Feeling Blue- the Creative Loops Challenge for September

Feeling Blue- the Creative Loops Challenge for September

The challenge for September is Feeling Blue so you can produce any type of creative project with that theme. The challenge topic just needs to be a starting point for your inspiration so you could do a creative project linked to feeling blue or something blue …….you can do anything you think is linked to blue (family friendly please!). Please link up your project at the end of the post.

Being creative is a great way to improve your wellbeing. This infographic focuses on the benefits of sewing but it applies to all arts, crafts and creative pursuits.

The Creative Loops challenge is for all types of creatives and is truly anything goes- art, mixed media, sewing, knitting, quilting, card making, paper-craft, cross-stitch, photography, altered art, creative writing, graphic design, floral design……if it is creative and inspired by the challenge theme you can join in. The idea is to connect and inspire creatives. We are a local group that meet weekly but anyone is welcome to join the challenge and link up their project.

Feel free to add any ideas and to chat about inspirations in the comments. I always appreciate knowing someone is reading.

Here is an inspiration board of ideas you could use with the links listed below. Some of the links are tutorials. Please add your finished projects at the bottom of this post.

Creative loops challenge feeling blue

By members of Creative Loops

  1. Treasure test by Elaine
  2. Bokeh card by Kristina
  3. Coat by sewing teacher Carrie for a class she is running this Autumn at Pottery on the Parade London SE9
  4. Dolphin puzzle by Melanie at fox-puzzles
  5. Memory making frame for a 16th birthday by Elaine
  6. Art by Annette
  7. Art by Jocelyn
  8. Card by Elaine

Inspiration from others

  1. Delft wedding cake at Bellaria Cake Design
  2. Painting the blues- a video tutorial for art journaling when you are feeling blue
  3. Shibori designs tutorial
  4. Blue iridescent stained glass heart by neilsglass on Etsy
  5. Blue floral card by Klaudia
  6. Embroidered Delft pattern brooch tutorial
  7. Blue moon nature photography on Etsy by FizzStudio
  8. Tutorial using bleach and a stencil to add designs to denim by Orly Shani
  9. Knitted blue tit at Ravelry- free pattern
  10. Tutorial for polymer clay bracelet in Delft style by Cara Hayman
  11. She wore blue velvet….tips on sewing with velvet at By Hand London
  12. Cookie monster cupcakes at I Am Baker
  13. Bridal brooch bouquet by Rubybloomscom on Etsy
  14. Tutorial for lighted bottle by Ian Anderson
  15. Tutorial to refashion jeans into a pencil skirt by Lisa Maybe
  16. Free pattern for amiguri blue bunny
  17. Delft blue glass magnet set by AKADecorativeArt on Etsy
  18. Blue hydrangea floral arrangement at Wedding Chicks
  19. Blue velvet cake by Laura
  20. Tutorial on painting a hydrangea in watercolour by Leslie Fehling
  21. Tutorial on using jeans legs to make a clutch by Jessica Rebelo
  22. Beautiful crystal headpiece by LuluSplendor on Etsy
  23. Tutorial on drawing blue eyes with colouring pencil by Matt Fussel

 

Hopefully that provided enough ideas to inspire you. Now all you need to do is

  1. Get inspired
  2. Create (original and new creations only, please respect copyright)
  3. Take photos of your creation
  4. Link up
  5. Check out the other linked projects, comment on them etc. We want to build a community.
  6. I’d be grateful if you spread the word on this challenge by pinning the inspiration board or letting other creatives know about the challenge.

If you have a blog please write about your inspiration, how it links to this challenge and include a link to this post. Add a photo of your project with your name and a short description below. If you do not have a blog post you can upload and share your photo or email me a copy of the photo and details. If you have any problems linking up there is a how to video and tutorial here.

 

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A hexie pattern

A hexie pattern

My friend Kristina makes beautiful paper pieced bags. She was working on one this morning at our craft group as a commission piece. She was arranging the paper pieced hexies (you start by tacking them to paper hexagons) in different patterns to work out how she will stitch them. I took a photo of her hexies and then used CraftArtist 2 Professional to manipulate them digitally by

  1. Using a hexagon punch to ‘cut out’ each of the hexies
  2. Copy and arrange the hexagons into a pattern
  3. Add a wood background

Hexagon pattern achelois

 

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Day 7 of my Pattern A Day challenge

Day 7 of my Pattern A Day challenge

The seventh day of my 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. There are lots of interesting projects over there. Find out more about my individual challenge on my day 1 post here.

