Why blog?

I was asked why I wanted to blog, why wasn’t it enough with a Facebook page? Or to put an add in a Facebook group? What was the point of blogging? Don’t you want to sell stuff?

Well for one thing this blog isn’t about trying to get you to buy a lot of stuff, stuff you might not need. Its about sharing the endless possibilities of being able to craft even if you are disabled, as I am. I live with constant severe pain, hence why there isn’t a blog post each and every day. And I think you’d be bored too if I did that 😉 I will share links to my shop (once its up and running) on occasion, but I will never sell here.

I want to share my findings with you. My inspirations. My hopes and dreams and on occasions I will offer up things for sale, but not here. This is a sanctuary, a place for inspirations by me and others. And I will do my very best to keep ads from third party to a minimum. I want to share what inspires me the most – other people and their creations.

My aim is to to use 50-75% of upclycled material in my creations. However I do want my paper creations to be last so I will make sure they are acid and lignin free foremost.

Who I am? I’m an almost forty year old married women, with cats and lots of hope. I live with both endometrioses and crohns disease and problems arising from the many surgeries Ive had. But that’s not what I want you to remember, what I would like you to remember when you click your way out of here is that disabilities are in no way a hindering from creating and blogging.

I hope you find lots of inspirations 🙂

Lots of love xx

Artful Pains

KonstvĂ€rk&Skaparlust has expanded and now have an english page and an english facebook group. Artful Pains is for creative women whith pain problems. Come read the site and contact us via facebook (you’ll find the link at Artful Pains).
Healing hugs
One of the creative lad ies and an Artist

För kvinnor med smĂ€rtproblem

Titta gĂ€rna in pĂ„ http://www.konstvark.se om du Ă€r kvinna med smĂ€rtproblem. Om du skapar (Ă€r kreativ) sĂ„ kan du lĂ€sa om en trevlig grupp/gemenskap för just kreativa kvinnor med smĂ€rtproblem. Kanske finner du att deras facebookgrupp Ă€r nĂ„got för dig – kontakta dem dĂ„ via lĂ€nken pĂ„ konstvark.
Mvh
The Creative Lady

Carts with covers

I love love love my carts, no doubt about that but they are not the prettiest to look at now that Ive filled them to the brim :D. So as a kitten will move in with us in about a week I decided it was time to do something. I don’t want the kitteh to play with all my tape and lace and paper so whats a girl to do.

Well she buys more wax cloth and has hubby sew covers (I don’t like sewing large things like that). They are easily made (yes I say that even after I enlisted help 😉 ) because its just a square with a tunnel (on the top and bottom) for the elastic band. Measure your cart, cut the wax cloth and sew the tunnel. Pull the elastic band through the tunnel, make a temporary knot, put the cover on the cart and pull the elastic band tight and tie a knot. Done.

If its a little bigger then you wanted or if you want the cover to overlap, just cut open the tunnel a little and the cloth will overlap – the great thing about wax cloth is that it wont fray. If your cart is very high you could add some velcro in the middle where it overlaps. Or you could just add velcro on both sides and not bother with sewing at all!

Carts with the covers
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As you can see Ive added quite a few crafting supplies

The back

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Endometriosis awareness month

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March is the international endometriosis awareness month.

To0 many women think that a painful menstruation is normal. It is not! If you cannot work, study or take care of yourself it’s to0 painful.

It’s normal to feel some cramping but not to the point where you need more than i.e tylenol to ease the pain.

If you are experiening painful menstruations please go see a doctor and talk to her/him about it. You could be suffering from endometrioses.

You can read more about symptoms here: http://endometriosis.org/endometriosis/symptoms/

EndometriosmÄnaden i mars

Allför mÄnga kvinnor tror att en smÀrtsam mens hör till. Att det ska göra ont. Det Àr fel!

Om du har sÄ ont att du inte klarar av att jobba, plugga eller ta hand om dig sjÀlv sÄ har du för ont.

Det Àr normalt att kÀnna en typ av krampkÀnsla men om du behöver mer Àn typ ipren och alvedon för att kunna hantera din smÀrta sÄ Àr det dags att söka hjÀlp. För det finns hjÀlp.

Om dina menstruationer Àr smÀrtsamma boka ett besök hos din huslÀkare/gynekolog och diskutera det. Det kan vara endometrios.

