I am taking more time to be creative now - on a daily basis - which is just wonderful. The main push for me was the invite from Sebastian Michaels (I signed up for his Photoshop course many years ago - and been getting inspiration from him ever since - as per the picture above) to take part in his 21 Days to Creative Abundance e-course. A large part of this is the 'Just 15 Minutes' practice - where we are aiming to sit down/stand up/kneel down for a minimum of 15 minutes (you will probably end up doing more as you get focused) and just create. I am incorporating my love of handmade books into this, by using a 5x5 piece of paper each day, and will then make them into a book at the end of the month. I have completed 2 days so far (see my Instagram for the first piece).
I used to write a quote into a diary every day back in 2015, but had stopped before finishing the year, so I have gone back to that and adding again daily. I use that quote to spark some sort of creativity.
The quote for today is - Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can (Arthur Ashe).
I can make a lot of mess in 15 minutes! I used 2 different texture stamps by John Bloodworth/Gentleman Crafter, an acrylic paint and a chalk paint, and a fine black pen.
Totally random result.
By the way - do not assume that Sebastian's course is just for digital art - I am using it purely to make creativity a habit for me again. However, if you would like to learn to use Photoshop - and create digital art in a deliciously grungy way (or whichever style that you love) - then the original course, Photoshop Artistry, is a must for you. The amount of material is incredible - I still receive bonus material/training regularly after several years - and I am also no longer using it with Photoshop, but with the cheaper/just as good Serif software. Contact me if you would like further details on the Serif CraftArtist and separate photo editing software.
I plan to be back tomorrow for the usual weekly WOYWW post, but can never make any promises (busy day on the farm).
ETA - If like me you really want to learn more about mixed media and get lots of fab inspiration, join in with Life Book 2017. Registration is now open.