovely drawing of an Indian headdress on one side and a list of what’s in the box on the other.

It’s all carefully thought out and put together, it looks enticing and I have a 10 year old son who can’t wait to dive in and make something.

To be honest my heart sank when I saw the dreamcatcher kit, it’s not my kind of thing, but I’ve never made one before, and it is my son’s kind of thing, so that is all good. The instructions were clear and it was pretty easy to do. We worked on it together and he still has to finish it off.

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The other set of detailed instructions was for the rope basket. This required a bit of muscle so he started it and I finished it off. It’s become a basket to put rings into so it has a good use in our house.

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We had a go bleaching the denim bits that came in the kit, my son was impressed that they might have been worn by a real cowboy. I am really not sure what we are going to do with these.

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The rest of the kit has turquoise beads, a tiny stone bear, star studs, a bit of fleece with a native American pattern on it, metal feather charms, suedette trim, some tapestry thread and some lovely craft paper. My only criticism is that there are not more ideas for things to do. I have a rule that everything I make has to have a use or a purpose, being pretty just isn’t enough.

Crafty Creatives link to their Pinterest for denim ideas but I could really do with a nice chunky blog with clear tutorials we could dip into.

On the whole, what I love about this is that it is painless,  it’s all there for for you, no need to research, no need to think, just use your hands to make something.

For the money, this has so far given us around 3 hours of crafting, we have both learned something, it’s been great to do it together and there is plenty more to do. I think if you went out and bought the bits it would probably cost you more.  I am looking forward to the next box, and if anyone has any ideas for things we can make (that are actually useful) with the rest of the kit I’d appreciate it.

http://www.craftycreatives.com/

https://www.facebook.com/craftycreatives

https://twitter.com/craftycreatives

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 23 – Somerset Rural Life Museum

30 day creativity challenge Day  23, getting crafty.
I’ve driven past the Somerset Rural Life Museum hundreds of times assuming that it was an expensive attraction. In fact, it’s a free museum and if you catch it at the right time there are loads of things to do there.

We (me and my 10 year old) accidentally went on Family Harvest Day by noticing the ice cream sign for the cafe, then noticing the massive great threshing machine outside. A team of people were making bales of hay, feeding straw into one end of an amazing huge machine with lots of pulleys.

Ice cream came first, it was very nice Marshfield, the tea was served in willow pattern china which I always appreciate, then we noticed that it was free admission. Yippee!

Downstairs was a lady making corn dollies, and she taught me how to join straw so you can make bigger things. We both made carrots, we didn’t really aim to make carrots but they turned out that way. I’m happy.

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Photos by ten year old.

In the kitchen room (where there is a patchwork curtain!) there was going to be a baking on a range demo, but we missed that because we went upstairs. T made a really cool tree out of a paper bag then spent 2 hours on an Inkle loom weaving while I helped and talked to some really lovely people about crafts and history. They sell the looms for £18 which is such a total bargain I am now kicking myself, but I have their email address so I can see if they are in Bristol ever.

We had so much fun we missed lunch and didn’t notice.

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 22 – At the Airport, full of drugs, and a haiku

30 day creativity challenge Day  22, waiting for a flight

To get on a plane I need the correct ratio of valium to alcohol. It’s fine if I’m with a friend because I can just zone out and pretend it’s not happening. If I’m with my son I go into mother overdrive and I’m more worried about him bouncing into a pile of expensive duty free I then have to pay for, than the flight.

If I am on my own it’s not easy.

So, I’m sat in Bristol Airport with a most delicious Guinness on top of the valium I’d had that morning, and the other one I had the night before. I was somewhat off my face, didn’t really need the plane to fly.

As you can probably tell.

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Apologies for the fuzzy images, can’t find my camera, but the hazyness is reminiscent of shit loads of alcohol and valium.

If you can’t read my mind and tell what they are supposed to be, the first one is a plane, the second one is a plant.

 

In the airport bar

Sedatives clash with Guinness

I don’t like to fly.

 

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 21 – Printing at the Mshed

30 day creativity challenge Day  21, Mshed Printing Workshop

Occasionally I get to do workshops at the Mshed in Bristol. The picture of me on my design site –  www.nakedwebsite.co.uk is from the Mshed, we spent a happy couple of hours throwing string around.

The theme of todays workshop was memories of Bristol. Since I’m not Bristolian and we live in the Mogadishu quarter I don’t have nice memories about our area. But I do like Cabot Tower, which you can helpfully see from the window of the Mshed studio.

One of the good things about Cabot Tower is the ice cream truck – Vee Double Moo which sells the most incredible salted caramel topped ice cream.

My 10 year old printed ice cream, with a random turtle on top and then made patterns out of turtles.

I printed the tower and the greenery around it.

 

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You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 20 – Collaborative Work

30 day creativity challenge Day  20, painting with a 10 year old.

A friend was decluttering a canvas so we got out the oil paints and painted over it. Then my son used some thingy on the camera to make a collage.

I got into smudging the colours together, he did some intricate little pictures influence, the precocious brat says, by Munch.

From top left on the top he has named them

Hell is in us all

Journey to the Underworld

The God of Destruction

Then on the bottom row

Cry

Terror

Ahh, happy childhood memories.

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Today’s Haiku

Cats scuttle around

Destroying my home and life

Kill outside instead

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.