In Week 5's lesson by Kelly Hoernig we created a Game board with a game piece and cards.
I loved designing the background, especially misting and stenciling. I used a map of Africa as my base. It kinda disappeared underneath all the layers of paint and mist but that's ok; I know it's there.
The board follows a path with blocks symbolising our challenges/obstacles, other blocks offering motivation/encouragement, finally ending at a pocket with game cards which symbolise our goals.
For my game piece I chose a photo of Louise Carver (I took the photo at a show at Van Loveren at the 2010 Wacky Wine Weekend). She is one of my all time favourite South African singers with a voice like an angel AND she plays piano. Definitely one of my heroes. I added some butterfly wings to symbolise freedom... freedom in creating, freedom in singing, freedom in expressing myself.
The dark blocks on the board represent our challenges. Hmmm.... there are many. For art... I would have to say distractions (TV, internet, etc.), mojo/inspiration (lack of), procrastination (because of the distractions), priorities (too many, so I struggle to decide what is more important and then end up doing nothing) and time management.
The lighter blocks represent encouragement. I chose to tell myself to pray (twice!) (it also goes with my word for the year: faith) and sing (also something I want to spend more time on). I also added little encouragements like “You rock!”, “Go! Go! Go!”, “Just do it”, “Just a little is enough” and “TRY”.
The game cards represent our goals for the year. One of the cards has my word for the year on it: Faith. On the back is an explanation of what faith means and why it is my word for the year. I chose the word “Faith” because I am coming back to what I have lost over the last 2 years. I want to base everything I do on that this year. It makes things a lot simpler because, when I am not sure how to tackle a situation or even IF I can, all I have to do is remember that I just need a little faith.
My goals for the year are to art every day, explore more and explore the idea of a business venture. On the front of the goal cards are my goals. On the back is a short explanation. I didn't really keep the end product in mind when I was designing the cards, so when I wanted to write my words I didn't have enough space and/or the colours were too dark to write on. I ended up with messy cards but I decided to keep them that way because I really liked the images I used.
Art every day:
Business? (Question mark, because I am “testing” the idea)
That is my long-winded post for the day. More of Life Book (I'm catching up) to follow!