Friday, 25 July 2014

Jennibellie is *alive*

Hey ho, Jennibellie is *alive*
lol I've had a few days off of social media etc and I've had a few 'where have you gone', 'are you ok?' messages which feels lovely to be missed online I must say =) I've been a lil ill but am on the mend now. Creatively me being out of it (literally out of it sometimes unfortunately) has had a knock-on effect on what art I've managed to do, which is a shame because the beginning of the month I felt so ON IT!! But in coming to put this weekly ramble post together I have noticed I have managed a few things. 

(TOP TIP: Through journaling I have found out that if you ever feel really depressed or angry over your lack of productivity then simply write a list of those things you have managed to get done, however big or small & that feeling will always soon evaporate - it's much easier to be hard on ourselves for things we have not managed to get done, than notice all the great shizzle we have!)

One thing I have done this very evening is film the new video for the Monthly Challenge Group, it currently looks like this: no chances of me giving it away then lol, lots of editing to be done on that first!

Another is a v.quick style of journaling I've taken to recently, in my new quickie journal, which considering how I've been feeling suits the situation incredibly:

I have also been designing new products for my shop woooooooooooooooooo
as well as spending some time stocking it up on what I've had out of stock for a while:
makin' some zine packs

but the development stage of making new items takes sooooooooooo long that it's hardly worth me mentioning what they'll be, as it'll be 6 months before they are seen lol gotta love the creation processAs I've previously mentioned too I've been switching my studios (a new updated tour of my outdoor studio is coming!) so I've been trying to make my shop organisation more functional for me - if you have an online shop then you know what I'm talking about, it's easy to drown in things quickly - so the old cart has moved inside from my outdoor studio and is doing a great job being my 'products-in-progress' organiser!

In case no-one has noticed this about me before I highly recommend BOXES, 
for everything,
just go get some boxes lol
they are always in demand around here

And that's about everything for now,
hope you have a fabulousooo weekend
much love

Saturday, 19 July 2014

U r an *ARTIST* Video & My 'Regular' Journal Vlog

Hi guys

so some of you may have already seen this video I posted yesterday sneakily here, on the issue so many of us have on claiming the word 'artist' as a description of ourselves:

But I also filmed this vlog while at the Chamber. It is about what could be considered my 'regular' form of journaling. I thought it was about time I shared it, though as I say in the vlog 'seeing as I share all my others', but then I realised I actually have TONS of written style journals that I don't share - goal setting, gratitude journals and many more besides. But then they really are mostly writing so probably v.boring to look at...hope this one isn't though. I also lay down a challenge if you would like to discover the joys of regular journaling for yourself:

Much love & Sweepiebum kisses

Friday, 18 July 2014

My Awol Week

Hi guys
so I've been a bit awol this week.
After posting a Mid Month Bonus prompt in my Monthly Challenge Group I packed up some stuff and took a trip to spend some time in a haunted chamber:

While there I shot a video, which I have posted below just for you early, because you are fabulous ;)

There is a part two to it in the form of a vlog, but they are on two different topics and I still have to edit etc so will probably post tomorrow (when I will 'officially' post this too)

So hope you enjoy, I'm off to do something to cool down, 
Sweeps already had his bath, it is crazy hot here in the UK today, icky sticky!!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Travel Kit & Journal Flip

Hey guys
today I have the remaining travel art video that I have to share.

 In this one I share my biggest ever travel art kit, and then a flip through of my completed holiday journal. 

Hope you enjoy

Have an awesome weekend
Much love

Friday, 11 July 2014

Weekly Ramble #5 ~ The Importance of Space

Hello, weekly ramble this week is all about space, space, space.

A certain someone will fit in any space!

If you saw last weeks post you may have seen that I've been re-vamping my studio space. Last night I added some papercut style garlands:

 and tonight and I busy making a poster for my big fancy style frame (well the Ikea-fancy-chic anyway lol):

This past couple of weeks I've really noticed the importance of space, of being not only happy but inspired by your surroundings. 

Inspiration to create is something that I've struggled with in my outside studio since I've had it. It was more my time-out sanctuary, somewhere to chill-out and set myself back to neutral, which is all great but I've begun feeling the urge to create in there moving in gradually, and the changes I've made have been things to hopefully help me along with that - like completely re-arranging my supplies!

I think I've finally got there with revamps of this space, and after I've completed my new studio poster I think I'll do an updated Studio Tour video so you guys can see (because as I said when I did the one below it was fairly new and I hadn't properly moved-in the Jennibellie way I have and ahhhhhhhhh it feels good =) )

Thanks for reading
see you tomorrow (I may be posting the other of my travel art vids...maybe)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Travel Journal Page Video Process...or Birds, Birds, Birds!!!

Hi ho,
I have as promised the first of my holiday videos.

