My new kind of crazy project!

I’ve been working on what feels like a really big and powerful project.

It feels big and powerful in the sheer number of elements involved. But it also feels big in a way that means it will change things. Probably just for me, but maybe for others too.

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I’m starting what I’m calling 100 Mantra Cards. These little cards will hopefully pack a pretty powerful punch. They are part inspiring, part artistic, and part personal. They’re inspiring because I hope you’ll find something from the message or the artwork that encourages you to pick up your artistic tool or find a way to be brave in your life (or both). It’s artistic because I will paint, collage, doodle, or whatever on these cards. I’m not making any parameters about how they are completed other than sticking with a uniform size, but more on that later. Lastly, they’re personal because the messages on the cards will come from me or have been inspired by something I’ve read or heard. I have a pretty long list  of mantras that can be used on the cards. And I’m sure so many more will come to me as the project continues. That’s actually a large part of the project- listening and being open to what messages are coming at me. Sometimes we hear positive things and sometimes negative. My hope is to filter these through my own beliefs and values then put them on the cards.

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So what are the logistics? I am a logical person that mostly needs to think in parameters in order to think beyond them. However, with this project, I’m keeping things pretty simple. I’m starting with a white card that measures 4.5 x 3.25 inches. Truthfully I came to that size because I have a pack of card stock precut that way. From there, I’m not limiting myself to certain techniques or mediums. I can create on that card however I feel lead. At some point, it will get a mantra. Lastly, it will get backed with another piece of card stock for stability and the corners will be rounded. That’s it. All the parameters in one small paragraph. I’m learning to work without so much structure, which is nice.

What am I not doing for this project? I’m not making this a daily project. I love the idea of daily projects, but I put so much pressure on myself that I ultimately fail (or at least in my eyes). I do want one card for every day of the year. But I have time to make that happen. And because it’s not daily, I can make as many or as few in a day as I want. 

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What are my hopes for this project? Because what is a project without a good why behind it? I hope to improve my artistic skills and continue to shape my style. I hope to become a better listener to messages around me. I hope to inspire myself and others to create something. I hope to make people feel better with an positive message.

As you can see, this is no little project. But it feels like my project. It feels like the project I’ve been working towards for years. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m overwhelmed (in a good way). I’m hopeful.

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Creative Intention Cards

Play.

Accept. 

Seek. 

These are just three words in my deck of creative intention cards. This deck serves as a way to center me and give me a focus for my creative time. Sometimes I don’t feel the need to pull a card. Sometimes I already have an idea or the motivation to start. But other times, I can feel myself getting in my own way. I can feel myself closing up at the thought of staring at a blank page or canvas. These are the times when this deck proves so helpful. The cards are there when I need a reminder or suggestion for how to approach my creative time.

Luckily, they are super easy to make! Cut a piece of card stock into cards 2.5 inches by 3 inches. Paint each card individually and write an intention on it. I chose to stick with one word mantras, but you could expand on them. Do these however it feels natural to you!

 

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Candy Tag

You may not know this, but I work full time for a local non-profit. I do a lot of community events and travel all over the south-eastern part of Georgia. Well today, I have an intern starting! I wanted to give her a little something sweet as a welcome to the office and i made a tag to go with it! This is probably one of the easiest projects I've done in a really long time. I used my Brother Scan N Cut for most of it. 

I started by cutting the tag from a piece of painted paper. Then I wrote out the word, "welcome" and scanned it into the machine. With the machine, I was able to adjust the size of the word and cut it out perfectly. I glued the die cut word and bit of washi tape to the front of the tag. Tied it with a piece of ribbon around the bag of M&M's. And I was done! If you don't have a die cut word, you can use stickers to spell it out instead. Really simple, but cute!

Now I'm off to train my new intern! 

Working through the "ugly"

I decided yesterday a bit on a whim that I was going to make a card everyday for two weeks. In two weeks, it will be Valentine's Day and about two weeks before I move into a new place. I've been feeling a little lack luster in the creative department lately. I wanted this to change. I needed it to change. Being as programmatic as always, I decided to lay all the materials the night before. Then there wouldn't be as much indecisiveness when morning came. What I didn't expect was to hate everything I was creating. Sure I've been here before. But I can usually pull it around and feel ok about it. Not this card. Everything I tried felt forced and weird. So why didn't I just ditch it? I knew if I didn't finish it, then I wouldn't make another card or anything for a while. I would feel defeated and unworthy. I would be a quitter. Which is always worse than a failure. So what's my point? Sometimes it's best to just finish it even when you think the project is ugly. I looked at the card again after all day away. I still thought it was ugly. However, I laid out my supplies for tomorrow. I'll be ready to try again in the morning because I didn't let a subpar card get the best of me. 

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