Make a Timeline

How can you inject your creativity and creative mind into a job that is not necessarily creative? I have an idea for you.

Sometimes it is not easy, but here is something that worked for me.

Ask your Boss/Manager if you can make a timeline for your department or the contract/project you are working on. Here are two pages of the 7 page timeline I was able to complete while I was at my last job. The company had one, but not our tiny perfect project, so I decided to take on the challenge.

I used plain white printer paper, drew the picture initially with pencil and then inked them all with my Sharpie. I set them up with the dates and months going across the top and then how we were feeling and what was going on for the company down the left hand side. You can set yours up however you like!

I won’t post all of them as I don’t want to give away any top-secret info. LOL. Do you have a “creativity injection” you can share with me? I am always open to new ideas.

TIOW timeline – by Heather Gailey
TIOW timeline – by Heather Gailey

Terrifically Tantalizing Teesha!

OK…Let’s talk Teesha! Teesha Moore is a force to be reckoned within the art journalling community. She is fantastically amazing and inspires me to create art whenever I see her work online. You see…Just now when I was going to her site to capture the link I lost myself in her art for at least a half and hour. Go visit her too, but make sure you have some time. You will be there for a while. It is EYE CANDY! She has a vividly creative mind and an inspiring spirit when you read all about her in her bio. That reminds me…I have to finish my own Bio so you can get to know me too.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am involved in a journal pass on Many of my posts to come will showcase work I am doing within the members journals. You may get tired of me talking about this, but it is just so exciting I can’t seem to stop! One of the journals I just finished “arting” in and passed on was from Cary, another member of our group. She chose her journal theme ahead of time and let us know via online group posts and instructions inside the journal that our entry was to be “In the style of Teesha”.  Everyone had to make their journal entry look like Teesha had done it…well…no, not really. It was to be a piece of art that was inspired by her creative musings, using her painting and journalling techniques, and doing all of that with playful abandon. All the journal entries that went ahead of mine were fantastic and were so much fun. Most of the members used a quote as their inspiration. I do have pictures, but I am not able to show them to you because I have not received permission from the artists, but you can trust me on this one.

Here is my entry – it is approximately 8″ x 10″:

I love recycling and cutting up magazines, so this was a perfect style for me. The background was already painted. If I remember correctly, Cary painted all her pages. It was not one of the requirements as some members did and some didn’t. The turquoise probably was not a colour that would have been my first choice, but you have to remember this was a challenge. Thinking outside of the box is required for this project so I chose to go with it. I started to look through all of my magazines and found  brightly coloured articles, pictures and words, and I was off to the races! as you can see I outlined most of the elements in what looks like stitching. Love! Love! Love! using a broken line. 

I glued the magazine pieces down with a really good glue stick. I only use UHU. I find it to be the best “stickum” around. I also use GOLDEN matte medium in some cases.

(Golden says:”Use as a Decoupage Glue: GOLDEN Matte Medium has been used successfully as a decoupage glue by many collage artists. The fact that it has a very low sheen makes it ideal, as it does not impart a “plastic” gloss to the work.”)

I used my Sharpie…go figure! I also used a white poster paint Sharpie with a large tip…which is funnily NOT my best friend. I didn’t find that it had good coverage at all. I ended up going over the lettering many times to get it to be opaque. You will see what I mean if you look closely at the picture. I will have to look for another alternative next time I go to Michaels.

All in all it was a fun exercise. As and artist who already has a distinctive style, I find it fun and refreshing to break out of the mould and try my hand at the stylings of other artists. It is a great trick for both professionals and beginners. For beginners it actually helps you to find your own style, merging everything you’ve learned into one big ball of wax of your own.

Can’t wait for the next Journal to arrive! I will keep you all posted.

Painting the family

Well I am finally finished my entry in Leila’s journal. As I mentioned on another page, it was very hard to be the person to complete the first page. It was a lot of pressure to pick a great topic and make an excellent piece of art. These skinny pen people have shown up in my own day-to-day art journal on a number of occasions and I thought…why not bring them to life again in this entry.

The theme of Leila’s journal was Dreams and Treasures. The first thing that came to mind when deciding what my entry would be is that I am dreaming of a happy blended family. It was the first thing that popped into my mind and therefore I thought I would go with it. If anyone else out there reading this has a blended family, they will know that this wish or dream is sometimes elusive. None the less I am wishing that the dream will come true for us some day.

The pen and ink drawing depicts myself on the right with my two children and my partner on the left with his two. I realized afterwards that none of us seem to be particularly happy. I guess this is our reality at the moment. Some days are better than others of course.

I used my fine sharpie marker to outline my pencil drawings and then used water-colour crayons to fill in the figures. After colouring the individual blocks in I went over the pencil with water and added some acrylic wash to those areas that I wanted the colours to be more vibrant. I am not sure why I filled the background up with bubbles. They are filled in with a clear acrylic shimmer paint which does not register well in the scan unfortunately. All I can think of is that I LOVE blowing bubbles – even at my age.

Oh yes! I should say that I framed up the drawing with a border that was meant to suggest a wooden picture frame. It is not realistic looking because it was meant to be just a suggestion of a frame. I still have to write what my dream is somewhere on the picture frame element. Maybe in the form of a metal plate like you might find on some pictures at the bottom. I am going to try to finally mail it off tomorrow as I have been holding onto it for a bit too long. Must keep the journal pass flowing. Must! must! must!