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Index cards and good words

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Recently I spoke at the Ikaroa Hui – it’s a library thing. I made a bunch of Gelli-plate index cards with key words on them, then promptly forgot to share the Power Point I had made of them. Doh! So here are a few of them; some are words from ‘Instructions for a bad day’ by Shane Koyczan. BTW I got into index cards thanks to the wonderful Roo (Ruth Cahill) – thanks Ruth!

Winter Workshops mixed media class

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This afternoon I taught a mixed media class as part of this year’s Winter Workshops run by South Taranaki District Council. Six people joined me at the Old Folks Hall for 3 hours of messy fun. Here’s some progress shots, a close up or two, and some final works. We had a blast and everyone was really creative and into the process.

Making things happen

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Cath Sheard:

Love this post about just doing it.

Originally posted on Ideas come from everything:

Two years ago I was thinking about all the reasons I couldn’t do a PhD–age, family responsibilities, financial responsibilities…Today, I’m doing it, and doing it with vigour. So what changed? I commented in an online community that I am on that it seemed like it might not be worthwhile, because of the career track issues, and someone who I can never thank enough said “if you can make it work, you might as well do it. In five years you will be five years older anyway”. She was so right, and it was a life-changing moment for me.

My favourite quote on how to make things happen, though, comes from my favourite band. They’re singing about getting off the treadmill that is the rat race, but the same thought can be applied to any dream you’re chasing:

All it takes is one decision, a lot of guts, a little vision…

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A journal page a day…

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An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a journal page a day keeps the blues away. Over the last few days I have completed a couple of layouts, and have been making some pretty papera ready for borrowing a friend’s envelope maker. I’ve been using my Gelli Plate, stencils, Distress Paints, rubbers stamps etc to make the papers. It’s been a lovely inky weekend…

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Mainly scrapbooking

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This weekend I’ve had a bit of art time so I have been preparing for our next journal class, tomorrow night in Hawera, and doing some scrapbooking. I’ve been playing with spray inks, collage, modelling paste and stencils – my hands are a disaster but I’ve had a lot of fun. Here’s one of the layouts I’ve done today:

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But what next?

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I have a small pile of 12×12 scrapbooking cardstock in colours I don’t use anymore so I’m slowly using it up as the base for works where the initial colour won’t show. This one has layers of gelli print scraps, stencils, old rub-on letters, patches of colour with Gelatos etc. All good so far, but what next? I’ll leave it on my desk for a few days and see what happens. (only part of the 12×12 is shown)


Card making kind of day

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This morning I did a mad dash through stuff I had to get done, then got out my Gelli Plate, Stencil Girl stencils plus a few random ones and some masks I had cut myself, and got to work making cards. I made more mess than cards, but can put more together tomorrow. I might even get a chance to do some letter writing. Life’s good when you have inky fingers time.

BTW the ink is not as patchy as it shows here; it’s something to do with the way my new all-in-one printer scans them. Honest!

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