I'm temporarily pulling this blog out of hibernation to show you a few new things I've done recently... and then I'm putting it right back to sleep.
I've been feeling like I'm in a bit of a slump lately, so I've been trying new things to try to work through it. Behold:
In April, I did a quick Easter Bunny sketch. It ended up working for both the SCBWI Draw This! prompt (bloom) and Colour Collective (lemon yellow) as well as the holiday... triple dipping! I challenged myself to only use 4 colors in this--pink, yellow, purple, and green. The grey of the bunny's fur is just the green and pink layered over each other... cool, eh?
I also played around with some mermaid pictures for Mermay! This first one was another limited palette experiment (limited palettes are FUN!) I think it has only... 6 colors? Anyway, I just wanted to see what would happen if I treated a piece a bit more like a cross between a painting and a reduction print. Some bits I like and some I don't. If I really liked where it was going I would spend some time getting that last 20% just right, but... I don't, so I moved on to other experiments. It was an interesting exercise, anyway.
I got an iPad Pro for mothers day (well, mostly just because I said It's Time Now I Need This) and played around in Procreate a bit as well. I kinda just let myself try things and do whatever I felt like, which ended up being in a VERY different style than I usually use. It was fun, but... uncomfortable. I'm headed right back to my comfort zone after this, thank you very much.
Last but not least... I actually made a VIDEO. 😲 (<- the face you should be making at that news.)
Well, sort of. I just drew in Procreate, and procreate made the video. BUT I recorded audio to go with it, and put it all together, AND uploaded it to Youtube! Which probably seems really basic to a lot of people, but it was a HUGE DEAL to me. Take a look below if you're curious!
That's it for what I've been working on recently.
I also added a links section to the bottom of my "about" page, so you can find pages showing contests, interviews, and challenges I've participated in. Take a look if you're interested.
My final piece of news is that I am now the Illustration Coordinator for my SCBWI Region, Eastern (Upstate) NY. I'm excited and nervous, but I think it will be a great experience so I'm looking forward to it.
And that's it for now--this blog is going back to sleep!
So, St. Patrick's day kind of snuck up on me this year. Sorry. I made a super cool paper cauldron thingy to be a pot of gold... and then never made up any instructions for it. But that one doesn't have to be for St. Patrick's day. Maybe I'll put it together in time for Easter. It can be a basket.
This craft, however, is pretty St. Patrick's day specific.
And its not too complicated! Well, compared to the other things I've made. If you made almost any other craft I've posted here it will be easy, because it is based on the very same principles.
As you can see from the string in the photo at the top, I strung mine into a necklace, but you can use these for any kind of St. Patrick's decorating you want to do.
Does the shape look familiar? That might be beecause you can use the same shape for a slightly different craft on Valentine's day: http://www.sarahluann.com/blog/paper-heart-baskets
So maybe St. Valentine and St. Patrick were friends or something ;-)
I tell you what, Valentines better come soon, because then I can tell my brain that it can STOP thinking up ways to make things with hearts.
Another week to go, I guess. Ah, well. I'll survive.
I guess my brain was saving the simplest stuff for last, because this one is really easy. I didn't even bother to take pictures to make instructions. OK fine, thats mostly because right now I'm lazy, but also because you don't need them.
Ok, here goes nuthin'. Super simple-yet-cool-looking DIY centerpiece decoration thing for valentines. Because why not.
And I even made a little template. You can do this with any kind of heart, though. Or actually with any shape your little heart desires. (See what I did there? Haha. Ok, lame joke. Moving on.)
Also! This concept is super versatile, and not just in the shape you use. As long as you cut at least three pieces, you're good. I did four because... I like squares? It just seemed like a nice, even number. I guess you could even do it with two, if you made it go around something fairly narrow. Like one of those little vases you put a single rose in or something. Or on the rod things that hold up stair banisters. Which technically wouldn't be a centerpiece anymore, but I guess thats my point. You can use this in so many ways!
Ok I'll stop talking now and just give you the dang template for the Valentine Centerpiece. In case you wanted it. Because maybe you were thinking of doing your own thing instead.
Take a look at the photo above to get an idea of what we're doing here.
All you need to do is find a slit that faces down, and slide it over a slit that faces up. Make sure you slide the slits all the way together, to the end of each slit. Do this until you have all your pieces are linked together. Once all your pieces are linked together, link the ends together the same way. Do a little pushing, pulling, and nudging to get your pieces to stand just how you'd like them to.
This would be really easy to jazz up in simple was. Maybe try letting kids draw on the hearts first. Or you could try gluing doilies or other lightweight valentines decorations on the hearts. Maybe some paper flowers. Maybe put a vase in the center full of roses.
Or you could just say you're going for the simple look and leave the hearts as-is. They do pretty well on their own.
Ta-da! Easy centerpiece!
The other day, I made this super simple little turkey and I thought I might as well let other people make it too. I cut this one out on my Cricut, but you can print the image below, cut out the pieces, and assemble it as shown. No glue necessary! If you make one, let me know in the comments. I'd love to see a picture!
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