I took full advantage of some recent free time and got busy in my craft room playing with paper and paint. It had been a long time since I allowed myself that luxury and it was much needed. I don't know why I wait until I'm creatively parched to quench my soul thirst?
I knew full well the world would be calling soon enough and I would lose that little
window of opportunity so I didn't waste any time in seizing the moment.
I picked up these pretty pastel papers and flowers from Prima Marketing's Fairy Rhymes collection at my local scrapbook store years ago without really knowing what they would turn into. Which is how I do most of shopping and why I accumulate so much stuff, I'm sure. But that's a post for another time. And no judging, I'm know I'm not alone in this. Am I?
Looking for a little bit of inspiration I turned to some of my favorite paper artists blogs. One of my favorites is Heidi Kelley. I love her work...her use of color and space...and the way she combines paper with paint and all the little detail she adds to her work. Sadly she isn't blogging anymore but her archives are still available for inspiration. I used her older art piece called "Their Dresses" as inspiration for this page.
Sometimes looking at a blank page (or when the paper or fabric is too pretty to cut up) can be a little intimidating so having magazines, blogs and pinterest to get you started is so helpful. This is true of home decor and fashion as well.
The oh, so talented Jeanne Oliver offered up this quote and I think it is so true.
"Do you know…really know that there is room for all of us?
Are you worried that people will copy you.
They probably will.
Want to hear another secret?
No one can copy you. Not really.
They can try but they will get bored and move on OR you get bored and move on.
You are supposed to keep moving forward anyways.
At the point I see some things copied I am already so tired of it myself that it is just the encouragement I needed to dig deeper." Jeanne Oliver
Every little bit of inspiration we get is from somewhere or someone. If someone can use something I've created as a springboard to creating beauty and bringing joy, I say go for it! I always try to link back to what inspired me because it's just the right thing to do and if I admire someones work I am pretty sure you will, too.
All beauty comes from God anyway. How we interpret it is just our way of bringing glory to Him.