Friday, September 24, 2010

Inspiration Avenue challenge: Decide

The challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue is Decide. Abstract concepts are far harder for me than concrete subjects, such as "found objects." So this one forced me to put on my thinking cap.

I started this exercise by printing out a few "decides." Next I decided to spray the words with sealer so the ink wouldn't smudge. I then decided to take a photo of these words while they were still wet.

For the next step, I decided to use my Staz-on and 91% alcohol to color over the words. Then I decided it was time to decide. Maybe you will want to decide, too.

Perhaps you will decide to read a book, play a game, or sew a few squiggles on a page.

Or perhaps now is the time to decide to go green. Maybe you'll even decide to push the envelope.

Could it be you'll decide the essentials are what are important?

You might even decide that family time is high on your priorities.

What about deciding to take a vacation or mentor a child?

You might decide where your patriotism lies.

Whatever you decide,

don't just sit there. Decide today!
Materials used include old book pages, scrapbook papers, envelope, printed words, stickers, tickets, magazine images, punched pieces, and wallpaper, all sewn on colored papers.
And while you are deciding, be sure to check out the other entries at Inspiration Avenue this week.

This week's IA challenge was designed by Robin at Well of Creations. I was totally impressed by her blog and the various media she plays with. Robin makes lovely hand sewn and crocheted items. She also paints and draws whimsical figures. Although I have only visited her blog a couple of times in the past, I was really drawn to, and impressed by, the inspiration I received when I visited. I hope you will draw from Robin's Well of Creations today.

25 thoughtful remarks:

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

I am glad I decided to read your post today....I have just decided I liked it and later I will decide what to have for lunch...........I hope you decide to have a great day tooooooo..I have already decided that one........

Julia Dunnit said...

I decided to stop by instead of unpacking groceries and I'm glad I did. I have also decided that this word could really be my word of the year - centruy even. But you have to add 'and then do it' to actually work into context fo rme and my traits!

Steph said...

and I've decided to sew a book and a new journal.... :)) thanks for sharing...dear E..

Diane said...

Oh I love what you did with this challenge, plus you have all of us thinking and possibly deciding on things? ;)
Sometimes that can be tricky!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Great submission for the challenge! Me, I can't DECIDE what to do for it!

ooglebloops said...

Great job!!I know it was a hard decision!!! :>)

Clare H said...

Love the challenge, I will be checking it out. I never decide I just do, gets me into trouble, I should start to decide instead of going blindly without thinking.

WOYWW - I have 3 more of the cheeky little things that also sit on my desk, my head, and various others places so long as its warm.....

Halle said...

Clever post. I've decided I better go workout today and lay off the snacks. :)

La Dolce Vita said...

oh so many decisions!!! too much fun going on here!! lol!!

Katie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've decided today is a great day for a nap..and also a great day to do art! Now to decide what sort of art :) Great pages!

-Katie

Lynn said...

Always fun to come here to see what you decided to post!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, Fabulous pages, I love them. Am thinking sewing squiggles on a page would be good ;-) Haven't DECIDED top do it 'cos I have other sewing to do; well 'stuffing' actually - the doll on my desk this week - and having been away for a few days have been catching up on emails.
Anne xx

Dianne said...

more outstanding pages!! you seem to be on a roll...and you make it look easy! maybe I will decide to get my sewing machine out...or maybe not...the table is covered with paint right now...

Kiki said...

Beauitful and inspiring..wonderful!

Cynthia Eloise said...

a great interpretation of the challenge.

Robin Norgren said...

You sweet one! Thank you so much for the kind words. I love how you put this post together; what a happy way to go into the weekend. Now let's decide what to do with it...hmm...

Amanda said...

Inspiration and tutorial!! Awesome. I really feel that sometimes the process is the best part of a journey. I really love this piece!

artangel said...

Wonderful submission! You've done so much, and it's all put together beautifully :)

I loved reading through your creative process too - it made me realise how many decisions we make when creating!

Felicia Kramer said...

Well, I decided this is a very great submission for the theme! Grat job!

Felicia Kramer said...

And I decided I should learn to spell - GREAT job.

Gaby Bee said...

Great fun catching up with you! This is a wonderful interpretation of the challenge.

I really love your Blog and I decided I have to follow you ;-)

IM GIRL said...

I have decided that your submission is inspiring. I have also decided through this post and a few past ones on Inspiration Avenue to do less of this and more of that and to simplify. Love your pages, have a great week!

FlipSyde said...

Hi there. I thought this was such a neat project that I followed the link to the challenges and may participate in a few!
Neat.
A

Seth said...

Clever post! And a great interpretation of the word.

priti.lisa said...

You are a genious, Elizabeth! A true artist full of inspiration and generous spirit...I always enjoy watching your art come to life...I gotta start taking pictures of WIP!
XoX