So, I’ve had some pretty pants days recently. I don’t know how else to describe them; feeling awful about myself, being exhausted yet restless, unable to concentrate or focus, feeling let down and left out. I’ve not been too good with ticking off the March goals as a result, which has made me feel a bit annoyed with myself too. With that said and done, I have tried to compromise on the arty / crafty goal to ensure I do something here and get out of my comfort zone a little.
I’ve done two things :
1. Whilst I haven’t done any new ‘artwork’, I have dug out my sketches and started to scan them all in. I’m not good at art. I can shade and colour reasonably well, but I can’t get ideas from my head on to paper. I’m not good with perspective or sizing. I can copy and use inspiration if it’s in front of me, but even then it’s a process I find very difficult as I don’t have what you’d call any kind of natural talent for drawing. I don’t share my stuff and I’m quite scared about posting any up now to feel as though it’s being judged, but I want to share and get out of my comfort zone. Here are just a couple. I’m not sure if it’s interesting to see any of these sketches I’ve done; would you like to see more? If so, I’ll post more up in future.
2. I was inspired and encouraged by Nat’s post over on Surviving Life’s Hurdles. She’s done a great tutorial here for some butterfly crafts, which includes a PDF template you can print out. After discovering the some of my paints are now usable and the rest are rather limited in shades (and didn’t produce particularly pretty butterflies!) I came up with a cheat option : using wrapping paper cut-offs! I have lots of wrapping paper scraps and left-overs so it’s been a good use for them. It kept me busy for a little while cutting various flutterbies out and I quite like them!
Getting creative can be a great way to express, calm and nurture yourself.
I’d love to know what you think or whether you’ve been up to any arty / crafty stuff recently! x