Friday, May 29, 2015

Art of my He(art)

Confession - I hide the real me.  I am not the extrovert everyone thinks I am.   I am however passionate.  I love to create and more than that I love to teach about that passion.  I work for hours and hours on ways to educate people on techniques and things that will hopefully let them see why I so adore creating. I also hope to ignite a fire in their he(Art)

 Sadly, the real me likes to hide and lie to herself and say "your not good enough, you've been working so hard for so long to make something of yourself in this crazy industry.. why do you care so much? You are not ever going to be what you see in your lofty dreams."

The truth is.. I very much feel that way.  I finish a project and I find every single flaw.   I then use those flaws to justify why I fail to rise to the pinnacle of what I want to be.  I know there will not be many that see this post so I feel pretty safe here. I really work hard to feel my he(Art) has value.

 I know many people see it as markers and paper, but it truly is a gift that God gave me that is almost painful.  I hurt when I go too long without makin' pretty things.  If I could I would spend all my waking hours creating and yes I color... like a kindergartner.  I love to color I love to see the blending and trying new things to make my he(Art) express how I see the world.

More importantly,  I love to teach others, because like anyone that has a true passion, they want to scream about how great it is from the roof tops.. I want to make people understand my vision.. my he(Art).. I want to but alas, I fail often.  Like more than you would think-- I have learned one thing even in my failure I have not been able to put it away.  I can't pack up my stamps, paper, markers, adhesive and other supplies.  When I do, my he(Art) grieves.  I know I am not the best by any stretch of the imagination but I also know that without my he(Art) I would be incomplete.

Where does this leave me?  It leaves me as a struggling artist, doing everything she can to eek out something that validates my passion, and passes it on to the next -- So now you know... I am extroverted when I need to be, so I can share what I love... my he(Art)

So here are my creations (in all their imperfections) from the last few days. Know that I am working on project sheets for all of them as well as a few of the techniques I hope to have in video soon.

Blessings
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Background completed using blending techniques and Copic Markers.
 Bow is the new Stampin'Up! Bow maker. The perfect size for cards!  

Using Stampin'Up! Inks and water, I created a fun easy watercolor look!
Video coming soon on water coloring with Stampin'Up!

The backgrounds are a technique video that I have slated for later in the summer.
This is also the new stamp set You've Got This from Stampin' Up!
Colored with Copic markers to match some of the In-Color additions! 

Oh yeah you are seeing it - the NEW In-Colors are used on this simple fast card
The lace ribbons  yeah they match! 

I made this card in honor of our active and retired Vets on Memorial Day.
I used the Work of Art Set from Stampin'Up! to create the flag and Copic
Markers to color the Thanks sentiment.   The flag was the most fun to
make because I used a set in a way I had never thought of before.
I have a few more but I didn't get photos of them. I am going to get started on the upcoming July workshop which is going to be Christmas in July - Bags, Tags, and gifts galore.  A workshop that will include fun ideas on ways to use your stamps and accessories to make stunning unique gift wrapping and packages

IF you are interested in ordering a make-n-take of any of my cards seen on this site simply send me a message with the code (on the photos) such as in the "thanks" flag card above (WOA-2)  and I will send you the price for the consumables and project sheet. If you are interested in ordering a set of the completed cards simply send the code number and the number of cards you are interested in purchasing.

I love you guys and thanks for listening to me share my He(art) !

Blessings
Erika