Looking For Advice PLUS VIDEO: Art Slice Round-Up April 2017

Abstract art by Kim Dellow using paint and old packaging

So I have been a little bit quieter than usual on social media recently for a few reasons. One fun reason is that I am trying to redesign my blog and perhaps even my whole career at this point. But the not so fun reason is that this is kind of leading me to a total paralysing overload and burnout. Too many choices, too many decisions! Brain…Does Not Compute…It’s illogical, Captain…Pufff. That was the noise of my head exploding in case you weren’t sure. Yes, it was only a tiny puff of smoke, barely noticeable from my usual self, apart from a lack of social media presence perhaps.

Do you have any survival techniques for overload and burnout? I mean sitting on the couch in my pants drinking wine and eating chocolates can only take you so far! Ok, so I don’t actually sit on the couch in my pants. Does a big fluffy dressing gown count? Well, it isn’t really MY dressing gown, I time share it with the cats. They let me borrow it occasionally. If I am good.

Anyway, if you do have some survival techniques I would love to hear them! In the meantime here is a round-up of my April Art Slice videos in time for inspiring your creative weekend, I hope.

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DIY Butterflies With Gelli Plate Prints And PaperArtsy Stamp

PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps EKD05
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stencils
Ranger Archival ink Jet Black
Gelli Plate

Gouache World

Turner Gouache paint
Strathmore mixed media journal
plastic sheet from old packaging
Sakura Pigma Micron pen
Kitchen towel
water spray

Gouache Poppy Flower

Turner Gouache
Sakura Pigma Micron pen
Strathmore Mixed Media journal

Gouache Paint Space Feather

Turner gouache paint

But joking aside, I do feel I need to regroup, rethink and redesign so if I am a little quiet, then that is why. Watch this space! I honestly don’t know what is going to happen next! Is that good or bad?

Hope you enjoyed the videos and are ready for making some art this weekend, I would love to see what you make so do link me up or shout out on any of the social media channels you use and I will come say hi!


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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Julie Short

    The downtime and the personal turmoil is I believe important to us. Evaluating what you are doing may change your direction or strengthen you resolve with what is right for you Kim. Too often we stay on automatic and actually miss the twists and turns that just might provide an adventure you didn't know you needed.
    Never dismiss that voice that warns somethings not right!
    Sending a positive to you…over the ocean.
    BTW when I need to think through really big decisions its to the sea that I go!

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ahh thanks Julie, what you say makes so much sense to me. You know I have had a real urge to go to the sea recently, I keep coming back to the idea. It is a little bit of a trek for us, unfortunately, but maybe I need to go!
      Have a good weekend x

  2. Theresa

    Try something completely different. Something that's been on your list of things to try but you have't given yourself permission yet because it is too far off the path you are currently on. Sometimes just that carefree playing can make a huge difference. And don't feel like you have to share it. Have you ever watched Dede Willingham's ustreams or you tubes? She has done several idea type journals that can keep me motivated just because of the infinite variety that the "idea" gives as a jumping off point. I find that if I take too long a break, it is difficult to get started again. So I make art everyday. I am disabled and can't work a regular job anymore, so art is my job in that it keeps me connected with other people and keeps my mind working. Hope that helps. thanks as always for sharing.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ahh thank you Theresa, some wonderful ideas and I will definitely check out Dede Willingham! I think you are right I need a bit of something different. I love what I do but I no longer have any hobbies and I am always thinking of work and what I need to do next. So doing something different just for me sounds like a great idea.
      I am glad you are making art everyday, it really is just the best isn't it? And a great way to connect with others too.
      Definitely helps! Thank you!
      Hope you have a nice and creative weekend 🙂

  3. Shirley Davis

    My thinking is:
    1 do NOTHING to do with art/craft for a long weekend – read, bake, eat, have long baths etc (the etc is the interesting bit)
    2 toy with list making- what I enjoy doing / what I want to do but haven't yet / what is new?
    3 trust your own instinct – the art slices are excellent, Kim. They have a uniquely accessible style.

