Awhile back I made a fold and cut ornament... which I never posted or gave instructions for. Eventually I might.
And then I thought, thats a simple thing to paint. It would be good to start up again with something simple.
So, I painted it.
It was a good reminder of how much I love painting, and how much I miss it. And how terribly, horribly, completely rusty I am at it.
I started it one night in November and never got back to it until last night, when I decided to be done with it. Not because its the best it can be and completely finished, but because it served its purpose--it was a reason to get the paints out, and to remember how fun painting is, and how hard.
Here is how it looked, at various points in its life. I noticed too late that when I held the iphone too close to the painting it made the whole picture look cold, with a sort of grey-blue cast over the whole thing. Something to watch for next time.
I thought of maybe doing a Christmas-related comic, but inspiration didn't strike. And I think anyone who has been married can relate to this.
And since we're away from home, we have an even lower quality image than usual, straight from my phone! Ah well--whatever works.
"Are you drawing all over my harmonics chart?"
"Its your fault! You left a pen next to it!"
The other day, Rich came home with this really cool chart he'd made which, he told me, "explains how music works" or something like that. It was a really cool chart. Which he left on the table. So it isn't MY fault if some doodles showed up on it, right?
What really happened is I realized that I was doodling on his awesome chart (in pen...) and I stopped. And he didn't get upset. But I still felt bad. But... it was paper, and there was a pen, and I'm me... things happen.
By the way, this little comic is completely unedited except for cropping. I drew it in pencil, used a fine tip black marker to draw over it, scanned it, cropped it, uploaded it. I'm going to be completely honest--If these are ever going to go anywhere but my sketchbook, I really have to set the bar low. That list of steps is already getting a bit longer than I'd like, but there isn't really anything to cut. So sometimes, the characters won't look the same from panel to panel. Sometimes, my handwriting is hard to read. Sometimes, I just can't draw. But I've found that, one, making these is something I enjoy, and two, they're something I like to share. But sharing them and even creating them will never happen if I decide that they must be perfect. I've decided to learn as I go--as I create and share and get feedback, maybe I'll get better, and maybe even feel better about committing more time to it.
For awhile I've been trying to find a way to keep track of the blogs I want to keep an eye on. I'm going to try bloglovin' and see how it goes.
Today is our ward Christmas party, and the YW organization was in charge of decorations for the walls. We decided to decorate the walls with cut out starts. It might even have been my idea.
To make it easier to teach people how to fold paper with the right angles, I made patterns to use as a guide. Though I've been folding paper snowflakes/stars for years without a pattern, I even found myself using the pattern, because it made things so much faster than just the guess-and-check method.
Then I thought, why not make the patterns avaliable for everyone?
Here they are:
The last couple weeks I've been going through a book called "The Artist's Way", which is supposed to help people to unlock/regain their creativity. Its for anyone who wants to be creative in any field, not just visual artists.
Anyway, one of the things it has you do is make a list of "other lives" you'd like to have. Like, in another life I'd be a novelist, or a monk, or a marathon runner--just anything else you'd want to do/be. Well, one of the "other lives" I listed was to be a webcomic artist.
So you list these "other lives", and then you're supposed to take time once in awhile to do things from your "other lives". So I made a little comic.
It has been so long since I've just sat down and drawn something for fun... I need to do this more often! I did a lot of doodles and brainstorming until I had the idea for this little comic.
So here it is, pretty much just as it appears in my sketchbook:
A couple weeks ago, I invented this ornament by accident. I was looking at two different pins on pinterest when I created it, this one, and this one. One makes a dodecahedron (12 sided 3D shape) out of hexagons which interlock, the other is a octahedron (8 sided 3D shape) of folded paper, based on a diamond shape. I wanted to try making an octahedron out of pieces that interlocked like the first one did.
But I didn't think it all through before diving in. I discovered that, with the pieces the way I had configured them, it didn't make an octahedron as I'd planned. I quickly realized, however, that I could make my shape work to make a different type of 12 sided ornament. (I did later figure out the right way to make the octahedron :-)
I decided to give my accident ornament away to anyone who wants it for Christmas. I tried to make the instructions clear, but after sending them out to friends and family, it seems that some of them could understand them and some couldn't. I'm not sure how to make them clearer--I invented this by accident, remember, I just did what worked and it happened. I don't really know how to explain that. So if you want, print these out and give it a try. If you print it on cardstock your final ornament will be more sturdy, but it will be more flexible and easier to assemble if you use regular paper--your choice.
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