Sorry to be boring this week, but addressing all my Christmas cards by hand is taking up most of my spare time. Days 1-3 have all been that. And helping my kids draw pictures for their relatives and friends for Christmas. I’m so proud of all the progress they’ve been making creatively throughout this venture.
I’ve spent the last few days picking out Christmas gifts, planning a mini-vacation, addressing more Christmas cards and wrapping gifts. I’ve also orchestrated some fun with our family’s advent house. We have a little wooden house with doors, and behind each one we can put our own treats. I made a bunch of little notes that direct the kids on scavenger hunts to find little toys or “adventure” tickets. I’m keeping busy and running low on time this holiday season!
This is week 8 of my personal challenge to create something new each day. The criteria is vague allowing me the freedom to choose from a huge variety of “create-able” things. Past weeks have included photography, baking, painting, drawing and random crafts.
I’ve discovered that re-creating existing pieces of art in either similar replicates, or by making them my own has given me a huge burst of inspiration. I’m learning the skills I need to be able to put my own ideas into action.
Today I’ve been working on peacocks. This one is similar to the one I did yesterday, but with more texture added to the face and wings. I used the same series of postcards from etsy as my guide.
Week 8: aye aye aye, I’ve forgotten to post all week! It’s been busy, but I haven’t been slacking off on the project. I’ve spent time every night addressing my Christmas cards. On Monday we put up the Christmas lights. We spent Friday night decorating our tree and setting up all our Christmas decorations.
Here we go, let’s hope I don’t slack off quite so much in week 6. Week five was pretty stressful and it really interfered with my creative process.
Had to finish the great book I got myself into. Shadow of night, by Deborah Harkness. I find trilogies very frustrating, having to wait around so long for the next installment. You finish the first book, and wait around so long for the second you forget the first and have to reread it, in order to get into the second. Then you finish the second and you know damn well that you are going to have a hell of a time getting into the third one a year from now when it’s finally released.
The books (discovery of witches and shadow of night) have been fantastic, it just sucks to have to turn off the story in your head and wait.
Needed some pen and colour in my life. Photo shows the image I was trying to draw, and my pen/watercolour rendition.
Did some stamping with the kids, making bookmarks for Christmas gifts.
A splash of colour to go with a quote I like (couldn’t get the white balance quite right in the photo):
Playing around with house designs from wit & whistle
Not ready to let go of the house designs. They’re kind of fun
Inspired by “jpants4sale” on etsy and Amanda from witandwhistle.
More tiny little buildings. Made the firehall up completely on my own.
Into week 5, a little delayed in posting but keeping busy and creative.
Painted a bird I saw on Pinterest. I was browsing through “making Monday’s” blog and clicked the link to her Pinterest wall. I was inspired by her folder “to make.” (making Mondays website here)
I snuck off to a hotel with some girlfriends and we had a kid-free girl’s night. Took the night off from the project.
Went to my favourite art supply store and picked up a few new pens and random supplies. My art store rule is:
-Buy something you actually need
-buy something in a colour you don’t already have
-buy something you’ve never tried before
So I bought a new pen to replace one that’s almost used up, a new colour of watercolour paint, and a calligraphy pen. I got a few different papers and some paintbrushes too.
Tried out the calligraphy pen. Not such a great first try. Think I need a different ink. My mom has one that I think will work so I’ll need to borrow it.
Redesigned a birth announcement for a friend of a friend. Hope they like it!
After the day I had, I think I need to invent a new drink. That’s where my creativity is bringing me today.
Maybe a Shirley temple with a vanilla vodka twist?
I didn’t “create” anything per say, but I did use my right brain to read a good book. Sorry, had to unwind and relax the past few days. Will get back at it soon!
Last year I wrote about our Halloween haunted house and included a photo of my ninja turtle pumpkin (see it here.) It seems to be getting a fair amount of hits, so I thought I would do one again this year and take a few photos along the way.
I used a cheap pumpkin carving kit, which you can find pretty much anywhere. Here are the tools that come with it:
First I used the little orange thing that had a handle and a little round part that looks like a gear but with spikes on it. I used that to “draw” my pattern onto the pumpkin.
Next, I chose which parts I would be cutting all the way through and cut them out. This included the left side of the mouth and the bottom and left part of the eye mask.
Now the tougher part. I used the smaller “saws” and the plastic end of the long orange tool. I cut halfway through the pumpkin for the most part, and then peeled the skin off and etched the texture of teeth and such. Remember to leave the skin on for the “eye holes” in the middle of the mask.
And there you have it. I may paint on eyes, and was debating painting the rest green. You can get extra creative and use either orange, red, blue or purple glow sticks to light it.
Week 4 of my creativity project. The key is to create one thing each day, a project 365 of sorts. The vague criteria keeps my imagination open and my motivation going.
Day 1: carved a few pumpkins. The better one is the one I used a stencil for.
I also baked cookies with the kids to get in the spirit of Halloween. Recipe for sugar cookies by Wilton.
Day 2: another rendition of a painting I found on Pinterest. I love re-creating art that inspires me
Day 3: ninja turtle pumpkin. Full blog post on how I did it here.
Day 4: made a card. Only had a couple minutes.
Also made rock candy so me and a coworker can be Walt and Jesse for Halloween.
Took photos at my son’s school for Halloween.
Started designing labels for a Christmas craft I’ll be making with a friend.
Week 3 of my creation journal.
Keeping things versatile is keeping me strong. I like having such a broad range of creative activities I can count towards this project.
Spent the morning taking photos. Spent the afternoon editing them and a backlog of several more photo shoots as well that I was able to finish up.
Day 2: I admit, I missed a day. I’ll make it up before the week is up though
Day 3: drew something. It sucked. Guess I wasn’t feeling it.
Day 4: mini photo session
Day 5: fun with facepaint. Practicing a sugar skull for my friend who wants to dress up on Halloween. We did a run through just for kicks.
Day 6: editing photos
Day 7: saw an image on a YouTube video (proof: the photographers on photography) and decided to paint it.
I’ve unofficially challenged myself to do one creative thing each day. The criteria is quite vague allowing the project to be versatile and encourage all forms of creativity. Last week was inundated with editing photos from a photography session last week. I did manage to sneak in a batch of cookies, paint a rock, draw and paint a card for my aunt, and take a few more photos for a friend of mine.
So here goes week 2!
Days 3 & 4: shared my joy of painting rocks with the kids:
Finally painted one myself:
Day 6: back to cards. For one of my favourite little girls!