Hooray Hooray, It’s Block Hop day! The Artists on the Block website has officially launched and we have teamed up with Stencil Girl to kick off the Artist Trading Block movement with a fantastic blog hop . It’s not just any blog hop it’s a BLOCK HOP! Come along and let’s explore creativity in 3-D with Stencil girl and the ATB. There will be oodles of inspiration along the way and prizes…oh my!
Stencil Girl is sponsoring the Be an Artist on the Block Workshop at CHA and we all decided we just couldn’t wait till after the show to share the creative magic that happens when you combine Stencil Girl Stencils with Eileen Hull’s Sizzix Block dies!
I know, it’s like getting to peek at Christmas presents isn’t it?
I must tell you I have had a blast creating ATBs. I literally can. NOT. STOP. You’ll see, ATBs are like Lays Potato Chips…no one can make “just one”.
I’ve taken a shine to creating a series of ATB that can be traded individually or kept together as a set. Fun, fun, FUN I tell you! I call my latest series…
Spread Your Creative Wings
After all that is what we hope to encourage everyone to do with the ATB movement…stretch their creative wings and fly, Fly, FLY!
It’s pretty hard not to feel a surge of creativity and a gnawing urge to create with a bunch of Stencil Girl Stencils whispering in your ear “Create with Me!” So naturally I had to, and the story went a little something like this…
Once there was a bird. A pretty little bird that you can find out how to make HERE…as long as you promise not to judge me…er… the little bird because those pictures were taken when she was just a fledgling bloggy bird.
Anyway the bird lived on a metal block in a metal nest and blah, blah, blah but she wanted to try new things….like stenciling.
So she started stenciling birds. Since birds of a feather “stick together” she gave them all feathers and they started having rowdy parties where they shout inspiring words to each other. The little bird was all like “You go birds!” But then she realized she was feeling pretty inspired and awesome too so she spread those creative wings a little further and…
Started stenciling, embossing, coloring and glittering like crazy! Crazy-Awesome that is.
By this time the Bird was REALLY feeling the creative flow and decided it was time to Risk adventure, Embrace this glorious moment, fly, and…
Pfft…forget flying said the bird, these creative wings were made to SOAR!
Now that the bird has learned how to soar she can sit back, admire the view and reflect on everything she learned about those ol’ creative wings of hers.
What’s the moral of this little birdie story? To tell you the truth I had no idea what I was doing when I started this project. I had no ideas, no plan I just jumped in. I tried things I’ve never done before without knowing whether they would work or not. It was liberating and oh so freeing…like flying. It’s quite a trip to get so lost in your creations that you literally feel like you are just soaring through it. Come to think of it I don’t think I created this project at all…I think IT created ME.
That my friends is the beauty of Art and why my greatest hope is that everyone will spread their creative wings with The Artists on the Block and fly free!
Ok ok, I went off on a tangent. What you were looking for a tutorial? Don’t worry your pretty little heads I’ll have tutorials for each and every one of these ATBs coming soon Buuut….you will have to visit us at TheArtistsOnTheBlock.com for them
But wait there’s MORE! Hop on by all of these fabulous blogs and prepare to be amazed by ATB inspiration…Stencil Girl is having a giveaway so the more blogs you visit and comment on the more chances you have to win fabulous stencils!
Next Stop on the Block Hop…
Hope your creativity soars today!