Hello friends, I’m back – I think.
I have my new computer and, as we all predicted, at first it caused more problems than it solved, but gradually it is getting sorted out and at least this one is not crashing all the time and eventually I will sort out all the glitches, it all just takes time which is something I seem to be a bit short of.
Today I did a workshop with some of my colleagues from Ryde Social Heritage Group and we made Family History Shrines based on a free ebook I found on Aisling.net here is the link if you are interested: http://www.aisling.net/freebies/family-hist-shrine.pdf
I got together with 8 friends who have all researched their family histories and I showed them how I create my mixed media backgrounds using acrylic paints, stamping, stencilling etc. and everyone created lovely 3-fold books. Unfortunately we ran out of time but at least they left with lovely backgrounds and now they will be working at home to put details of their families into the books. I completed my book a few months ago and then I showed it to my friends and asked if they would like to make books about their families too. I was delighted when they all said yes and we had a great day today. At the end of the month our work will go on display in an exhibition called The Unfolding Story for Ryde Arts Festival week. In fact the work produced at all three of my workshops – Art Journaling, Matchbox Momentos and the Family History Shrines will be in the exhibition. Woo Hoo that’s just great.
I am not at work this week well I went in on Monday, but took the rest of the week as annual leave. The main reason for this is that this weekend is the big Isle of Wight Music Festival and it causes a lot of disruption for me getting to and from work, so this year I decided to avoid the hassle and take time off. Unfortunately the weather has turned wintery again which is not good considering the time of year, but I am getting a few things done and it’s good just away from the daily grind for a few days.
The page above is the front cover of my fourth Teesha Moore inspired art journal a style, which you know I completely love. I think and hope that my personal style is now beginning to show. Anyone looking at my art would know it is inspired by Teesha, but I hope a bit of me shines through too. Anyway after today’s mixed media workshop I realised it’s been a while since I played with acrylic paints, stencils and stamping and I think I need to get back into that again soon. I’ll have to find the time some how….
It’s late, I’m cold (it’s supposed to be mid-summer for goodness sake!) so I’m going to bed now to try and get warm, hopefully Billy the cat will come too – he’s a bit like a living hot water bottle.
Take care my friends and I’ll be back soon.