Embracing creative mess

This week have been so hectic and after work I´ve been totally smooched. Been vegging in couch, with no strength other then watching some episodes of “Friends”. I tried to defeat the smoochednessy feeling, took out my over sized Moleskine, stabilo marks all pencils and white paint. But it just didn´t work out. To day I had better luck. Felt alive for a change, so I put on music in my ear phones, lovely r´n´b . And started working on the spread that was a mistake the other day. Continued on the mess, embraced it, used it and had fun.

Here is the spread

Embraced creative mess. A art journal spread in Camilla Olsson Arts Oversized Moleskine journal. Mixed media. Stabilo marks all pencils, white and black paint.


I bought a easel for me to work with my art journal on – or papers too. Found it to hard to paint flat. It was money well spent for me. Love this easel. Now I´m thinking of buying a propper easel that will stand on the floor. The one I got now is one for the field and very unsturdy. Not good to paint with big canvases on flat floors.

Embraced creative mess. Camilla Olsson Art with her easel, Moleskine and a painting in the background that is waiting to be finished.

Working in small

I mostly try to work as big as I can. But at times it is nice to work on smaller pieces. That way I can try things more quickly to see if it works for me or not. Here are a few small pieces, in post card size Ive made recently. I hope to be able to make thees in bigger sizes some day (when I do get the time to).


Summary of “Unearth, gather and create” workshop

All good things have to come to an end. As I watched the final lessons from Gillians workshop “Unearth, gather and create”, I teared up as she showed us her art journal. It felt like the perfect end for the workshop. It was touching.

I really feel that this workshop have given me so much. It started in April and since then 30 lessons with 95 videos have been shown and lots and lots of good reading, encouragement and exercises. This hasn´t been like any other workshop. This have been special. Normally I tend to do exactly what others are doing, what the teacher says, but this time it have been about me finding my own voice.

I´ve been digging deep in to my self, finding what attracts me, what speaks to me. I feel more secure with my own creativity now. I know what I want. Perhaps that isn´t all just from doing this workshop. It have been my goal for this year, to grow, and I sure have. It didn´t come easy, I had to work for it, and I´m far from done. I now have a life time to continue to learn.

I loved how the workshop was set up. Starting with simple exercises and simple mediums like led pencils. And later on getting to learn how to really draw a face with all its features. She showed new ways for me to use my mediums, and for that I´m great full.

This workshop will forever be with me. Since it has made me more aware of art, what I want and how to work it out. I need to carry my small Moleskine note books and sketchbooks with me all the time, I love to grab them when ever I get an idea.

I wanna take the opportunity to thank Gillian for this workshop. You really have put your heart, soul and passion in to this workshop and it shows so much. I´m forever thank full for your words and your time on this workshop. I also want to thank each and everyone else that took the workshop with me, your work and your comments in the Facebook group have been all so valuable for me.

Here are some of my work made in this workshop.

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Oil sticks, pastels and me are the perfect match. Piece for sale

I think I´ve found my way to create. And by that I mean what mediums to use. I just love working with oil sticks and soft pastels, the way Gillian taught me in her workshop. Some times I use them on top of acrylics but in this piece no acrylics were used. I love the transitions between colors, the marks, the lines .. well most of it actually. You now can find this piece in my Etsy shop. If you are interested in buying and do not have a Etsy-account and do not want to get one, contact me in person and I´ll work it out for you anyway.

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Changes in art and life

As you may have noticed, I do not post that often any more. There are several reasons for that. First of all, I´m trying to find my way of creating and not all is something I want to show. There are a lot of sketching and writing, but not that much of pieces to show. I need this space that is just for me, to be able to create in my safe zone first. With out pressure. And as I´m trying to find my way, I also have a bigger need to fill at home. I need to take better care of my self and that includes working out and hanging out with my boys. And that gives me less time to be blogging. I do Instagram more so if you want to follow me more closely you can find me there.

This weekend have been much about painting. The week that have passed have been pretty hectic, and over the weekend the time is to relax. Painting is always a great option for that. I started this big canvas on Thursday. I call it “Presence of the past”.

That on Saturday turned out like this. I changed the way the light hit the face and then moved on with other colors.

And this morning it looked like this.

And right now, it have a lovely coat of oil sticks over it. . I find the oil sticks really work for me. I love what it adds to the painting. I can add more depth to a painting with the oil sticks.

It is still far from being done. It needs to dry some before I continue.