LÀs mer om symptom hÀr: http://www.endometriosforeningen.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=23

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Organizing with carts (for crafting in general and LifeBook)

I think I’m like most artists, I keep stuff everywhere because I don’t have the luxury of having a studio. I’m a scrapper, a card maker, a mixed media artist, I’ve taken up painting with LifeBook 2013 and I also do miniatures in 1:12. So you can imagine the amount of stuff I have accumulated over the years 😉

I have paper in wardrobe under my coats, I have scrapbooking decorations under my desk in my bedroom, punches in boxes under my bed and my miniature making supplies in 1/3 of a room (the rest of the room is dear hubbys who builds model aeroplanes and other stuff).

But most of my stuff for LifeBook and painting I keep in two carts. I started out with one and it took 4 months to outgrow it and it spilled over untill we couldn’t use the kitchen table at dinner time. Of course we had to be able to eat at the table so I went out and bought another cart (I wonder how it will take to outgrow that one 😀 )

I thought about putting the carts against a more fancy background when taking the photos but I thought Id show you the real world. One stands next to our washer and the cats eating bowl, the other one stands next to the dining table. Not the prettiest of pictures but we all live in the real world and it’s not always fancy. They have wheels so they can be easily moved if we want to seat more people at the table.

The carts cost 99kr/st (ca $15/each) and the wax table-cloth cost 30kr (ca $4.3). They are 64cm high, 36cm wide, 26cm deep (outside measurements).

Enough about that. You want to see the carts. So here they are.

Cart no1

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Shelf 1

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The first cart contains almost all of my current paint. I prefer golden liquid or golden heavy body.

I have all the paint stuff, extender, flow improver, glossy medium on the first shelf. Behind the paint I keep my self mixed spray inks.  I also keep my Neocolor II there and my Inktense and a set of oil crayons. (Although I almost always use my travel case with Neocolors, I will make a post about that later).

On the side there is a litre jug in which I keep the brushes that are oversize in length or width. It also contains my brayer, my markers, my metal ruler and an assortment of this and that. I keep my brushes in a small plastic bag to keep the cat hair of them. I only own nylon brushes, I think they are the best with acrylic paint but they also attract cat hair, at least in my household.

Shelf 2

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On the second shelf I keep my mediums. All golden products. Gel matt medium, gel semi gloss medium, gesso (I have a big jar in storage and fill up the small jar when I need), glass bead medium, tar gel. I also keep my “rub ‘n buff” on that shelf and my inks.  I also keep different types of glue there. Regular paper glue (stick) and my favorite – Aleene’s Tacky Glue- and Gac 500 in a small bottle which I fill when needed. I also have two types of masking fluid. One that is with a brush and one that is with a fine tip for the finer details on a painting.

I use the golden gel medium for most of my glueing and layering of paper and its by far my favorite matte medium. If I need it to be more like decoupage glue I just mix it with water. I havent used glass bead gel in LifeBook, yet but I’m sure I will find a project for it. I used the tar gel with glitter to create the wings to my Fairy Art Mother.

I keep a few make up sponges too, they are cheap and come in different textures and sizes. I love them for dabbing paint. If its possible I love to finger paint but some of the paint from golden contain pigments that aren’t supposed to be that healthy and that’s why I use sponges.

The flow improver is a product that you use very small amounts of so I keep a pre-mixed bottle with flow improver.

Shelf 3

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On the bottom shelf I keep extra bottles and jars for when I mix paint. There’s my beloved heat gun (a definite must) and bees-wax (I have yet to use it but it’s there). I also keep wax paper there for the times when I need to protect the surface I’m working on.

There’s also sanding paper and plastic lids that are perfect for mixing paint on.

Cart no2

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Shelf 1

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On my other cart I keep paper pads on the first shelf and all of the things I use to make backgrounds right now. Lots of stamps and two black ink pads. I also have a variety of stuff that I can use to stamp with using paint or ink pads. There’s also my stencils/masks.

I have spray fixative and spray glue and my mannequin doll (still in the box, havent been able to that lesson yet)

Oh, I almost forgot my spirograph. It’s a kids toy but I love the shapes it makes.

Shelf 2

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The second shelf contains different kinds of embellishments that I use in lots of ways. Lots of bingo items and flowers. Some decorative papers, playing cards, napkins and some fabric. I keep the really small embellishments in mini containers. ($1,5 or 10kr for 4)

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Shelf 3

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Last but not least I keep my mold making supplies on the bottom shelf. They are not for LifeBook but I use them for my 3D-paintings so I keep them there. I also have an apron made from half a trash bag because I tend to get paint everywhere, its part of the fun.

In a later post I will show you my travel kit that so far hasn’t traveled further than my living room table.

I think this is the longest blog post I’ve written and I’m amazed if you have made it this far. If you have questions please ask, I write for you 🙂

Old drawings

I was looking through some stuff my mum saved for me from when I was in grade school when I came across these drawings. Not to bad for a 13 year old 🙂

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