Finally, freedom! I no longer have to stress over the dreaded paper! But then again, in about a month, we will have our oral defense for it =\. Okay brain, let’s not think about that just yet. So now that I’m back home and will probably have nothing to do… I’m just going to do my art projects I’ve been dying to start! There’s the string art project, and then I bought the SMASH book from Michael’s today! They were having a great sale- 50% off one item, so of course, I had to get my hands on one. For all you scrapbook lovers out there, this is definitely something neat! You can even carry it around with you in your purse or backpack. Pretty handy. So here’s a picture of mine so far! Of course, I chose the SMASH book ‘international’ one, but they have different ones with different pages. One of the pages had pictures of sushi… and since I absolutely love eating… I just had to get this one. I already started decorating it! =) Anyways, I hope the weather warms up soon so I can go jogging again! Oh yes, I also hope to paint my room! I wonder if that will ever happen…
I went to the City Centre Farmer’s Market last weekend with my friend, and I found an ‘inspirational quote’ kiosk that was pretty neat. You can definitely do this on your own! They had a jar, for different occasions (like new baby, workplace health, etc.), and in it were filled with a bunch of quotes and chocolate. Since it was near Mother’s day, I thought, what the heck, instead of paying $30.00 for a gift, I can make this myself (and make it more personal as well)! So off I went to my favorite store to find craft appliances (by favorite store I really mean to say dollar store!). I luckily found a jar that had those metal frames for the handles (which are quite nice actually!) for only $1.25. The lady said she bought her jar at Ikea for $15. Anyways, I went to buy my own stickers and what not, and decorated the jar silly with it. Then time for the truly personal stuff. The quotes… I added some inspirational quotes, but the rest I made them into origami and wrote down little memories that I thought were pretty memorable. It’s a great gift idea for any of those that love to go the DIY route! =)
I learned a new craft that is quick and easy to do! All you need is white corn syrup and some food coloring. You first fold up a piece of paper (preferably manilla type of paper) and then draw half of the shape that you want (i.e. heart, butterfly, etc.). You then cut it out, and sparingly drizzle white corn syrup all over it. Then you add in a couple drops of food coloring (right on the beads of the corn syrup). Make sure you figure out where you would like the colors, because if you don’t want the colors to mix too dark, then you have to be careful as to where you place your colors. Then you put a long string in the middle (but leaving 3 inches or so out to dangle once folded), fold the sheet of paper, and start twirling the piece of string that is hanging out of your artwork. You can twist/move the string as much as you want back and forth (to help mix the colors around!). And then after you can take it out and unfold your piece of paper, and ta da! It will take about 1-2 days to dry though.
What’s so wonderful about this craft is that each and every design comes out differently because of the way the colors are mixed! =). For instance, the picture above, I made mine into a heart shape, and the colors turned out wonderfully; it looks like the bottom there are petals growing out and the non-colored part resembles a heart!
If colorful crafts don’t make you think of spring, then I don’t know what does! Recently, Pinterest has been very popular, and I find myself surfing the website for DIY art projects and baking goodies. I must say, this website is amazing if you need a little push to creativity. And from this, I found the perfect website to help me complete my next project! It’s just so inspirational and I absolutely love it! You use nails to do the outline of a word or something, and then you string everything together with colorful thread! I’m super excited to get this project started once I start (…and complete…) my dreaded project which-must-not-be-named for school (yuck… paper!). But once I go home, the first thing I will do is head to the nearest Michael’s to get all my supplies needed for this colorful masterpiece! This one website has a template for the “dream” string art, and you can find it here. =) Enjoy everyone!
Do you ever get those days where minutes feels like hours, and a day feels like a week? And then there are those days where nothing just seems to go the way you want/expect… and days where you wish it never happened. And then there are days where I wish I could store in a nice little snow globe, in it’s perfect, untouched world. But every day is a new day, and with it comes something different; it’s own challenges and rewards, despite how it might not be so apparent at the time.
On my few days home for reading week, another ‘craft’ idea popped into my head. Of course you guys all know my crazy love for sticky notes … and I cannot believe that I have not started this project sooner! So I’ve decided for this project to write nice inspirational quotes on my colorful sticky notes, because well, when those ‘bad’ days do come, I have something to look up to and smile at! Because nothing beats a smile to break the roughness of the day! And of course, as a motivation to keep on trucking!
I was talking to my friend earlier today about the things that get me super excited. Just a heads up, it’s not a very ‘exciting’ list in terms of what is on it, but sadly, yes, these are things that make me go “Yay!” so here it goes. Ready?
