How I Created Time Spirit during the Pandemic Lockdown

Shia Lynn Victor_Time Spirit_Mixed Media on Canvas

The Making of Time Spirit - Mixed Media and Altered Art on Canvas

Time Spirit is a mixed media art piece with a touch of altered art that consist of elements and embellishments put together to form this expressive piece. Time Spirit symbolizes my love for magick and fantasy, and my curiosity for old world and new age, combined together to craft an artwork that tells a story- and it is up to you what you see in this painting.

I created Time Spirit during the early stages of our national Covid-19 lockdown. It was one of the most devastating experience and struck by uncertainty. Most of us weren't sure what to make out of this year. Those of us who had it all, lost it all. Those of us whom have made plans, had our plans cancelled. Those of us whom have made goals, pivoted. 

Thankfully, I was very well equipped with my abundance of arts and craft supplies- some said I could've even opened a little online shop, hahaha! I was able to keep myself occupied with a project that eventually was exhibited in a digital art exhibition. 

Shia Lynn Victor_Time Spirit_Mixed Media on Canvas

The base of this piece are made out of recycled materials- a sturdy backing from a packaging that I kept and wanted to use it as a "canvas" for mixed media explorations. You would be surprise how much you can do with packaging materials. The smaller embellishments are from my own personal collection that I know some day, I will be using them in an altered art piece. And that someday manifested into this art work.

The embellishments are secured well with heavy body gel. Working with a mixed media and altered art piece can be tricky, because you will want to put everything and anything onto the canvas. But there is a lesson to be learned in this process. 

As much as I am all for intuitive art making, but when it comes to hands on, the idea is to know when to hold back from piling everything. Sometimes, less is more. Composition and concept is key when it comes to working with this sort of art project. 

Shia Lynn Victor_Time Spirit_Mixed Media on Canvas

"Time Spirit"
Shia Lynn Victor
16cm x 30.5cm
Mixed Media & Altered Art on Canvas

Circling back to the birth of Time Spirit; perhaps I created Time Spirit because I craved escapism. My thirst for fantasy and lore heightened, I wanted adventure. I channeled my anxiety by creating an altered art that told a story. I called it Time Spirit, because even when we are lockdown physically, our minds are free to travel to fulfill our souls with creativity, magic and adventure.

I bless this precious piece, with a new home and an owner who loves magic and fantasy as much as I do.

// An intuitive creator and a facilitator of creative breakthroughs, Shia Lynn lives a creative life in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and cats. She enjoys home organising, decluterring and art journaling, and loves all things magickal and mystical. Shia Lynn offers intuitive art classes, workshops and private therapeutic art life coaching sessions. Shia Lynn also curates the local art & handmade scene on her platform, The Artsy Craftsy, and co-organizes artisanal markets called The Craft Affair. Email
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