Today I drew more patterns that I will be using in my colouring calendar I sell. This time I was drawing a buddleia pattern. I had a look at the flower in my garden and then worked out a pattern based on it. It took me a couple of hours to complete a flower spike. This is just a sneaky peak for the calendar. For the sake of this challenge I’ve taken a photo of a section of the flower and then manipulated the colour digitally using CraftArtist 2 Professional.

Pattern a day 7

I used my Sakura Micron pensfor the drawing .

Please cheer me on with my challenge and follow me on instagram if you are over there (any pointers are welcome as I have no idea what I am doing on Instagram at the moment!!).

I’d like to enter the following challenges which are all anything goes (and I think O.K. with a drawing project). Do go and check out the amazing blogs…

Digichoosday

Stamp Art Papel

Sunny Day Crafting

Throught The Craftroom Door

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Day 6 of a pattern a day (my 100day challenge)

Day 6 of a pattern a day (my 100day challenge)

Another drawn pattern for day 6 of my 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. Do head over there and look at the various projects (just click the looking glass icon to see the projects).

My challenge is PAD- a pattern a day. My aim is to spend time every day on a creative project involving creating or using a pattern. I am also using this as a chance to get started on instagram elaine_achelois. At the moment I feel a bit lost with how it works so any help is welcome.

Today my pattern is based on eyes- it took me about 2 hours to finish the pattern in the initial shape. I used my Sakura Micron pens for the drawing. I used CraftArtist 2 Professionalto copy and tesselate the shapes and add the backgound I made a couple of days ago (tinted black).

Pattern a day 6 100day challenge

Please cheer me on with my challenge and follow me on instagram if you are over there.

Challenges

I’d like to enter the following challenges (I’ve checked the rules and I hope they are happy with drawings being entered)

Come and Get It Challenges– Black and white (plus one)

Robyn’s Fetish Challenge Blog– Anything goes

Love to create– Anything creative/ mixed media goes

 

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Day 5 of my Pattern A Day 100 day challenge

Day 5 of my Pattern A Day 100 day challenge

I’ve made a pattern with ink today for the fifth day of my 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. There are lots of interesting projects to see over there (use the search icon to find them) You can find out more about my individual challenge on my day 1 post here.

I started with Sheena Douglass Stamping Cardand brushed Spun Sugar Distress ink around the edges.

Floral background pattern a day 1

I used my pink ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Watercolour pen on my mat with some water spritzed on it and then brushed it across the card to give a stripy watercolour effect.

Floral background pattern a day 3

 

I had cut a chevron stencil from sticky vinyl and stuck the waste this card to make the zig zag pattern. I then sponged Picked Raspberry distress ink on the top left and bottom right and brushed Dusty Concord distress ink
and Peacock Feathers distress inkacross.

Floral background pattern a day 4

I then used the same distress inks with a grungy flower stamp (free with a magazine and I don’t know the manufacturer) to create an additional layer of pattern.

PAD5

I also added my usual copyright information etc. using CraftArtist 2 Professional.

Please cheer me on with my challenge and follow me on instagram if you are over there.

I’d like to enter the following challenges:-

The Pencil Case- anything goes

Turtle Soup Forum- use flowers

 

 

 

 

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Day 4 of A Pattern A Day (my 100 day challenge)

The fourth day of my 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. You can find out more about my individual challenge on my day 1 post here.

Today I’m having a high pain low energy day so I decided to take a quick photo of the pattern made within an allium seed head in my garden. It makes me think of a sunburst. I added my usual copright using CraftArtist 2 Professional.

PAD4

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My 100 day challenge- A Pattern A Day 3

My 100 day challenge- A Pattern A Day 3

The third day of my 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. It is inspiring seeing all the different creative projects people are doing so do go and look. You can find out more about my individual challenge on my day 1 post here.

