I was asked a question recently, was there anything I would like to creatively explore in 2015? At the time I honestly didn’t think there was, but the question triggered me to start thinking about it. I started talking to a few people online about it too, and several of them were prepared with a list and others, like me, were not sure if they had any ideas. After sifting through their comments and ideas and looking through some of my own Pinterest boards and notes I have gathered over time, I came up with a little list of things that I would like to share with you.
Some of these things I know how to do, or have instructions for. Others I don’t have a clue about yet. If you have any knowledge or instruction you could share with me, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know you can help. It’s always nice to get a little help from your friends.
Creative exploration for 2015
A. Art journaling with beads, fabric, ribbon, tissue paper, texture, collage. I’ve never really done a lot of this type of journaling. It felt more like scrapbooking to me, and I’m not into that too much. But so many people seem to enjoy it, that I decided this will be the year I give it a try.
B. Collage period. I love that. I have used collage already over the years making dream boards and fun stuff. The picture below is of a collage I made on a painting canvas a few years ago.
C. Book Binding – I love the ideas people have on Pinterest, especially for making their own books. I will be exploring that later this year.
E. Sewing on paper with old sewing machine needles. This was an idea I got from one of the women in the conversation. She likes to sew on paper, which I have only done once when I made a card for Boyfriend. She saves her used needles so she doesn’t dull any new ones doing it. It was very different to sew on paper for me. I hope to do some more soon.
F. Small hand stitched fabric pieces maybe 3×5 or 4×6. Over at hens teeth, the artist does some beautiful small stitched things that I love. I have some old pieces of embroidery that are tattered that I think would work quite well for something like this.
G. Sewing classes on Craftsy I’ve signed up for. I have bought a couple, and signed up for some free ones too. They are for areas of sewing that I’m not that strong in, like working on zippers.
H. 100 Mandalas Project. This was intriguing and appealing to me, but I haven’t really gotten into it yet. You can find more information here.
I. Make videos of projects I do to share on YouTube. I really have no idea how to do this. If any of you could help me out with info, or share your own experience of how you do this, I would really appreciate it.
J. Work with broken glass or tile more. I made this collage a few months ago, and it was very interesting to work with the glass pieces. I had always been afraid of it before, didn’t want to cut myself lol. But the glue we used for this is also the same kind of glue I will use in the book clutch project, so when I purchased it for that project I knew I wanted to do more broken glass pieces too.
K. Learn how to make my own PDF patterns. This is another thing that I don’t know how to do, or really even where to start. I have found a few ideas on Pinterest, but the info is confusing and everybody seems to use different programs to do it with. I don’t want to buy a program until I know if it’s really a good choice for what I want to do. If you can help me out, again, thanks!
L. FLOW: 30 Day Journal Project (click here to learn more about it)
Lisa Sonora has been sharing journal prompts each day in January. I haven’t been able to use all of the prompts yet, but am gathering them and using them as I can and have time. I figure I can use them all year if I want to. It’s fun to have fresh ideas to help me write.
Do you have any ideas for creative exploration for this year? Are you like me and make ambitious lists that you may or may not be able to finish? Lol. I would love to know what you are working on and planning. Maybe we can help encourage each other to work on some of these projects. <3 Talk to you soon! Angela