Thanks for popping in. It’s Tuesday and it’s Day 3 in this #LOSTYOURMOJO Blog series. Why am I sitting with this subject for days at a time? Because your hobby is your sane lane! You get with your hands, you get out of your head – it’s that simple.
We crafters are so very lucky to have found something ANYTHING we want to learn about and make! It is the thing that keeps us company, keeps us occupied, keeps us in a good space. So to hit a wall, to lose your arty mojo – this is BIG STUFF, innit?!
New Year and beginning. And the last thing you need is a crafty blockage! No, no, no. Nobody wants a crafty blockage! Quite the contrary! January is a perfect month to start a new hobby, a new pastime.
I have set myself a new personal challenge too, regarding this ’ere blog. Since stupidly hitting the Update button last year, writing the blog has been a headache at best, a PITA (Pain in the Derriere) mostly. This is mainly why I had stopped blogging daily – just such a grind. What was a simple operation had become a real daily challenge, and sometimes I just didn’t have the time to fiddle about. Today was the first official day back at work, and I decided if I didn’t like it, I was going to have to change it. Lots of reading, opening various windows, googling. And already, within an hour I have solved my biggest issue: Photos and layout. Back in the game, I hope! Bear with me while I get my head round this technology. I wasn’t raised on bolt-ons, apps and plugins, but I’m pretty sure they’re straightforward if you apply yourself. There’s nothing here that time and a little patience won’t solve.
So. Let’s get back to the #Lostyourmojo post.
On Sunday, we looked at not overthinking what we do, and simply chopping up artwork into smaller pieces. I used a super stampset from Leonie (CLiCK HERE for half price offer) and our Designer Paper
Today, I want to shine a little light on three things which are super useful for both easing you into a blank page and finishing off a piece of artwork:
The Designer Papers provide an instant background solution. No need to work out colours, inks, paints – they are a bridge to art. In fact, when you look at them, they often prompt you to add stamps or stencils in a particular area. Look on them as a landscape canvas, ready to work on.
The masks? Well, they are the picture, the landscape. Again, no colour thought required. Just a brush, a Spot-on sponge and a black ink pad.
The Poetry stamps. Beautiful, simple narrative. They add the story, the connection between yourself and the recipient.
Let’s take a look at the steps…
- Pick a paper which conveys the flavour you want.
- Add the Castle mask, or the Mountains mask, or the Roof tops mask
- Mask off the bunting area and any exposed part of the designer paper with masking tape and copy paper.
- Use a brush and black Archival ink. brush DOWNWARDS, off the mask, flicking the brush so that it lifts off the paper.
- Use a Sponge and masking tape or copy paper to add the shadows of the castle turrets.
- Add shade all along the castle and hills.
- If you want it blacker, just brush longer or pound the sponge instead of smear.
This is exceptionally simple, but very effective. I believe that a surefire way to rekindle your mojo is to make something really cool that requires very little application. This project is just that.
When you peel away the reusable mask I bet you are impressed. The Designer Paper really helps massively too. Then pick a poem, a verse. Do this before you chop the paper up, so you have left a goodly space.
Straightforward, atmospheric, arty.
So who is receiving this artwork from you? A man? A Woman? Young? Older? These are the simple facts you may want to consider before mounting the art. Which do YOU prefer?
Here are two examples of the same ingredients, but with very different results:
These are simple solutions, easy ways to make lovely art and break through that mojo block. Just follow the steps. Allow me to guide you through the wall. Once you get to the other side, you’ll be off and running again. Sometimes we just need a little help, a few tips and tricks, some pointers and props. That’s it.
PS I am pretty chuffed that the photo blocks are back! One little switch, one tiny change, one minor adjustment – and BOOM!! Excited to be blogging again!! When you win the Craft Award for Best Blog 2021, you really ought to know how the thing works! I shall spend the next hour working out how to add the button below to the side panel! Shewillworkitout… x