Monday, April 30, 2012

Day 121: Tin Foil Day

     Welcome to Tin Foil Day!  For your viewing pleasure, I present the tin foil art I just finished.  First, I printed out a template and traced it through the paper and onto the foil.  Then, I just used a mechanical pencil tip to rub in the letters and make the design.  

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Day 120: Inspired by Yvonne

     It's Sunday and that means today's project is "Inspired by a Friend's Blog" Day.  This week we're inspired by Yvonne's black and white meditative tangle drawings.  She's been doing one of these everyday for her project and we're lucky to have her in our group.  She's always encouraging others and leaving nice comments.  I hope she approves!
     Anywho, I've been discovering several different art forms and ways of working during my project only to find out they are actually "things" as in "this is a thing."  It turns out tangles are a "thing," too.  There are books, kits, official patterns, and such.  I like this idea because it seems very akin to what I've been doing for years with my archival ink pen drawings as far as it being meditative, stress relieving, as well as a creative art form.  However, I decided to deviate from the standard a little by not using any special patterns and incorporating my message.  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Day 119: Something Digital

     Today, after being away until the late afternoon, I decided to work only digitally.  I took a couple graphic design courses in school, but I haven't done a lot of digital work since then.  I thought it might be fun to make every letter a different font and just mess around with it to see what happened.  After arranging the letters and adding a background pattern, I put it through several Photoshop filters until it no longer resembled the original.  What do you think?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Day 118: Wood Day

    The book says to make something with wood today so I decided to try using the precut shapes they have in arts and crafts stores.  They seem to be mainly for those college fraternity/ sorority paddles, etc., but I thought they would be great for my project, too.  Turns out, they're muy expensive, but you're worth it.
     First, I arranged the words on the frame.  It was fairly easy to glue on the letters, but hard to get them exactly in the right place!  The dark inner frame is magnetic so you can easily change the photo.  (You know those standard stock photos they usually put in frames?  Yeah, this totally didn't have one of those, but a picture apparently cut from a magazine with rough edges and everything.  I kid you not.)  Finally, I popped in a sepia wallet photo of my own and it's all done.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Day 117: Fortune Cookie!

     I didn't go anywhere fun or interesting for my project today thus couldn't make anything inspired by that location like the book said.  Oh well, maybe later.  When I got home from my errands, I was wondering what to do when I spied a bunch of fortune cookies on the counter from last night's dinner.  Ta da!  Oh and by the way, pai qiu is Chinese for volleyball.  I bet you were wondering.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 116: Map Day

     Today I was to make something using an old map (which I had thanks to an international charity) or something that ends up looking like one (which I drew myself.)  With all the fighting and whatnot happening all around the world, Jesus' message couldn't be more relevant.  So until things get better, I hope you enjoy this little picture.  I found some paper doll directions online and cut some from a map.  Then, I drew my own world map on some bristol board.  It's not meant to be super accurate, but I had fun with it.  In fact, it was inspired by Jill Berry and her work that features hand made maps.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day 115: Screw the Instructions Day

     Today's mission is to take a craft kit and make something totally different that what it instructs.  I found this foil art kit for a dollar.  I guess you're supposed to peel off die cuts and rub the colored foil over them so you can make these colorful and shiny little posters.  Screw that, I say.  The problem I have with these kits is they leave little to the imagination.  I decided to make this little collage and used the packaging as the backing.  The instructions and pretty much any part of the kit was fair game.  There's a heart in the upper right hand corner that's supposed to be rainbow.  It didn't scan well, but the rest of it made an interesting texture especially when tweaked in Photoshop.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Day 114: Bread Day

Whew!  It's okay now.  I was really starting to panic because I thought these photos were gone forever after all that work!  I thought I put the ones I needed in their folder and deleted the rest.  Then, I couldn't find them!  Thank God for file recovery aps and thank you, cnet.
     Anyway, today is Bread Day and I kept seeing these pretzel kits in a craft store and thought, "Pretzels are bread, aren't they?"  Yes, in fact, they're considered a flat bread and "the official bread of lent."  That story has to do with old Christian customs of giving up certain ingredients like animal products and having to work with what was left.  Did you know where the traditional pretzel shape comes from?  It was originally meant to symbolize arms folded in prayer.  My shapes are also spiritually inspired not to mention delicious.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Day 113: Red Day and Heart Day

     Today is Work Only with Red Materials in the book, but for our 365ers group, it's Heart Day in honor of Ellen's blog.  I used nearly every red marker and pen I had to color this for you.  It's made up of many layers of ink and stenciled letters with  a little bit of handwriting that's hard to see.  I don't think it scanned all that well, but I hope you still like it.  

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Day 112: Paint Swatch Day

     Need a paint job?  Have a lot of those paint swatches lying around?  Today is Paint Swatch Day and here is one idea for what you can do with all those colorful strips.  How do you like my color combinations?  I know, interior decorating isn't exactly my thing, but isn't it pretty?  I just cut letters out of different colors: everything from Funky Yellow to Nifty Turquoise and mounted them on graph paper.  I hope this brightens your day.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Day 111: Sticky Fingers!

