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« on: June 04, 2014 03:32:11 PM »

So. I've been pushing through depression and recently started to make things - and more important for sanity, finish things. I need to remind myself sometimes that the things I create are not, actually, terrible and I should do more.

This was a card for two of my husband's workmates who recently had another daughter. All I knew was she was called Pixie.

The main image of the little girl was sketched and then outlined in technical markers, coloured with water-colour paints and some soft shading added with chalk pastels. Ghiant sealant applied. The wings were a sheet of sealed laminate drawn on with an OHP permanent marker, coloured with glittery fabric glue, accented with Swarovski crystals.

Next was a commission from my mother-in-law, a retirement card for a workmate. Purple butterflies was the theme, and after a bit of prodding I found out the lady in question also enjoyed gardening.

Halfway through inking:

Partway through colouring:


Technical pens for inking. Colour was mostly glitter gel pens mixed with water, metallic paint markers, and chalk pastels. Painting was done using the tiniest detail brush and it still smudged a little in places. Swarovski crystal accents and some floral edging completed it.

My latest card was for an aunty's 50th birthday.

I was ready to throw this away halfway through inking. It was too stylized, the dogs looked wrong, and I cocked up some lines of the glass. Glitter came to the rescue - although I did plan on doing it initially, too. Pearlized cardstock, PVA glue with fine glitter sprinkled over, gold gel pen,glitter gel pen, metallic pencils and plain coloured pencils, finished off with (yes!) Swarovski crystals and some peel offs. The peel offs saved my life. I was tired of this card, even though objectively it took the least time.  Roll Eyes

Not sure this is properly 'art' but they are all hand-drawn one offs. Hopefully I can keep creating through the rough patches this time round.
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014 04:13:06 PM »

I'm so happy for you that you can create again!  I know how it feels to be so depressed you can't make anything.

I especially like the gardening/butterflies lady.  Smiley


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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2014 10:33:26 PM »

These are lovely cards. Those people are so lucky to get them.
The detailed butterflies and flowers for the gardening lady are so stunning and very special to her. The only problem with a card like that is - How can you throw it away afterwards?  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014 12:37:16 AM »

Your cards are lovely! I love receiving cards and a handmade one is the best!

Don't doubt your talent! It really shows! If you do doubt it, post it here and let the Craftster-community comment your lovely work   Cheesy

I have people around me suffering from depression, so I understand the hard time you are going through!
I wish you all the best and keep crafting and posting  Smiley
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014 04:52:21 AM »

Tiger, I think your cards look wonderful! Depression is just one step away from artist. And you are already into the mix. Keep crafting on.

My sister can't understand it, but it keeps me out of therapy offices. I have high and dry spells, too.

I love your addition of the crystals. And I think your doggies look sweet. And a neat take on "Pixie". And I love the wine glass for the "50" with the glitter.

I think we all need to not get down on ourselves. Relax and do what we choose. Boo boo's are often fun! And lead us in a different and challenging direction. "Failure" is not failure...just the learning curve to press on. And learn a new skill.

I like your art cards. And I think those getting them will, too. Keep the faith. You have talent. Stop spanking your own butt!! Relax and enjoy. Most people cannot do what we can. And other people don't see the "mistakes".  Grin


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