Today I tried something quite different for me. Although I do quite a lot of hybrid crafting and mixed media I rarely focus on digital art. Icreated the various digital components, including the background and then manipulated, arranged and coloured them using CraftArtist 2 Professional. I also added my usual copyright information etc.

Patternaday3 100daychallenge

Please cheer me on with my challenge and follow me on instagram if you are over there (any pointers are welcome as I have no idea what I am doing on Instagram at the moment…..what is the best way to get connected with people with similar interests?).

I decided to use the digital embellishments and papers I made to help create this card using CraftArtist 2 Professional.

Love dogs card achelois.co

I’d like to enter the following challenges …

Turtle Soup Challenge– using this picture for inspiration

Digitally Sweet Challenge- Floral

 

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My 100 day challenge- Pattern A Day 2

My 100 day challenge- Pattern A Day 2

The second day of my 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. There are lots of interesting projects over there. Find out more about my individual challenge on my day 1 post here.

Today I drew some patterns that I will be using in my colouring calendar I sell. I start by drawing the outlines- leaves today. Then I study the subject- in this case it was easy as I have lots of different types of leaf in my garden.

Pattern a day leaves

I design patterns based on the patterns I can see in the subject.

I used my Sakura Micron pensfor the drawing (there are various nib sizes allowing a range of fine lines and they are archival quality).

It takes me a couple of hours to complete three leaves due to the detail. The artwork for the calendar is completely hand drawn so each month takes a few days. For the sake of this challenge I’ve taken a photo of the leaves I completed today and then manipulated them digitally using CraftArtist 2 Professional to produce a complete project. I also added my usual copyright information etc.

Pattern a day2 100 day challenge

Please cheer me on with my challenge and follow me on instagram if you are over there (any pointers are welcome as I have no idea what I am doing on Instagram at the moment!!).

I’d like to enter the following challenges which are all anything goes (and I think O.K. with a drawing project). Do go and check out the amazing blogs…

Crafting With An Attitude

Crafty Girls Creations

DL.Art

Little Miss Muffet challenges

Southern Girls Challenge

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100 day challenge- a Pattern A Day

100 day challenge- a Pattern A Day

I am starting a 100 day challenge today over at the 100daysproject. Do head over there to have a look at the various projects.

My challenge is PAD- a pattern a day. This will be quite a flexible project due to my wide range of creative interests! My aim is to spend time every day on a creative project involving creating or using a pattern- drawing/ painting patterns, photographing patterns, creating patterns digitally, sewing with patterns or crafting using pattern. I am going to tie this in with getting started on instagram elaine_achelois. Lots for me to learn with this.

For my first PAD I wanted to create a title page for my project. I created the text on the computer using open letters for PAD and then printed it onto graphics paper. I then drew the patterns to decorate the title page and fill in PAD. The patterns are based on henna patterns. I used my Sakura Micron pensfor the drawing (there are various nib sizes allowing a range of fine lines and they are archival quality).

Please cheer me on with my challenge and follow me on instagram if you are over there (any pointers are welcome).

Pattern a day

 

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Craft Your Passion- always anything goes

Crafty Boots Challenge- anything but a card

 

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Summertime Scrapbook page

I made this Summertime scrapbook layout digitally using CraftArtist 2 Professionaland the Fairytales Summer digikit. I find this a good way to make pages quickly and it is easy enough to get them printed as 12×12 online or at my local printers. I’ve swapped out my personal photos for stock photos for privacy reasons (I can never decide whether it looks too weird blurring faces to maintain privacy….what do you think? Blurred faces or use stock photos?). One of the things I love about Summer is walking and playing in the woods- as a child I loved exploring and climbing trees. The shade and coolness on a hot day is wonderful.

Summer scrapbook page Craftartist 2 professional

I used the layout from the Stick It Down challenge. 

A lot of the time when I start a project I feel overwhelmed by choices and my brain flits round lots of creative possibilities and quite often it seems to freeze at that point. Using challenges such as a layout challenge helps me to focus but still have lots of creative options.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Creative Loops Challenge for August- Summertime

Stick It Down Challenge- Single page scrapbook layout

Simon Says Stamp- Summerfun

Unstampabelles Challenges- Anything But a Card

Animal Friends Challenge- Summer

Country View Challenges- Hot Summer Days

Sisterhood of Crafters- Close to Nature

 

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