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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Good Things Are Happening #blessed

… but the rest takes patience!

Isn’t that always the way? My apologies for not posting. I have good news: my health is improving! It has been 9 years coming so I am rejoicing that constant migraine pain has ended.

The not brilliant, but OK… news is that this means I have a long period of withdrawal from heavy painkillers to endure which will take a long time – it’s going well, I am reducing, but it’s knocking me sideways. I will be back as soon as I can.

In the meantime, please enjoy this great video which I located today. I tried the method and it works! I am no artist, but my intentions and thoughts were clear.

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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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Building Functional Items from Newspapers: #upcycle #recycle

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Welcome to upcycle month! This week’s post is a channel shout out to Minakshi Biswas, a creative housewife who builds attractive, functional storage items out of newspaper, cardboard and wool. I have watched a number of her videos and am impressed by her skills at working out both functional and structural details out of her “local rag,” (aka newspaper) which we only relegate to the recycle bin.

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I will leave you with my favourite video:

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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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Site Suggestion for Crafters: Hobbycraft Blog

There are an insane number of projects on this blog covering nearly every craft you can think of, from crochet to home decor and knitting, baking, sewing, papercraft, art, patterns for your cricut… and there are a heap of free colouring pages and instructions. You can also access wedding, Easter and Christmas ideas.

Of course it wants you to buy from them, but that part is done more subtly that usual and is not obligatory.

Go, explore and see what you can find and let me know if you stumble across any brilliant ones, please let me know.

https://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk

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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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Card Making Supplies You May Find Helpful #cards #craftastherapy

Cards I have made this year.

There are thousands and thousands of videos on Youtube about making cards, from simple designs anyone can make, to fancy cards which require special machines and expensive products. This is a great video which has a little simple and a little fancy included in the suggestions.

If anyone is interested, I am happy to have a card making month. It’s fun, good distraction from stress and you do NOT have to spend a fortune in materials. The giving from your heart is what really matters here, which is why people appreciate the hand-made cards you crafted especially for them.

Enjoy the video and when I find more best of the best card videos, I will share them with you.

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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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Is Tracing Cheating or an Aid to Learning?

As this video exists, I can’t be the only one who has ever worried whether tracing an image I want to use in my art journal is correct or not. If you have doubts, or have ever been criticised for doing this, the video below will hopefully set the matter straight!

Do what YOU need to do and don’t worry about other’s criticisms. I know this is always easier said and done, but if you are journalling just for yourself and your mental health, the only person who you have to make happy is yourself. It is you expressing the message you wish to communicate on paper and you do it any way you want.

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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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Use What You Have: A New Way to Use Your Stencils

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This is certainly a great idea! It doesn’t matter how simple or complicated the stencil you want to use is, using parts as shapes, or patterns gives you a whole new use for your stencil stash.

Don’t get stuck on using acrylic paint only; experiment with your stencils with watercolours, pencils, inks and whatever other mediums you would like to try.

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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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How Hand Crafted Books Are Traditionally Made – Down the Rabbit Hole

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It is always intriguing to find out how the most exquisite items are crafted. Using your hair to lift gold leaf is something I would never think of… not that I tend to use gold leaf… 🙂   This is an old video from the 1980s era which I found really interesting. Enjoy the video and please share your thoughts on it in the comments.

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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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