What Is The Phoenix Project?

When I slammed into writer’s burnout a few years ago, I discovered that doing something with my hands that didn’t involve an internet connection, was the best cure. Being a crafter, I went exploring new creative outlets which slowly healed my burnout. I have tried:

~ paper crafting
~ watercolours
~ art journalling
~ collage
~ crochet
~ tapestry
~ hand decorated but functional planners
~ and sewing.

From that list, the things that have become my favourites are the planners, collage and sewing. My biggest dream is to be able to consistently sew in a straight line, but my biggest lesson is to learn to be myself in what I do. I don’t need the latest and/or better products that the people that have taught me new skills are throwing at me. I have had greater joy in finding my own path and bucking trends.

This Phoenix Projects posts will focus on include stress-reducing art and craft techniques that you may already be enjoying as part of your lifestyle. As a lot of art content is in video format, it will often link to great how-to videos on Youtube.

The planned categories include:

  • Down the Rabbit Hole, (topics or issues I am fascinated with),
  • Craft as Therapy,
  • Mental Health Issues,
  • Tips for Surviving Life Online,
  • “Just Sharing” and
  • …whatever else comes to mind at the time.

If I can encourage you to use some of these tools and they help you to cope better with life’s stresses and challenges, that will be the best possible outcome this blog could ever have.

A video worth sharing, or discussion related post should come out every Friday, (Thursday U.S. time.) There may be an occasional post earlier in the week if I feel inspired.

core values journeyI had a beautiful evening this week, with a friend who teaches art and journalling. I was trying to draw and I totally sucked at that, but I learned a lot and had fun. Since then I have put together my first art journal and am messing around with it doing what I am comfortable with and using new skills and techniques which I am excited about.

Art doesn’t have to be perfect, and learning to accept that is a huge part of my journey, as having been a writer for a long time, the editing monster brain washed me into getting things neat, correct and understandable. It is time to let go and I am going to be interested in how that process goes over the following months.

If you are interested in specific topics which help with stress relief and mental health, please let me know in the comments. I’d like to be able to share what is needed, and not just what appeals to my own needs. Have an awesome week!

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Reverse Collage: Stress Reducing Art ANYONE Can Do

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This is an easy, fun project anyone can do which needs NO art skills. It’s a great creativity booster and stress reducer. Getting away from the computer and doing something with your hands, can save your sanity! If you try this technique, find me on Twitter or Facebook and show me your work, I’d love to see it.

May is going to be Colour Month. We will be looking at blending colours, the best way to use them, pencil skills and more.

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Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

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Lest We Forget: ANZAC Day 2019

Poppies“They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Anzac Day, 25 April, marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign. Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who died in the war.

Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the actions of Australian and New Zealand forces during the campaign left a powerful legacy. What became known as the “Anzac legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways in which they viewed both their past and their future.

Source: Australian War Memorial Web

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Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

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Those Hands That Gave (Easter Poem)


Such miracles they did perform,
To make the crippled walk again
And blessed both man and child,
Those hands that caused no harm or pain
But only goodness did they yield,
So warm and gentle to the touch
So pure and undefiled.

Those hands that stilled the raging storm
And freed the muted tongue to speak,
That fed five thousand hungry souls
And made the deaf to hear,
Those hands that prayed to God above
And cast the cursed spirits out
That cared for all who were in need
And were so kind and dear.

Those hands so true gave only love
Were always willing to forgive,
That turned the water into wine
And made the blind to see,
But yet they nailed them to the cross
And drew the blood of holy grace,
I shan’t forget my Saviour gave
His precious life for me.

ANDREW BLAKEMORE

 

 

Journals for “No Reason?”: Collage Just for Joy

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This is another fun project anyone can do which needs NO art skills. The results look great, it’s a way to use up magazine and paper scraps, and if this brings you happiness to look at what you have done, you have nailed it!

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This blog page is Copyright Cate Russell-Cole 2019. All rights are reserved Internationally. Except for using the WordPress reblog button, you may not reproduce it in any form, in part of whole, without Cate’s prior written permission. That includes forms such as print, audio and digital imaging including pdf, jpg, png etc.

Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

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Easy Art to Reduce Stress: Ripping Up A Page

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This is a meditative art journal exercise, which you can also do with a page from a magazine, a calendar image, anything you want. You don’t have to have the fancy products mentioned either, get the general concept of what Carolyn is doing and use what you have.

Have fun and if you wish, tweet me and show me what you’ve made.

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Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

Proudly written in Aussie English.

Stop Doubting Yourself

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Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

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Easy Art: Make Your Own Book from Magazines

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…and paint, and stencil, to your heart’s content. This is a great way to recycle old magazines too. Shannon Green is another one of my favourite crafty people.

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Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

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Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

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