Okay ... i love to scrapbook ... and make cards, and altered art and decorative items ... i love playing with paper ... and i like to think of what i do as paper Alchemy ... I love that word ... Alchemy ... just kind of rolls of the tongue, has a hint of mystery & beauty & darkness to it all at once ... and no, i cant pull a rabbit from a paper hat, or make a single crease in a piece of paper and have it flutter beautifully into the sky (although those would be real cool tricks!)
What i can do is put together a scrapbook page that i like, that makes me happy, that makes me feel like i have accomplished something, that allows me to relax while i create it, that brings me joy.
My family is filled with people who coulda woulda shoulda or are becoming artists ... and i am not just talking about my siblings ... it extends to my parents, my cousins, my grandparents and even great grandparents ... I actually have sketches done by my grandfather and a print done by my great grandfather ...( my uncle has the original but all of us kids have prints) and the Artistic talent lies on both my mother and father's side of the family. I am the nonArtist ... I still have not mastered the Art of the stickman, so papercrafts are my little talent.
I am not a great scrapper ... I don't have my creations on loads of blogs or galleries or published in numerous magazines and i would hardly call my work Art. But with my limited artistic talent i do call it Alchemy... yes magic! To me there is magic in the process and in the completed project and in the way it makes me feel to play with paper.
Imagine starting with paper, adding a dollop of glimmer, a dash of ink and a whole lotta heart and actually creating something that satisfies the soul .... Art? no, Alchemy ... Absolutely
ps, will this blog post become a scrapbook page? Absolutely!