My Patchwork Box of...
I love to make stuff with the various patterned papers that I have. So, this is my latest creation! I will tell you about it in a moment.
First, excited to say that some of my original artworks have gone to a gallery in Harrogate city center. The gallery is called Rapture and is on Westmoreland Street. So, if you have a moment, please pop in and have a look at all the eclectic art/craft that are ready to 'feast' your eyes!
Also, I just wanted to introduce you to three of my wonderful 'soul' friends. We had a wonderful time yesterday having a chat, doing readings for each other (mine was remarkable), comparing crystals, sharing stories, having a lovely lunch (thank you Caroline) and enjoying wonderful company (thank you all)!
This is so easy but I think looks gorgeous. Basically, I just re-used an empty shoe box and stuck the patterned papers at random! All the time using my intuition about what papers I wanted to use the most. Then, I simply added a doily, some ribbon and a little embellishment. Ta da.....
Of course, you could use fabric, wrapping paper, old maps, vintage wallpaper etc. to cover your box. You can't do it wrong, just do what feels right for you and that is perfect.
I'm not sure what I am going to put inside the shoebox as yet but the contents will be beautiful, meaningful, joyful and inspiring. Also, I want to keep the box handy, so that I can just add to it when I want and it also serves as a reminder to open it and spend time looking at the treasures inside. Some of my current thoughts are:
Box of Love - things that mean a lot to me ie. photos, quotes, memorabilia, greeting cards that people have sent me, letters, postcards, beautiful images from magazines that spark my imagination etc.
Cards of Joy - quotes of inspiration and great joy written on card stock, or drawings, doodles, little paintings on different surfaces ie. gessoed cardboard, index card, watercolour paper etc.
Gratitude Box - putting each thought of being blessed on its own piece of paper and then when I am in a 'less than good mood', I can pick a card out at random and remember that I am truly loved.
Family Box - Put kids' drawings inside, funny day-to-day happenings, special family moments, family prayers, future plans etc.
Affirmation Cards - Collect together your favourite images from magazines, your own photo collection etc. and stick these images one at a time to some card. Then, write an affirmation on each card. When you need the 'wisdom', simply pick one card and display nearby for the day. The affirmation will have been just what you needed to know for that day.
So, why don't you try making one of these and see what fab ideas you come up with for filling your box with? I would love you to comment with your suggestions/ideas.
Lastly, for MORE inspiration, go to:
Kelley Luckett's website - As a Creative Process on art journaling. She also has a very helpful download that you can get ideas and insights from. Kelley has some truly wonderful suggestions for this therapeutic, fun and insightful activity.
I found Kelley on Kimberly Wilson's - Tranquility du Jour (love her to bits) website. She creates regular podcasts (and lots of other things) and Kelley was just one of her guests in April of this year.
So, I hope you have a loved-filled weekend!