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Friday, July 18, 2014

Free time? More art

Every gig I do, people vomment on how "talented and great" I am as an artist. I always reply I am just a doodler and I can not draw, but I am trying to change that.

As an artist I am constantly learning new things, trying new things, pushing myself to be better.

Even though henna is my main focus, I have been branching out more into other art forms.

I always wanted to be an artist. When I fell into henna I never wanted to be "just a henna artist." I wanted to be "an artist." Part of that means trying things I am not so good at and working until I "suck less."

Natural talent? Naw, my stick figures were as bad as anyones in the beginning. I am learning just like anyone else learns.

YOU too CAN draw!

How can you learn to be a better artist? What motivates and inspires me to keep pushing?

Some of the resources I use are contests. They keep me pushing myself, they give me guidlines and deadlines. Occasionally I win, most often I don't, but, I am tenacious and I just can not stop. I have some odd internal drive that keeps me going forward, and I LOVE that part of myself.

Sometimes I wish that drive would carry over to cleaning my house or shaving my legs, but mostly I am thrilled to be able to expiriance that drive at all.

I also swap artist trading cards. Artist trading cards are 2.5 by 3.5 mini artworks.

I mostly swap through Swap-bot. If you have never checked it out, swap-bot is an amazing website for swapping all kids of snail mail. Honestly, who doesn't love snail mail? Recently I was made an official swap-bot ambassador. Basically I spread swap-bot swag and my love for mail art. Perfect for me.

I also participate in Free Art Friday and the art abandonment movement. I drop free artwork as I can here and there. It is an amazing time!

I thought it might be fun for the next few weeks to highlight my very favorite places online to push myself as an artist. These are the places I go almost everyday to learn more and inspire me. Any maybe some of my favorite artists- who knows.

Till next week, c ya.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

30 days of creativity- day 30, the end

That was an incredibly fast 30 days! I can not believe it is over.

This challenge got me blogging, doodling, creating and I am sad it is over.

Massive thank you to Kelly of Whimsy and Zen for the push in the right direction.
Check Kelly and her blog out here.    


Recovering from the Maker's Faire, I am exhusted and my brain is all phlfffffffft.

I made some little henna ATCs to mail to some henna peeps.

Not a huge big bang, but a little spurt of creativity, ended as I began, slow and enjoying each stroke.

Maybe I need to find another 30 day challenge. This was amazing. :-)

For now, I need to package up these cards and mail them out. Assign partners for my latest swap and sleep.... ohhhhh beautiful sleep.

Until I blog again, please please go create something. Even if it is little, do it!