Sunday, January 31, 2010
I don't know about anyone else but I have always found it hard to concentrate on one task or a repetitive task for an extended period of time. I rapidly become frustrated and bored with a creative project and need to switch them around. One week the sewing bug gets me then it will be crocheting, quilting or felting or whatever, I just seem to work obsessively at something until it’s done then I have to move on.
I can’t even begin to imagine working on a painting for years at a time like the old masters, the Sistine Chapel would have never been painted if it was left up to me! And lets face it I will never be any good at market stalls etc. as it requires lots and lots of multiple copies of things ( I feel a panic attack coming on).
Even at the moment I cant just concentrate on crocheting one granny square blanket for the ‘Granny a Day’ group, no, I’m switching between two! Even then I have to break it up with switching between colours or I start to get a bit squirrely!! Do I have ADHD or what?
It’s not like I’m totally flakey I have managed to stay married for 14 years and haven’t yet given my children away, and I still have my best friend from when I was 10 years old so obviously my problem doesn't extend to people, just to my creative life.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
This weeks theme is ‘Focused’ and as everyone knows there is nothing as focused as boys and dogs when it comes to food!
I’ve tried a slightly looser style this week with more line work I find I get a bit tight and hung up sometimes when I draw and it takes me a while to just let the flow happen. Sometimes its more successful if I just start to quickly scribble and then build up from there than try and keep it all perfect.
This kind of remind me of the meat pie TV ad…”Who’s been a good boy? Come on give us a bit!’
Friday, January 29, 2010
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Sunday, January 24, 2010
The theme for Illustration Friday this week is ‘Clumsy’.
I’m not sure I will have the time to do a finished version of this weeks theme as it’s that crazy time of year getting kids ready to go back to school and everyone has decided that this week is a good time for me to do something for them urgently! So I will see how the week pans out and I might get to do more than a sketch.
Initially I was kind of stumped for this theme, I didn’t want to go with the obvious and then I started thinking along the environmental lines of how clumsily we have looked after our Earth home and the line ‘I think we broke it’ came to me.
Anyhoo, I will think and play with it a bit more and see what happens.
The pick of the week of last weeks ’Wilderness’ topic on Illustration Friday was an exceptional artist called Mulele.
While looking around I came across this entry…
It’ll all work out.
I love it. Don’t we all need to tell ourselves this at sometime or another cause I certainly do, and often.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I am gradually untangling the spaghetti mess that was my dyed wool and as you can see the results are kind of pretty.
I have decided that I am going to do two rugs with my pretty wool, this one I will just use the rainbow wool with a cream boarder…
This one is all over the place but is tied together with a black boarder. Actually now that I look at it I have been quite prolific this week, on a crochet roll, alright!
To be totally truthful I think I’m suffering post holiday blues and have been trying to find my ‘Zen’ place via repetitious crochet exercises.
On another note as I did so well last year my Uni has offered me an opportunity to apply for an overseas study scholarship (places like London, Tokyo, USA, Sweden, Milan) WOW (a moment of wild excitement and exultation). Then, in the same moment I realise there is no way this can happen with a family *SIGH* (days of mournful sadness and depression). When hinting at the possibility my husband replies “Why would I want to go overseas for?’ AHHHHH!
But it’s OK or it will be…where’s my crochet hook?
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
So, I have joined Pip’s Granny Square a day group and so far I have finished five squares since Wednesday taadaa! I will only post the results of my square a day project once a week.
I have been meaning to dye some cream wool that has been sitting in my wool stash for a couple of years but this Granny Square challenge has encouraged me to create some rainbow wool to include in my Granny Squares.
Below a pot of colour, using wool dyes from Morning Star Crafts boiled with vinegar. Basically I lay the wool in the pot with enough boiling water to cover it and a cup of vinegar (I think, I kind of guess this stuff) then pour the dyes over the wool in patches and kind of squish it all together with a chop stick so the colours run together. Once it has been boiling for a while and all the colour has been taken up by the wool I pour it into the sink and rinse with cold water.
Hang it up and let it dry and there you have beautiful one of a kind wool. I wasn’t totally successful I wanted to dye all of the wool I had(which was quite a bit) so it was reasonably uniform but I didn’t put quite enough dye in some spots so it’s a bit lighter in some areas, not what I was after.
The next step is winding into balls I love doing this and seeing the wonderful mesh of colours.
