Nothing is ever as simple as you'd hoped it would be.
I started off making charms for Artfest about a month ago. I wanted to do something simple, but different. I had this stamped image that I thought would be interesting. I liked the idea of a ticket- I always see creativity as a journey.
I put that image into Publisher and created a page with multiple images, which I then printed off. I coloured the entire page by hand using my water soluble oil pastels and then colour copied the page onto cardstock. I mounted the page onto thin cardboard and cut each one out. For the backs, I did much the same thing, but printed my name and contact info.
I thought I was going to dangle something off the bottom. I had visions of a little shoe. I tried that and I didn't like how it looked. It just wasn't right. I got stuck. What was I going to do to "finish" my charm?! I think the human brain is like a computer-or at least mine is. If I put a problem in and then let it be, my brain just keeps on working on it, quietly behind the scenes until it comes up with the solution. This morning, I hit pay dirt! It came to me to make wings to add to the ticket using acetate. So now I am stamping and cutting and peeling back the carboard layers to add them in. Once that's done, I will add the jump rings. It's been a zillion little fiddly steps, since I am making 100 to swap but I like how they are turning out. Art is teaching me patience. Tenacity is nothing without patince and there is definately wisdom in not giving up.