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Challenge yourself...

Today was one of those days when I wasn't quite so sure what I would make.
It was the kind of day when you start something and it evolves into something completely different. 

 I kind of like days like this though, 
I've never been one of those people who respond very well to being 'told' what to make or paint etc,
 I always struggled a bit with this back in the days of art college.
Of course I'm more grown up about it now, and I can adapt.

After all, if I'm wanting to start selling my stuff, then I'm going to have to do a little market research and make what people want, or possibly what I'm told to.

Anyway, back to what I was saying...
Todays little 'project' started off as an art doll, possibly on a Christmas theme.
But as I was merrily scrunching my newsprint and getting inky fingers, I remembered about a reader challenge that I'd read about on the Stampington magazine's website
 It was to make a 'shelf sitter', and it could be made of anything and any size.

As one of my 'arty dreams' is to be published in one of Stampington Magazines I thought
'Go for it Rachelle".

I've never had the self-confidence to send any work off before, 
but one of my wishes for 2012 is to get myself published so I'm going to give it a whirl.

Here's my little 'shelf sitter'

I made a little nose too.

I used masking tape this time, no reason why, but I have noticed that it's started to come un-stuck and will need securing with cellotape.

This is the head attached to the body... look at my glamorous backdrop.
How fancy.

Tea light bottom.

I used an empty tea light tin for the base 
(I knew saving these would be a good idea someday)

I made legs and arms the same way as the body.
I crossed the legs and taped them together to hold firm.

Sitting on my new art tubs,
cheeky thing.

The next thing that I'll do tonight is to re-cover the whole little figure with cellotape.
Nightmare yes, but I'm learning all the time, I'll be quite good soon with all these mistakes.

Here's another little look at yesterday's 'Eccentric Lady'
after I twiddled about with her on Instagram.

'she noticed the beautiful'

Follow your Dreams.

Rachelle x

p.s. the 'Follow your Dreams' image can be found on www.friendship-quotes.com


3 Hip Chics said...

I am so glad you are choosing to go for it....I subscribed or purchased Somerset's since their beginning and only last year did I get the bug to submit...I just received a copy of the eight publication I've been in since then...YOU GO GIRL. e'layne

Rachelle said...

E'Layne, you are my inspiration! WoW.
I've been buying it every time I've been in the US on vacation since 2004 and I've always wanted to get published in Somerset Studio. I subscribed to it last year but being in the Uk, 2 issues seemed to get lost in the post.
This year I'm going for it, I just hope that I'm as successful as you.
Rachelle x

thekathrynwheel said...

OOh, your shelf sitter looks really promising :-) Be brave and go for it with Stampington - I'm sure they will appreciate your art.
P.S. I followed you here from Mixed media on facebook!

Selah Gay said...

I can so relate Rachelle! Special orders are nice to get, but don't let them spoil your unique and beautiful style!!! Have FUN ALWAYS..Following YOUR Heart!!! <3 Selah

Selah Gay said...

Well as you can see.. I didnt quite read your post well enough before I posted... lol... I see you are Challenging yourself to create a magazine submission! Well THAT is AWESOME, Rachelle!!! Sorry I didn't read more thoroughly!!! I'm so excited for you AND I still say... FOLLOW YOUR HEART!!! <3 Selah

Anonymous said...

You go girl!! How exciting. The magazines are hard to find here but when you *do* get published, let me know cos I wanna buy a copy :)) And I can't wait to see how your little shelf-sitter turns out; I totally want to try making one too now!! xo

AllThingsSonya said...

Love what you are doing, keep up the good work. If you find yourself feeling stuck again check out my blog for some creative inspiration or Facebook Imaginary page at; https://www.facebook.com/groups/266877433342269/

Rachelle said...

Hi Kate :)
Thanks for following me from FB, it seems we have a lot in common, I'm a teacher too. i'm going to give Stampington a whirl, after all nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Rachelle x

Rachelle said...

Hey Selah
nice to see you here again, thank you for your lovely supportive and funny comments lol. Following my heart is my plan for now, and the future. I will work/paint/craft my socks off to get there.
Rachelle x

Rachelle said...

Hi Maisy,
it's really nice to 'meet' you here. Yes, the Stampington magazines are a nightmare to get here in the UK, but they are SO FABULOUS all the trouble is worth it. I'd love so much to get published in one, it's a March deadline for submission (I'm really early) FINGERS CROSSED

Rachelle x

Rachelle said...

Hey Sonya,
Good to see you here too... Thanks for the supportive comment, i'll definately check out your blog and FB page, it sounds intruiging.
Rachelle x

Paula said...

Hi Rachelle! I love this post and your shelf sitter! I can't wait to make some! I love the quote too! I bought a wooden word - "dream" - for my creative space to keep me on track to follow my dreams! Paula :)