Thursday, February 10, 2011

Paper Bag Card

 Day 8 ::  2010 Craft Books

The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide to Fitting Creativity into Your Life by Shona Cole
 i've reread this book a few times already 
Shona (who is a homeschooling mother of 5) answers the question: "Why should mothers make time to create art?"
some great quotes from the book:
"Faced with busy-ness and a sense of great responsibility, moms often overdo it, giving sacrificially until there is nothing left. No one-not us, not our children-benefits if we become burned out, miserable or exhausted. In order to avoid traveling down that stressful road, we need to bring some balance to our lives and keep the batteries of our souls charged. Taking time to create art can help."
"Rather than stealing from the energy we use as mothers, the time devoted to art makes mothering more vibrant."
 there are 3 main sections: firstly why it is important for mothers to do art, understanding creativity, finding motivation, & planning time to create; secondly a beginners guide to: photography, poetry, & mixed media/collage; thirdly a 12 week workshop to guide busy moms through family-focused art pieces.
this is a must read if you are a mother

from the 12 week workshop i created a paper bag card which is an easy instant gratification project

see you tomorrow for day 9 !