Let’s Get Organised!

Well it’s been a rather long time since I blogged – apologies/lucky you depending on how much you like receiving rambles from me!

Unfortunately I’ve been a bit unwell of late, have been in hospital and it’s all resulting in me having a full hysterectomy. Yeah, quite a big deal but I’m assured by dozens of women that it will be the best thing I’ve ever done. I was due to go in on Monday the 9th but this has had to be rescheduled to October now and so I’ve decided to spend this extra time getting organised!

While I can, I thought it best to get straight to work organising my studio.  It is such a mess!!


I’ve not been in there for a while (as it’s been the 6 weeks school holidays) but when I went in there the other day it looked like the mess fairies have been having a whale of a time! They particularly went mad on the glitter, ribbon, glue. I stood with my hands on hips so they would see my disapproving stance and see I mean business this time!

So for this week (and perhaps for the whole month) I am trying to finally get my studio into a state where I can actually create in there again! It’s harder than I thought it would be. It already looks so much worse BUT I know it will be worth it in the end and while I’m recovering I’d like to be able to sit and paint in a calm, environment.

The next challenge will be to maintain it – and to be able to do that “stuff” needs a home. I’m taking photographs throughout this process and will share when it’s all done. Hopefully with some amazing space saving solutions that I’m sure will come to me… some day soon…. 🙂

How many times have you thought of an art project, remembered buying just what you needed but now have no idea where it is, and just buy more??


How To Use “Altered Text” in a Journal Page – (or at least how I did it)

Starting... with somebody else's words..

Starting… with somebody else’s words..

Editing videos always seems like such a mammoth task to me, because it’s something I’ve not really done before. I’ve been putting it off and have video footage sitting waiting, but something else always come up.

Well I decided to just go for it and give it a go. I started with the video introducing the Guinea Pigs and then went straight into this one. I LOVED IT!! It’s just like creating another piece of artwork as you play with it, piece it together and mould it just how you like it. I even contacted Trace Bundy and asked if I could use his music in my videos. I didn’t even think he would reply but because this is what I listen to when I paint – I thought it would be nice for you to hear that too. He did reply – and said yes!! I’m off to see him in September LIVE! Can’t wait.

So… getting off the point really (no change there then – oh shiny thing!) here is my first edited art video. I wanted to show you how to use “Altered Text” in a journal page.. Just in case you don’t know “Altered Text” is where you use either a magazine page, page from a book, photocopy of a page etc… and you then find your own statement within that sheet of paper among the words… instead of you cutting out words and sticking them on in the order and sentiment you want – you have to search and let the page speak to you…

I really hope you enjoy it – and that it inspires you to give it a go! Also let me know what you think.. it’s always good to get some feedback – even if it is just a “HIYA!!!!” – otherwise it’s a bit of a lonely place, (and people think I’m strange when I leave the house because I’ve not had any adult interaction for a while… very strange!) 😀 This page was actually started late at night – then I left it and went to bed. I then had one of those days – one where I think I experience every single emotion all before 12pm. Joy, pride, excitement, sorrow, understanding, empathy, deep sadness, anger, rage then peace. It was a very busy morning. I felt overwhelmed and thought I was going to spiral into despair at the overload… so I picked up my journal and just did. This is the result.  I wasn’t thinking of the art.. just getting out of my own head.

There will be plenty more where this came from! Take care!

Hearts, hugs and giggles..

Video Blog #2 – Going all “piggy”

Having a rather hilarious time at home alone – thought I’d share…. 😀

Video Blog #1 Moving Day!

I was feeling sorry for myself – moving things back into my studio after having the winter inside because it was too cold in the shed, and I just needed someone to talk to. I was setting up my camera to see how it would work out there and decided to record a video blog:

See you soon!!!
I promise I will do more when I am well! (very frustrated I am still not well but seeing the consultant at the hospital again in a week or so).

Fun Art Challenge

I would love for some of my followers here to have a go at this Fun Silly Challenge I’ve added to our Artsy Fartsy Club group over at facebook.


A piece of plain paper
Some ink pads/finger paints or Wax Crayons
A pen

Draw a silly quick picture that you think will make someone smile! Simple really.

Here is my VERY quick entry – I did the first thing that came into my head. Don’t think about it, or worry about it being right – JUST DO.


Join in, scan or photograph your entry and post it over at : https://www.facebook.com/events/533435583375614/

We have another live show booked for Next Wednesday at 6.30pm EST (11.30pm UK) – Come over to http://www.spreecast.com/users/tracy–41 and follow me there if you like.

What did you draw?

Have fun!

A New Chapter for the Artsy Fartsy Club.

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My Artsy Fartsy Club started live over at Craftylink but as I am no longer one of the Design Team over there, we will have to move.  At the moment most of the activity for this “club” is happening on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/tracyshavecreates – although this is a page that started out as a place for people to just pop by and click “like”. I’m not sure if everyone sees the feeds on pages like this, and long term I think we’ll need something more. So what is the Artsy Fartsy Club? Here’s the description for you:

“Please be aware – or BEWARE perhaps – that this group will be a mix of the more serious art, with projects, challenges etc but we will also be quite silly too.
I’m working on some courses that will be made available soon for those of you who want a deeper experience, but I’ll also share when I can. I’m going to be holding a monthly Live show and also watch out for any shows that pop up when I can get here.
Mostly this is all about FUN though – silliness and giving yourself permission to let go.. I’ll show you how. I will often look quite silly – and will get you to do silly things but just remember no one can see you, so it’s just me who will look silly.
I’ll add more to this group when I can but for now put on some silly socks and count yourselves part of this silly club. :D”

We had our first independent live show on Wednesday night and it was really AMAZEBALLS to see everyone! I had lots of fun chatting, laughing and having some playtime, and I know the attendees did too from the feedback I’ve had. To be invited to future shows you will need to come over and follow me at spreecast http://www.spreecast.com/users/tracy–41. (and the 41 part is not my age hee hee!). You will also have to say you are attending in the events over at the facebook page otherwise you won’t have access to the show.

All videos, classes, courses etc will be advertised here in the category Tracy’s Artsy Fartsy Club up above and when I’ve set up where these will live I will share details.  Anyone who was interested in attending my courses etc will still be able to join and of course new people are welcome.

I have quite firm beliefs about how I want to be as an artist and how I want to share this with others and this is the best way forward for me. I will always stay true to myself and what I believe in. I will be honest if you ask for help with your artwork (and you can do this over at the group),  I will be non-judgemental ALWAYS in every way.
I want to provide fun, interactive shows, that will enhance your well being as well as your creative mind.

The facebook profile account that was shared is my personal one and so you will get all sorts of roller coaster status updates there – do pop over to the page http://www.facebook.com/tracyshavecreates and click like, add it to your news feed and voila!

I’m excited! Are you?

Wordless Wednesday