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Hello again and welcome to My Mojo Monthly April! It's been a sunny week and that makes a day at an inky table even more wonderful! Whatever your crafty passion may be, I want to encourage you to enjoy and explore creativity in your own way. This month it's a dose of Tagology to inspire and boost the Mojo! Firstly, let's talk to My Featured Artist, the man from My Crafty LIfe who most definitely can...Dan!
FIVE QUESTIONS TO MY FEATURED ARTIST... Totally original in style, a natural with all things inky and such a unique eye for design! Dan doesn't often spill the beans, so I was really excited when Dan said yes to MMM and even more so when I read the interview. Dive in and savour...
Who is Dan in five words? I find this kind of question so difficult, I've scratched my head a bit thinking about an answer! Creative, loyal, friendly, loves to-learn-new-things. (Cheating, I know...)
My second language is British Sign Language. I have spent a lot of time in the Deaf community, which has given me years of experience of communicating and telling stories visually, which I think is reflected in the composition of my pieces and my approach to them.
That might be why I mostly prefer not to use text in my work, unless it is something that expands on what I'm trying to say in the piece, so I'm much more likely to use alphabet stamps or computer printed words to create my own text rather than use pre-made quotation stamps.
Although I often make pieces that I would consider simply decorative, the creations that are closest to my heart are definitely the ones that are trying to tell a story or put over a point of view.
A theme that I come back to time and again is that of role-playing, masks and disguises. I see myself as a very private person and sometimes the face I show to the world doesn't always reflect what is going on in my heart or head and I frequently explore that in my pieces.
Where do you find inspiration when feeling Mojoless? I would love to say that I gain inspiration by visiting the blogs of all the talented crafters out there, but unfortunately I can't do that. There is so much stunning work out there and I find that when I see someone else's work, the devil sitting on my shoulder tries to persuade me to copy it! In many ways it limits my ideas rather than expands them, so I try not to look around the blogosphere more than I have to! When my Mojo has deserted me I find the best thing for me to do is just to sit down with a blank sheet of card and start playing around with inks, paints and stamps. Something useful usually comes out of it!
You are going back-packing in the Himalayas for a year and may only take 3 crafting items. Which, and why?
Back at HQ...
Thanks so much for sharing with us Dan. Amazing creations and a really fabulous story behind all those beauties!!! So this month my theme is Tagology! Tags...probably the 'most made' runner up after cards in the crafty world and of course a Tim Holtz speciality indeed.
Olde Curiousity Shoppe range. They are bursting with wonderful quirky images, rich colours and potential and where a real delight to play with.
Mr. Holtz. Tags galore. But I was thinking what am I going to do with all these lovelies? So I came up with a Tag Bag! Just in time for lots of mini-eggs... I started by colouring two Manila tags with Mustard Seed, Broken China and Fired Brick Distress Stains.Then I over-stamped the dots in Picket Fence Stain.
Distress Inks for a faded image and Archival Inks for the stronger designs and added some random stitching. I folded the top over to create a front flap, lined up the holes with the second tag and then folded the underneath section to create a base. I then folded about 1cm of the base up to create a flap to glue the back tag to.
Kraft Glassine Paper. Just a rectangle cut with extra flaps for gluing, pinched in the centre to encourage a fold. I attached a Hitch Fastener to the bottom tag which fitted perfectly over the hole and makes a great little 'catch'. Voilà!
l used my uber-fab eBay find of Acey Deucy wooden stamps by the talented Lynne Perrella. There are four ladies and a book so I strung them together - both literally and in mood with a quote from Louisa May Alcott of Little Women fame...
“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
Simon Says Stamp & Show (which I'm glad to say 'got me hired' and I'm still a part of!)
Challenge, Nice Stuff and Info...
And we're done! My Mojo Monthly is all about the why, the what and creative adventures of crafting! So please do feel free to join in and share your artful take and thoughts on Tagology! Whatever your style...
Kate with her beautiful altered box. Well done Kate and in May we'll be meeting the very talented Lin Brown! This month's giveaway is this wonderful book from Lynne Perrella which is bursting with wonderful imagery, ideas and thoughts to inspire!
My Mojo Monthly welcomes all hand-made crafters and artists. A few guidelines on submitting your work:
- In the spirit of MMM please write a few lines in your post about your creativity and why you want to share your work.
- You are very welcome to share challenge pieces, just tell me a bit about your inspiration.
- Please link directly to your post and not your blog so I can find you.
- Please add a link in your post to My Mojo Monthly, thanks!
- You may enter more than once, but multiple challenge photos without description will be removed.
- Feel free to take the MMM button for your blog - please do!
Once again I'd like to express my huge thanks to all of you for such enthusiasm and wonderful creativity - making this all so worthwhile for me. It's good to be doing this together! I'm looking forward to seeing all your April lovelies!