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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.

 

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.

 

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.)