Strength

Mixed media with butterfly , bright circles, jewels and “strength” chop mark

As part of the Creative Jumpstart 2022 course I am taking through Nathalie Kalbach’s site there are daily creative videos from wide variety of artists. Each one is designed to encourage exploring new materials and techniques. It is proving a great way for me to get into the studio every day and dig into my supplies. I am determined to expand creatively in every direction I possibly can this year, and this course came across my screen at the perfect time. It is fun to stretch myself in this way and see what I can do.

Squaring it

3 small square mixed media pieces

Small, but bold, these pieces allow you to try new techniques while working within the confines of the tiny size. It is the perfect chance to get into those tiny scraps you have hung onto. When you have a ready stash of scraps and backgrounds on hand it frees you up focus on creating. I set aside time to create backgrounds for just this reason. This open ended activity is perfect for relaxing as it can be as simple or involved as you want. For a quick tutorial you can check out my background fun video here:

6s & 7s

Colorful mixed media with “There are many good times ahead” quote

Yesterday, feeling that ongoing sense on malaise that seems to blanket life these days, I tidied my studio up and created this piece. I got to dive into my scrap stash and use up some of the many odds and ends. It ended up being a longer video than I expected as I kept finding another cool scrap I wanted to use. But that is part of the process and fun of mixed media. And my 6s & 7s were banished as a result. As I keep developing courses and videos, I continue to find neat things I want to share. You can check out this project here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf1QOmTJT7Y0UxwzakVhu8A

The quickness of August

Timelapse of mixed media project

It has been another month that has sped by, leaving bits of summer scattered here and there. As I gear up to launch the website I have been hard at work getting my filming skills smoothed out and whittling my to do list down. It is a stretch filled with the nervousness that come with leaving the comfort zone, and the thrill that keeps things moving along. It has felt like the list of things that need doing is unending, but of course it isn’t, each item checked off is another step in the process.

There is a lot of trust you place in the universe as the busywork of change is going on. You work on what you can, hire out what you can’t, and hope it all comes together in the end. It requires a new agility in the thought process too, which I have found leaves me open to new ideas and ways of doing things. Onward and upward!

Plugging along

Old Underwood typewriter

The month is slipping by faster than I feel I am making progress. I do have 2 video courses all done and am slowly getting them up on teach:able. Slowly because I am trying to learn the platform and get comfortable with it, vs the numerous u-turns and detours I seem to be making. It can get very frustrating, which in turn allows those little negative imps to increase their chatter. Thus far, my excitement about the new direction has kept my energy up, this week it was hard though as it felt like not much fell in place. Hopefully, this coming week will prove to be a smooth stretch so I can get more done with fewer errors. I still have a laundry list of large and small items to finish, and my goal of August 30th draws nigh.

Doing it

Thumbnail for latest youtube video

Sometimes you just have to dive in and start swimming. It is only important that you can swim, not that you are an Olympic class athlete. If you wait until you suddenly wake up and have perfected a skill overnight you will be waiting your whole life. As I have been redirecting my creative life I have taken that to heart by making videos and retooling my website for this next phase. Full disclosure it did take me months to weigh my options and make the choice, I am not a person to rush right in to things. I also knew I had to fit anything I did in around work and home responsibilities.

My ultimate goal is to replace my workplace work with my online work. It is not an easy shift as I do enjoy my current job, and the fact that there is a steady paycheck plus benefits to count on. However, I need to look further down the road at the impact my working outside the home has on quality of life. I get to see people and interact, but my husband by default sees fewer people and gets out less. In weighing the options of having occasional companions for him vs. me being around more, it becomes a pretty clear choice.

It is nerve wracking, but I can juggle both while things get up to speed and profitability. But the timeline is fairly tight. I have been fortunate that my daughter has been home since being laid off and starting her online masters program. It has an end date though that I need to keep an eye on. I am pretty excited about this whole process, feeling less overwhelmed than I would have expected. There are moments of “What am I thinking!?” but over all progress is occurring at a steady pace.

https://youtu.be/TosK2yGrT98