Arting about.

So this week starts my first week of not having Squishy boy. He’s started childcare in preparation for next week when we are on our Big Lap for two months. So after doing a few bits and pieces and cleaning the house I spent the afternoon doing arty stuff.

I had to finish off my course “Raw simplicity” with  Mindy Lacefield. Click on her name and see the online classes she has on sale. “Raw Simplicity” like its name suggests is going back to basics, so being rustic and not so fussy, seems easy right? yeah, well not for me. I understood the basic idea, and yet I found it hard to stop fiddling. There was too imperfect stuff that I felt like I wanted to fix.. *slaps my own hand*! So I did the last lesson in that class which featured Artist Norwenn Petitbois I’ve seen her name listed in facebook groups and online classes but I had never actually “met her” until yesterday. I loved her class she has a very heavy french accent and her style was fun. she showed me a new technique with coffee filters.

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So “Miss Attitude” evolved from Norwenn’s class.

Then recently I signed up for “Brave Girls University” (OK so I liked the name and my teacher Mindy Lacefield is teaching there, Plus it’s probably the ONLY university I will ever go to) The deal is you pay $29.00 a month and you have access to 100 plus teachers of online classes in many different techniques. So I followed Mindy… slightly stalkerish I know!

Ok at Brave Girls University I found Mindy who is currently teaching one class there which is called “Paint your story”  and comes with this intro… “A nostalgic journey of remembering how to paint with the heart of a 7 year old. Come play with me as we explore art making with paint, oil pastel, watercolor, inks, and other fun media”  So I had spare time I decided to start the class and I’m so glad I did what fun!

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One of our first excersizes was to used “black and white

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This one was called “Make marks” and we had to use different mediums and make marks like we were five years old.. I used my left hand and realized that it’s fun using my non dominate hand and not only that it looked ok!

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“Making Marks” page two… different colours.

This page was about “Symbols” I used a mixture of left and hand and mediums. These pages can later on become background pages for future pieces of art, or as they are in my art journal, maybe they will become references for future pieces.

So today-  Day two of no baby sitting duties I planned to do more of the same but so far I’ve taken Ambrosia back to the vet.. Remember last week I wrote this about Ambrosia going to the Vet. She continues to surprise me, not a tooth in her head and yet she eats everything in sight and never complains, well except today when the Vet wanted to look inside her mouth, but I needed the “all clear” so I can take her to the groomer, her fringe is too long and she keep bumping into stuff, so today she is wearing a pony tail..rather than me hack it off as I usually do.

Her face is messy, she’s over due for grooming and I refused to touch her face because it’s stressing her out. So awaiting the call from the groomer so I can make an appointment to get her prettified.

So this morning as I checked my daily emails I found this one from Tam.. who is over at Willowing…announcing the soon to be open for registration “Life book 2016” as Tam says “the entire year only costs £80 GBP (approx $120 USD)” every year I read this email with excitement and every year I cringe I cannot afford that.. because the Aussie dollar is pretty low at the moment so US $29.00 cost me $34.00 OUCH! So I hate to figure out what US $120 would be in AU dollars! Or worse yet in British Pounds. So I just delete the email and move on… this year I took a different option, I went to the link and shared the link in every available place and NOW also on my blog, in the hope that I can win a place in the course.

Or…. a scholarship! you can click on that link if you want any more details it’s amazing all the teachers and all the work that the “Lifebookers” produce, but I am “just a Grandma” and I get paid in love which in the real world doesn’t have much value for currency!  So if any of you lovely people would like to nominate me for a scholarship for the LifeBook 2016 series, please email Tam..

LIFE BOOK 2016 SCHOLARSHIPS!

Now then, as if I’m not having enough fun already, we are also giving away 10 scholarships!

These scholarships have been made available for those who struggle financially and would not be able to join Life Book without financial support.

How to apply for a scholarship

You can apply for yourself OR you can nominate a friend who you think could really use a course like Life Book in their lives.

Please send us an email on willowing.arts [AT] gmail.com

Email topic title: Life Book 2016 Scholarship Application

And please answer the following questions:

1. Have you (or the friend you are nominating) done Life Book before? (answer would be NO)
2. Why do you think you (or the friend you are nominating) are the right candidate for the scholarship (Pls describe this in approx 50-100 words) ( because YOUR friend needs a break from Grandchildren and some art always helps with the distraction)
3. How do you think you (or the friend you are nominating) will benefit from Life Book 2016? (Pls describe this in approx 50-100 words) (in between looking after small grandchildren it would help her to have some “me time” and learn new skills)
4. What’s your favourite art journal background technique or favourite art supply? (If you’re nominating a friend ignore this question) ( drippage, splatter, layers and water colour washes)
So if anyone wants to nominate me.. I’ve given you a clue for some answers LOL….
and finally for today I must remind you all….. 5 more days to go!! WOO HOO!!

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