Live, Laugh, Love (on a wing and a prayer)

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Live, Laugh, Love (on a wing and a prayer)

Well, my recovery from my illness took longer than I thought, and I missed posting last week. I’m sorry for that. Although while I was recuperating, I managed to finish this project which was flying around in my brain and wouldn’t just float away.

This project is the first one I’ve done with no particular person to give it to, so I’m going to put it up for sale. I don’t have an online store yet, so if you are interested please email me jossetteholland@gmail.com.

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Close-up photo

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Wing close-up

 Please forgive my photography skills, as I know they are lacking! This is a close-up of the piece. This piece took approximately 30 hours to make and I’ve invested about $35 in materials. It is an 11X 14 canvas attached to a wooden frame. I painted the background and sculpted the wings and letters out of polymer clay.

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Love close-up

This is an original one of a kind piece of sculptured mixed media art, and because of that I’m asking $100. I have been struggling over what to value my work at, and more importantly at what price someone else would value my work. I tend to devalue myself and therefore my work, but yet I always encourage others to value themselves and their work at a much higher price; therefore, I’ve been trying to force myself to take my own advice and show pride in my work by not devaluing it. 

My creative inspiration tidbit for you this week is to value yourself and value your work like you would value others you admire. It is important to believe in yourself because other people do, and if you don’t you are discounting the love and encouragement given to you. Which is something I’m sure you and I would never intentionally want to do.

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Get the Funk Out!

Don't just settle for doing what you know, try something new!

Don’t just settle for doing what you know, try something new!

Hey, I’m all for a good, wholesome, traditional angel wing, but every once in a while this girl needs to get funky. I will probably repeat it, or I’m repeating it now, (I forget) :-0, but I get bored easily, and if I had to stick to making the same angel wings over and over, I would quit. Therefore, every once in a while I just experiment. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but the important thing is I feel creative; and therefore, continue to create. I experimented on these hand-sculpted polymer clay angel wing pendants by painting them with Twinkling H2O watercolors.

Getting funky also gives you the opportunity see old things in a new light with new possibilities that are maybe “dialed down a notch”.

Just a little funk will do!

Just a little funk will do!

Like these more traditional angel wings, but tipped in blue with glitter or tipped in gold, or just a pretty gold color. These wings are a little funky, but more appealing to the mainstream. This is where you can customize your work so that it doesn’t look like anything else out there, but it is still a popular item.

So, what I’m basically saying is if you are having a creative block, get funky! Do something you would never normally do, even if you hate it while you’re doing it. I bet in the end you’ll find that creative spark within what you’ve made to get you back on track.

And finally, in my last post I said I would start posting on Wednesday’s and it is Thursday, so what the funk happened? I was legitimately hospital worthy sick, but I’m already on the mend and I only missed my deadline by one day!

Please leave me a comment and let me know if you think the angel wings are funky fresh, or what the funk was she thinking!

2 Legit 2 Quit!…Almost

Okay, okay, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written a post, and you were wondering if I’d just quit, but no! I’ve been working on turning my hobby/therapy into a legit business. I’ve been taking this course called Dream Your Success http://dreamyoursuccess.com/ and I’ve been learning both the business aspect and the online aspect of starting my own business. It’s been extremely helpful, and because of this you are now visiting http://jossetteholland.com/. I’ve also added a handy way for you to subscribe to my site by email. (Facebook will be coming soon)

I’ve got a lot of updating to do, so this will be a long one, but informative and celebratory nonetheless. Let’s start with a celebration! I won a little challenge with one of my latest sculpted mixed media projects on http://craftylink.com/ It’s titled “Octopus’ Garden” and I’ve decided to name him Ringo.

Ringo is hangin' out with his treasures on a hot summer night. Everything  with the exception of a few metal items was sculpted with polymer clay and attached to an 11 x 14 canvas board.

Ringo is hangin’ out with his treasures on a hot summer night. Everything with the exception of a few metal items was sculpted with polymer clay and attached to an 11 x 14 canvas board.