Friday, January 15, 2010
After having a little surf on the net the other day I came across an interview with Illustrator Penelope Dullaghan at Escape from Illustrator Island she is the creator of a Facebook group for those wanting to get their creative gear on called Illustration Friday
Penelope Dullaghan and Brianna Privett state ‘Illustration Friday is a weekly creative outlet/participatory art exhibit for illustrators and artists of all skill levels. It was designed to challenge participants creatively. We believe that every person has a little creative bone in their body. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it. No clients looking for a particular thing. No one judging the outcome of the work. It's a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art. So welcome, novices and pros alike.’
This weeks word is ‘Confined’
This subject really appealed to me this week as it probably illustrates how I feel at the moment, I must admit though I’m not totally happy with the picture but I did have a monster headache at the time and not very much time to refine it. Not to worry as this is about practice, practice, practice…
While hunting around at Illustration Friday I came across a girl by the name of Kinnon Elliot love her work.
You know the thing about seeing all those talented people out there is on one hand I’m inspired and awed but on the other hand I kind of think ,“I’ll never be any good, never!!!!(Dramatic wail and throwing of pencils and brushes across the room)”
Then I calm down and it’s back to practice, practice,practice…
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Three months ago I joined Postcrossing and I just got my first postcard. It has travelled all the way from Dusseldorf.
Australia is really so far from everywhere I think its a great way for the kids to become aware of the wider world, and its very exciting for them (and me) to receive real post and in my case not just bills or junk mail.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Must be the mood I’m in…For those of us who gag at the hallmark variety of cards I give you the work of South African Designer/Illustrator Jordan Metcalf , what a hoot!
Tag Series Entitled Super Happy Times
Sarcasm and Good Times
Well kind of.
The 80's throwback, tennis playing Cyclops uncle. Everybody's got one
You’ll need it
You really do. I promise.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I just love to make toys. It was great when my children were small because I had the perfect excuse to spend time making cool toys (not to mention being able to legitimately go to all the kids movies) and then watch them play with them.
One of my favourite toys to make is small dolls that could be used in the doll house that I made for my daughters third birthday. Initially I started just buying the premade bodies from Bunnings and then sew my own clothes for them then I had a go at making a simple doll from a big wooden bead and a thick piece of dowel as you can see below.(She’s the biggest doll)
Then one day I came across this amazing book.
These little dolls are so simple to make and inexpensive.
As you can see from the pages below all you need is a pipe cleaner, some embroidery floss (or you could use wool if you want a thicker body), a bead for the head, wool fleece for the hair, and felt for making clothes. I also collected some acorn caps for hats but you could also use gum nuts.
Also you will need some craft glue to attach the head to the body and the hair and acorn cap to the head.
On another note
We are great fans of Invader Zim at our house and have been watching quite a few episodes recently being holidays and all.
So inspired Lachlan had a creative burst and made himself Invader Zim’s robot side kick Gir.
What a terrific effort he looks gorgeous don’t you think?
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I know its kind of cliché but I just cant help at this time of year both looking back and looking forward.
Like much of life there have been both highs and lows and the inevitable changes that shapes our lives. Looking back I can recall…
Turning thirty, starting to question everything.
The birth of my third child…what a ride it has been, he is both my angel and my ticket to insanity, a full on wild child and I love him to bits.
The opportunity of being involved in and leading a Steiner playgroup an absolutely awesome experience and a chance to meet amazing parents who were on a similar parenting journey. While also learning a great deal of crafting skills.
Renovating a house…never again!
Becoming aware of environmental issues and working towards living sustainably and consciously.
The passing of friends and family, I miss you all!
Taking the step to finally follow a dream, returning to University and pursing Graphic Design and Illustration.
Starting a blog…who would of thought it was such a lot of fun?
Looking forward is not quite as easy, it can be both exciting and daunting making decisions for the future directions you might take. Traditionally this is the time to make resolutions but this year I have decided to form a plan in the shape of some goals I would like to achieve.
1. I plan to put together a portfolio of Illustrations by June of this year that I will then submit to a publishing house. At the moment I have no idea how to do this but my first step towards this goal will obviously be researching how to do this. (This is scary but I need to convert my dreams into a reality, nothing ventured nothing gained)
2.On a personal level, I will be having surgery this year to correct some health issues so I am going to prepare myself both physically and emotionally to achieve an optimum outcome. Most importantly I need to let go of having to do and be everything to everyone.
This means not being afraid to say ‘NO’, or ‘HELP’!
Even though I am still the same person I was last year full of foibles and quirks a fresh year stands before me full of both promise and potential. This year I am looking forward to becoming more myself with every day and sharing the ups and downs with those who choose to join me on the ride. Happy New Year!