CREATIVE JUMP START 2017 WITH NATHALIE’S STUDIO

Nathalie’s Studio

When I first heard that Creative Jump Start was happening again in January, I quickly jumped at the chance to register for 2017.  The 2016 CJS (Creative Jump Start) course was amazing with the talented artists showing many techniques in painting, drawing, mixed media etc.  Its so worth the money and its not expensive, really!  Every participant is inspiring and you learn heaps.  So do your self a favour and register as its not too late to do so.  2017 theme is Mix, Match, Master.

Here is my first take on lesson #1 with Marsha Valk.  In my versions I used Gelli Plate, Gesso, Sharpie pens, Acrylic paint, Watercolour paints, Tissue Paper, Stamps,  Gel Medium and Packing Tape. I dont have black gesso, so I used white gesso and then painted black acrylic paint over it. I can see that Sharpie pens are going to be my best friend!

Again, I am keeping all my CJS creations in a book.  I’ve recycled a Harcourts Real Estate booklet that can hold 16.5 X 23.5cm pages.  Perfect size for me to use in this course.  Pages are nice and thick.  It is glossy, but I use white stock card for my art and then glue it onto the pages.  I could also gesso the pages too.  I also decided to add pockets to the pages if I needed them to store excess embellishments etc for that lesson so I dont lose them.  Plus if I feel the art work needs more ‘mastering’ then I still have some of my supplies!

I just loved how the four pieces turned out.  Thank you Marsha!  Nathalie, thank you for having Marsha on the team!

Oh, I really should finish CJS 2016!  The good thing is that I still have access to those videos!

Lesson #1: A Head Full of Dreams – Marsha Valk

All I was thinking when I was watching the video lesson was “Moon”, “Stars”, “Cosmos” etc. The words on each piece are song lyrics and a quote.  Song lyrics from Cat Stevens, Madonna and Frank Sinatra. Quote from Carl Sagan.

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May Mood Board Challenge

I love this months Jot Magazines Mood Board Challenge of blues and greys.

Their challenges are always inspiring and I just love the colour combinations.

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I chose a fun photo to scrapbook and thought the colours would suit.  Its a mini scrap book page of about 14X14cm.  We found his old safety glasses in the barn while tidying it up.  The lens flip up.    I splashed distress ink for the background and used some leftover scraps of gelli prints (brown and blue) and blue acrylic paint stencilled with paste. I added some unused yarn and washi tape.

Thanks again Jot Magazine for the challenges.  Love seeing them and participating when I can.

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Pocket Pal Letters

I discovered Pocket Pal Letters early this year in March 2016.

Besides the opportunity to write to Pen Pals from all over the world or just locally in your country, you create mini cards (9X6.5cm) that fit into a pocket of nine.  Its a plastic sleeve that holds collector cards that you can buy at EB Game stores in Australia or online stores like Ebay or Amazon.

http://www.pocketletterpals.com/ is created by Janette Lane and is a network of Pen Pals.  This is her description from her website:

Pocket Letters™ and Pocket Letter Pals were created by Janette of Janette Lane Blog as a new way to send and collect penpal letters. The concept is easy and fun! Pocket Letters are penpal letters in pocket format. Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 Pocket Page Protector (or similar) and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap or to your existing penpal(s). You fill the pockets with the components of a typical penpal letter. Items such as stickers, tea bags, ephemera, washi tape samples, and pictures can 
be added. A letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. The Pocket Letter folds up easily and is then sent to your Pocket Letter Pal in a standard 10 size envelope. It’s the perfect way to send and collect letters from other Pocket Letter Pals (i.e. people who are sending mail in this format) around the world. They also fit perfectly in a binder for easy storage! This can be a one-time exchange or you can swap Pocket Letters indefinitely. 

If your into paper crafts, card making, art journalling, mixed media etc, you can apply these techniques to Pocket Letters in miniature form!

My techniques to creating the Pocket Letters are varied.  I love writing a short letter and getting to know my Pocket Pal.  You can join in events which is a theme for a Pocket Letter or search for a group that interests you and find a Pen Pal with similar tastes.

Some other blog sites that delved into Pocket Letters include:

Purple Mail Box: http://purplemailbox.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/pocket-letters.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+ArtsyCraftsyPursuitsOfOneSoaphouseMama+(Artsy+Craftsy+Pursuits+of+one+soapHOUSE+mama)

Cocoa Daisy:  http://www.cocoadaisy.com/blog/cocoa-daisy/23744/mother-may-i/

Art & Whimsy:  http://artandwhimsy.net/category/pocket-letters/

Here are my efforts so far:

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ColorKeeper with CrochetHome

Bag

I was given the chance to help test the beautiful flower design by Nela of CrochetHome www.crochethome.wordpress.com .
I fell in love with the pattern.  You can press the flower flat or leave it scrunched up like I have done.
I always wanted to make a bag and it ended up to be a bag to hold my crochet projects.
I used cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills http://www.bendigowoollenmills.com.au .  4ply.
I lined the bag with cotton material.
So happy how it turned out.

Thank you CrochetHome for allowing me to help test your flower.  Follow Nela’s blog as she has some lovely projects with flowers and mandalas.

Settling into our new home

Its been over 4 weeks now since we moved to our new home in the countryside of Warragul, and we are loving the atmosphere and the serenity … just like in The Castle, the movie!

We are still unpacking, and I have now managed to restart the Stockholm blanket project, following Mel’s progress in her blog One Crafty Mumma http://www.onecraftymumma.com/

I have completed 31 white edged squares, 9 Beige and 13 Brown ones.

Progress is good.  I have crocheted while on the train from Melbourne to Warragul, in the car (as a passenger!) or in the evenings while relaxing.

The previous owners have established a beautiful garden and I have included some flowers in the picture below with my Stockholm blanket project progress.

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Stockholm Crochet Blanket Update

During the couple of hot days in Melbourne, there is not much you can do but stay inside and crochet!  I now have 25 colourful squares inspired by One Crafty Mummas Stockholm blanket project, and also made up a completed square to gauge how big each square will be.  Its approximately 14 X 14cm square, and I think I will stick to the colour scheme here but with each centre design a different colour.

A complete square

Last night I sewed up the dangly bits of yarn of each coloured square so its neat when I finish off each completed square.

I think my method for this blanket at the moment is to make up the centre colours first in batches, then sew up the yarns.  Once in a while, make a complete square.

For my completed project, it would be nice to have a 140 X 140cm of squares plus the border.  This would mean that I need 10 rows and 10 columns of squares, therefore 100 squares.  It should cover a queen size bed.  Otherwise a nice throw blanket on the couch that measures 120 X 180cm in total which is approximately 8 rows and 12 columns minimum plus border, therefore 96 squares..

Colourful centre pieces

Coloured pieces are kept in a shoe box.  Once there is more completed squares, I will need to keep them in a bigger box.

I love taking photos with my smartphone as it is convenient at times.  I found a great app, Photofy, which you can enhance your photos with text, frames, etc. Easy to use and fun!  A free app and you can purchase designs or use the freebies.  Design on your smartphone once you have captured your photo.