    This bit is a timely coincidence in that it is new to me and came from a chance comment on someone's Instagram. Everyone is making bullet journals. But many of us like to use electronic organisation – calendars, memos, files, lists, docs etc.
    Have you heard of TRELLO? It's a fascinating organisational app. I've spent two days making the bones of mine and will be going to it every morning – a central hub of all things online. I just pray it doesn't get blitzed by a bug…perhaps the written format has its attractions but I've achieved more in two days than I ever did on paper!

    All the very best, Kim. Don't let fear take your heart and creativity away.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ahh thank you Shirl. I followed your advice and took some time off and I think I am feeling the focus and motivation coming back again. Sometimes I have to let some things go and regroup to be able to work out the direction I need to take.

      Anyway, I will checkout TRELLO, thanks for the recommendation. I've not heard of it. I tend to do the writing things down physically thing as I've not yet found an organising app that I don't ignore 😀 But I will give it a go as I am still hoping to find one that works for me!
      Have a lovely weekend!

  4. Carol Woodley

    Thanks for all the tips and fun you give me. For me the stress goes when I walk. Just get out and do it, a little time just for you.

  5. Carol Woodley

    Thanks for all the tips and fun you give me. For me the stress goes when I walk. Just get out and do it, a little time just for you.

  6. Carol Woodley

    Thanks for all the tips and fun you give me. For me the stress goes when I walk. Just get out and do it, a little time just for you.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thank you Carol, I've definitely been working some me time into this week and it has helped, just like you say! Hope you have had a good week and have a lovely weekend!

  7. kartenkunst

    Hi Kim,
    I used to go for a run when I needed my head cleared up. After 10 miles or so the canvas is blank again and one has a different point of view on eveything.

    For me always works being outside when I am stuck with ideas or have too many ideas to know what to do first.

    Btw… when you eat the chocolate in the dark then at least the calories won't find you 😉

    Greetings from Germany

    1. Kim Dellow

      I totally admire you Rena! Going for a run is fabulous! I'm not a runner but I do love long walks and I think you are right getting out and a change of scene really helps.

      Oh and thanks for the chocolate calories tip 🙂 It's like if you put fruit in ice cream there are no calories, right? 😀 😀 😀

      Have a lovely and creative weekend!

  8. Hi Kim
    I know what you mean, I have started a weekly indoor market and I get quite a lot of orders and i love to follow blogs and life just gets in the way, blogs that I follow I cannot keep up let alone post anything on my blogs as regular as I would like. So I make sure I have at least one day a week or month for pampering myself or with girlfriends and one weekend away every month where i just switch off. Hubby is very supportive so it gives us time together whilst we are away.

    You need to plan something for yourself even if it is drinking wine and binge eating chocolate so you have something to look forward to and strike a balance from burning out. Hope all the comments here help you Kim big hugs ? ??

    1. Kim Dellow

      Such a good idea Jennifer, scheduling in some you time. I think this is what I am really bad at. I am so bad at switching off and not switching off is the fastest way to a burn out and I keep doing it and never learn either *sigh!

      Thank you for the advice and it really does help. I hope that the market is going well, it is fabulous you are getting orders, massive congrats, it is great to hear!
      Thank you and big hugs back!

  9. Vicky

    It's definitely a good thing Kim, my hubby took on a challenging career change about 6 months ago and has not looked back, totally for the best.
    As others have mentioned, I'd recommend running or walking to clear your head and to help see things in a new light. Working from home can be such a challenge, there's just no getting away from it! xxx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey up Vicky,

      Isn't it just? This working from home Murlarky!
      I am so glad things are working out with your husband's career change. What we all need is a time machine to help us make the decisions, imagine how much easier it would be to pick the right direction! (and choose lottery ticket numbers) 😀

  10. Diane Zureski

    I miss waking up in Canada on Wednesdays and Fridays and seeing a new video… great way to start my day. However, I totally understand burnout or the need for a change. I agree totally with the comments on going for a walk or run… outdoors in nature has a way of clearing your mind. I hope you figure out what makes you happy and pays the bills.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ahh thank you Diane, I am really pleased to hear that you have been enjoying the films, I am sorry they are on a little break at the moment! But you will be pleased to know that I spent today filming three new videos!

      Yeah, I think my mind is clearing again and my focus coming back 🙂
      I hope that you have been having a creative week? And have a lovely weekend too!

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