Friday, August 26, 2011

Scribbling, Doodling, Zentangling

I have always doodled. I used to get in trouble at school; I'd finish my work, then illustrate it or doodle in the margins. So it was a surprise to me when I discovered that my doodling, or as my husband calls it Scribbling, is now a copyrighted art form. It's called Zentangle and you have to take a class in order to doodle exactly what I did in the 2nd or 3rd grade. Hah.

However, it's a lot of fun so I've tried to follow their rules. *My rule #1 is, learn the rules and then break them. That's what creativity is about!

So. Here are some of my first attempts at zentangle:


I'm not sure why I'm so into letters. I have others I'll share soon.....anyway I found an ATC (Artist Trading Card) group at Swap-bot.com that is currently trading alphabet zentangles. Aha! Perfect! So I drew the "E" above a little smaller and made a Trading card from it. I've been assigned a partner and I'm mailing it out tonight. I'm so excited! Here it is:


Tomorrow I'm going to show you how to make some cool Halloween jewelry. ;)



Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Giveaway, and lots of Happenings

It's been busy around here! The kids are starting a new school year, so that means I am back to teaching violin/viola/cello lessons. It's so nice to have them!
Mickey and I got new bicycles, so we're pedaling around a lot.




And Mickey just had eye surgery. He's doing well (but we are to pedal on flat ground for awhile.)














Now for the giveaway. I want this so bad I can taste it, but I thought I'd share it with my faithful readers. Michelle over at Scrappin' for Kenzie is giving away a HUGE package of scrapbooking goodies. LOOK:





Be sure to enter!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Creativity - where does it come from?

Someday I'll do a lot of research on creativity, and share with you the results. For now, this post is just about me and my musings.

I doubt seriously that creativity is in our genes, because I'm the only creative person in my family. They used to say "we don't know where she came from." In other families, it's considered a gift. In mine – I was just weird.I have creativity in droves.

Anyway, one thing I've come to realize lately is that I'm especially creative when I'm happy. If everything is good and well balanced, you can bet I'm painting, making jewelry, writing, making music, or trying to do all of them at once.

You can also get creative by listening to good music, like Bach, Beethoven or Mozart. For some reason these composers wrote music that has the effect of making you really think. You think deeply, as you must any time you're going to create something. Plus, by actually listening to the music you're calming your mind and probably your body as well. The added relaxation is another good benefit for inducing creativity.

I keep a notebook with me all the time, and jot down ideas or make sketches, no matter where I am. you never know when you might see or hear something you want to save for later.

If I'm feeling stuck, I might pull up Google images and glance at some pictures of flowers or something else that I like. Or sometimes I just read through other blogs that I follow, most of which are craft, jewelry or writing related. Usually by the time I've done, I've got an idea of what I want to make next – even though it might have nothing to do with what I was looking at. It's like my brain simmers an idea on one side while I'm reading with the other.

So that's how I draw in my creativity; how do you do it?

Monday, August 1, 2011

On My Desk Today....

First you have to understand: My desk serves a lot of functions. My husband has taken over the big, pretty office, so I have to 
  • write
  • make crafts
  • make jewelry
  • rehair violin (viola, cello) bows


All on my little upstairs desk. He would tell you he hardly has anyplace left, since I came along...anyway...
Here's my desk this morning, when I was doing bows:



Ahhh, but HERE it is in the afternoon, when beading takes over! This is my stash from the gem & jewelry wholesale show...


Look at all the great cabochons.....







Now sssssh! Gotta get to work!