1. Agendas/Calendars- I swear I use 3 agendas to make me feel organized despite how I may not actually be so in reality.
2. Post it notes- I absolutely love writing things on these colorful pieces of paper that stick to anything and everything.
3. School supplies/stationary
4. Art supply shopping- Perhaps it is because of the upcoming cold wintery season where my crafty side starts to come out. You can do it in the comforts of your home, with Christmas music playing in the background, and having a nice warm lit candle beside you. And, not to mention, time flies by so fast when you’re making crafts! Today I went shopping with my friend at Chinook and I swear we spent 90% of the time either at Chapters looking for books or at Zellers and the Calendar Club. I then went to Michaels because they had a ‘50% off one item’ coupon that only lasted for these two days. To my surprise, they had a bunch of great sales going on for other things! So… I spent a lot of money there. Here’s what I bought! To the very left is a glitter stamping starter kit, and then I bought wooden alphabet letter stamps (because I absolutely -hate- buying letter stickers since I only end up using half the letters and go buy a new one because I’m missing some letters), and then I bought some white glass gems to make those magnets! I’m pretty excited to start my art projects after placement is over! Speaking of which, I made a card for my preceptor. I used the glitter stamp set, but it didn’t turn out as successful as I had anticipated. I’m wondering if it’s because of the glue, or if it’s because of my technique.
Anyways, this morning I got up to make some magnets! I wish they had slightly bigger gems, but I guess these ones will do for now!
I should have bought stronger magnets to stick on the back because they’re not very strong. These will do though! I hope they stay onto the magnetic boards I have back in Edmonton. These are just practice ones so that when I actually make them for my friends, they will look slightly better than these!
I don’t know what it is about me, but I can never seem to get a single art project completely finished!! First it was my tiger drawing (which I still am working on, I haven’t neglected that!), and then my scarf knitting (it’s pretty long I must say, but I still haven’t gotten it to quite the length I want). And then there’s my scrapbook, but that’s an ongoing project of course!
So what’s next on my mind? I saw this neat little project on the Internet and I wanted to do something very similar. Here’s the picture; but instead of dangling cards on the clothespin, I want to put up my polaroid pictures (with my future polaroid film camera of course that hopefully my mom got me from HK!). I already got the clothespins from the dollar store (one of my favorite places to go to because they have so much variety!). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find regular small clothespins, so I had to make do with ones that had flowers on them. Initially, I wanted to take them off, and I did try, but I decided that maybe I should keep it and take a more ‘spring’ approach to this craft. I repainted the clothespins a different color, and now I’m just waiting on the polaroid camera! ❤ Here are the clothespins I bought; a pack of 12 for only $1!
Now, my next project after I’ll be done this one is to make myself a magnetic agenda board. I’m hoping after I do my Christmas shopping tomorrow to go to Michaels craft store and try to find some of those transparent beads and what not! Yes, so those are my craft ideas for the 3 weeks of Christmas! ❤
Last fall, I joined the art club which was brand new to our res. It was a nice little outlet because well, school is just too stressful, and who wants to do homework all the time?! I wouldn’t consider myself artistic because I never doodle, and when I draw, I’m not necessarily what I call ‘good’. Each class would be about 2 hours long, but the time seemed to fly by way too fast. Each class would somewhat be a continuation of the projects we were working on before– like drawing a cube (much harder than it sounds!), then we shaded it, and then we got to start our own drawing projects. We were told to bring a picture in of what we wanted to draw, so I brought in a tiger face. Drawing it wasn’t necessarily hard (minus getting the proportions and everything symmetrical), but rather, the coloring I found difficult. I never realized how many little strokes I needed to make before it actually seemed remotely “fur like”. However, I did find out that coloring eyes are very fun (and hard to blend in all the colors). I’ve been working on it for a while, but I still haven’t finished it yet! I hope to finish it by this school year so I have something I can put up! (Once I do finish it, I’ll be sure to post a picture of it!)
Today in art class, we went outside to draw a building using charcoal. If I have learned something about myself, it’s that I am very meticulous when it comes to drawing. Oh, and very mechanistic. It’s hard to break that habit =\. So with today’s little assignment, it was hard for me to capture the essence of the entire building because, well, I was just too focused on getting things perfectly down on paper (which didn’t even happen). I didn’t manage to fill up the entire black sheet of paper. Near the end, I just scribbled and shaded as much as I could (and to the best of my abilities), and surprisingly, I realized that the messier/faster I drew, the ‘nicer’ it was. It has a kind of neat effect to it. Here’s a picture of it! This is definitely something I am going to try again!