Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Create Instinctively - Stitched Postcard Swap




I did it! First there was nothing and then there was something! Magic! Creation!
My postcard for the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap was a bit of scheduled mindless Fluttering.

1. TIME: I allowed myself to take some time for creative fun - I have an hour before fetching the girls! Quick! It's now or never! (And I said I would, so now I have to!)

2. MATERIALS: I grabbed a box of old koki pens and pencil crayons out of my kids' drawers, some pretty paper, scissors, glue and just got started! Paint? Can't find the paint, no time - just start!


3. PLANNING: I had no plan! No time for planning! I knew I wanted some paint brushes in a cup and the word create. Make it up as you go along! Cut. Paste. Draw. Patterns, Doodles... yes, more of that, less of that... ooh I could do halos... Flutter from one colour to the next, make random, instinctive choices. Pink? No, pink is blunt grab something else. Oooh I need gold! A bit too much gold? Oh well, more colour, more pattern. Ah, look at this lettering I found in a the drawer. Nice. I like it! Done.

4. STITCHING: Ok, I hauled out the sewing machine later. And it happened to be threaded with red thread (honestly!). Yay! Perfect! The thought was to stitch over the glued paper pieces to make sure they stay attached. Oops, I went skew. Irregular, handmade, not perfect,  a bit like me!


5. THE END: The best part of this exercise was that I had no idea what the final product would look like before it was finished. I had to push away Control Freak Martha and allow my hands and mind to flutter, grabbing pencils randomly - quickly recording marks that at that instant just felt right. The point of this kind of creating is that it doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be enjoyable and that feeling of enjoyment will appear in the product!

And the result was a total surprise to me! Happy Creation! From nothing to something. I can't wait to post it!


When last did you just instinctively create something? Like a child, playfully drawing and colouring, just because it's fun. I think you'll surprise yourself at what will come of your Creative Flutter. You don't need much, just grab some stuff and start! Make a card, or postcard for someone you just feel you want to touch base with. Make a little picture for your kitchen, your bathroom, your office wall. Something small and simple - no pressure - and see what comes out of you...

Tell me about your creations in the comments below, or send me some. 

Most importantly, 
just create...


9 comments:

Lesley McDonald said...

Your postcard is BEAUTIFUL, don't know too many people who could just create that without a plan. I have no doubt that whoever receives that postcard (where ever she is in the world) will absolutely cherish it. It really is something special. WELL DONE!

Anonymous said...

Such a happy card - love the paint brushes that look like candles - spreading their creativity! Now remember to mail it before 13 March.

Karené said...

Thank you! :) I had fun doing it!

Karené said...

I just received my postcard swop partner's details. Very exciting! Looks like my card is scheduled to travel to Atlanta, USA. I hope it gets there in one piece!

Lisa said...

just beautiful .I just finished mine
x

Karené said...

I got mine! I got mine! I just received it in the post! It's wonderful! All to do with words... I'll have to add in a quick special post about it...

Karené said...

I went and tracked it down! It's really gorgeous! So colourful and fun and full of texture! The layers of paper and detail... It's very special! How did you get that texture in the sun?
I hope you don't mind - I'm going to put the link to yours in here, so that others who read this can take a look too! Whoever receives it is going to love it!
http://sproutingcreativewings.blogspot.de/2014/03/great-big-stitched-postcard-swap-what-i.html

Lisa said...

Hi Karene wow I'm honored. I used Liquitex Glass beads for the Sun Texture. Cant wait to see what you recieved .
Hugs x

Karené said...

It's up, if you want to see it!