10 Quotes to Encourage

I’m in the midst of prepping for my “Fanciful Flowers” workshop taking place tomorrow evening.
It’s part of a special event being offered to the women at my church.
I don’t know a single one of the 10 women signed up for my class.
I’m guessing they are on the adventurous side since my blurb for the class described using a myriad of mixed media to create their own vase of fanciful flowers.
I’m hoping everyone can enjoy our two hours to just cut loose and be creative.

To set the mood,
I’m going to kick off our session with 10 quotes.
I intend for these to act as both ice breaker and encouragement.
These quotes resonated so strongly with me,
that I just had to pause a moment to share them with you.
(Aside:  I’m 99% confident I’ve correctly credited quotes, but apologies now if I messed anything up).
Without further ado:

Quote #1
Creativity takes courage
– Henri Matisse

Quote #2
Practicing art,
no matter how well or how badly,
is a way to make your soul grow.
-Kurt Vonnegut

Quote #3
Go and make mistakes.
Make amazing mistakes.
Make glorious and fantastic mistakes.
Don’t freeze, don’t stop,
don’t worry it’s not good enough or isn’t perfect.
– Neil Gaiman

Quote #4
When I haven’t any blue,
I use red.
– Pablo Picasso

Quote #5
When we stop fearing failure,
We start being artists.
– Ann Voskamp

Quote #6
It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on,
as long as something is said.
– Jackson Pollock

Quote #7
I don’t think about art when I’m working.
I try to think about life.
– Jean-Michel Basquiat

Quote #8
If you’re always trying to be normal,
you’ll never know how amazing you can be.
– Maya Angelou

Quote #9
I paint flowers so they will not die.
– Frida Kahlo

Quote #10
Creativity is contagious,
pass it on.
– Albert Einstein

All 10 quotes speak so strongly to me.
Hope you get something from them as well.
And now back to class prep…
Wish me luck tomorrow night!

October Group Crafting – Scrapbook Cardstock Cutouts

October Group Crafting – Scrapbook Cardstock Cutouts

Got a new craft challenge.
I’m to provide a monthly craft project for a lovely group of ladies,
subject to the following constraints:
We will have only one and a half hours crafting time.
 A materials budget of $10 (or less) per person.
Low to no prior skill level assumed.
But end product must be something each of us would be proud to display.

Sounds like a rather tall order, doesn’t it?
I am SO going to enjoy planning these craft sessions.
Just hope the ladies like it too.

For our first crafting session in October,
  I”m following in the footsteps of The Scrapbook Table’s “Wall Flower.”

Because of time and budget constrains,
I’ve modified the project.
If you like my simplified version, please read on.
But I recommend you also take a look at the original project.

Mod Podge (or white glue)
Cheap paint brush (for Mod Podge)
Scrapbook cardstock

Here’s where I confess that I cheated a little on the budget for this project.
Though I bought them at a 50% discount,
I still spent my entire craft budget on frames for everyone.
The rest of the materials will come out of my personal stash.
In this case,
the frames kick the final product up a notch from…
“This looks good only because she zoomed in on the pic”
“This will look great hanging in my house.”

There’s not much to how to make this project.
Start by cutting the base cardstock to fit the frame.
(I chose square frames with an 8 inch by 8 inch opening.)
Then choose 4-5 complimentary cardstock colors and designs.
Cut a handful of small rectangles in the assorted colors.
Freehand trim rectangles into leaf shapes.
Cut one small circle for the center of the design.
Arrange cutouts to whatever shape pleases you.
Then glue or mod podge cutouts onto base paper.
Allow drying time.
Pop the paper into the frame and it’s ready for display.