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Modern day treasure hunting! 9 July 2008

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hand carved cat

hand carved cat

hand carved bat

hand carved bat

One of the coolest things I heard about recently is letterboxing. It combines my love of craft with my desire to explore. It’s virtually free and gets you some exercise. What more could you ask for in a hobby?

The main thing you need to get started as a letterboxer is your own stamp to mark what boxes you’ve found. As an artist and designer, I just couldn’t use a pre-made stamp. My stamp needed to be unique. Of course, I had never carved a stamp before. I’ve been painting, drawing, and collaging for years so why not try something new? There’s somewhat of a learning curve with carving but the technique is very similar to scratchboard. After doing some practice stamps (can you tell which stamp I did first?), I have some ideas on how to perfect the process. Since it’s best to glue the rubber stamp material to a block of wood for clearer prints, I think cutting out the larger shapes and gluing those to the wood directly would save time. And give the stamp a more polished look.

Once you have a stamp (and stamp pad), a “trail name” and a blank book to record your adventures (and knowing me I’ll want to make my own book too!), you’re ready to start letterboxing! Look for clues to find letterboxes near you at www.letterboxing.org and www.atlasquest.com. There’s bound to be plenty within walking distance of your house. When you find the box, mark the box’s book with your stamp and trail name and mark your book with the box’s stamp.

If you want to take it further, create your own box. Put a stamp, stamp pad and small book in a box and post your clues on one of the letterboxing sites.

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Playing around with shrinky dinks 5 July 2008

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I’ve been having fun experimenting with shrinky dinks: sketching with colored pencils and sharpies and painting with acrylics. I’m pretty happy with how these turned out considering I was just playing around. I think if I do a little planning/sketching first, I may be able to sell illustrated earrings, pendants and key rings.

 

Cupcakes! 30 June 2008

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I have a cupcake obsession. I’m not even that crazy about eating them. I actually like looking at them more than I like eating them. Usually cake is too dry and crumbly for my tastes. And I’m very picky about frosting. Give me buttercream or give me death! Crisco is only good for making fake whipped cream or ice cream. It’s not meant to be eaten.

There are very few places that make beautiful and delicious cupcakes. Back in the Day in Savannah’s Starland District and The Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh. Then there’s those who take that to another level. Like the girl who made knitted cupcakes. Or the perfect snack at the Vagina Monologues.

My baking skills are ok. I can make tasty confections and I can make beautiful pastries. Unfortunately, I can’t do both at once. One Christmas I made Buche de Noel with marzipan poinsettias. It was delicious but the cake looked less round and log-like and more rectangular and misshapen.

So I’ll limit my beautiful cupcakes to the illustrated variety–like these cupcakes done with watercolor and colored pencil last year when I was taking a class called Illustrating the Edible.

 

She’s crafty! 15 June 2008

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I’ve been doing a lot of work on crafty things this week.

I finished making felted beads for a bracelet. Unfortunately, I’m all out of felt now and can’t find it for sale anywhere near me. I need to order some online or pick some up from Wild Fibre the next time I’m in Savannah. Despite poking my fingers with the needles many many times, I really enjoy felting.

I was also inspired to work on a mixed media piece that’s really more of a joke than real art. I call it “What the Bottle Blonde Bitch Stole” after a piece i saw in Lump Gallery First Friday.

It’s nowhere near finished. I’m just enjoying working with the materials. I forgot how much I like the smell of oil pastels. A lot of art supplies have really noxious smells like spray fix or mineral spirits, but not oil pastels.

Another bonus of working on “What the Bottle Blonde Bitch Stole” is it’s giving me ideas for more serious pieces. I think I’ll probably start on a portrait of Mike next. Maybe I’ll call it “What Memorial Health Killed” just to keep with the naming convention.

 

Getting back into my art 23 November 2007

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I’m not sure why but it feels like art school can really kill your desire to create and enjoy it. The last art exhibition I went to there was an artist whose work was finger painting. He was letting people use his studio and materials to create their own work. As I watched him and other visitors work and the main thing I thought was, “Where are your thumbnails? What about doing some value and color studies first?” I couldn’t seem to comprehend letting go and being spontaneous with art.

I’ve been out of school for more than six months and I’m just now feeling the need to make art. Since I left school, it feels like I’ve only been using my creativity at work. It’s time for me to create for me. Most of my morning has been spent sketching and working on a new portfolio site. Later this weekend I’m getting together with friends to do some collage. Hopefully, the spontaneity of art and creativity is coming back to me.

 

This is fun so why should I pay you? 22 September 2007

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Why should I work for free? Just because I enjoy art and design doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be compensated for services rendered. I was just looking through craigslist for more freelance work. There are far more postings requesting free logo and web design then people willing to pay. And of the few willing to pay, so many just want to barter or will pay when THEY make money. Then there are others basically offering slave wages.

Do these people not realize artists have bills to pay too? I can’t go to the grocery store and get food by telling them how much fun I had working on a project. I can’t send the power company a drawing instead of a check.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have no problem volunteering for worthy organizations. Non-profits need good graphic design as much as businesses do. I just don’t want to work for free because you’re a cheap bastard. Would these same people ask for free medical care or legal counsel? I doubt it.

 

Joining the 21st century! 17 September 2007

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I figured since it seems everyone has a blog to tell the world about all of their random thoughts, so should I! (And my thoughts are rather random.) I’m expected this blog to have absolutely no direction whatsoever, but that’s okay!

So, a little about me:
I’m a recent art school graduate (hence the “creative”) working as a graphic designer. Yes, amazingly enough, only a few months after graduation, I have a job in my field. Here’s one of my illustrations to show my creativity!

I love animals-cats in particular. (Could you tell?) That’s where the “calico” comes in. Only girl cats can be calico so since I’m a girl, calico seemed appropriate.

A few months ago, I separated from my husband. We’re still really good friends. Having our marriage fall apart is upsetting, but we’re both happier this way. I’ve been living by myself for the first time in my life. So far, I actually really like living alone. Well, I still have the three cats, so I’m not really alone.

Right now, I live in Durham, NC, home to Research Triangle Park. (And that Lacrosse team-but they were exonerated.) It’s pretty cool here. Lots of intelligent people. It’s liberal and hippyish, but not excessively so. Not too many artsy types unfortunately. Overall, the culture here is great–it just needs more emphasis on art.

I’m originally from NY, (although I spent a few years in Savannah, GA) so I can be offensive. Don’t expect this blog to be PC. I will make fun of anything and everything. In the words of Suicidal Tendencies, if I offended you, oh, I’m sorry. But maybe you needed to be offended. Here’s my apology. And one more thing . . . Fuck You! (Yes, I am a metalhead.)