Hi all, I'm Carmen otherwise known as "whoopidoo" in most of the places I frequent online. It's a name I chose when I first discovered the internet and it just kind of stuck. Nothing deep and meaningful in it - I just used to say "well, whoopidoo" quite a lot... in quite an annoying fashion to whoever I was saying it to.
I was always into art and craft as a child but we parted ways for various reason when I was 19. Fast forward to my late twenties, a few horrible experiences, blah, blah, blah... it all came down to my Mum dragging me to an evening art class to get me out of a funk I was in. I haven't looked back since. I'm 35 now and I just wish she could've seen what she did for me.
I adore and I guess you could say most of my inspiration comes from folk tales, mythology, legend, fantasy, horror... but I'm picky - it has to be monster horror and not humans mutilating humans, can't stomach that. Zombies, vampires, ghosties - yeah, that's all good. Slasher flicks. No, no. Total wimp out.
Oh and Alice Cooper. He's the only man I goth up for - otherwise I'm pretty boring in my jeans and paint splattered tee's.
I love Mixed Media, Drawing, Painting and I occasionally drag the sewing machine out and (try to) wibbly wobbly sew something. My style is most definitely grungy. I'm not a fan of pastel colours.
Journal page from the free Art, Heart & Healing class on Willowing.
I love reading as much as I love art & craft and my blog, whoopidoo...ings, is a bit of a mish mash of book reviews and whatever I'm dabbling in. Plus a LOT of rambly waffle but I think you probably guessed that much by now.
Going to stop talking now and just show you a few of my favourite bits and pieces...
One of the ways I have been making sure I create every day is to do a kind of visual journal in one of my sketchbooks, what I wore that day, what I saw, what I'm reading. If nowt else it gets me practising my drawing.
"Be like a flower & turn your face to the sun"
This is one of my older things I've made but one of my all time favourites. It's a set of glass coasters that I altered to fit in the Labyrinth theme. It was for an 80's Fantasy Film swap and one of the few things I wish I'd made two of.
That's me :) Thanks for reading.