    Today was a warm beautiful day.  I went for a nice walk and had lunch with a friend.  While we were out running around, I decided it was a good opportunity for my ice cream cone idea.  We bought some sugar letters at an arts and crafts store and later on went for ice cream.  After we left the shop, it was a mad rush to open the package and get the letters on.  Nevertheless, there was creamy goodness all over the table and some on us, too, but all in the name of art.  Any excuse for ice cream, right?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day 110: Mistakes Day

    Spill some ink and work with the mistakes, the books says.  Next thing I know, the ink's running off the paper and onto my pants and carpet.  Whoops.  (Thank you, Resolve Carpet Cleaner!)  I tried to work with the puddle of black ink on a piece of watercolor paper, but wasn't happy with it so I took another piece of paper and pressed it on top.  Later, I wrote the message using a concentrated water color dropper and outlined the letters in silver marker.  Then, I added some more concentrated watercolor in a different color and smeared it around.  When that dried, I decided I didn't like it so I cut squares out of the painting and some scraps.  On the squares I placed extra letters from previous projects and made this little collage.  This sort of thing is great for using up scraps, salvaging unsuccessful pieces, and for art journaling. If it inspires you, let me see!  Also, if you have a chance, check out my Facebook page.  I could use some more likes!  Thanks and have an awesome day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Day 109: Dirt Patch Day

     I'm not going to lie to you... quite a few dandelions lost their heads in the making of this post.  Technically speaking, they're weeds and as such their days are numbered.  However, now they are art and will live forever on the interwebs.  Enjoy and stop to smell the real flowers!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day 108: Steamed Up Mirror Day

     Today, I was to work with a steamed up surface like a mirror or a windshield.  The only problem with that is it steams up the camera lens, too!  After running the hot water in the bathroom for a little bit, I went and grabbed my camera.  At first, I wondered why I couldn't see anything.  Then, I had to wipe the lens off and take the picture before it steamed up again.  When it dries, I'll probably clean the mirror.  It wouldn't be very nice to leave it marked up like that.  Have a great night!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Day 107: Ball Day

     Today's prompt suggests making a ball or something out of a ball.  I have something in mind for this, but it will have to wait so I had to think of something else.  Somehow, I ended up grabbing a printed template for one the of the previous projects and crumpled it into a ball.  I had another idea, but that got crumpled, too.  Soon, I had a small collection of balled up paper and they have come to represent all those discarded ideas and first drafts.  In this case, I thought it was interesting how these rough drafts became the final art.  They're not pretty, but they could be the first steps on the way to something awesome.  

LOVE SOMEBODY!  We're all works in progress.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Day 106: Inspired by Storyboards

    Today's inspiration comes from a weekly 365ers Group project which involves an artist, a film, a book, etc. that has influenced your life or work in a major way.  It seemed like a good opportunity to draw a storyboard.  My drawing style and choice of materials have been heavily influenced by my fascination with storyboarding in college.  Ever since I was given a copy of the extended version of the first Lord of the Rings films with  the storyboards in the bonus features, I was hooked.  I won't go into great detail about all that here, but these drawings and the artists who created them are the reason I still work in pen and marker and a big part of the reason I went to study in New Zealand.  Finally, today's project is just a quick drawing drawn and inked to look like a storyboard frame and is even in the standard 1: 1.85 ratio.  I hope to explore this some more fairly soon.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Day 105: Optical Illusion Day

     I hope everyone's having a nice weekend.  Thank you for checking in today!  Today, I'm supposed to make something impossible... okay maybe just an optical illusion.  This prompt reminded me of when we learned about simultaneous contrast in college.  The basic idea is that colors appear differently when placed beside other colors.  If you look at my example, the green text in the blue area should look cooler than the green text in the orange area even though they're the exact same green.  Did it fool you?  Either way, I hope you learned something!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Day 104: Regression Day

"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
-Pablo Picasso

    Today is all about getting in touch with my inner child and using abilities and materials I would have at that age which I decided were watercolors.  (I already did crayons.)  Unfortunately, I've been a perfectionist from a young age and it took a few sheets of paper to get started.  I also painted with my left hand to try to mimic the control kids have.  It's pretty tough to let loose, forget all about the formal elements, and just have fun, but I recommend it.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Day 103: Napkin Day

     Welcome to Napkin Day.  Today's objective was to work with a napkin and leave it for someone else to find.  It was supposed to be used at a meal, but who wants to find that?  Gross.  I just wanted to leave the next patron at this particular cafe a little note.  Maybe someone will notice my little artwork here.

