I’m happy to report that both creations are now ‘finished’ in my eyes. The ‘Mini Happy Planner’ bonus lesson from Andrea Gomoll (a German artist who runs Cre8tive Cre8tions) was the first to be completed, but while the pages for this were drying I was sketching for the following piece.
I loved the thought of a handmade planner, and the start of the year seemed like the best time to make one, so that was the idea behind jumping ahead a few lessons and doing this one in January. It also gave me a chance to work with watercolours again, something I took an evening class in, but that was at least 20 years ago, and I couldn’t remember anything about it.
The concept of the planner was to have somewhere nice to put upcoming, exciting events and goals – rather than including all the boring, work or worrisome tasks that we have do on a regular basis which go into a diary or on a calendar – and to make it a fun, pretty, joyful item so you have something lovely to look at and use.
I halved some small-sheet watercolour paper – that I inherited from my dad – which made perfect monthly mini planner pages, and we started off by just wetting and colouring sections of each side with a few simple watercolours to make beautiful swirls and splodges, allowing some of the paint to run or mix. Once dry, it was time to start decorating, mainly in black ink for me, with labels and little seasonal sketches, but there was also the chance to add cut-outs, stamping or stencils, and really just have enormous fun with prettifying the pages. When the decorating was done, I only had to get a hole in the corner of each page and tie them together with a ribbon, then I could write in upcoming, happy events, and now it’s hung on a pin on my noticeboard above my desk. Here are the final results before I started using it.
My experience so far is generally really positive and also of being completely absorbed in what I’m doing, and though everything doesn’t go flawlessly of course, you adapt and overcome, which is a wonderful way to take things in and (hopefully) I’ll remember it all for the future.
The next lesson I’ve chosen is by another different teacher, and this time there’s going to be a section of self-portrait in there! (Now I’m really scared…) I’ve made a start and a basic sketch – though I’m not certain it’s finished quite yet, but the jury is definitely out on what the final result is going to look like, and whether I have the courage to share it with you… But as they say, onwards and upwards!