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Inspiration and Adversity

Well hello again friends, it’s been a while. I’ve missed 2 weeks of The Diva’s challenges and even though I’m going to post my work for the last challenge it is too late to submit it to her site. This makes me sad. I really enjoy working on these challenges, so it only makes me want to try harder to get my work done and submitted on time in the future.

In the past when i have done the challenges I have only submitted ZIA work which complied with the challenge, but as I was reading The Joy of Zentangle by Design Originals the other day I realized that I am not really fulfilling the original steps to Zentangle. Now, did I think I was bad or wrong for skipping working on tiles? No, but I did feel that if I truly wish to become a CZT and to teach the principles of Zentangle then it’s like the old saying goes, “You must practice what you preach”. So from now on I have decided to make a tile for each challenge and, if I feel inspired, I will make a ZIA as well. This is my first tile EVER!

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The challenge was to make your tangle with circles as your string. This is a standard sized tile of 31/2 squared. It was kind of fun to make, but here’s the rub…I don’t feel inspired to make small works of art, and if I don’t feel inspired to do something, then I just won’t do it. I feel so limited and confined by the limitations of a standard sized tile, or an ATC, let alone a twinchie or Heaven forbid an inchie! Do you struggle with these small sized constraints, or do you feel liberated from the daunting task of a larger sized blank page or canvas? I find that the bigger the better for me. I think I’m probably in the minority on this, and if I keep letting the size of a canvas stop me from creating art I will miss out on a lot of wonderful opportunities to trade art with other wonderful artists from around the world. I don’t want to miss out, and that is why I am going to push myself to continue swapping ATC’s with a wonderful group of artists on Facebook. All Things Creative is the name of the group and I really enjoy the encouragement of all of the participants. I am even going to push myself to do a twinchie swap! It’s a wonderful group and I encourage you to check us out.

I was very inspired to make a ZIA with this challenge, as I always am, so here she is!!

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I did my best to make everything as circular as possible. I love her! Do you remember the orange on Sesame Street that sang with a rubber band mouth? Well, that is exactly what she reminds me of, even though it was pure coincidence. I was in quite a lot of pain when I created her and I really found it relaxing to just concentrate on one pattern, twilight zone, for the hair. I don’t know how others feel about just using one pattern, but I find that when I am in pain it helps to not have to think about which patterns to put where. I just pick one and stick with it. And this is where the adversity part of my title comes in on my little post. I want so badly to be a CZT and teach the principles of Zentangle, especially for people who are struggling with pain management, but because I struggle with illness, chronic fatigue and pain which can at times literally bring me to my knees, I also struggle with consistency. My plan for this blog has been to highlight both of my loves/obsessions (Zentangle and polymer clay), but I really haven’t gotten that to work out yet. I hope to post 2 times a week one day for each, but at this moment in time I just can’t promise that. I’m just asking that you stick with me and support me for what I am able to share with you.

And finally, during the first week that I was absent from my blog, I was stuck in bed, but I was not idle. Remember when I said that the bigger the better is what I really dig? Well, I made a ZIA/Watercolor (18X24) for my sister-in-law. I think the proportions of the girl are a bit off, but for my first attempt at something this size and style, I think I’m not embarrassed to claim it! Oh and my sister-in-law was so sweet she cried when I told her I was giving it to her. It now has a prominent place on her living room wall.

 

 

 

 

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“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”  –Walt Disney Company, Mulan

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Expand Your Art: Expand Your Mind

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton

Just a quick post today. I haven’t made much of anything for the last month, but that is because I have been exploring another passion of mine, acting! I don’t plan to be in some big movie or be famous, but I love community theater. I truly do lose myself in the story line and the characters.  I try to take time out from whatever I’m doing at least once per year and volunteer my time and my talents to a local community theater production.

I talk about this to you today for 2 reasons:

1. For those of you who are local, I would like to bring your attention to this local production at The JACC and to get you to come see the show and support your local arts.

2. For those of you artists out there, who read my blog, as your creative inspiration tip today, I would like to use this opportunity to remind you that art comes in a wide variety of forms. If you are feeling stuck in your art and you are a painter, try something out of your comfort zone like sculpture, or if you are into anime step outside of your zone and give abstract painting a try. You really never know what kind of inspiration you will find! I have found some wonderful inspiration from this play!

And finally, I would also like to tell you, my dear readers, how much I appreciate you, and I would like to invite you to check out http://thingscrafty.com which is another blog I have had the privilege and opportunity to write for. There are a lot of great bloggers working for this site and you will find a plethora of arts and crafts information here.   I post there every other Friday. I look forward to hearing from all of you soon.

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!.