my ephemeral art journey continues…

May 16th, 2016

::a daily CREATIVE meditation through February and March 2016 – I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoyed making them.

If meditation is not usually your thing, or you find 999 other things which are more important than 20 minutes of stillness, have you considered a CREATIVE meditation? Like ephemeral art making?

Ephemeral Art? Whats that you ask?

A number of art forms can be considered ephemeral because of their temporary nature. Early land art and all sand sculptures, ice sculptures and chalk drawings on footpaths are examples of ephemeral art. Ephemerality is the concept of things being transitory, existing only briefly. Typically the term ephemeral is used to describe objects found in nature, although it can describe a wide range of things.

To get me in the mood for my ephemeral art creative meditation, I usually head off for a walk in nature: to the beach, the park, or around the block …sometimes just a visit to my garden is all I need to get my creative juices flowing.

It’s about mindfully taking the time to switch off to the pressures of daily life and to help get in the “mood” I encourage you to take a closer look at your surroundings – whether it be a bird on a branch above your head, or the dried seedpods and leaves beneath your feet – get closer – be curious – to find and enjoy the intricate details of nature. We are all connected you know!

By taking just 5 mins to tune out and create everyday… you’ll be amazed how your creativity will lead you on an amazing journey and could just change your life in wonderful ways you never thought it ever could.

Ephemeral artist Shona Wilson has made up a Ephemeral Art making recipe. Why don’t you give it a try? You can see I have above these are my creations from February and March 2016 and you can see Januarys here.

:: Shona Wilson’s Ephemeral Art recipe ::

• one a day ephemeral art

• using only natural found objects on site

• no tools

• rain or shine

• tired or inspired

• 5-50mins

• a daily practice

Enjoy…and if you do give it a try, I’d be delighted to hear how you go. If you like you can tag me on instagramI find it’s the best tool for collecting and sharing my daily creative meditations. I use #curiosityplays for all my ephemeral creations.

If you enjoyed this you might like my previous blog post on my ephemeral art making journey

{playing} with some new techniques

February 21st, 2015

“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories… Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” – Kurt Vonnegut

creative challenges

April 7th, 2014

As a creative I think its important to learn new things. Practise new methods of achieving different results…to curiously play with new techniques/challenges. This helps us to learn, develop and grow!

For about a year now I’ve been setting myself little creative challenges, sometimes they are daily, weekly or monthly…sometimes just with myself and sometimes these challenges are between another creative friend and I. These creative challenges I’m setting myself are more about exploring other avenues of creativity that we or I haven’t experienced before or have a keen interest to further develop a particular area. I’ve actually found these creative challenges really satisfying! I’ve even got my mum on board so she can curiously explore her own inner creative self abit more!

Do you set yourself creative challenges? even just little ones?

So to name a few of my own personal challenges:

• A letter a day challenge with instagram (please see images in a earlier blog post)
• Shibori dying fabric – playing with the indigo ink, resists with different types of fabrics
• Screen printing cushions – playing with emulsion and stencil techniques.
• A butterfly a day challenge – a daily challenge drawing a different butterfly a day with ink and watercolour (please see images below)
• Calligraphy – on going playing with different brushes, pens, strokes (earlier blog post)

• One challenge I had with a friend of mine was we both sent each other mini canvas’s, each person had to pick a word for the canvas to be based on. they had 1 month to complete it…and send it back to the other person.
• Crochet Rocks – Is the creative challenge between my mum and I ….She’s a fab crocheter but has only just started again after about a 20 year gap… and me well I had no idea how… so we crochet a rock using differenet stitches and send them to each learning the stitch she has just re-learnt for herself. We are both getting a beautiful collection of crochet rocks!

….There are lots more but thats just a few to get the gist.

So I’ve decided to start sharing some of my challenges on here with you all. You can also see what I’m up to on instragram (i’m a little addicted to uploading my creative challenges there and I seem to be better at posting more regularly to instagram apposed to here on my blog).

So below are 3 of my favourite watercolour and ink splattered butterflies. These were part of my weekly challenge of a butterfly a day challenge I set with myself a few weeks back. I had a fair bit of interest from these so have had a few reproduced as art prints and have them for sale in my etsy shop.

So for now enjoy until my next post…would love to hear if you’ve sent yourself creative challenges? and have you discovered any new desire within yourself to create more? Has it become an exciting little addiction to learn a new skill, or delve furthermore into it to create something bigger??? Look forward to hearing your comments! 🙂

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