There’s power in creating

These are a few of the lessons I ‘ve learned with 100 ways to flower with power.

On day one, I had plans. I drew my flowers. I had a list of tools/techniques to try. Then it was, what can I do with one tool. At some point I forgot about the list and let my thoughts and curiosity guide me. That’s where the real exploration began!

After that I found this place. It wasn’t comfortable. I lost track of time. There was no joy, fear, happiness or anger. Perhaps I started with feelings and then creating took over. Nothing else matterd. Gita and Learning by Heart are wonderful! Yes, creating gives me such peace. I am a creative. During exploration my mind is at play. I’m curious, imagining and working utill I look at it and say ok I’m done. Detachment is powerful!

There’s power in creating on your terms, your rules and learning that there’s only make. Moving forward leads to new ideas.

A Rose is a common flower. I like these two colors together. I drew the flower with an oil pastel. Crayons, permanent markers and pens. work good too. Test to make sure the color won’t bleed unless you’re curious! I was and yes that too made a fine flower.

Have a good weekend! Next week I’m starting with creative exploration-fall! 100 ways to flower with power will resume in the spring when the book launches.

Observing is good

I like this blue and the eraser stamp I made! I tried carving one as Corita suggests. It wasn’t working. I took the scissors and cut shapes. Imperfect circles and triangles. I dipped in acrylic and stamped. Sure I could have painted shapes but the randomness in color and texture is interesting. Painting with my left hand gave the same effects.

Randomness makes you stop and observe. Observing is good. I intentionally made petals. Then I stamped with the intention of finding the flower within. I almost threw out this page, until I observed.

Do I want to repaint these? On better paper? Yes but these will do just fine! Not bad for customizing .25 cent erasers. What would happen if I used fabric or other paper to stamp with? Mix a little water to the paint before stamping? Make monotones and stamp in layers? I should probably go back to my designs and take notes. I could apply these new techniques to my fall projects? Good one.

What have I learned from 100 ways to flower with power? So much. My creative write for today.

Thanks for reading? Are you a subsriber? Next week creative exploration- fall begins. In each project I’ll make it a habit to include tools you can use to create with me.

They shine for you

What I like most is the texture. What a boost of sunshine. I’ve shared this idea before but not with a quote. Life isn’t rainbows and sunshine all the time. There are ugly times that make it hard, REALLY hard to smile. Sometimes I’m angry, sad, confused, heart-boken and I create. Or I go for a walk and the warmth of the sun, smell of a flower mixed with a tree’s breeze comforts me. This remindes me that there’s always a reason to smile.

Yesterday I was looking through my sketchbook journal. There’s a lot of good ideas. I didn’t realize how many. I don’t have a habit of reviewing my work. Nor do I keep stacks of journals. I should have a few. I keep a few pieces from each project in folders. I do digitize most of it.

So piant a rainbow. Paint the sun. During the rain think of what will happen after the rain.

Thanks for reading.

In honor of today, Mexican Independence, I’m including a link to visit Frida Kahlo’s home.

Work with what I have

Collage is new to me. I never realized how much I enjoy creating with paper until one Read Across America Project. Lee you will always have a place in my heart. I picked out the scrapbook paper months ago, probably a year ago. I like to have a variety of tools. Varitey keeps me going. Variety keeps me exploring. Variety makes it easy to work with what I have. I always make it work. Monday’s idea, napkin flowers happened from lack of bleeding tissue paper. I like the napkin flowers better.

I didn’t create these flowers with any expression in mind. Yet they represent two ideas.

Lemons: Life will give you lemons. What are you going to do with them? That’s a self love question.

Candy: Let the kid imagine, dream and create. He or she knows that it will come true because it has to.

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow.

Keep going and keep it simple

I got rid of the old home page. My blog is now on the front page, where it should be. I love to write. I love to create. I love to paint. Art is something I must do. Art feeds my curiosity. My blog is right here surrounded by beautiful blue. I can share what I want to share. Simple. Still working out a few details. See you tomorrow.

Create with a napkin?

Here’s a surprising tool. napkins!

Paint napkins with droplets of ink. Create monotones of pink.

Let the napkin dry. In the meantime, brainstorm. Cut shapes? Use it like tisuse paper? Layer a little blue. Thicker paper towels could work even better.

This is why I started the 100 ways to flower with power project. You never know what will happen. At first it was, this isn’t working. In the end, it’s exactly what I wanted. The flowers will look even better scanned.

I’ve used a napkin to wipe away watercolor mistakes but to make a flower? There’s always napkins in my house. What other possibilities surround me? How can I take what I’ve learned and apply it to art for the next prjocet. This past weekend I was planning the end of my year to focus on projects for next year. I had a few book ideas. Now I have three brilliant ideas!

As aways thank you for reading!

Let the idea find you in the doing.

I’ve taken a creative exploration class on Dmoestika. Two classes really. Anyway the idea is to let the idea come to you. You might draw with your eyes closed. You might draw looking away from the page. Or draw the rhythm of a song that moves you. No perfection. No judgment. I actually did the music one years ago in Shantell’s class.

Back to my flowers. I simply drew lines, swiggly messy ones. Probably with leftover paint. I’ve got to keep going with these flowers. Here’s the original.

I wake to ideas. I go to sleep with ideas. Makes me think of all the great empowering thoughts I need to have.

One more week to go. I have a few more floral ideas to share. Next Friday’s post is a summary of my lessions 100 ways to flower with power has taught me. Which reminds me, I need to update my about page. Austin Kleon’s reasons for blogging are exactly how I feel. I’ve been trying to find the simpliest words. I’ll borrow his because these are my reasons too.

I wonder if you are creating flowers? What are you painting? I’ll open this up just for today!

This morning I planned out the remainder of my year. Subscribe so you can follow along with me.

Let go, see what happens…

Paint flat, glide and twist. I love that you can, stamp, drag, dab, tab or use the end to create dots. One of the major takeaways for flower with power is letting go.

I don’t know how to draw a flower. But it isn’t perfect so I need to throw it away. These are what get me, prevent me from pushing further.

Last night I made a horrible mess trying to fix what I thought needed to be fixed. Yes there were mistakes. And I walked right into them. I’ almost threw it away but it’s a beauty! Collage was a brilliant idea! Interestingly, the fix was closer to the idea in my head, without the clutter.

What a lesson for the other aspects of my life! Seriously.

Again I say thank to my new readers. We are growing. It is wonderful that I can share my art with you.

Festive Flowers for Me and You

A flat brush, any size. And color. I’ve been thinking about culture and celebrations around the world. I have a pinterest board or two on the subject. Paper flowers are beautiful. I’m also thinking of flowers in the Bazar del Mundo shop. That’s the next project. I want some art for a pop-up shop.

Seriously, I am in love with all the beauty of every culture. I want to create lots of art as a reminder that together is more beautiful.

I may have used some left over paint. All I did was paint in an inward outward motion. All these reminders revealed themselves. I really like when this happens.

My plan is to do a few more weeks of flowers, until the last day of summer. Flowers. I had to paint lots of flowers because it feels like I missed spring. I had to bring spring to me!

Wait till you see tomorrow’s flower. I am having so much fun with these flowers. Ok time to rap up this post and get to creating and class.

Quick notes: you can do this with crepe paper, tissue paper, construction paper, a paper roll, rectangle stamper…I’m making stamps today.

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