Winter Workshops mixed media class

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.

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Making things happen

Love this post about just doing it.

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…

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

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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