Wednesday, 12 December 2012

'tis the season

to be busy...

but not as busy as previous years. 
What have I missed?  Why the blasé attitude? Yes, I still have to make an enormous Christmas stocking for the youngest nephew, to match the one for his cousin made this time last year and yes I still have lots of presents to order or go find and yes I still have ideas for stitched presents noodling around in my head that I haven't even begun to bring into reality yet...

Maybe it's just because it's been a busy term, and now I've only got one class left to teach, I've wound down so much I've come to a standstill!

Either way, I haven't been doing what I should have been doing, I've been doing this:

cutting up lots of colour copies to make these:

signatures for a hand-made sketchbook:

with painted pages, copies (colour and b&w) and tracing paper.
Quite pleased with this frosty effect:


I'm working myself up to some major pieces of work (!  Sounds so grand!  If only I can pull it off!) for an exhibition next year.  So I'm not really procrastinating, I'm making a start. 

I've actually been attempting to make a start since about October, but don't tell anyone.

I've been using ideas from this book by Sandra Meech.  And it hasn't felt like procrastinating, as I haven't really enjoyed the process yet...it's been a bit painful, so I must be on to something...

And finally, talking of painful.  Got in a tantrum the other evening because I never have "time to do what I want to do" but then having carved out some time, of course I didn't know what it was that I wanted to do.  So in desperation I got out my boxes of rejects and offcuts, and made a collage.  Hmph. 


So there.

5 comments:

  1. Love your collage, fantastic colours and a heart shape as well. The pages look great too. I have not seen that book so had a look on you know where beginning with A.

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  2. You can never go wrong with a heart, I can just see you having a little hissy fit ;) I had a look above too.... I was pleasantly exhausted, SM seems to have given a years worth of college study in just 2 preview pages, I need a lie down before I look again - it must mean she has a very good point, keep smiling & think on!

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  3. The sketch books sound fascinating - I love a good sketchbook.

    And do tell us more about the exhibition. Where, when, what???

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  4. This all sounds so familiar... except I'm not doing any any 'major' work!!!

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  5. The pages look fantastic as does the collage. Good luck with the work for the exhibition.

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