Just because

Hello there :) 

This is part of a work in progress

Just Because by Magenta Rose

As I’m participating in a blog hop, I’ve been asked by some dear blogger friends to answer some questions about my work and here they are:

1) How does your creative process work?

Wherever I go I carry a notebook with me so that I can write down and sketch anything that catches my eye. I’m particularly inspired by nature and I love to create paintings, model with clay and design in bold colours that I put my heart into. Sometimes I will sketch something and it will be a long time until that drawing makes an appearance in one of my designs. I never throw anything away that I’ve drawn, even if I don’t need it at that time, so that I always have material to call on when required. Every day I write, every day I draw and plan. I work best on my own, without distractions, and enjoy tranquil sounds of nature as I do so. Often I’ll work on a piece for seven hours straight without eating (by mistake) as I get so absorbed in my work as I go with the flow.

2) Why do you do what you do?

Good question! I do what I do because it comes naturally to me to enthusiastically express myself through my creativity and, like all creative people, I am at my most happiest when my creativity has an outlet. Sadly I had to leave my “day job” because of my health, but I have thrown myself into creating because I make conscious efforts to concentrate on what I CAN do, rather than what I cant do.  To me it’s important to find ways of  keeping busy and creative to distract myself from the chronic pain I live with and to be able to bring a joyful burst of colour to other’s lives too while focusing on the good, pleasant and perfect natural beauty around us that deserves to be highlighted.

Quite simply I am at my most happiest when creating, and I love to make things that remind my customers of joyful seasons and events, for example, such as bringing summer into their home all year round in the form of art like my Summer Fruit design.  It’s especially rewarding for me when someone loves my work so much that they wallpaper their homes and sew clothes or home accessories with my designs. Basically, I do what I do because I love it, and it is the silver lining to my cloud (pain)

In a nut shell, I do what I can with what I have. Making people’s lives brighter, more colourful and producing new designs available that are unique to me, and not made abroad in textile mills by workers who are maligned and miss treated. Neither are my designs mass produced like the chain store fabrics are.  It makes me happy to provide a choice, to brighten this corner of the world with a splash of vivid colour and bold vibrant design while at the same time supporting this country’s economy instead of contributing to suffering in a foreign textile mill. I take pleasure in the fact that my designs are not available on the high street and that my designs appeal to people who love the same things as I do.

3) How does your work differ from others in it’s genre?

Because all of my work is hand drawn or painted and others make art the same way, the way I feel different to others is that my designs are my own and straight from my heart. Additionally, I tend to illustrate objects and creatures that I’m fond of. It would be against my nature to produce something I disliked visually and as each of us has different taste, that’s how my work is individual. Each one of us is unique and expresses themselves differently even within their given genre.  I know that I am familiar with the individual styles of other artists and designers and know that those who are familiar with my work recognise my style and recurring themes in my designs and illustrations.

4) What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I am working on some new Christmas designs for fabric because it’s “that time of year”, working on some new illustrations, enjoying the summer holidays with my sons, sketching, sewing and modelling. As it’s summer holidays my work has been scaled back a bit, but I’ll be firing on all cylinders when the children go back to school and I can concentrate on beginning some new work. In September I will be stocking my Etsy shop with some handmade items as it currently standing nearly empty due to the summer break:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MagentaRoseUK  

Today I am especially excited that I have an increasing range of fabrics for sale in which are printed in England at http://www.printmepretty.co.uk to complement my range of fabrics and wallpapers at  http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/magentarose

Here are my links to some of my talented friends blogs who have provided inspiration and encouragement to me and are taking part in the blog hop . Perhaps soon more may be added to the list! :)

http://www.stuffedwithaloha.com/blog/frog-hop-no-blog-hop

http://www.handsandharts.com/blog/my-creative-process

http://www.dragonfaeri.blogspot.co.uk/

http://fairweatherandfriends.blogspot.com.au/

http://mokihanasgarden.com/

http://michellemorganart.wordpress.com/

Making the most of all the daylight doing as much as possible outdoors!

Making the most of all the daylight doing as much as possible outdoors!

Thanks for reading my blog! :) Have a great weekend!

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Fresh

Today I thought it would be a good time to wake up my tired looking  kitchen chairs with a fresh coat of spray paint. It seemed like a good opportunity to coat some fir cones too. Better to do it this time of year, I thought.

The "just started" photo because I forgot to take a "before" photo!

Upcycling chairs

But as I worked, the clouds began to gather. This wasn’t meant to happen, no, not at all! As the raindrops splatted down, the chairs, pine cones and camera had to be rushed inside!

