HOW TO CREATE AN ART JOURNAL PAGE or have fun

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open any page in your art journal or use a loose blank page
add some circles of colour, I used ordinary watercolour, and clutch paper together, and more colour, clutch together again….
you can do that a few times with different colour until page looks good to you
hold page or book upright and add some blobs of colour to let it run down the page, turn upside down and do the same
this is how I create this page

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cut items out of magazines or gift wrap

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and glue onto page, I used home made modge podge [gel medium] but you can use any glue to your liking

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add some stamps, I used a bought one, which I forgot to add into the pic, or use any object you can find to stamp onto page

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stamp a frame around pages, you can use any medium, ink, water colour or any pens to do that, explore your own options, look what you have on hand or can find around the house, I use a piece of a mosaic sheet I could imagespare…image

cut out some quotes, phrases or words which compliment the right page and glue on the left page, you can also use word stamps, stickers or hand written wordsimage

now you can add more colour, stamps to the page

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I used some templates, mine are cappuchino templates, and I used my finger to dab the paint on

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paint some more circles with brush, add some stamps with found objects, use whateveryou have on hand and as much as you feel your page needs

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outline some items with different pens, white gelli pen, permanent black marker, golden gel pen, or use whatever you have

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I also coloured over some paint with neo colour twisters
now you can leave the page as is or still add more
do whatever feels good to you

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Have fun
Love and Light

NATURE HAS ITS OWN COURSE or watch out what you are thinking

A few days ago I created two butterfly feeder.

 

 

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As it was raining and overcast a bit, I never spotted any butterflies at all til today.

This morning my son said, I cannot let the dogs out, as there are hundreds of bees in the tree outside the terrace.

I could hear them humming……..what now?

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I asked my husband to come and look, but he went into a frenzy, as he was attacked by bees years ago in his workshop in Okahandja. He had to undergo medical treatment amongst several other people around that area. One old man was actually lying on the street covered in bees,  almost dead. One  courageous man with his bakkie stopped and put him on the back of his car.  He drove him to hospital, where they both had to get medical treatment as well.

Anyway, it sounded as of the buzzing bees were multiplying in our tree.

Maybe it is my butterfly feeder with its sugary syrup inside attracting the bees, I thought. Even if not one bee was sitting on it. I got me some scissors went outside cutting off the feeder and plunging it into the green garbage bin, which was located far away from the house. I was not afraid at all, like I used to be, but my only concern were the dogs, who might get stung by the bees while  trying to catch and snapping at them. And of course the nervous state my husband was in by now, trying to figure out how to climb out of the bedroom window, as he was horrified to go past the tree on his way to the car. Actually he would have needed a ball cutter, as we have burglar proof in front of all the windows. And it would be lying in the garage, past the tree.

Luckily after a few minutes the humming stopped. Most of the bees were gone.

My two butterfly feeder broken in the trash.

While cleaning up the puppies pooh from the terrace, since Sunday we have a new family member, a white Labrador puppy, called Abby now.

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She was supposed to be called Angel, but after  two days we decided this was not an appropriate name for her as she is up to lots of mischief, even getting her way with our two other dogs Baloo and Jackie.

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So we came up with Abby, short for Abigail. We also opted for Sammy, short for Samantha, but it is not such a popular name for a dog here in Namibia……

Anyway while cleaning up,  my attention went back to the” bee tree . There were  two tiny white butterflies dancing around the crown of the tree,  a few bees were still sucking on the flowers and a yellow/black huge, beautiful butterfly was flying around back and fro from my garden into the neighbor’s garden.

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Ok, I thought, now that I have thrown away your food you are coming, why haven’t you been here before?

I went around the tree, seeing that it is in full bloom now, after a few days of a bit of rain. Maybe the bees were attracted by the flowers, I thought, and after all not by my sweet-smelling butterfly feeder.

Ok then, I thought, went straight to the garbage bin to get the feeder out again, but the glass plate was broken now.  I took it out, went to the fridge to get the brown frozen banana out and cut it in pieces. I divided the fruit into two bowls, a smaller one for the pink and white Macrame hanger and a flat bowl, which I placed directly into the creeper

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where the beautiful huge butterfly went passed all the time while flying to the neighbors and back into our garden.

The coincidence, if it is at all, is that when I hang up the feeder I thought, not that I am attracting all the bees around this area to my garden, instead of the butterflies.

Fact is, the butterflies are coming in steadily. The  bees are here as well. The feeders are up again, even if the insects are still only sucking all the nectar out of the freshly blooming flowers, instead of nipping at the smashed brown banana,which I heard would attract lots of butterflies.

Nature has its own course…..and watch out what you are thinking. It might come true.

So have a lovely day now and a wonderful weekend coming up with lots of seasonal greetings from me.

Love and light

Claudia

HOOKED ON CROCHETING or funky bracelets

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Being a bit restless again the last few days, it was time to find a new art and craft project.

As I am hooked on crocheting at the moment, being busy creating a granny square blanket for little Sabina, I remembered a quick diy I read on my favorite blog : Crocheting a bracelet, or necklace out of craft wire and beads.

