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Author: Jane

The good and bad of getting distracted

The good and bad of getting distracted

The best thing about taking part in creative challenges is the raw flow of inspiration that often happens. At the moment, it’s the worst too! I’ve been so full of ideas in the last week thanks to the ICAD challenge (decorate an index card a […]

ICAD 2017, highlights so far

ICAD 2017, highlights so far

As I said in my last post, I’m taking part in this year’s Index Card a Day challenge, and really hoping to manage to finish it with all 61 cards completed. After two weeks I’m still going well, and have some definite favourite (and not so […]

ICAD 2017

ICAD 2017

ICAD stands for Index Card a Day, it’s a creative challenge by Tammy at Daisy Yellow, in which you endeavour to decorate one index card each day for the entire two months of June and July. It might sound easy to some people, but when life […]

Getting Unstuck with Cardboard

Getting Unstuck with Cardboard

I’m a perfectionist at heart, so quite often I’m just plain intimidated by my own expectations.  When I’m feeling particularly stuck, I’ll often paint on scraps of corrugated cardboard. It’s truly freeing because I plan to throw it away anyway, so I feel like anything beyond that […]

Index Card a Day 2015

Index Card a Day 2015

Something you should really try out this month is Daisy Yellow’s Index Card A Day. ICAD runs from the beginning of June to the end of July each year, but you can join in anytime. You just do something creative on an index card each day for 60 days, […]

My word for 2015: emerge

My word for 2015: emerge

Last year, I couldn’t really come up with a word that really captured my hopes for the year ahead. Looking back, “growth” would have been perfect. There were so many challenging experiences, which taught me so much about myself. I’m so much stronger and confident now. […]

Beating blank canvas syndrome – the scraps drawer

Beating blank canvas syndrome – the scraps drawer

I’ve picked up so many little bits and pieces of paper around the place that it can be overwhelming. Now I have a desk that I love and a dedicated creative space I decided to designate one of those lovely timber drawers to holding my scrap collection. Everything from air […]

art journaling – revisiting a favourite

art journaling – revisiting a favourite

I’ve been looking back at my 2014 dreams journal today, and fell back in love with this American Indian girl who appeared as if by magic. I didn’t plan to paint an indian. I’ve learnt to avoid planning to paint anything in particular, because it makes me […]

Minions for Mr Underfoot

Minions for Mr Underfoot

About a week before Christmas we visited the Animal Welfare League shelter at Kemp’s Creek, so L & R could adopt a kitten each. It’s something we’ve talked about for years, but first we were renting and then our little house was already cramped. Imagine it with two […]

Unfinished pieces

Unfinished pieces

Last week’s photos made me realise how messy my work area had gotten, so I did a little half-hearted tidying up today. We’re also playing host to various builder-types here over the next six to eight weeks as we’re adding on a second living area (a lovely […]