Two of each to keep all the boys and girls happy! ;)

Pink and Blue Chairs

What a silly sausage I am! Now I just have to hope my cats dont fancy siting on these for a while! Spray paint  is awesome stuff because of the way it quickly transforms things, I love it!

Half way there, these need more spraying when the weather is better!

Fircones pink and blue.

Unfortunately I have actually mislaid (somewhere in this small house) three huge bottles of acrylic paint in process magenta, process yellow and cyan that I wanted to use to do some paintings. They are 20 cm tall and I cant believe I cant find them! I need to buy more white acrylic too. I always use so much white when mixing colours.

Don’t you just love paint? I do! It’s such a nice thought that when you’re shopping for a bed, lamp, vase, table- anything for the home in fact, that the only thing you really NEED to consider is the quality and basic structure. Even if it’s the most hideous shade or pattern you’ve ever seen in your entire life-EVER, as long as there is paint on this planet it doesn’t matter.  So, whether it’s freshening up the walls of your daily life, painting a picture, or transforming an old piece of furniture, I love it. It’s fantastic to reuse things, to transform,  to create, to make do and mend, and most of all, to have something unique.

These are the fircones that had acrylic paint and a small amount of glitter.

These are the fircones that I painted with acrylic paint then sprinkled with a small amount of glitter.

The air is so fresh after the rain. That scent, it’s called Petrichor. After the rain, everything in the garden is fresh. The paint drying inside now, is fresh. I like fresh. Fresh is good :)

Oops, forgot to bring it in...

Coffee! Another thing that’s best fresh :)

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What’s pink, blue and fruity?

What’s pink, blue and fruity? My kitchen of course! :) Pink and blue are not just for babies and not limited to one gender or the other. Pink and blue used together perfectly balance each other, eye candy! The first room I ever painted as a teenager was pink and blue…although that’s quite a long time ago now!

magenta rose kitchen blue and pink

My Pink and Blue Kitchen by Magenta Rose

Pink and blue is natural! Think of all the pink flowers and blue skies! If it’s good enough for nature, it’s good enough for me! Spring brings a feast for the eyes to see those adorable cherry blossoms blooming against a beautiful bright spring sky as a promise that summer (fruit) is on it’s way. Summer brings the delicious luscious cherries that I love to snack on…

Have you ever laid under a cherry tree and gazed up at the sky? Cool view isn’t it!

Nature's eye candy!

Nature’s eye candy!

Even when I have chores to do, I find the combination of pink and blue positive and uplifting  :) Not suprisingly, the color psychology of pink is unconditional love, positivity and nurturing and blue is the colour of  creativity, trust, peace, loyalty and integrity.

Fabric collage made with fabric from my Enchanted Button Forest Collection http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/88536 Mug from my society6 shop http://society6.com/magentarose/mugs and flowers from my garden

Fabric collage made with fabric from my Enchanted Button Forest Collection http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/88536 Mug from my society6 shop http://society6.com/magentarose/mugs and flowers from my garden

 

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Sailing and relation-ships

Just suppose you have a wooden rowing boat. When it was new, you rowed together enthusiastically and the boat was shiny, bright and new, but few years later, you noticed that the varnish was cracking. Perhaps you tried to maintain it, but didn’t have the skills? Maybe one or both of you stopped rowing so that your boat went round in circles, going nowhere or maybe there was mutiny in the ranks and a shipwreck?! You know I’m referring to your relation-ship here, not an actual boat, right?

The reason I call it a relation-ship is that just like a boat, it requires teamwork, flexibility, communication and a commitment to maintenance to keep it afloat and shipshape. So, if your “boat” has sprung a leak and needs serious maintenance you have a choice between starting from scratch and investing in a new boat, (but rowing alone) or repairing the boat you already had formed an attachment to. Remember all those trips? Remember all those beautiful places you visited? What was it about that boat that made you invest in it?

http://society6.com/magentarose/serenitys-moon#1=45

Serenity’s Moon Art Print at Society6 by Magenta Rose

All long term relationships and partnership (including marriage) need maintenance. We maintain lots of things in our lives- our fitness, our diet, our cars, our jobs, our education, our hobbies, our families…but we need to remember to maintain our boat!!! Then it will be a safe haven, able to withstand storms and bad weather because bad weather and storms are guaranteed! Just like a boat needs constant maintenance to counteract the corrosive effects of salt water on it, all relation-ships need maintenance and care to counteract the drip drip effect of the constant daily stress and cares of this world. Like a plant needs sunlight, water and weeding, relationships need protection and nurturing.

