Happy New Year!
So 2019, like every year it's hard to believe we are already there, it comes so fast every time! As a creative mind, I always feel like I don't enough time.
Time is probably the biggest luxury there is and I wish I had Hermione's Time-Turner to accomplish ALL the projects I have in mind but that would probably be exhausting!
In 2018, my word of the year was "Balance", 2017 had left me exhausted, still I pushed myself through the first 4 months creating Ladybird a class in which I've put so much of myself. I launched it and it was successful enough but after the launch, I was left uninspired, tired and with no clue where to go next. It's not that I didn't have ideas they simply did not talk to me so the next few months after that I kinda floated around trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Then came my summer vacation and for the first time in 3 years I actually took a real vacation, meaning that I did not work on Kabostudio, barely did art, read books, cooked, clean the house, got rid of stuff and did an all lot of nothing. I realized I hadn't taken time to actually relax and replenish in so long that at first, I felt uncomfortable but as time pass I was getting more at peace, felt the sadness leaving me and was genuinely inspire and it was time for me to get back to work, knowing how to achieve balance. The second part of the year was spent creating, evolving, cleaning, organizing… It's not always easy to find the balance in all of this but I'm getting there.
For 2019 my chosen word is "FOCUS". As I said before as a creative mind I feel like I don't have enough time for everything and get easily distracted. I took an online class on workflow, time management and productivity by Lisa Congdon. The thing is I am super organized in my day job work but for my business, my brain goes in all directions because hey I have Ideas! :) So for 2019, I want to learn to focus, on top of my planner which help me tremendously I also got myself my first Bullet Journal, simple steps in getting where I wanna be and scheduling time for all that makes me happy. Currently, I'm aiming to finish decluttering the apartment, I started about a month ago and I can already see the improvement this has brought to my life.
I'm also working on several personal art projects, I just started a new canvas journal to explore, next week I want to start filming my next A Canvas Journey watercolour edition 2.0 my watercolour edition and portrait skills have evolved so much and I want to share those tricks with you in creating emotional, empowering portrait. Sign-up to the mailing list if you wanna be the first to know about the next class. All dolled-up with Lee-Anne is going really well. I started working on a photoshoot backdrop for my doll (that's a long-term project). And so many other things that will make the next year special and the Bullet Journal be very handy.
What's on your list for next year?
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Like a lot of dolls collector, it began when I was a kid, I have a vivid memory of being 12 and being told that I was too old to play with dolls when that's all I wanted for my birthday. I was broken heart and I remember the "serious conversation" my parent had, they thought I was immature and not doing enough thing "my age". They agreed, it would be the last time that I would get a doll and got me Skipper and the gym set! (I was in love with that tiny pink gym locker…) A couple year later they told me I had to give all my dolls away to my little cousin… I was crushed but did it anyway.
The thing is, it's was never truly about the dolls themselves I simply loved to create clothes, furniture and accessories for them. It was all about creation I don't even remember doing the 'play pretend" thing with them at all. Maybe once … but still, the main game was to create them the perfect wardrobe with old clothing and scrap fabric I would find around the house.
Sticking an image to a leftover piece of wood found in the street that looked like an old tv. Building beds, dressers out of matchboxes, turning pout old kleenex boxed into loveseats. My grandmother taught me that one, she would fill them with all kind of goodies for me. She would cover them with fabric and I absolutely adored them.
For a while, I pretended to keep building for my younger cousin so they would have something to play with when they were visiting but let's face it although I was happy that they loved them it was all for me!
As I grew older I started to learn painting and to draw more activities that were less frown upon. I say less because I was said by many that it was a waste of time but that's another battle.
It wasn't until years later after I started sewing again and making plush toys, then soft sculpture that I came across the world of art doll, took the class A doll Story by Danita art, but since I'm never truly satisfied until I truly make a project my own I developed my own pattern that it always a work in progress as I transform them each time.
Then I realized people were customizing kids dolls. Came across Monster high dolls, became obsessed with them, collecting them more than I did anything with them, so many are in progress of becoming something else.
Maybe one day I will create my own bjd but for that, I will have to learn sculpting, I keep saying I need a few clones because I love to create so much! Not enough hours in a day.
In the last year, I started working on Blythe dolls, taking a step further in my customizing skills… I feel like the adventure is only beginning and I can't wait to discover more.
I will be doing more videos about it in the year to come. I want to share more of them. I remember a "friend" once ask me how I was expecting to get a boyfriend with all the dolls I had lying around the apartment as if it was shameful. I was once again faced with others opinion about what I love to do. Only this time I'm the grown up. I decide. And you know what? if someone finds it weird and don't want to be with me because of it, he is not for me. Life is way too short for me to dim my light so someone else will love me so I hope you join me in the adventure. :)
you can also expect a complete revamp of the site to include them as part of my art not just an hobby. But don't worry the painting and everything else will still be a big part of it. A new canvas journey will be taking life in 2019 as well. My watercolor skills are blossoming and i want to shared them with all of you!
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Lee-Anne is working really hard in putting a great class together for all of you doll lover. Although the class is so much more than just doll. You will also learn mixed media technique and difference on how she draw whimsical or more realistic characters. You can learn a bit more about the clas here. Since we are still putting the class together you can expect some surprises.
We are open for registration!
Class will go live on December 8th. 2018
Registration open October 15th 2018 Early bird price $77 CAD (about $60 USD)
until December 1st. Regular price $90 CAD (about $70 USD)
All Prices are in Canadian dollars Paypal will also do the conversion for you.
As the hosted of the class I'm happy to offer you 2 free spot for the class.
If you win and you already bought the class you will have the choice to get your
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We can't wait to share this class with you!
See you soon! Tentative date for the class to go live is December 8th 2018
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