Monday, August 20, 2012

It's Swell to Gell ...

I just received my Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate in the mail ... I was so excited ! It was like Santa had delivered it ! lol.
So I watched the videos, my beloved found me some scraps of Tyvek, and I went to town (for a few minutes ...but that's the beauty of it ... you can make a few prints even if you only have 10 minutes !! Love it !!)
I tried one with just 2 colours because I didn't really like the way the 3rd colour seemed to muddy it up a bit. I'm a bit of a colour purist ...haha ... I only like a few colours at a time. I used some Americana acrylics and Claudine Hellmuth Acrylics. I would really like to get some Golden OPEN Acrylics ... they seem to give such a beautiful transparent sort of colour when brayered. But I was pretty happy with what I had for a first try. I used the tyvek donuts, bubble wrap, and punchinello. (love punchinello !! Waste product, my eye !!)) So here are the results !!

 I love how the residual paint shows up on the next one ... yes, that's right, I did not clean it every time. I like the hints of orange in the green ... Can't wait to do more !!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Come Alive"

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs ; ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. "
Howard Thurman

Today is the day !
I work too much. I waste too much time. I squander minutes worrying about things that are not going to happen. Did I mention that I work too much ? I fret about what I wish I was doing.
That ends today. I am taking the steps to start a journey of my choosing. No one is going to do it for me. It is up to me ... and I say "Hell Yeah !"
Today I will begin to work hard in the hours I have for work - and then stop. Work will not creep into my evenings and take root in my weekends. It will not wake me in the night & say "I want to talk". If it does I will not answer.
Today I will start trying not to worry about things that will not or have not happened. Wasted minutes. I will worry when I need to - not before.
I will try not to waste time . I don't consider reading, cuddling cats, watching the tides, or wandering in my mind to be wasting time. Wasting time is when I use up time that could have been spent making myself or those I love happy or satisfied. Use it up fretting, running around doing nothing, staring at a computer long after it has ceased to be interesting, thinking up ways to avoid going somewhere or doing something- that's wasting time. I will not fret. I will do things with purpose. I will surf for a reason & for pleasure - not to simply pass time. I will simply say "No, but thank you".
I will cherish my minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years and spend them wisely.
I will embrace my dreams and take the first step to make them real. No more I wish.