Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Creative Obsessions

a few new creative ideas have got me on a roll these days!  i’m still busy creating my regular mixed media pieces, but have added some new stuff and having so much fun with it! 

i discovered this book  through an amazon suggestion and have taken it and run with leaf printing.  i am currently planning a retreat next month for a group of female employees and thinking that this will be the perfect fun, easy, nature-based activity!

so i’m doing a lot of practice so i can at least kind of look like i know what i’m doing.  i think it will be great fun!  the retreat theme is “creative play” and this will fit right in.

i’ve also taken to working with sticks.  just like leaves, they are free and available pretty much everywhere.  i especially like finding them as driftwood or in locations that we may travel to. 

 spirit sticks have a long history and tradition in native american culture and i love that.  they have been used for ceremonies, rituals and blessings.  i feel that when i create them with love, that will translate to blessings for the recipient.  

 the possibilities are endless.  they can be painted or wrapped with cord, embroidery floss, twine, etc. and embellished with all kinds of fun things.  each one is totally unique and it is a very intuitive process. 

 i’m very intrigued with and  influenced by native culture.  i recently bought a native American flute!  too soon to call it an obsession, but we’ll see.  i used to play traditional flute, but this is quite different.  i do love the sound, though, so hope to be creating some music soon. 

 hope all is well in your world and that you are enjoying the renewal of spring (or the changes of fall, as the case may be.....)


  1. What beautiful creations, all!

  2. All beautiful, Patty. I must say, I too am in LOVE with the spirit sticks! Beautiful. I agree, the native flute has a wonderful sound. Very spiritual I think. You are doing some really interesting things - Hope all is well with 'the knees'. hugs, Donna

  3. Those spirit sticks are just so wonderful...and a whole table full of them!! I just want to pick them up, feel them and look at each one!!

  4. Love the spirit sticks! They sure are pretty! Glad that you're having fun with creative explosion :)


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