Hi Crafty Friends!

Happy Bank Holiday!  We are still in lockdown so one day is very much like any other day but at least the sun is shining, and strangely enough I am spending this Bank Holiday weekend in a very similar to how I spent this weekend last year!   Yes, I’m doing an online workshop.  The difference is that this time, I am doing one that goes for much longer – from May till August – and I have a bit of catching up to do as it officially started on May 1st and I did not lol.  I just decided a few days ago to sign up for it, as I figured it might help my well-being.  The course I am referring to is of course, Wellspring 2020 by Artful Academy (formerly Mixed Up Creative Academy).  Here’s what they say about the course:

Wellspring is an inspirational, motivational school all about using art for mental wellness and self-care. It runs in our dedicated online classroom from May 1st to August 18th 2020. Through 30 energising and insightful lessons we will explore how and why art can be a powerful tool for mental wellbeing and self-care, and make lots of beautiful projects along the way.  Join us for 18 weeks of uplifting, empowering, thought-provoking, life-affirming art lessons themed around mental wellbeing!


So I took the plunge and signed up, and I also got 15 lessons from last year’s Wellspring included for free, so that was awesome! As this course started a few weeks ago, my mission is to catch up ASAP whilst still taking time to absorb everything and complete all the lessons and projects.  I have now watched everything to date but I am still working on making everything to date, so I can be all caught up in time for the next lesson.

The first thing I made was this art journal/art journal cover as I decided that I wanted to have something special to use for all my Wellspring work.  I don’t exactly know what’s coming beyond this point (the lessons are locked until the scheduled date) but I suspect there might be a few things to put in a journal.

Thoughts

I really love how my journal turned out and I got kind of lost in the making of it, adding layers on top of layers like I usually do, and forgot to stop lol. There is as usual some secret journaling underneath all that stamping but that is for me to know and you to ponder 🙂  Funny thing is this was supposed to be the inside, the outside is all pink, and I only started painting the inside on a whim, but then realised I liked it better so it became the outside.  In the class, the tutor, Alexa Doebler, also used sari ribbon and it prompted me to go find my stash, and look – the colours are perfect!  Obviously since this a paid workshop and the lessons are copyrighted I can’t share course information with anyone and so there won’t be any step-by-step or process photos included in this post or other Wellspring related posts.  I did take a couple of photos along the way as I like to remind myself of what I did, in case I need to replicate it, and I might share one or two more when I get a chance to edit them but it will only be to show my cover front and back, no more!  I have loose pages inside that I plan to use for the rest of the course, and then maybe once it is full, I will stitch it together and make it into a little book. Now I need to get back to the making!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my project, please leave me a comment below and let me know.

Challenges

Artistic Stamper May ChallengeJournaling – I will be using this as my new art journal and so I have written/drawn ART on the front and used some hidden writing underneath some of the stamping.  Stamps used: butterfly and texture stamps and a small text stamp that reads art is good for you, all by finnabair, and the zigzag stitch stamp is by stamperia

PROJECT RECIPE:

HP watercolour paper
Mixed Media paper
Stamperia and Finnabair stamps
Paperartsy Fresco paints
Polychromos
Archival Inks – various colours
White gesso
From stash: sari ribbon

I started something new for April and continuing for May:

Since we are all stuck inside and can’t leave the house, I thought I would try and do two things:
1. use this time to finish any unfinished projects
2. use as much recycled materials as possible (I do this a lot anyway) but also not to buy new stuff!
So, with that in mind, I will note the above on any posts, if applicable.
UNFINISHED PROJECT – NO
RECYCLED MATERIALS – YES if you count the sari ribbon from my stash, nothing new used, no new purchases!

 

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