The first steps in this task of completing a collage, was to add a background colour in acrylics. I only had three tubes of acrylics with me, which limited the colour palette.
I could’ve brought more, but I’d recently purchased some acrylics but had left them at home.
So I decided to make do. And I’m glad I did.
The look was more rustic, perhaps a bit industrial than I was going for (I might actually re-do this background in the future for other projects, there’s a few ideas sparking). This is for a collage. I’m going to build on this first layer. And when I stepped back I could see in my mind’s eye where the next layer might go. Even though this wasn’t the ‘look’ I wanted, it was a start that I could work with and build on. Sometimes it’s better when things don’t go to plan and you are moved by the creative flow and take notice.
When have you started a creative project but it’s not gone to plan? But the result has been better than you had initially planned? Please share in the comments below.
I have a new logo! Big thanks to Qamber Desgins for my Cafe Pondering logo. It’s got everything I love on it – a coffee mug, and books, and a thought bubble on the mug to represent all the pondering I do! (and a lot of creativity fills that bubble too!)
I’ve had it for a little while, but it’s taken me a little while to put it up on my website – in between having a baby, writing blog posts, writing novels, painting, crocheting and simply living life (you know the boring bits that don’t make the cut to even being talked about!). But it’s there now on the site, and out in the world.
Having to drive over the other side of town for an appointment, I thought a I could combine the trip and then go to one of my favourite cafés. I had to drive past the café on the way to the appointment, and it was closed. And not a closed for today, or opening late today sort of closed. It had shut up shop. Forever. I had so been looking forward to being naughty and buying a cheeky lamington with my coffee, and spending a little time writing (or trying to write as bubs was with me).
What was I going to do now? Plan B wasn’t forming in my mind. Simply I needed another café. But where? And there’s always the risk of trying a new café and it let’s say, things don’t always work out. I was in a risk free mood, and yet, here I was having to do that. I wasn’t in the frame of mind to try something new or different to my routine or what I was used to.
Through the appointment all I could think of was where am I going to have my morning coffee where I can write? I wanted to go to a café where I could take a pram, and one where there was a bit of a rustic, organic vibe to help the creative flow. I wanted to soak up the atmosphere so the inspiration would stay with me for the rest of the day.
It took a lot of thinking, then I remembered a café down the road I had gone to earlier in the year. Relief! And it was the perfect solution. I had a lovely coffee, room with the pram and a few minutes to write. Beautiful organic vibes for me to absorb. Thank goodness! And I’ve got another café to add to my list to go and visit.
All wasn’t lost.
It’s obvious to think there’s not really any risk here, and that it’s simple just think of another café to go to. In a way it was. But it did take a bit of thought for me to work through this. And it reminded me of the process of problem solving. The chance to think on my feet. And to be flexible with the pre-made plans of the day. I also got to practice it for something simple, so when the big problems come along I’ll be ready.
So there’s a lot more than just plan B and having to go to a different café. It’s all about being willing to try something different, to change the plans – on the fly. And to remember that this can actually help the inspiration and lead to some creative progress.
I might just need to try a new café more regularly!
I’m sitting on the inside/outside boundary of a cafe, on a sunny spring-is-almost-here day.
Plus I have a large coffee and a gorgeous journal.
My journaling isn’t always about words.
Sometimes it’s about playing with colour and ink.
It is always about creative fun though.
Here I’ve had fun with ink using different techniques. I’ve not been in control of the end product and I’ve taken a chance on letting the ink form naturally, or organically on the page.
It enhances my creativity, I’m having fun and therefore I’m relaxing. It also makes my journal beautiful. And if I wanted to, I could be inspired to write about them images formed out of a type of flow. By closing the journal, one image became two. Opposites, mirrors, reflections.
The quotes on the pages do mean that the pages aren’t entirely naked of words! It’s nice to have inspirational quotes on the page, and be reminded of the creative journey others have been on.
Despite trying to limit myself to only having one crochet project on the go at once, and only starting a new project after I’ve finished a project.
I’ve broken this rule.
Not only have I begun a new crochet project without finished the first project, I have actually got three crochet projects on the go at once!
What can I say? I couldn’t help starting a new project, with a new stitch and pattern to learn. And to get to use new yarn.
The excitement of starting a new project called to me and I gave in. It’s a little addiction. It also keeps my mind active by learning new skills and trying a new pattern. I feel inspired which crosses over into other parts of my life.
I have a choice when I sit down to crochet on what project I work on, meaning I’m more in the creative flow rather than doing what I think I should do.
This is more relaxing and fun. A healthier way to approach my creative projects. The downside is that I can feel a little overwhelmed and a bit frustrated that I’m not finishing any projects. But, the positive side outweighs all of this. And that can only be a good thing.
Also, when completing creative projects it really is about the journey. The journey is personal. For me, my journey is about having more than one project on the go at once, this is my joy and when I’m thriving. So, I embrace it.
What is your approach like to your creative projects? Please share below in the comments.
After completing the bunny art work, I was inspired to try the mixed medium techniques again. I love dragons, so I decided to challenge myself and try a dragon. I never thought I could do something as complicated as a dragon.
After doing a workshop, and being inspired to try what I’ve learnt at home is a very good outcome.
Because I enjoy documenting the creative process, I’ve included the stages from start, middle, and end of the creation of this piece. It was a somewhat sunny day, so I was enjoying painting outside.
Now, to find time to keep using this technique!
My first crochet project free style (no pattern) and different yarn.
The creativity flowed strong for the making of this floor rug.
Never thought I’d get to the point where my skill set was good enough so try to make something without following a pattern. I’ve surprised myself!
Now onto the next project…
Feeling like I’m on track with this project now after I had to frog it, split the wool top, then begin again.
Going free style with no pattern or video to watch! It’s fun to experiment and try new approaches (and yarn, never thought of using unspun wool before!)
Can’t wait to see the final product!
While the yarn called me and I jumped into starting a new project yesterday, today I realised that I needed to have split the unspun wool.
So I undid what I’d eagerly had crocheted, and then split the yarn. At least I hadn’t gotten too far into the new project! Sometimes I can be too enthusiastic.
It’s reminded me that all new projects have learning curves. And you just got to ride the curve.