leaving the digital world for a bit

by Jessica

I’ve had a pretty tough time lately, health has been bad and I have literally had no energy. Like, to the point where I’ve spent several days a week just in bed doing nothing. It has really been quite bad for my mental health too, as I’ve basically not been able to do anything I like!

But I’m not just writing this to tell you about how miserable I’ve been, I’m writing this to tell you that I’m better now! I’ve gotten some energy back (for whatever reason) and have been able to do some more creative stuff. I also had a pretty big realisation that I was spending a lot of time creating what I thought was expected of me rather than what I wanted to create, which isn’t my goal at all. So I’m changing things up, and spending more time making physical things – painting, embroidery and collage. It all started with the fact that one of my friends was coming over for a embroidery meetup! We have those every now and then – it’s the best! Even if we don’t really end up doing a lot of embroidery. We spent most of the time eating last time, as we made apple pie and had dinner. Anyway, before she arrived I quickly painted on a few pieces of fabric to prep for some embroidery! They barely had time to dry before I wanted to do some embroidery on them, but it all worked out in the end. I started on this piece! I’ve actually worked on it for a few hours now, but I don’t have a picture of that so I’ll tell you about that some other time. I don’t know how I’m going to frame it though, if anyone has any recommendations for framing embroidery I’m all ears!

Anyway, this gave me a taste for painting abstractly. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to work out acrylic painting for a while, but the way it behaved on fabric in the embroidery pieces reminded me so much of watercolour that I picked up my watercolours again.
So at the start of this week I spent the day painting some random abstract shapes in my Mossery sketchbook! Lumos (my cat) threw up on it a while back (lol), but only on the cover so I had to remove it, which means the sketchbook isn’t as pretty anymore, but it still works. I also found some old paint experiments that I glued into another book to make this abstract spread. I think both the fluidy parts are made with Golden High Flow Acrylics!  And since you can’t see it in that picture, here’s proof of how beautiful the Golden High Flow Acrylics “Iridescent Pearl” is!! It’s so shimmery!!

I’ve also been really inspired by Inktober, and I’ve actually been drawing a little bit every day so far. (Doesn’t sound like much, but I NEVER draw so!!!) Sha’an d’Anthes aka furrylittlepeach has her own prompt list this year, and it’s SO CUTE. Today’s prompt was “camp”, and I decided to participate with a collage of some watercolour papers. I’ve been wanting to try that technique for so long, but I finally got around to it. I’m pretty happy with the result! It didn’t turn out like I wanted it to, at all, but I still think it’s cute! I think the tents are cute, I like the salt effect on the mountains, but I hate the stars haha. THEY’RE SO EVEN AND THERE ARE TOO MANY OF THEM. Anyway, can’t undo. Which is why I’m working non-digitally in the first place, so I’m gonna have to live with it. I won’t make that mistake again, so at least I’m learning!

I’m also really excited about the fact that I used such unusual colours for me int his one. I don’t think I’ve EVER made something black, green and orange. Like that colours combo would look crazy with a lot of the techniques I’ve used before, but I like it in this one.

Anyway, that was my little update for this time! Hope you’re all having a great october. Spooky time is best time, remember that!

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Asti October 7, 2018 - 10:27 pm

Ooh, I’m loving these physical pieces! It’s so fun to see you exploring different methods and materials. It makes me want to pick up a sketchbook and do something different since I’ve been relying on digital so much over the past five months since I got my iPad. I think there’s just something about letting go of that undo option and embracing the outcome no matter what the mistakes that can be so freeing. Thanks for sharing <3

Jessica October 10, 2018 - 11:56 am

EXACTLY. That’s exactly what I’ve been feeling too! Let go of the undo button!! <3


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