Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Path to Creativity

I love sharing my art with others and encouraging them to be creative.  When I do arts and craft shows so many people tell me that they could never be this creative.  They look at my work and talk about how one day they might find time to start sewing again, set up their craft room or find the art supplies lost in the basement. They want desperately to create, but are either afraid to try or don't know where to start.  Taking the leap just seems too big. 

I wanted to take away some of those barriers, so I created these little mixed media art quilt artist trading card kits.  Each kit contains a 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" quilted and painted quilt base finished with a zig zag edge along with fabric paper, dyed wool felt, painted fabric, fiber, ribbon, beads and a variety of other embellishments.  Some of them I created with a specific project in mind, like a jack-o-lantern, abstract turkey or snowman, but there is no need to be limited by my ideas.  I made sure to throw in plenty of extras so everyone can experiment and create something uniquely their own. 

I have a vision of family gatherings where everyone is sitting around the table creating little pieces of art instead of simply watching sports on the TV or girlfriends getting together for an art party where they create and drink wine.  These kits are small, portable and doable in one sitting.  My hope is that others will find them inspiring and follow their creative spirits.

Here's a peek at some of the kits.


Deborah Boschert said...

Sometimes it feels equally creative putting together little packages like this, right? They are just so charming!

Suztats said...

That's a good idea!

Nikki said...

I do have fun putting these together. It's actually the same process that I use to begin my mini quilts. I gather the quilt base and all kinds of different embellishments in the color scheme I'm using. Then I just start playing with the different elements.