Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Smiles

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Happy Sunday everyone! You know what's been making me smile? New art supplies and techniques! My sister gave me a subscription to Creativebug, the online site that gives you access to great classes on video! I've loved Lisa Congdon's (I'm a big fan of her work!) Sketchbook Explorations class, and recently started Beginning Calligraphy with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. So this morning I thought I would combine some of those skills into a page for my sketchbook. I painted a watercolor background, and on top of that I layered a practice sheet of calligraphy on vellum, and a page from a thrift store book with some shapes cut out. It was a good exercise for me as I tend to think one dimensionally with my art as opposed to the possibilities of layering different elements.

I just love how working with new mediums gets the creative juices flowing! I'm pretty excited to continue experimenting with Koi brush pens, micron pens, watercolor paints, gouache paints and the g pen nib (which I've read is a favorite among manga artists, so there's more drawing potential with it!) that I'm using for the calligraphy course.

Are you guys playing with any new toys?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Photo-Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday my friends! I just love the contrast between these two photos from the fun weekend I had! There was some colorful, crafty indoor projects, and a (short!) cold outdoor snowshoe walk. Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Photo-Tuesday

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I have a couple of shots to share from a little snowshoe walk yesterday...

Monday, February 9, 2015

(Valentine's Day) Mandorla

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Today's post can be seen as a sequel of sorts to My Shadow post. Don't worry, you need not have read that more verbose post to understand this one. I'm going to be talking about the mandorla image I crocheted, what a mandorla is, and how you can make one if you want. It so happened that the colors I used were very appropriate for Valentine's Day, and you'll see how symbolically this image could also be appropriate for Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fox Scarf

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I made this fox scarf by Bees Knees Knitting for my cousin's birthday after she spotted it on Ravelry (pattern page here). You can also purchase the pattern from the Bees Knees Knitting Etsy shop and see all the other different animal scarf patterns there are!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

My Shadow

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Happy Groundhog Day my friends! It's also my birthday, my 32nd one in fact. The other week I was thinking about my upcoming birthday, and I had one of those "ah-ha!" or "whoa" moments. I was thinking about previous posts I've written about my birthday (like here and here), and how I usually relate it to Groundhog Day and report about whether or not I saw my shadow... And then it hit me! My Shadow! This (the Shadow in Jungian terms), is what I've been reading and researching more about since just after Christmas! I had resolved to get to know myself better this year, which meant getting to know my Shadow. Never before had having my birthday on Groundhog Day felt so significant.