streets&alleyways

Hi everyone and welcome to this months creative challenge! This month, is all about Streets and Alleyways

JOURNAL PROMPTS:

Before you start creating, take some time to think about any streets you have seen before that make you think of Spain or Europe. What colors come to mind, what scenes of beauty have you seen. What are the initial thoughts that come to mind when you think of this?

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I believe that when we create in the form of play, beautiful things will happen. We let go of the expectations of what the final result will look like and loose ourselves in a blissful creative zone. This is my wish for us this month. To lose ourselves in the joy of creating, just because it is fun! Because we are ‘just playing’ anything goes!

THE CHALLENGE: Create a street or alleyway scene inspired by Spain or a Mediterranean town

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Gather photos of streets and share with the group or create your own pinterest board/mood board.
  • When you think of streets and alleyways in the med, what are the words, feelings and colours that speak to you? Cut these out of magazines or write them out and glue onto your image or just collage them onto a blank piece of paper. Perhaps pick out certain things that you associate with this.
  • With your pencils or paints, create a sketch or painting inspired by this theme

Print off a pdf of the challenge here: CCChallenge_streets&alleyways

I am excited to see your creations!

MORE TO COME!

Over the month, I will be sharing my own progress with the group using different materials, so I hope these inspire you to explore further and give you some ideas. All images will be posted into the facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/creativecostainspired/

streetsPinterestI Also set up a Pinterest board with a collection of hibiscus inspired creations, so if you are craving more image inspiration, here is a lovely eye candy start!

Click here for the Pinterest board

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This month, I set the challenge of “Spanish tile” full of colour, pattern and possibility!  Here is the info on the challenge for August if you missed it. Below are the lovely entries from this months challenge.

Chrige As‎

Inspired by an Arabic tile by Christine Aseka

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Faux tile created with a tile stencil by Eva Macie

Fionafieldhouse

Painted ceramic tiles by Fiona Fieldhouse

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by Kerry Mitchell

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Mixed Media Tiles by Louise Gale

MoDavies

“Alternative Universes” by Mo Davies Digital enhancement using a Redfield Fractalius plug-in for Facebook and other adds from Fotor.com

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Would you like to join us next month for our next Creative Challenge? Come join the facebook group here. Next challenge will be posted on September 1st.

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Would you like to join me on one of my upcoming online classes?

STARTS: Monday 1 September 2014

Registration for my “Color Energy Class” is open

Creative Colour Energy WorkshopWould you like to embark on a colour adventure, play with mixed media, and learn about the 7 levels of energy?

We will explore and play through:

  • colour vision journaling/colour stories
  • mixed media,
  • painting and
  • photography

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STARTS: Monday 20 October 2014

Mixed Media Mandalas online classWould you like to explore the sacred circle and mixed media mandalas further? I would love for you to join me to dive deeply in the 4 week “Mixed Media Mandalas” online class.

By the end of class, you will have a journal full of sacred circles and at least one finished mixed media piece of artwork to hang on your wall.

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bookpage1 ©Louise Gale

When Tracy invited me to host a couple of creative sessions at the ‘Sacred Marks” retreat in Bali, I just knew that creating a journal to record all the inspiration around us would be perfect. Initially, I thought we could create a hand-made book (similar to the ones I create for my rainbow joy journal class) however, this idea morphed into us creating a beautiful altered book. So today, I wanted to show you some of the pages of mine in progress so far.

We asked each of the students to bring a book that spoke to them or resonated with them which we would then alter with inks, paint, sewing, sketches, collage and lots more.

I chose “A Guide for Grown-ups: Essential Wisdom from the Collected Works of Antoine de Saint-Exupry” which I love. It is full of quotes from all of his books and space on each page to add colour and sketches. It was so lovely to revisit this book as I layered gesso on as a base and read each quote as I traveled through, page by page.

bookpage orange people ©Louise Gale

Above is the contents page of the book where I added orange ink and sprayed with a water spray bottle. As the ink moved about the pages, I started to see figures emerge so decided to keep these pages just so. I love to open the book and see these ‘friends’.

I really love the old creamy colour of the book pages and thought about keeping these as they were, but to make them a little more robust for the layers of inks, water and more paint, it was definitely a good call to gesso them first!

Some of the pages, I have saturated with vibrant colour, like the one below. I love the energy of turquoise and marine blue together. I also used a wax crayon to act as a resist to show the white lotus sketch. These pages also have little ‘potholes’ where I have torn holes to reveal what is on the previous and next pages.

book_deep blue ©Louise Gale

Then in constrast, other pages have just one colour covering some of the page to give them a light and textured look. Below you can also see where I have glued a little flower sketch from my sketchbook and sewn around that to add another little piece of detail.

book_green pages © Louise Gale

As a nature lover, I just had to use some of the Bali nature studies from my sketchbook to include. So much inspiration and beautiful patterns around us.

book_nature pages @Louise Gale

Some of the pages have the contrast on the double page spread and below I have torn the edges of the pages to reveal the colours of pages behind. I love the mix of colours and textures.

book_spring colour pages ©Louise Gale

I’ll be continuing on with these pages over the next ten days as we welcome another lovely group of creative women for our second retreat here in Bali. I look forward to sharing more about my Bali adventures and inspiration and you can find all the related blog posts here (under the category “Bali retreat“)

book pages together ©Louise Gale

Thanks again for visiting and it is so wonderful to share this journey with you.

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Would you like to join me on one of my upcoming online classes?

STARTS: Monday 1 September 2014

Registration for my popular “Color Energy Class” is open and class starts on Monday 1 September 2014.

Creative Colour Energy WorkshopWould you like to embark on a colour adventure, play with mixed media, and learn about the 7 levels of energy?

We will explore and play through:

  • colour vision journaling/colour stories
  • mixed media,
  • painting and
  • photography

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STARTS: Monday 20 October 2014

Mixed Media Mandalas online classWould you like to explore the sacred circle and mixed media mandalas further? I would love for you to join me to dive deeply in the 4 week “Mixed Media Mandalas” online class.

By the end of class, you will have a journal full of sacred circles and at least one finished mixed media piece of artwork to hang on your wall.

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Bali Adventure {part 1}

August 8, 2014

Tracy and I with our elephant sketches at the Elephant park (day 3 of the retreat) Wow what a wonderful first week here in Bali. I am spending a whole month exploring and creating with my amazing friend Tracy Verdugo who is hosting two eight day “Sacred Marks” retreats. I am also lucky enough to […]

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Creative Challenge August 2014: Patterned Tiles

August 1, 2014

Hi everyone and welcome to this months creative challenge! This month, is all about Patterned tiles So many beautiful colors and patterns in the tiles in Spain. On stairs, walls and floors. JOURNAL PROMPTS: Before you start creating, take some time to think about patterns that you have seen on tiles before. What colors come […]

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July 2014 Creative Challenge Gallery (Chiringuito Life)

July 31, 2014

This month, I set the challenge of “Chiringuito Life” which certainly was a challenge! Maybe a little too much as just four of us joined in. I found it hard and the month just vanished on me too! Here is the info on the challenge for July if you missed it. Sea view by Christine […]

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