10.27.2011

Repurposing College Artwork

I thought I'd whip up some spooky drawings in honor of Halloween.

Just kidding. I drew these in my figure drawing class in college. I think my best one is the foot. Pretty gross, huh?

At the time, these drawings were in-class assignments or homework. As I mentioned in the post referenced above, I was loaded down with studio art classes this particular term and was really just trying to get through it all. I don't remember appreciating the kind of "homework" I was able to do. Did I ever mention I never had to write a paper longer than 8 pages in college? I think I've polled around in the past, and it seems I am the only one this is true for. Kind of makes me sound like a slacker. But, look at these cool drawings I came away with!

I am so glad I didn't toss all of my art from college. And I'm glad that for the ones I did, I have photographs of them. I'm not sure if it will happen this year, but it might be nice to repurpose these as Halloween decor. Or more, give them a purpose at all. Right now, the originals are sitting on a shelf in our basement and the photographed images in iPhoto -- doing absolutely nothing. If you might like to do the same, email me and I'll send you the images. Seriously!

10.24.2011

White Paint Frenzy

I've been on a white paint frenzy lately. I've painted fake pumpkins white, our bookshelves white, all of our frames in the living room white, and probably just about anything that got in my way last week—white. Non-VOC paint has changed my pregnant life. It's non-toxic and for some reason I feel like I need to take advantage and go crazy with it. Like I've never painted before. I honestly don't think we will buy anything other than non-VOC from here on out. It seriously has no odor. And this coming from someone who already has super-sonic smelling abilities combined with pregnant super-super sonic smelling abilities. I'm a fan.

Anyways, my first small project to tackle was to imitate something I found on Pinterest (shock). If you follow me, you can find it under "Home". A very simple project—white letters adhered to a white canvas. I bought an 18x18 inch canvas at Joann's as well as 3 very important numbers to us—927 for our anniversary of September 2, 2007. The truth is, I wanted to spell out something using our names or initials as it was shown in my Pinterest photo, but I was not very satisfied with the fonts available in wooden letters. If I ever come across some that I like, I can always add them on.

First, I painted 3 coats of white paint over the numbers. I considered painting the canvas white but realized the white paint matched up pretty perfectly with the canvas as it was. Once the numbers were dry, I laid them out on the canvas and fired up the ol' glue gun. One by one, I lifted up a number and quickly applied the hot glue. Hot glue dries fast, so I tried to get the numbers on there immediately. After I stuck each number down, I reached around to the back of canvas and pressed the numbers against the surface to make sure they were on there good. So far, they are still up there. Here's the finished piece. I still can't decide where I want to put it though.

I am definitely going to be keeping an eye out for wooden letters that I like. I think it needs something more. But, it was a good project to get me back into the swing of being creative again. More to come!

10.19.2011

Revival

Wow, it's been that long? My last post was in August?! Can I be honest with you all? I haven't been very creative in the past couple months. I've still been taking photos and freelancing, so I guess that statement isn't entirely true. I just haven't felt very inspired. I think I've been revived though.

Long ago, I started on Pinterest. Then I got scared. I knew it would become an addiction if I got in too deep...so I tried to stay away from it. I'm not sure what pushed me to get back on, but I did. WOW. My head is exploding with projects I want to tackle now. My creative juices are flowing again and I think I'm ready to jump back in!

Can I hand out another excuse for my lack of creativity lately? In case you missed it --

Baby #2 is expected to arrive at the beginning of April 2012! It's hard to be creative when you spend most of the day laying on the couch trying not to throw up all over your toddler. Maybe there is someone out there that can do it, but that person isn't me. For the past few months, my focus has been on getting my freelance work done and caring for Daphne. There hasn't been much energy left for anything else.

I have a list of projects I want to tackle -- most of them are crafts and other around the house fix-ups. And now that we have another baby on the way, I'm starting to visualize the empty room as another nursery. Long ago, I slapped painters tape along the trim in that room so that any visitors knew that SOMETHING was going to be done about the faded lime green room with black scuff marks on the wall. Blue painters tape says, "this room is in progress" without me having to say anything at all. I'd say the tape has been up for about 6 months.

I also plan on sharing some recent graphic design projects on here. There aren't enough of those on here, and that is what I do.

Now that I've committed myself to actually posting again -- I better get started on something.

P.S. You can follow me on Pinterest by clicking the icon at the top right on my blog!