My last post for Crafty Kickstart 16
Hello Everyone :)
Hope all of you have been keeping well. Im back with the last post for the Crafty Kickstart 16, month of January; the month sure flew by. Hope it helped kickstart some of your mojos, certainly helped mine.
Life aside, I feel just a month for a creative is probably the craziest roller coaster ride with the most ups and downs ever in terms of finding and retaining your mojo. In my case, it is difficult to switch between creative tasks of different natures all the time (graphic design and crafting) but I have felt I need to create something with my hands as well to keep the creative juices flowing or I end up with a block. One day I wake up all charged and ready to take on the most difficult project on my list and then on days I dont even feel like taking pictures of completed projects and posting them up on social media.
Since there isnt going to be someone around everyday to charge me up and tell me that I can take over the world today, I need to be that someone and tell myself that ‘myself’ :P Even though the days when im ALL charged up are still less in comparison with the days when my mojo is lying dead somewhere, I feel that they would have been even fewer if I didnt get to see a beautiful picture, a motivational quote OR have a list of goals in front of me for the year to know what direction to take.
Here’s one to kickstart with :P
“You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S.Lewis
So lets talk about a few of my crafty goals for 2016… Coloring is all the rage these days and there are a lot of awesome adult coloring books coming out and being made available. Not only does coloring help with de-stressing and relaxing but I feel it is also a way to charge up your creative mojo, since everything we create is based on/involves color. So its surely something I feel we should all be doing more off. One of my many goals this year is to color more and to create more projects with colored in images.
How many of you have heard of The Daily Marker?. It is an amazing blog by Kathy Racoosin, who is a wonderful crafter and her coloring skills are beyond amazing! She also hosts ‘The Daily Marker 30 day Coloring Challenge’ on her blog and shares on instagram as well and has hosted 3 challenges now, one every few months but I found out about it only recently. The challenge asks you to take out some time daily for 30 consecutive days for coloring into something. Can be 5 minutes a day or can be coloring into something as small as a critter or a portion of a coloring book for that matter. The idea is to color more and find some ‘me time’ everyday.
The 4th Challenge starts on February 1st, two days from now and I am hoping to join in this time around :) I will be sharing my daily coloring on my instagram account and will be blogging frequently as well. I dont own any markers (yet :P), but have my distress inks, prima watercolor pencils, derwent watercolor pencils and some artist watercolors that im planning to be using. I dont own many outline stamp sets either that can be used for coloring so lets see how I go about it. Im hoping to color in pieces that I can use to make more cards, which comes to another of my goals this year, to make a 100 cards and im certainly lagging behind so hoping I can catch up this coming month. Im inviting all of you to join in with Kathy and me too :P lets all color and create together :D
Another one of my goals this year is to make videos of my projects. I know I have been wanting to since quite some time and have mentioned in a few of my earlier posts as well but I just havnt gotten around to it. Im hoping this year will certainly change that, and to push myself to get to it faster I set-up a youtube channel for The Creative Element a few days back. Do subscribe if you would wish to see videos from my side, hoping to add in some coloring videos in this coming month :)
This is what i live by,
“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rand
Am excited for February :D im looking to be participating in the month long coloring challenge, inspiring you all with my project for the Artful Crafting Challenge, making some process videos and catching up on my goal for making a 100 cards this year :) Let’s all set some ‘attainable’ crafty goals and work towards them together. Its a never-ending journey…
Here is one of my favorite quotes,
“Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy.” Anonymous
Lets all keep giving and sharing positive energy :) Keep a look out for wonderful posts from Amina and Jaihan to conclude the crafty kickstart month. The winners will be announced on the Artful Crafting blog on Feb 1st as well. It has been wonderful sharing with all of you this month and I really enjoyed the interaction from your side as well. Thank you for joining in and lets all continue to do so.
Oh and btw the header image for this post is a gorgeous wallpaper, which along with a few others can be downloaded from here. Here’s the full image
Isnt it gorgeous? So inspired to create something in black and pink with a hint of green :D
Until next time,