Thursday, 17 January 2013

Fall Fearless and Fly - #8

So here we are at the final Fall Fearless and Fly challenge:

Headline prompt:  Radical to Mundane and to Radical Again:  What once seemed new that now feels old and boring?  How can you see it as new again?  How do you "jump charge" creativity when you're feeling stuck?
Color:  black & neons - bold contrasts
Quote:  Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.  Bill Moyers

It took me a while to get into this one. I sat with the prompt for quite a while before I reached any inkling about what to do for it. 

The word 'radical' is to do with roots. When I get stuck and things are boring, I go back to the roots, cutting away all the extraneous stuff and heading back to basics. I might take down a techniques book and work my way through it, reminding myself of things I haven't tried out for a while. 

Or perhaps I'll open the drawers and have a look through them. Like most of us, I suppose, I tend to use the things that are easily to hand. That means there are certain things I use all the time that sit on my desk and others that I forget I have. 

If that doesn't work to bump me out of the rut, there is the box of prompt cards. Or I can look for a blog challenge :)

This time I took the colour prompt as my beginning and took out my black journal which I haven't used for a while. Now I needed something that would show up on the black. Usually I would use watercolour inks or acrylic paints. But this is all about doing something new, so I pulled out my oil pastels. Drawing around my hand seemed to be fairly basic. The hand reaches through the fog, poking holes to allow the flood of rainbow colours into the darkness below. Then I needed to put the quote on there. Again, colour on black with pens can be a problem. I found a multicoloured gel pen that I've had for ages. That along with a stencil and voila! My last Fall Fearless and Fly challenge is completed. 

Thank you to Marcia, Carolyn, and Jessica for arranging everything. It's been a blast and I've so enjoyed discovering lots of new blogs. 


  1. I love the imagery of the hand reaching the rainbow with this quote! Thanks for sharing at FF & F.

  2. Beautiful work, Tracy! (and yes, I seemed to have a little trouble getting bright colors to show up brightly enough against the black background, so I still used paints and markers, but I resorted to using scrap papers more than anything else this time around. But it really was an awesome and inspiring quote to work with, right?! A fun round of FFAF, and I'm sorry to see it ending... Have a great weekend! ~tina

  3. Fabulous art to go with the quote! I love how the hand is reaching! So glad you shared this with Fall Fearless and Fly!!

  4. This is so cute, it reminds me of when I used to sneak into my Mum's classroom and cover the blackboard with colourful doodles. Your lettering is very cool too.
    D x

  5. Hi just found you via the journalling linkup on Blazer Designs! love the hand, now following as keen to see what you do next! come over and say hi, this blogger link probably will take you to my family blog, my art blog is here on wordpress xxxxxx

  6. Love the drawing and colors and you handwriting- wonderful page and take on the prompt!

  7. It is beautiful. Love your hand and the neon shade that you've done above it.

  8. This is just gorgeous. It's been so great to have you participate in our challenges. Stay tuned because fun things are on the horizon at AIB!


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