This one is a journal page I did in my travel journal (which I will share fully in the next video).
Hope you enjoy:

Much love

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tell All Tuesday ~ Featured Artist: Jessica Brogan

Hi guys, 
tooooooooodays tooosday, 
so that means we have a new insightful artist interview happening here
so sit back with your bevrrrrage of choice and enjoy seeing art through another artists eyes for a while =)

Tell us a little bit about yourself & what kind of artist you are.
I am a mixed media artist. I specialize in collage and art journaling. I run a popular international ATC swap. Despite the growing list of publications I have featuring my artwork, I consider myself a Writer above all else. My art is something I do for my sanity -- I need to create. Sometimes it's a project, sometimes it's for a magazine and sometimes it's just a mess that I need to make while something works itself through me emotionally. I really love art journaling and I'm so glad it's as popular as it is nowadays. But writing and photography are also deep art forms for me and I think of, and invest in them all with my energy and practice.

What is the biggest challenge you personally face as an artist and how do you overcome it?
The biggest challenge that I face is in wanting to have control over my time - to have daily freedom - and this means making a monetary living at my creative endeavors. To overcome it, I've learned and pushed myself to grow as a business, to invest in myself, to branch out into e-courses and other projects that give me more leverage, but are still authentically me, and are true to my passions and art forms. This has meant living with my mother and my small child, it's meant answering uncomfortable questions to nosy new friends who want to know "how do you live??" and it's meant recognizing that I have had help, but that I don't need to feel ashamed of that. My son's father has opted out of parenting, so he pays me in child support. I have the choice to a) get a job and not really have to worry at all about money, but also not have a lot of free time, or control over my time OR live off child support plus any endeavors of my own. I've chosen the latter, so yes, sometimes it's tight. Yes, sometimes I hear a voice in my head saying I'm doing something wrong. But, I'm working hard every day for my dreams. I did not abandon my child -- he did, and this is the unfortunate "blessing" of the circumstance. I parent 100% and ache for my son, but we are able to live off of my art and child support combined. My goal is to make enough via my creative endeavors that I can store away that child support for the future for Liam, or for us to take special vacations together. 

What advice would you offer to any perspective new artist?
You'll have to learn to walk a fine line between taking in inspiration and finding all sorts of artists to admire.....and not being overwhelmed, intimidated and talking yourself out of every making anything period because you've swamped your brain with so many examples that are much farther along than you. Try new techniques out, even ones that you think aren't your cup of tea. EVERYTHING is a learning process. Don't let anyone get in the way of your creative time...most of all yourself. 

Do you think you have achieved a uniquely recognisable style as an artist, or do you find it a struggle to find your own style?
This is the honest truth -- finding my own style. I have many friends and FB acquaintances who say they could identify my work anywhere, but I know I am a long way off from having a truly identifiable style. This frustrates me to no end. Sure, it's fun and probably a blessing that I can be versatile in my art, but in researching and just plain observation -- people like artists who have a definitive style. So I try to work towards it, pray for it to come, and not beat myself up for it. I think it's probably true that my wardrobe/closet reflects the same issue! 

Tell us where can we find out more about you & your art?
You can find out more about any of my unique offerings here. I especially love new friends on Facebook, and of course, new friends are always encouraged to check out the super popular Card Deck Swap (It's international!).

Thank you so much Jessica for sharing your thoughts and artwork =) I found so much of what you said inspiring, especially your advice for new artists...which I wouldn't call myself, but I still struggle with the overwhelm issue you spoke of - and I just want to mention that because I think it's important for new artists to know that 'older' artists can still struggle with the exact same things. I think we probably just get better at dealing with it via giving ourselves a break when we do feel some of the more negative emotions a creative spirit can bring, and understanding it's part or the process/no big deal. And I just want to say too regarding following your dreams it is not only supremely inspiring for anyone reading to hear but the best example for your son too.

I'm looking for artists, 
Email me or click the link to find all the details here =)

Friday, 4 July 2014

Weekly Ramble #4 ~ More Time For Art

Hi-ho! I am in the process of making videos and nearly forgot that I have a weekly ramble to write...but woohoo that means I have actually been getting back into the flow of being creative, which I've not felt like I have been much of the past few months.

I've been making art:
even at times when I really haven't felt like I have wanted to...

I have done couple of pages like this, I posted this one on Journal Workshops stating it was no masterpiece but I'd had a bad day, and it is proof once again to do art even against your own will, to feel better, which I did afterwards =) 

Spending time in my space to get inspired again. 
If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen this image I posted last night with the caption 'things are changing in the outdoor studio' :

And here is a peek of how it has turned out this far:

still going to do some more lil bits but here's an idea

...think I may do an updated video tour of this space once done as it finally feels like 'my space' is being stamped across it =)

And as I said I have also been making videos, 
and just because you were beautiful enough to read thus far here is an early look at a video I'll be posting over the weekend (which while the process of making a video might be considered creative, the actual content itself has absolutely nothing to do with art haha)...but I thought I'd post it while I am busy working on my other arty bits n pieces:

Hope you are managing to get your art in too =)
Much love
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