Daily Prompt: Being Expressive!

Daily Prompt: Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favourite way to express yourself, creatively?

I enjoy being able to write this blog. Something I’d really like to be able to do more of is creative writing, but I never seem to find the time, and when I do my mind goes blank!

I also sing a lot… in the shower! I wish I was actually good at it but honestly, I’m not. In fact, I’m awful!

Painting my nails… I love it! Although being such a precisionist it usually takes me at least half a day to finish them. This is probably the main way I express myself – I get so inspired by the fact that you can create art on just your nails – they’re like tiny canvases!

I love creating things as well. Recently I began making charms out of polymer clay, probably because I adore the cuteness of the finished product! This year in art I have been transforming old, unwanted and unloved books into something new. The amount of comments I’ve had telling me how cruel I am for doing that to a book I’ve lost count of, but all I want to do is give a new lease of life to something that was mouldering away at the back of a charity shop.

 

A tree made from paper instead of paper made from a tree

A tree made from paper instead of paper made from a tree

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More Booksy Stuff!

So I know that I am a bad person for doing such things to these books, but again, the ones that I used were mouldering away on the top shelf of a charity shop just waiting to be transformed into wonderful Christmas presents!

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These took quite a lot of time and effort to make but it was completely worth it. I saved a lot of money on Christmas presents this year, as I gave my family these instead of going out and spending a fortune on overpriced candles, (or something?!) I’m really happy with how they turned out!

Here’s me talking about Christmas sixteen days after the event… I love the festivities!

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New Year Idea!

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I hope you’ve had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! To start off the new year, (and my first ever post!), I’ve decided to show you something which I think is very pretty and so simple to make – book sculptures! Now please don’t hate me for doing this, but I can assure you the books which I used to make these were extremely out-of-date and looked to me as though they had been sitting in that charity shop for a very long time. Now they have a new home in my bedroom and look lovely every day! Here’s how to make them:

Start by taking the cover and spine off the book, then begin to fold each page in half.

Start by taking the cover and spine off the book, then begin to fold each page in half.

Continue the folding of each page and the book will start to look like this...

Continue the folding of each page and the book will start to look like this…

...and the final piece should look like this!

…and the final piece should look like this!

If you want to, you can glue the folded front and back pages together to make it look more rounded, but it's not completely necessary.

If you want to, you can glue the folded front and back pages together to make it look more rounded, but it’s not completely necessary.

You can change the way you fold the pages to make amazing shapes like this one! Here, I split the book into sections, folded some pages just like before and then folded others in half and then in half again, to make a triangles.

You can change the way you fold the pages to make amazing shapes like this one! Here, I split the book into sections, folded some pages just like before…

...and then folded others in half and then in half again, to make a triangles.

…and then folded others in half and then in half again, to make triangles!

I think these look so unique for saying how easy they are to make – I only had to explain it in six photos! If you wanted to, you could do even more stuff to them afterwards, such as spray paint them gold, (for next Christmas maybe?) Or you could just leave them plain like I have. I’ve made a few of these for my college art course, including a big piece where I stuck three of them to a big board of MDF – so far everyone likes them!

My art piece for college.

My art piece for college.

I hope that someone somewhere will get something out of this – it was fun to write anyway! I hope you have had a good new year so far and that it carries on this way. My new year’s resolution was to try and be as happy as I can, (cheesy, I know, but it’s easier than eating more healthily). I hope you are to!

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