The very lovely Emily from Cuttlefishlove nominated me on instagram to join her #creativekickstart challenge. So here I am! A bit late, but better late than never. Creative kickstart is a monthly challenge for people to post what has been inspiring us and keeping us creative, so that we can look back on what we've done, see what we've achieved, notice any patterns or themes, and continue to stay inspired and motivated! You can find out more in this post on Emily's blog and join in on instagram-share your pictures with the hashtag #creativekickstart.
So here is my #creativekickstart photo for May (hopefully I'll be a bit more punctual with the one for June!). Let's take a closer look at what's in the photo...
I'm always quite obsessed with miniature things, but lately even more than usual. I've been wanting to incorporate miniatures into some photographs and I have a series of themed photos I want to try to take. I found this miniature tea set I've had for years and cleaned it up, and I think it's going to be perfect for one of the scenes I have in mind!
I've been spending some time in my garden, and in the woods. Ideally I'd like to spend a lot more time in nature, but for now I just have to enjoy the time I do get. I find nature endlessly inspiring and relaxing.
I've started watercolour painting and I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm just experimenting and seeing the different effects I can get, and I'm pretty excited to see where this goes. I have been painting from photographs and observation to start off with, but I'd like to do some fantasy paintings soon, and more things from my imagination. I love using aqua brushes to paint with as I find them easy to control and less messy than traditional brushes, and I'm using up some very ancient tubes of paint, which feels good. I recently bought some masking fluid so I can get even more effects in my paintings.
I find crystals fascinating, from both a geological viewpoint and a new age-y crystal healing viewpoint. They are also incredibly beautiful, and I've felt very inspired by them recently. I would like to use crystalline shapes in some of my artwork and crafts, and also incorporate actual crystals into some of the things I make.
Deer are always a very meaningful symbol for me, and they have a lot of very positive associations in many cultures. I am quite obsessed with deer at all times, but they've been a little absent from my creative life recently. In the last month they seem to have started creeping back in, and I have ideas for many deer-inspired makes. I'm taking this as a good sign!
What has inspired you recently?