Right now… *wrote on the May 28th afternoon*
Hearing Mamounette talking to herself while knitting me a sweater.
Obsessing over finding sambal green beans and roti canai recipes to recreate what we ate at Banana Leaf restaurant past Sunday. First time trying malaysian cuisine.
Feeling exhausted and in intense pain as insomnia is striking again and I could get only 3 hours of sleep two nights ago and feeling it in my entire body, and mind.
Going to honor the New Moon tonight, with my new Sabbatical Sisters.
Creating this very special project I have been working on this year, was on hold for too long.
Hoping that what they say is true, that parenting does get better with time, that Love does always win.
Looking forward to our first fruits and veggies from our garden. Strawberries are looking good already, tomato flowers are blooming.
Trusting that the Universe is doing what’s best. every.single.time.
Listening to Oprah talk about surrender.
Praying that I will find my way around the fibromyalgia flare-ups that are making their way more and more frequently and last longer than ever before.
Waiting impatiently to be in a month from now to have my consultation with my future tattoo artist. I have this feeling it will be an important one.
This is a quick video this week. Sharing how easy it can be to make a spread in your art journal without any crazy supplies.
As I say in the video, I use my art journal as a mirror of who I am at a precise moment (the one I stop everything, step in the Studio, open the journal and do something in it).
You know I love me some new supplies to play. So when Lindy Stamp Gang released their new kind of sprays, I could let it pass. They are in the Flat Fabio line, meaning there is no shimmer in it. However, they are more opaque, so more opaque. I really love experimenting with them and I’m already impatient for new colors in this kind of sprays.
Here is the video, I hope you'll enjoy watching my process:
Here is the supplies I used in this video (the journal is one I made myself years ago):
I am attached to every single one of my paintings this year. But there are some that I just can’t seem to let go and propose to you.
This is the case of Antonia, that I recently shared with you here. And this Nixie too, that has no name for now (she will share it with me later, I am not afraid).
It all began with a piece of round hardboard I found in my stash of stuff. Yes, I do rediscover things I had no idea where there… I covered it with scrapbook papers and tissue papers. I love adding crackle medium (I use the one from Kroma, which is local from here in Vancouver but can be found worldwide now). Once dry, I then I cleaned my palette from another painting on it, and it looked like this:
I really really wanted to use the technique taught by the amazing Mindy Lacefield in one of her online class, it became this (can you tell that at this point, I wass all lovey-dovey and could have easily left it like it was ? yes.):
I wish a picture could convey the amazingness that this step brought to the all thing. I ran my fingers over it, again and again (I am weird like that), finding the crevasses, the bumps of my signature texture that I created all around on the border, the cracks from the crackle media…
I sketched a little something I wanted to paint for my daughter’s room (it involves a unicorn, kind of) but for some reason I don’t know, it is not what appeared.
I am taking Willowing (Tam Laporte)’s class, LifeBook 2014, and this week is a lesson by another of my Kindred: Danielle Daniel. It inspired me so much that I decided to use this beautiful background instead of my journal.
I know she is FAR from being perfect, but I don’t mind. It does not bother me at all, in fact.
Under the shower I cleanse myself.
Under the shower I wash the pain away.
Under the shower I pray.
Under the shower I relax the soreness.
Under the shower I see myself differently.
Under the shower I learn to be gentle.
Under the shower I get my most amazing ideas.
Under the shower I release what does not serve me anymore.
Under the shower I let go of the Past.
Under the shower I envision the Future.
Under the shower I savour the Present.
Using repetitive prompts helps me to grab the essential without overthinking it. This blogpost came to me… well, under the shower. the sentences began to flow, one after the other, and I decided to share because maybe it will inspire you.
When do your best idea come from ? Is there a pattern you have noticed (for example, my husband and I have our best conversations while in the car…) ?