how to nourish your muse

I’ve been taking a few online classes lately. Exploring areas I already feel comfortable – mixed media, collage, watercolours – and adding to my range with the help of some fabulous teachers.

What I was not expecting from this, is how it’s encouraged me to revisit some older pieces that I’d got stuck with.

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Hi – I’m Mixy!

This is Mixy ūüôā

I’m a mixed media & textile artist from London, UK.

I love to share what I’m making, and I hope it brings some inspiration to your creative time.

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Curious Creatures & Dreamscapes

BIG WINTER SALE in my Etsy Store

Zines, Postcards, Art Cards, Stickers, Original Art

ALL 40% OFF ūüôā

Last chance this week to hop over to my Etsy store & scoop up a bargain in my WINTER SALE!

My store will be closed through December & January while I refurb my studio – so now’s your last chance until 2021!

Shipping is available worldwide. If you’re a subscriber to my newsletter (there’s a link to join at the end of this post), then some extra goodies will go in with your order. Cos who doesn’t love getting lovely snail mail? You can keep them for you, or send them on to a friend who you’re missing ‚ô°


Hi – I’m Mixy!

This is Mixy ūüôā

I’m a mixed media & textile artist from London, UK.

I love to share what I’m making, and I hope it brings some inspiration to your creative time.

You can see what I’m making on this blog, and in these places too

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Winter Sale!

Zines, Postcards, Art Cards, Stickers, Original Art

ALL 40% OFF ūüôā

As a thank you for all your support through this crazy year, and to spread some quirky colorful fun around in these weird times, I’m having a BIG WINTER SALE in my Etsy Store

Shipping is available worldwide. If you’re a subscriber to my newsletter (there’s a link to join at the end of this post), then some extra goodies will go in with your order. Cos who doesn’t love getting lovely snail mail? You can keep them for you, or send them on to a friend who you’re missing ‚ô°

Zines, Postcards, Art Cards, Stickers, Original Art

ALL 40% OFF


Hi – I’m Mixy!

This is Mixy ūüôā

I’m a mixed media & textile artist from London, UK.

I love to share what I’m making, and I hope it brings some inspiration to your creative time.

You can see what I’m making on this blog, and in these places too

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A plan, two things & a video.

About a new art journal

Giddy excitement. When I started this new (oooh new!!) art journal I decided to make the whole book the subject of a big time lapse experiment. There’s nothing like a new book to fill me with BIG intentions.

Plan: I’ll play first thing every morning and record what happens, then edit it all into a video for (mostly my own) amusement.

Reality: It’s been some mornings, but if I aim for all I’ll hit some. If I aim for some I might not hit many at all, the book will sink under a pile of other stuff, I won’t remember the plan. I know me. I know how this plays out.

Thing # 1

If there’s one thing I consistently am, it’s inconsistent. Just the act of making a plan triggers the part of my brain that prevents me doing the thing, no matter how much I enjoy thinging that kinda thing.

Is this massively incompatible with daily life? Abso-total-lutely it is. Jeepers yes. It’s really inconvenient and a battle I fight with myself all the time.

Thing # 2

If I let thing #1 stand in my way, it will destroy my creativity, and I’ll achieve nothing.

So in order to outwit myself I’ve put together the video of the first few pages. It’s not (yet) the epic project I first envisaged, and it might never be. But for now it is this, and this is a thing. If I’m quick, I’ll have done this before I realise I’ve fallen into my on trap. Sneaky? darned right I am.


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Watching paint move

Here is the second in my series of time lapse compilations. Wanna see previews of the next of this series + what’s coming next after this enormous project?

Here is the second in my series of time lapse compilations from the 100 day project (the first one is here)

You can see the rest of my 100 day project here.

Wanna see previews of the next of this series + what’s coming next after this enormous project? It’s all in my studio musings newsletter next week. Hop aboard here!

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Time Shrinkage

Today we reached the quarter way mark, day 25 of the #100dayproject.

To celebrate I’ve joined up the videos of the first layers of the first canvas I began working on. It’s still a work in progress, but already it’s been through so many evolutions.

The 100 Day Project 2018

I like an outrageously crazy challenge as much as the next person.

I’ve been known to dive into some over ambitious projects without thinking it all the way through (for risk of talking myself all the way out in the process).

But even I know¬†while I’m not in my studio every day,¬†finding time for painting every day for 100 days isn’t realistic.¬† I listened to my inner adult, and together we came up with a plan:

My 100 day project is to paint as often as I can, and post an update every day for 100 days.

To make that possible and prepare I let these paintings take over a long weekend at the start of the month in order to get ahead.

(Best. Weekend. Ever!)

If you haven’t seen the posts, I’ve been¬† time-lapsing the process to share on Instagram.

This filming shrinks down the rate of progress to just 10%, making a half hour of painting flash by in 30 seconds! It’s fascinating to watch it back, to literally watch over my own shoulder as I paint. I follow my instincts and don’t plan what I’ll paint, so the images evolve out of nowhere, and then recede back under the newer layers.