LOVE SOMEBODY!  Leave a loved one or a complete stranger a happy little note.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Day 102: Lunchbreak Art

     I hope everyone had a good day.  Me?  I woke up to a winter wonderland.  After several weeks of temperatures in the 60s and 70s and some cooler weather, the snow made a reappearance this morning.  Later on, at work, we had a little down time around lunch.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do for today's project, but an idea presented itself in the form of some used picture day forms in the trash bin.  I just cut out letters, pasted them onto an old product review printout that was in my bag, and outlined the letters with markers from my travel art kit.  After finishing up just now at home, I scanned it, put my favorite filter on it, and here it is for your viewing pleasure.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Day 101: Inspired by Random First Sentence Day

     Today is Inspired by Random First Sentence Day as in pick up a nearby book, flip to a random page, and make something inspired by the first sentence you read.  I happened to just finish Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.  The sentence I flipped to is on page eighty-four and mentions little cakes.  One of the first things that flashed through my mind were mini cupcakes.  I had a dozen pre-made ones available to work with and had to figure out how to make them into something new.  Long story short, there was frosting, crumbs, dye, and sprinkles everywhere.  What I ended up doing, though, was cutting the cupcakes into slices and arranging them on some symbolically red-dyed frosting.  
     There are lots of examples of people loving one another in this book.  For example, rubbing sand on each other to remove scabs from wounds caused by poisonous acid fog and cooking a meal of ugly tree rodents for others.  Anyway, while I'm not as good with icing as characters from the book, I hope you enjoy today's project.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Day 100: What to Do with Old T-Shirts Day

     I can't believe it's Day 100!  This year is going by so fast.  Today, I had to figure out what I could make using old t-shirts.  I've had this pillow idea for a while and recycling old shirts to make a cover seemed like a cool idea.  So I hunted down some instructions online... should be pretty simple right?  Yeah, maybe, except I'm no seamstress and the sewing machine and I don't exactly get along.  I used to know how to thread it, lock the stitches, and whatnot back in the days of Home Ec. and Sewing Club.  That's right... sewing club.  Now, I have to go at snail's pace and have my mother help me especially when I manage to get the whole thing knotted and she has to spend forever trying to figure out fix the thingamabob that came out its whatchmacallit.   In the end, I managed to get the cover done and stuff the pillow in it.  It's a little big, but it works.  Finally, I had to print a template, trace, and paint on the design.  I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Day 99: Easter Sunday

     I hope everyone had a nice Easter.  Any day spent with the ones you love is a good day.  That and I got to do two of my other favorite things: draw and eat chocolate.  Today, according to the creativity journal I usually work from, is do something inspired by insects day.  You wouldn't think that would go with Easter, but the whole symbolism of the butterfly "dying" and coming out of its cocoon is a nice metaphor for what happened at the very first Easter.  Today's project is also inspired by the project of Yasna Provine which involves a daily poem.  I like the structure and simplicity of the haiku so I included one in this pen and marker drawing I just finished.  Enjoy and happy Easter!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Day 98: Text Message

     Well, it's late, but I was trying to do something for long exposure day.  Long story short: time to get a laser pointer or something of that nature.  That and my wireless remote needs to come in.  Fortunately, one of my back up plans is simply a text message.  One of many ways to send messages and express oneself.  It's definitely one of the most popular these days.  Your mission tomorrow (if you choose to accept it) is to send an encouraging message to someone you know who needs it.  

Friday, April 6, 2012

Day 97: Good Friday

     Today, rather than following the book, I followed The Book.  It's Good Friday and I drew and colored this little picture.  I hope you like it and have a happy and blessed Easter.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Day 96: Backwards and Mirror Day

     Today's objective was to work backwards and throughout this project, I think I've become quite proficient at writing backwards.  Today's project is also supposed to involve looking at it in a mirror when you're finished.  How about TWO mirrors?  Take that, I says.

And love yourself for how awesome and unique you are.  Don't let a mirror judge your worth.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Day 95: Prettiest Bank Statement Ever

     Today, while flipping through an art book for inspiration, I came upon a page about doodling.  That sounded good so I looked around for something to doodle on.  Thinking too much on it would have defeated the purpose.  I just got a bank statement in the mail and thought that would be more interesting than a plain ol' piece of paper.  I usually just throw out these pages, but decided for today's project to make it a work of art.  It just goes to show how you can bring your creativity into many different areas and use it to make life more colorful and interesting.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Day 94: Orange Day (for David)

     Today is work only with orange materials day.  Somehow, I ended up with a piece of orange cardstock and some orange sticky notes.  I just started cutting and not really going for any particular look.  I just started cutting to see what would come out.  Interesting things can happen when you're not expecting them.  Some of the best art is the result of a mistake or two.  I'm not sure how good this is, but I think it's kind of interesting for a pad of sticky notes and no plan.  This is for my fellow 365ers and David Hoffmann whose project we're inspired by this week.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Day 93: Hardware Day

     I'm closing in on 100 days!  Wow, it went by fast.  Today is Day 93 already and the book says to work with extra nuts, bolts, etc. I have lying around.  I have a whole box of nails from making my own craft show displays and a kit of miscellaneous things.  If you ever need to hang some picture frames or keep the screen door closed... have I got the kit for you!   There's all sorts of things in there and for only a dollar!  It was nice to finally have a good use for them: brightening your day a little, I hope.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Day 92: Palm Sunday

     Happy Sunday, everyone!  During my time abroad, I learned how to make a cross out of palm branch from Palm Sunday mass.  Today, I really wish I remembered just how I was taught, but I couldn't remember exactly so I had to get a quick refresher online.  I think it turned out all right.  The letters were painted on in fluid acrylic and, by accident, it even has a little loop for hanging!