Finding things to do and keeping your spirit up...
when your body has to be down can be challenging.
I did however find inspirations each morning as I settled in for a day of keeping off my feet.
With the help of my guy, I was able to pull a few supplies and tools together to have close by so I could create at whim.
It was a great way to not get caught up in dreary daytime TV, and not feel bad that I wasn't up and around. Time flew by and I had a few creations completed by the end of the day.
Papers, stamps, cut outs, washi tape, scissors, glue...easy stuff to keep
in a basket next to my seated position for the last week.
I turned out a dozen little 5x7 collages, some as "Thank Yous" for friends
who brought wonderful dishes in for us while I couldn't get to the kitchen
and my sweet guy just needed a break at the end of the day.
One morning I picked up Nick Bantock's book "Artful Dodger" and started to read,
Nick is the creator of the Griffin & Sabine book series, which I also have and love.
Artful dodger is a book of images and reflections on his creative life as an artist...great read.
It also got me thinking of a few altered book projects I started and hadn't finished,
so I pulled them out and started working on them again.
Here's a quick video of one of the books that's more along the
lines of an altered book.
Down time is a great time to pull out the iPad and watched endless tutorials
on YouTube. I have several favorites and watched quite a few of Marmi's Small Art
videos. First, they're small art (that I could handle) and she has a really pleasant voice
and fun personality...I enjoyed watching her and playing along in the book I started below.
I have a few other faves that are fun and informative to watch...
Robert Burridge negative shape painting.
He's great to watch and helps you loosen up and have fun while painting.
I just got my new Gelli Plate right before being laid up
which was perfect timing as I had just made a stack of papers
that came in handy for creating while I was down.
Only four or five more days to go till I'm up and about again...
just when I was getting warmed up to armchair / small art
and having the time for so many opportunities to learn and try new techniques.
Please do share if you have a favorite art/creative YouTube video
that has helped your creative journey along the way.