Monthly Archives: March 2015

I got stlefs….

I know what you’re thinking… You’re wondering if I know where the home keys are on my keyboard… Or maybe I’m creating my own language… Perhaps I’m just willynilly hitting keys… Nope.  “Stlefs” comes from my childhood.  When I was young, I asked what I was getting for Christmas.  I was told that I was getting stlefs.  I was baffled.  They swore that they were telling the truth.  Christmas morning arrived and my stlefs turned out to be felts – get it?  It’s backwards.

Today I found myself in the craft store looking for some hollow rubber tubing for making jewellery.  I didn’t find it, but I did find myself in the sketch pad aisle, where I decided to pick up a purse size sketch book.  Then I turned around, and was greeted by a wall of pens and pencils and pastels… Yummy!  I decided I needed some.  I found a huge pack of watercolour pens – one side is like a brush felt tip, and the other is a fine pen tip.  Perfect for travelling – the ink is water soluble so the image could be watered down, but the ink looks great on its own.  Yay!

I’m happy now… Took long enough… heehee!

Sketch book and stlefs

Sketch book and stlefs

Artsy travel thoughts…

I had written earlier about my frustration over not having an easily transportable art form when travelling (peeved post), and have continued to give it a lot of thought. Thank you to those who suggested ideas! I am beginning to realize that I have really limited myself by my self-consciousness over my lack of drawing skills.

For as long as I have thought about art in its varied forms, I have felt that people should just try – try playing with different mediums, with different styles… dabble with textures to find something that appeals to or intrigues them… not worrying so much about what is produced, but more about the journey. I do this to a degree – I get excited about trying new mediums and techniques, however I still let my old hang-ups and insecurities stop me from progressing down certain paths.

Within Instagram I follow a variety of jewellers and cats (an oddly pleasing mix!). Today there was a post from Manon at sistersofthesun. It was a picture of some watercolour sketches of jewellery-to-be, and the start of the actual projects. I found it really pleasing and quite inspiring. I haven’t been doing a lot of jewellery sketching lately, although ideas are starting to flow again. I looked through my idea books and found pages and pages of past jewellery sketches.

Jewellery ideas

Jewellery ideas

Perhaps this is how I should break into sketching – take along some watercolour pencils and a small brush, and put a bit of time into developing ideas a little more thoroughly – not that I am naive enough to think I’ll produce jewellery the way it has been sketched (I rarely follow through exactly as planned, although it has happened on occasion) but it is a way to get my mind into a creative space. That may lead to studies for wall hangings… brainstorming images as I look out the train window.

I need to keep reminding myself that I’m doing this for me – it doesn’t have to measure up to anyone else’s standards. I was always the kid in school with my arm crooked around the picture I was drawing so no one else could see it and sneer. Do others have problems with this – the constant worrying that people are always looking over our shoulder and declaring our work not worthy?

 

Flowers are fun…

My first flower workshop has been completed – another coming up on April 18 (see the Classes page for more information).  I think everyone had a lot of fun in class this morning.  I’m always so pleased to see how different everyone’s final project is… each flower was unique.  Everyone made a beautiful and whimsical creation.  I find it very inspiring… thanks all!

Flower workshop

Flower workshop

It’s a funny thing…

Did you know that you can wipe up exploded fabric paint from the floor, the table, the cat’s plastic place mat, the counter top and the cupboards, but oddly enough, it doesn’t come off of fabric… Sigh… ah well… live and learn (it’s not like the name “fabric paint” didn’t give me a few clues!). 😀

The happy news is that I have finished my iPad mini cover… Yay!  It went through quite a few versions, but I think I like this one.  It is a bit of an experiment – hopefully it will hold up to the rigours of being hauled around in my chaotic purse.  I didn’t save all the versions as some were pretty unfortunate, but here is a mini retrospective…

Original cuteness, the blackout, the backgrounding and the flower explosions

Original cuteness, the blackout, the backgrounding and the flower explosions

And here is the final product – there is a bit of a glare due to the fact that I used some shiny and pearly paint:

Completed iPad case

Completed iPad mini cover

 

Cuter than I can cope with…

I wanted to be a princess when I grew up, and I’m hard on iPad covers.  How do these two connect?  Well, today I broke another iPad mini cover… it’s starting to get ridiculous!  As always, my go to place for “new” stuff is UsedVictoria.  Yay… there was an iPad mini cover, brand new, for sale.  Less yay… it had princesses (or whatever the characters from Frozen are) on it.  I wanted to be a princess, not carry them.

Original cover

Original cover

Time to get out the trusty fabric paint.

Blacked out

Blacked out

So far I’ve just smeared some black paint on it to render it less precious and more useable.  Festive paint to follow!

I’m happy to report that the case is a different style than the others I’ve bought, so fingers crossed it lasts longer.

Oh, and by the way, I don’t want to be a princess anymore, although I do still enjoy wearing crowns!