I'm revising a book.
That pretty much means I am finding ALL KINDS OF WAYS to procrastinate because nothing says Performance Anxiety like "I'm revising a book"." The thing is, I can't just procrastinate. I have to Procrastinate Productively in order to avoid looking like I am, in fact, procrastinating at all.
One To Do I've been hyper-focusing on is my Creative Retreat art session at Britt Reints' September event in Pittsburgh. After discussing my focus for the session on the phone (yeah, I know...I can't believe we both slowed down for five minutes!) Britt and I decided to go with my Artist Trading Cards (a.k.a. ATCs or ACEOs for Artist Cards Editions and Originals). I don't do much trading myself; I'm more the ACEO kind of girl. Someone's gotta make me list these damned things on my etsty shop!
I love the entire process from the breaking down of the Amazon boxes that arrived that day to cut to size -- which is a standard 2.5x3.5 -- to the ADHD unorganized chaos I get lost in while playing with mixed media. Thing is, Britt's retreat is not intended for the professional artist versed in ATCs and the original intent of trading with other artisits at ATC swaps; and leading a session on ACEOs would fall just as flat since the average person isn't going to be selling mini prints of previously sold, full-sized artworks.
It's all in the name when it comes to creating a session meant to inspire and not intimidate. So what the hell was I going to call these things?
The idea behind my mini art and my take on the already established Artist Trading Card is to create an opportunity for the individual not comfortable calling themselves an artist to express themselves quickly and with (hopefully) little cost by relying on low cost and recycled materials. Most of my mini projects can be done in about an hour at most, which is perfect for busy parents, writers looking for an easy way to make procrastinating at least slightly productive, and for anyone looking for instant gratification (hello ADHD!).
As a writer, patience is a struggle. As a mother working from home while homeschooling, finding Me Time is next to impossible. (And by Next to Impossible, I mean Never Going to Happen.) These little art projects fuel these needs and are a big part of helping me come into my own as an artist. They also are a great way to dabble in different mediums without major investment or commitment, which is crucial in not only finding your niche, but also in developing your artistic voice.
This piece is made with Mini black canvas mounted to a $2.00 2x3 frame from Walmart, with hand cut paper petals and acrylic beads making up the leaves and stem of the flower. Not including the 24 hours I waited for the glue to set, I think total time on this was maybe an hour of stolen moments to cut the petals while I worked in my book, and then 20 minutes on building the flower itself.
With all that in mind, I present to you the Creativity Quicky Card and the concept of Creativity Quicky Art, and my session title at the Creative Soul Retreat: Getting Busy with Creativity Quickies with Pauline Campos. It's catchy. It's punchy. And it sounds dirty enough to make you snicker when you hear it but not dirty enough for your kids to get in trouble saying it.