For the past few CHA tradeshows with Maya Road, we have had a design team challenge. It is one of my favorite "features" of show. The design team has taken on a challenge of sorts, creating a unique piece that reflects who they are. In the past we had made canvases, wreaths, and canvas bags. Every tradeshow I look forward to seeing everyone's creations. This past summer show we did clipboards.
Yes, I said clipboards. It was an amazingly fun challenge...challenge being the correct word. While I loved the idea of using a clipboard, I struggled at first to find my direction.
Confession: it was me who suggested the clipboards to Caroline
The phrase "be careful what you ask for, you might just get it" comes to mind. It was the last thing i tackled for my assignments. i kept putting it off, kicking & screaming along the way. Well that may bit of an exaggeration but i was a bit reluctant to start.
Confession #2: a deadline is one of my biggest creative inspirations
I don't know why but it's the truth. A looming deadline kicks me into action. Here's the thing i know, the beauty of Maya Road products is that they cross all kinds of styles and arts. So I took a deep breath and created the kind of mixed media art I love.
I started my clipboard by layering bits & pieces of Maya Road products I adore. It's almost like a treasure hunt...can you find: Kraft Stickers (Hearts & Arrows), Transparency Clocks (Black & White), 2 Measuring Tape Trims, Small Kraft & Polka Dot Envelopes, 3 stamp stets, Chipboard Alpha, Kraft Light Bulb, & Wood frames? I had no idea where i was going with it but trusting the vision would make itself clear if i just kept creating.
Inspiration struck and i soon had a destination. This clipboard is a reflection of me so what better way to do that then treat it like an art journal page of sorts. I wrote out some thoughts on the background with a waterproof black pen and then added a layer of gesso across the clipboard. I broke out my new stencils and added in some layers of texture. Do you see the "And So On" and "Baubles" stencils?
I began painting the background with Maya Road mists. I love the rich color it brings to all my creations. I even painted "Me" with Maya Road Mists combined with a little bit of gesso. It's what makes them so versatile. You can use Maya Mists on almost any surface with the right preparations.
As of this month, i will no longer be on the Maya Road Design Team. Life has been very good there with wonderful, thoughtful owners who have taken me into their family and pushed me creatively in all the right ways. The design team has been filled with incredibly talented and good people who i just adore. I, of course, will always be a Roadie and continue teaching & using their awesome products in my classes & creations. But it's time for me to stand on my own and chase down some other dreams.