Friday, January 22, 2010

A is for Alchemy, Art and Absolutely

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!

17 comments:

Melinda Cornish said...

scrapbooking is an art form and from this page, I am going to tell you, you are good at it...... love to scrapbook and make paper things....thanks for visiting my blog too! Melinda

GardenofDaisies said...

I love to play with paper too! But I am just starting to learn the art of "scrapbooking".

ScrappeeDiane said...

I Love the new layout, absolutely gorgeous. I love to see what you create when you play with paper, you have a real knack for it.

Get Creative!!!

Mumsy said...

Just from this post alone, I can tell you that you're an artist! They are absolutely beautiful.

mbkatc230 said...

I would absolutely call this art. Beautiful work. Thanks for stopping by, yep that phone call was a grrrr moment for sure. Have a great weekend. Kathy

Brenda said...

I disagree you are an artist. I scrolled through some of your post and you put together beautiful pages and cards. Thanks for stopping in for a visit!

Izzy said...

you have UNlimited artistic talent.... another fabulous creation :)

Viki said...

I admire people who do scrapbooking. I don't think I would have the patience or endurance to do it LOL. Your works is lovely.

laterg8r said...

I love the Art you create - that page of baby you is awesome :D

lissa said...

yes, I think the process of creating is what's important but it's always nice when a piece is completed, there is a satisfying feeling to it

Catherine said...

Definitely art ... and alchemy, yes that, too! I like that word as well... I'm a lover of words and collect them as much as I do seeds :) . You are a very talented artist!
By the way, even a little shady spot can be a home for a potted garden :)! There are some lovely shade plants.
Thanks for stopping by!

RNSANE said...

It is, indeed, a form of art. I have considered myself not to have any artistic talent though I have been writing poetry for about 57 years and most people seem to appreciate my efforts. Some of my poems are silly, some serious, but it is often the way I express myself. I am sure that is what scrapbooking is for you!

Jenny said...

I love that word, too! Totally love, love, love it! When my daughter and I briefly dabbled in a cake decorating business I wanted to call it Sugar Alchemy...and name she didn't like. The business was short-lived but I never cared because I was just excited to have business cards with that printed on them! I was so excited when I saw your link! A+!!!!!!

Nora Johnson said...

What wonderful art! You're so talented!

Thanks for stopping by my page - tomorrow another "Your Lola Lifeline" post so sparks should flying again then!!

Hope you've had a great weekend,

xLOLA:)

Lois aka katesmum said...

What do you mean... you're not artistic... you nutty lady... you are an artist for sure... craft, creative, imaginative...etc...etc..etc... and pretty funny too!!
I love this baby layou...sooo cute too!!

Sarah said...

Love the word, alchemy! And you are definitely an artist. Wow! The page is stunning.
Look forward to seeing you in class this week.

Mrs. Nicol said...

you are an artist!!! your art is so full of you (heart and sole) i can feel it just by looking at it. this one baby and me is so beautiful it made me tear up. im in and always will be in ahhh of your artistic skills.