We are sailing because we have learned a lot in hard times and have recently redone our marriage vows. It wont be all plain sailing, because nothing ever is, but we are forging ahead and discovering new lands in our relation-ship.

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Why Lavender is a wonder herb!

Lavender is so relaxing! :)

Lavender is so relaxing!

Today I’m happy to share with you my enthusiasm for Lavender and my new collection (available in August 2014!) http://www.spoonflower.com/designs?view=92472 :)

My versatile design below could be used for cushions, curtains and pretty clothes for a touch of summer all year round. http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/33510

Another possibility for this fabric is as a “Cut and Sew”. Easy Peasy! That’s simple childrens activities sorted out for the holidays! All you need to do is cut around the shape, turn inside out and sew them with a space for stuffing. Then turn round the right way, stuff them with fragrant Lavender and sew up the little gap. Handmade with love, Lavender bags ready to brighten and freshen your home or as perfect handmade gifts for your friends and family. You could even personalise them with bows or buy some personalised labels from http://www.gbnametapes.co.uk/craft-hobby/labels to say “Hand made by (your name)”

http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3351079

Lavender bags

Why do I love Lavender so much? Could it be it’s evocative, tranquil scent, wonderful varied hues of blues and purples, its many health benefits or it’s delicious culinary delights? I have written a few paragraphs about the benefits of Lavender at http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3350709 on the left as you scroll down that page. Please contact me if you would like any help or advice about ordering, fabric types or suitable projects.

Lavender Fields Cafe (available as fabric, wallpaper, decals and giftwrap) http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3350709

Lavender

Please note, although I have visited http://www.newforestlavender.com and  absolutely love it there, this is an artistic design and although this design was inspired by a visit to them, it’s not intended to replicate it or represent them in any way. I have worked hard to ensure that this design tiles beautifully and I hope its colours and detail will bring delight to lots of Lavender Lover’s in it’s many versatile uses. I do love a cup of Lavender tea…and a Lavender cake! :) Don’t you?! It’s a wonderful place and if you havent visited there I very much recommend it!

"Bees are not as common as they used to be. What the public can do to reverse the trend is to provide the nectar and pollen they need by planting bee-friendly flowers in their gardens.

Bees and Lavender

I’m drying some of the Lavender in my garden ready to make those Lavender bags…. Don’t forget, ” Stop and take the time to smell the Roses” (and the Lavender!) Thanks for reading my very long post and please come back soon! :)

 

 

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Cats

Today I’ve been working on a new design and been photographing my latest collection of fabric swatches from http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/90782 because it’s so much nicer for my customers to see the actual fabric as well as just the digital design. My “to do” list is huge, but I’m working through it all! :)

One of the best things this week was seeing my cat fabric featured on yet another blog

Performance knit running top made with my Pussycat summer Coral fabric

Cat Fabric by Magenta Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love cats, as you might have guessed! ;) I’m even planning another cat themed design for Autumn as my cat designs on wallpaper and fabrics have been so popular among cat lovers.

Chloe, one of my cats.

Catnapping

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Beginnings

Hi there, Im opening the door on my studio to write my first ever blog post. The best kind of beginnings have good conclusions, for example: finished projects. Today I’m thinking about all the things I “should” do, things I want to do, things I have to do and doing some prioritising. Setting some S.M.A.R.T. goals too! :)

One of the things on my “to do” list is writing a biography about myself (why is it so hard?!) for http://artsaveslivesinternational.com/ as I’m donating a print (below) to them to help further their most valuable work with the children of Burseldon House. I have particular interest in helping since one of my children was hospitalised there with an eating disorder and they were marvellous.

A ballet dancer prepares for the bright lights of the stage. In the same way, this life is not a dress rehearsal, so we must "get out there" and shine.

Ballet by Magenta Rose

Blue is a very reflective colour, and at the time of painting I was feeling “blue”, in considerable pain and also finding that some of the people I thought could be counted on, couldn’t be counted on at all! I threw myself into art as a way of coping with a deep depression and other health problems which left me unable to leave the house for a while. It was very painful at the time, but ultimately it has been a good thing as I now know for sure who is “for me” and that’s a valuable thing. Those people are to be treasured!

I do miss dancing, driving and some of the things I used to be able to take for granted, but finding my feet and expressing myself through my art is surely the silver lining to my cloud. Your body might need disability aids and might not do what you want it to, but as long as your mind is dancing and moving forwards you’re free. Having said that, I’m taking forward steps every day and meeting my own goals. :)

Have a peaceful day!

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