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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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Good clean fun 7 July 2008

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felting process

felting process

felt soap

felt soap

felt beads

felt beads

Felting is a lot of fun. It’s so satisfying to create beads and nice soaps out of wool. Using a felting needle for the whole process leads to poking your fingers until they bleed. Wet felting doesn’t let you get as detailed. So I combined the techniques. I start by dry felting to get the design started. Then I use a little soap and a lot of hot water to really get the felt going quickly. Gloves help so I don’t dry my hands out.

Felted soap is especially great because you don’t need to ADD soap to the process. And the soap continues to felt as you use it. The end result is a nice light exfoliating soap.

 

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.

 

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.)