Creative New Year Beginnings

I’ve been MIA on the blog for a bit. But with good reason! Christmas and New Year kept me busy, I’ve had the killer cold that lasted a month and our beautiful family came and stayed with us for a whole week! We were pretty much tripping over each other in this house, but enjoyed every minute of it. We ventured out between storms and took photos at the park. Here is my favorite family shot.Family photo - Christmas 2013

Aren’t those baby girls adorable?! And all the rest are too, of course. 🙂

Now that things have calmed down, my creative juices are flowing. I love the thoughts of being creative in a new year. Who knows what this year will bring, but I want to continue to see the beauty around me no matter what and create beauty too. My sweet hubby gave me items from my Amazon Wish List that will help in my creative endeavors. I love the wish list idea. Everyone should have one! As I see things that interest me on Amazon I add them and usually forget they are on the list. So when I opened my gifts I was still surprised and Matt have the pleasure of knowing that I would love each one. But enough about the great wish list idea.

One of the gifts were watercolor crayons. Other artists had sung the praises of watercolor crayons online. I wondered why they would be better than watercolor pencils. I’ve played with them a bit and already see their advantage.The colors certainly seem more vivid than the pencils I have. The yellow and orange really pop on this butterfly!Watercolor crayons

As soon as I got them, I sat down and tried various crayons on a journal page.  They are going to be a great addition to my journaling supplies.DSC_0261 2

Two books were also gifts from my sweetie. Sometimes I really do think I have too many interests! But I don’t seem to be able to help it. Butterflies are a fascination for me. Such transformation. Such a beautiful illustration of beginning again.  When I’m not photographing butterflies, I want to paint them or embroider them! These books should help.DSC_0263 2

Right now I am continuing to work on the new idea of working embroidery on a canvas that is prepped for painting. It is more difficult to embroider through the canvas so I don’t think I’ll be able to work intricate stitches, but I’m still figuring it out. I like the idea of embroidering and painting on the same surface. Here is what I have so far. I’m just winging as I go.DSC_0254 2

So, are you being creative thus far in 2014? How will you help yourself focus on the beauty that God has placed around you? I’ve love to hear your ideas. Now I’m going to stitch some flowers in this moment of quiet. Happy Creative New Year!


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  2. I’m taking a big step, I bought a sketch pad and some sketching pencils. Does that count for a beginning? I’m scheduled to take a course here in Florida.Love the idea of embroider and paints together.

  3. I have no art-c ability what-so-ever. I am so impressed with your ideas and your talent. I love the idea of combining the stitches with the watercolor pencils. I look forward to what this year holds also…for you and for me…thoughts and prayers.

  4. Hi Janine~
    I love reading your blog, and your creativity is so inspiring. I know that I have stated before that I am going to get back to painting/drawing, but last year all my creativity seemed to be taken up with my writing for school (LOL, it paid off too, since I made the Deans List for my Summer Quarter, but it isn’t the sort of creative outlet I really want to explore). I have gotten some pastels, water colors & colored pencils from Amazon also (love the wish list idea), and since I am currently taking Winter Quarter off from classes, I plan to sit and let the creative juices flow so to speak, and see what I can come up with. I think today will be a good day to start, since I am home alone and wont have any distractions. Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us. You have so many God-given talents, and I love seeing what you will come up with next. :-).

    • Mary, I am so impressed by your schooling!! Keep it up! I am looking forward to seeing what you create this year. I know you’ll enjoy it! And thanks for the comment!!!

  5. Janine,
    I can totally relate to this post — everything about it. I wasn’t given art supplies for Christmas, but I was given gift cards and cash and what did I choose to spend it on? Books and art supplies! LOL! I met with a friend yesterday who is wanting to do the same thing as me — learn more about watercolor. While I can do a pretty decent illustration type watercolor, my skills at real painting with watercolor are wanting. So we have found a website where a painter, whose style I like very much, has posted a bunch of step-by-step lessons. We are going to try to do one a week, sometimes together and sometimes on our own, and then get together and compare notes — what worked, we didn’t, what we’re still struggling with, etc.
    Looking forward to that!
    Also, I bought a book on Zentangle — One Zentangle a Day — and am looking forward to learning it and incorporating it into my journaling and other artwork. Have you ever done Zentangle?
    And I fully intend to ramp up my journaling, especially nature journaling.
    SO…… this weekend I am cleaning out my office/studio, which exploded when I started teaching my art classes this school year and has never recovered. Plus, I am a bookaholic and I am culling through my books with determination to pare my collection down to a manageable size! Wish me luck!! :o)

    • Roseanne, what painter are you going to watch the step by step videos from? I’d love to check it out! And I’ve been very interested in Zentangle too. Which book did you get? I’m looking forward to seeing what you create this year!

  6. Hi Janine, The watercolor crayons that you got look interesting. I have seen the pencils, but didn’t know about the crayons. You are so creative and it is nice that your husband supports your interests. I can’t wait to see what you will create this year. 🙂

    • My sweet husband is my cheerleader! Don’t know what I’d do without him. I look forward to seeing all the interesting things you do this year too, Colleen.

  7. Great blog! hmmm…….I’m going to come back read again and think about this. Maybe I will have some ideas soon. 🙂

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