Today we reached the quarter way mark, day 25.

To celebrate I’ve joined up the videos of the first layers of the first canvas I began working on. It’s still a work in progress, but already it’s been through so many evolutions.

 

I’ll be making little videos like these for all 5 paintings as I go along.

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A Year Full of Color: Part One (& a gift)

Well hey there lovely friends! Guess what today is?  Today is the day I open the doors of my Etsy Shop!  

To celebrate it’s¬†10% of everything (excluding shipping) until the end of January! Use Coupon Code YELLOW10¬†ūüôā

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As the TWELVTY month of yellow draws¬†to a close the fruit of this color’s makings will be¬†going out into the world! If you like yellow, and you like quirky artsy things made from recycled and vintage materials then I think you’ll love what I have there!

As part of TWELVTY, my year long adventure round the color wheel a month at a time, I’ll be adding what I make in each month to the shop. (so if you’re more greeny-blue, or exclusively purple, or really just about red — there will be a month coming up just for you later in the year)

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I made this little ebook all about color if you share my fascination with color.
It’s all yours¬†when you hop on my newsletter list here.

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(Your email is absolutely safe with me, I’ll just pop by and check up on it time to time, feed it some biscuits, plump up its cushions, that sort of thing.)

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YELLOW MONDAY

Does this talk of ‘Blue Monday’ get you down? Who needs the media reminding them to feel any less bouyant and joyful than they already do?

I need to counteract this craziness, and my way (as in all things) is to use color!

Monday 16th January 2017 is now YELLOW MONDAY.

Yellow is the color of sunshine, the color of hope and happiness, and the color of January in my year full of color program, TWELVTY.

To back that up there’s a 24 hour offer for new TWELVTY folks: from 9am GMT Monday 16th January for just 24 hours you can get 12 months of color for the price of 10.

Join us HERE

And if TWELVTY isn’t for you, know that you can make your day whatever color you want it to be. Have a great week my friends – don’t let the media tell you how to feel!

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I made this little ebook all about color if you’d like to get an taste¬†of TWELVTY.
It’s all yours¬†when you hop on my newsletter list here.

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(Your email is absolutely safe with me, I’ll just pop by and check up on it time to time, feed it treats, plump up its cushions, that sort of thing.)

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Color in connection

All I had was this two word note that me-in-the-past had dropped in time, for me-in-the-future to happen upon and to investigate further.

 

A while ago I found a scrap of paper in my studio, on it was scribbled the name Neil Harbisson. Neil who? I don’t think I know any Neils these days… my mind wanders back in time to past acquaintances, the connections, the links, the friends of friends…

No. No Neils there.

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Some times passes, some weeks, I go on my usual drifty way blundering through my days, cherishing my studio time. 

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Another day, while rooting round for just the right scraps to collage into my art journal, the color that pings, the shape that blends, that one piece that harmonizes and unifies and completes.

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And¬†I see him again, this Neil I don’t know, scribbled on a scrap, and my memory rolls back in: the thought process that produced this scribble.

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I was¬†listening to the radio in the studio, and this guy – Neil – he’d either been in an interview, or the presenter had spoken about him, enough to make me want to find out more.

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But more what? The memories weren’t stretching that far and they didn’t hold any content.

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All I had was this two word note that me-in-the-past had dropped in time for me-in-the-future to happen upon and to investigate further.

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(More time passed.) 

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Then on¬†one of those days when I must’ve had a deadline so close, a task so pressing, so so much, that I was on the brink of shutdown.

Those times when the overwhelming emergency  of it all is so loud all I can think to do is nap or run away.

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And the easiest run away of the moment was to dive down one of the rabbit holes on  the internets and hide out there until bedtime. Or a little later.

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And I remembered this name. I visualised the scrap. I recalled the recall.

I urgently wanted to know what was so fascinating I couldn’t let it float by in the past. I’d anchored that moment for a reason, and I was going to find out why.¬†

And here is what I found:

I smiled¬†at the notion of becoming fascinated with something so very visual I’d heard about on the radio. The magical crossover of hearing and seeing was repeated, overlapped in a pleasingly elegant irony.

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So why am I remembering this to you? Why here and now?

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And where exactly are we here and now anyway?

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We’re back in my art journal, the one of the moment. This is the place my¬†mental fallout lands.

I began it on the last Equinox a couple of months ago and I figure it will be my art-ing abode until solstice. (I’m alligning my makings this year, it seems out be working out well)

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And when are we?

We’re (well, I am – and you seem to be here with me too) riding the rapids of thoughts and ideas that unless I take these diversions I’ll be utterly swept away.

I’m putting together a program all about color, so previously explored rabbit holes like these are the mileposts along my journey.

And I figured you might find this interesting too.

And if you like this, you’ll almost certainly want to play with me next year in my TWELVTY program. If you haven’t already – sign up here and you’ll be the first to hear all about it.

(Your email is absolutely safe with me, I’ll just pop by and check up on it time to time, feed it biscuits, plump up its cushions, that sort of thing.)