If you would like to see detail photos of Ringo go check out my other blog. http://polymerclayproductions.com/ That’s right I’ve become a designer blogger for Polymer Clay Productions and will be blogging every other Friday for them. There may even be some that pop up in between, so check their site on Fridays.

I am now going to make a commitment to you, valued reader that I will post a new blog every Wednesday. I’ll be updating you on my projects, business progression, and hopefully providing you with some creative inspiration.

And last, but certainly not least, if you have read previous blogs of mine, you will know that my poor mother didn’t get anything from me for Mother’s Day. Well, I’m sorry to say her birthday rolled around and I still didn’t have the “big gift” finished for her then either, but she came unexpectedly to visit me on the 4th of July and we collaborated and she now has both her big gift and her pigs-in-a-blanket earrings! Here are some pics of her piece. I hope you enjoy them and I’ll be back next Wednesday with another update!

This was a collaborative piece with my mother. (She told me what she wanted and I did it)

This was a collaborative piece with my mother. (She told me what she wanted and I did it)

The words were all sculpted from polymer clay. My Mom requested the lyrics from Amazing Grace which is scattered throughout.

The words were all sculpted from polymer clay. My Mom requested the lyrics from Amazing Grace which is scattered throughout.

I also added keys near some of the words as a symbol that those actions bring about healing.

I also added keys near some of the words as a symbol that those actions bring about healing.

I used a fabric lily and added some pink pearls and chain, which attaches to the pocket watch in the middle of the piece.

I used a fabric lily and added some pink pearls and chain, which attaches to the pocket watch in the middle of the piece.

Got Verbosity? No? Then Get some!

Got Verbosity? No? Then Get some!.

Got Verbosity? No? Then Get some!

 

 What I mean is get “wordy” to get inspired. My friend is an excellent writer you can check out her blog here http//www.frugoal.wordpress.com.  It was her birthday and I wanted to make her something to encourage her to always continue to write, so I got “wordy”. I went to the dollar store and bought a dictionary. I read it cover to cover, which only took about 2 hours, and tore out any words that reminded me of her writing style i.e., hilarious, zeal, imaginative, etc., and proceeded to make her a motivational canvas for her writing room. (Side note: I wouldn’t ordinarily promote the destruction of any book, but this one was $1, and not a good dictionary) Image

 

This was the end result. I painted the canvas, mod podged the words, distressed them, created a Victorian woman silhouette from polymer clay, added gears and such to emulate the ol’ brain gears churning, added a lock on the brain and a key on the neck to denote that she has the key to unlock her creativity anytime she wants, made a feather plume from polymer clay and used a pen nib, and created the letters with a riveted look from polymer clay as well to keep with the steampunk vibe.

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Whew, so there is most of the process, but how does it all relate to verbosity and creativity?

If you’re feeling stuck creatively, whether it be as a writer, artist, actor, musician or whatever, pick up a dictionary and thumb through it. There are so many words that can spark just the right inspiration at the right moment. The key is to be open. Don’t go looking for a specific word. Browse, linger, contemplate until the light bulb turns on. And believe me it will.

Don’t believe me? Let’s do an example.

I just opened my $1 “inspiration flint” and found the word manifest. The first phrase that comes to mind is manifest destiny. That makes me think of old ships, that makes me think of pirates and all kinds of fun stuff to make. But wait, what else does it mean? Evident to the senses esp. the sight; obvious to the understanding. Ok, so now I’m thinking about the human form and the five senses. Or maybe I could make something that is obscured or abstract. Now are you feeling me?

As an artist I would use the dictionary words to create an inspiration board with words I rarely if ever hear. As an actor I would practice portraying whatever emotion or character  that comes to mind to hone my skills, as a musician (well, I’m not) but I would guess I would try to create a piece of music that creates the vibe or emotion that a particular word conveys. Whoever you are or whatever you do getting “wordy” can help you with your creative process.

So get a cheap dictionary and make some art. I’m dying to see what words inspire you! Please let me know. Right now I’m really enjoying playing with the word malevolent. Better watch out!