This is the outcome:

Funky bracelets or necklaces, created in less than half an hour:

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This is the art of craft project I love, easy, lovely and done in a short time, before one gets bored or rather impatient to get the finished result.

Me, as always going overboard, just wanted to try it, went to the craft shop and intended to only buy items for around 100.00 Namibian Dollars, but I came out with goods for 200.00 Dollars, as I couldn’t decide on colour of wire and beads (silver, which I actually wanted to buy was out of stock)This means I will have enough stock for about 20 more bracelets/necklaces and I will need an outlet to sell them for me, as I never will use all of them for myself.

I wish all of you a happy and lovely Easter Weekend.

Keep well.

Love and light.

Claudia

 

THE MAGIC BEHIND or trust and believe

 

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Monday again and a whole new week before us.

This is the second last week here at the desk at my current work, most of you will  know by now, that I gave up my secure 8-5 job and that I am going back into the estate agent business. And I am trying to find out how I feel about it.

At the beginning, shortly after I resigned, I felt great, sure that I have done the right decision. But was aware of the possibility, that this could be only my euphoria, the excitement I felt for all the new tasks and hobbies in  my life recently.

I started with scrap booking, buying hordes and hordes of supplies, was enthusiastic for a few weeks, working way over midnight. These were the days, when I couldn’t sleep anyway, due to the trauma of the death of my beloved son Matthias. And suddenly the urge, the excitement and fun was over and I jumped head over heels into the next project: painting.

Again, I bought lots and lots of stuff, painted my heart out and soon, this phase was over again as well. Next project: candles.

I always was sure, that each craft was a hobby I would do for longer, but after a few projects, I felt the restlessness again inside me, to move on, to find something worthwhile to…I don’t know… maybe to distract me…to forget…to find something meaningful again. And each time my enthusiasm was fading again.

So the fear, that I made the wrong decision crept up in me every now and then, that the excitement of working as an estate agent again would be gone even before I really started.

It is still present. Well, as I said, every now and then the fear proclaims its right, but to no avail. Even the back up money, to cover for the next 2 – 3 month, while I might not earn a salary, popped up suddenly today. And I am showing my first property on Saturday.
What a lovely and pleasant feeling when all things fall into place.

And what is the magic behind this? TRUST AND BELIEVE.

And what of all the pales of art and craft supplies? It’s all more or less hidden away in the garage, taking up valuable space, my husband could have used better, and I am sure that I am sooner or later feel the urge to get it out again and create a few beautiful things. Just wait and see.

For now I am into knitting. I printed out lots of free patterns, but as soon as I read the abbreviations and instructions I get discouraged. So I just casted on a few stitches ( I am sure its called stitches) and knitting away, not sure yet if this will be a scarf when finished (I could send it to Frank in Germany, if it is finished before summer or even before he gets back home) or if it will end up into a nice blanket, sort of patch work art. Be surprised.

Do you have tips about how to conquer knitting patterns?

 

Have a wonderful week ahead.

Claudia

 

 

 

MY FIRST E BOOK or finally I did it.

After I received so many likes and compassionate comments from you bloggers, all over the world, I finally did it and created my first e-book.

See also the button on the left of my page.

Please help me to spread the word and pay it forward, so that lots of people in despair will find a little bit of hope, seeing that they are not alone and  that there are ways to fill the void a death of a loved one left in your live, even if it is only for a few hours. Art & Craft and writing are  good therapies.

This is but a preview of a book, I am planning to write about my life after the death of Matthias.

If you have tips and tricks and contacts that could help me to achieve this, please contact me:

southerncross1966@gmail.com

or leave a comment or links right here.

It is highly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your encouragement.

Love

Claudia

 

 

QUICK DIY or how to decorate old ceramic pots

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I bought this pot  plant on Saturday and this

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Only having a few older ceramic pots around, I quickly got out my mod podge and beautiful gift paper and started:

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Normally the ” pots would be dry almost instantly, being in Namibia with a day temperatures of over 30 degrees C, but as it is raining today and quite soggy and humid outside, I unfortunately have to wait until tomorrow to bed the plants into their new pots.

Look out for the next posts, I will try to add the potted result photo to it.

Have a nice evening.

Love and light.

Claudia

 

ETERNAL LOVE ART or another way to attain to grief

Hi there,

this is a link to my website:

THIS WEBSITE AND SMALL ONLINE SHOP IS DEDICATED IN LOVING MEMORY TO MY SON MATTHIAS, WHO DIED WITH ONLY 21 YEARS IN A CAR CRASH ON 25.05.2012,AND INSPIRED ME TO START PAINTING AS THERAPY
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LET THIS BE A PLACE WERE YOU CAN FIND TRANQUILITY  IN OUR HECTIC AND MATERIALIZED  WORLD AND BE INSPIRED BY MY PAINTINGS,  MOSTLY  DONE BY MY FINGERS, AND LET THE ART/PAINTING YOU WILL CHOOSE SPREAD LIGHT AND LOVE INTO YOUR HOME.

 

http://eternalloveart.weebly.com/

I hope you enjoy it.

Have a lovely day.

Claudia