Waking up to one of the nicest moments since becoming a mother. During the night, William had sneaked into the middle of our bed. I watched him as he woke up and when his eyes opened he gave me the biggest smile, said 'hello' and snuggled into me. He then realised his Dad was behind him (Andy had been on nights for a few days) and he pulled his arms around both of us and said 'I love you both so much' ...Heart melts!!
Discovering more behind the the making of the poppies for The Tower of London.
Keeping blogging to a minimum for the last couple of weeks of the summer holidays.
This is the last weekly instalment of Creative Flashback. It took a while to decide what to do for week 6. I did some testers for marbling and paint blowing. (Who remembers blowing paint, through a straw, at school? I have vivid memories of my first encounter with that little activity! I was in the first year of school and I passed out in the paint!)
Anyway, nothing was really working and I was playing with the thought of just popping up a round-up post, when I suddenly had an idea for an art journal page. I hadn't planned on doing any art journalling this year (too many other projects going on) but I had a spare sketchbook and I had the idea so I just went with it.
This may not seem like the most obvious Creative Flashback but the significance is all in the first page of a new sketchbook.
As a child I was obsessed with drawing and doodling and generally making marks on paper. I'm one of those people who suffers from the magpie effect when encountered with a display of pretty stationary, new pens or art supplies but my biggest love of all is a brand new sketchbook and filling up its first page.
Countless hours were spent creating the perfect first page. Most of my best drawings were done on the first page of a sketchbook. It's a shame I rarely followed through. Too many times, I would rip out pages I was displeased with or blank pages I needed for other crafts and often I was left with a skinny little pad, with about 3 or 4 filled pages and to be totally honest, I still haven't grown out of this little bad habit of mine.
'The creative adult is the child who survived.' Ursula K. LeGuin
'To live a creative life we must lose the fear of being wrong.' Joseph Chilton Pearce
'Creativity takes courage.' Henri Matisse
Since starting Creative Flashback, I've been collecting little creative quotes over on Pinterest. This was the main reason for deciding to do an art journal page, I wanted somewhere else to put them. I've included three, so far, and I'm toying with the idea of filling the entire background as and when I come across new quotes.
These quotes sum up what I've taken from Creative Flashback and so the series comes to its natural end. I'm sure the odd new post will crop up ever so often... perhaps when I've refined my paint blowing technique ;)
Revisiting my creative childhood has been an incredibly positive experience. There is so much we can learn from how children create, how they do it without fear of judgement or doubt in their ability to do so. It's led me to question why so many of us lose this ability and why we basically unlearn something that is so obviously part of our nature.
You can find the rest of the Creative Flashback series here. I'm always interested to hear about what others loved creating in their childhoods. Perhaps your creative passion led to a career, or you've recently shared a craft you loved with your own children. Please do share, either in the comments below or via Twitter and Instagram with #CreativeFlashback
Confession time... I'm not totally thrilled with the end product of this Creative Flashback, not like I was with the previous four. But that is OK because Creative Flashback was never about the result but rather the doing and allowing myself time to indulge in a process, and I totally love the papier mache process!
I almost forgot about papier mache and it being one of my childhood favourites. It wasn't until I was trying to get William to to make an instrument with it ('news flash'... he decided he liked his shakers in their cardboard box, roar state; fair enough little man) that I suddenly realised I needed to do this for Creative Flashback.
There are a ton of seriously good products being made, across the internet, with papier mache (you can find links to a few of my favourites below) but I decided to make little trinket dishes.
I used a tuna can and a detergent measuring cup as moulds. You can of course use the traditional, balloon method but if you wrap some cling film over your object, before applying your paper, it should come away easily.
Between the two, I definitely prefer the smaller one. The shape and size of the measuring cup was perfect. I will certainly be trying this DIY again, with the little cup and double the amount of papier mache layers.
Once dry, I gave them a coat of acrylic paint and then did some gilding because I do like a bit of gold leaf ;)