Another prompt list! No particular order.
In the fall of 2017 I received my first paint-by-number. I had ordered it online and had no idea what I had just done to myself. It was a scene of Paris, France and the canvas was approximately 18 x 24” and not on a board. I was excited to start, but not sure where to start exactly. Do I start with number one and in order? Do I start in one corner and finish before I move on?
It was a little overwhelming. Some of the spaces were very tiny and the numbers were hard to read. Sometimes, I would accidentally paint over a number adjacent to the space I was painting. Luckily, it came with a duplicate image on paper so you could see what the number was supposed to be. My entire first painting, I did not water down the paints, so I almost ran out of some colors.
It took me a few weeks, but I finally finished. I ordered more. And more. Months later, I have a very large collection of completed paintings and am not sure what to do with them. I enjoyed doing them. I found it relaxing and quite the stress reliever. Thankfully though, I finally slowed down. Maybe weening myself off of the kits was a good idea. I couldn’t find any paint-by-number anonymous groups for addicts, so I’ve had to try to recover by myself.
I stopped buying them. That helped. Now a co-worker wants me to paint some for her. She purchased a few different paintings that she wanted but didn’t want to paint herself. Kind of a win-win situation. I get to paint still, but I have time to do other things.
Here are just a few that I have stashed in a drawer that I have finished.
For the past couple of months, I have been sketching and/or painting in my art journal almost daily. I downloaded a free application on my phone called Sktchy.
The first challenge I participated in was the 30 days/30 pages (see earlier post, 30 pages/30 days). These were daily sketches with prompts and tips from one of three artists every day. I learned a lot and got in the habit of daily journaling.
My next challenge was with five artists for five days called ”Five Day Facial.” Each day was a different focus on a facial feature with a different artist. Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Ears and Hair. I have had no formal training in art so this was exciting to me and I learned a lot!
You can now subscribe to Sktchy for $4.95 a month and get daily artists with tips and a photo to draw. People upload their photos on Sktchy as well, to be inspirations. Then, many people draw them and tag the inspiration so you can just swipe right on your drawing and see the referenced photo underneath. You are also encouraged to hashtag the month and day so you can see everyone’s version of the same photo.
Below are some of the photos and sketches I have done over the past month or so. Sometimes there are different challenges, such as “create a story with this photo” or “try minimal lines and no color.”
For my 50th birthday, my daughter took me to Paris! We spent three nights in Paris. We stayed at the Hotel de Notre-dame. It was a lovely place in a great neighborhood. Because my daughter is a flight attendant, we fly standby. That is an adventure in itself!
We visited the many cafes and bistros, eating crepes and drinking cappuccinos. We visited the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Paris Sewer Museum.
One of the highlights was sitting with my daughter and sketching and painting. I surprised her with her own travel paint kit and an art journal.
I joined a group of artists from around the world in March 2018 that belong to the group Sktchy (a phone app). I had access to three different artists that took turns giving us tips and daily challenges for 30 days. I rose to the challenge and sketched every day in my art journal. Below are some of the entries.
Creating these cute unicorn ornaments turned out to be a success! Normally, when you pull a craft idea from Pinterest, it doesn’t quite turn out how you expect.
Supplies: Glass bulbs, craft clay, bits (flowers), felt, glitter, and floor polish (I used pledge floor polish), and hot glue.
Coat the inside of the bulbs with the floor polish and pour out (it looks just like slightly soapy water), then pour glitter inside and coat. Put bulb top back on. I used air-dray model magic for the unicorn horns. I hot glued the horn and flowers and jewels on, and the felt ears. I drew on the eyes with black permanent marker.
Super easy and cute as heck!
My adopted little sis, Ashley is modeling a unicorn horn in the background. 🙂
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
515 SE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
(just south of Stark)
Please stop by for a refreshment and view my first exclusive display of my artwork! All of my pieces are at least 90% made from reused materials that I have purchased at SCRAP. In honor of my very favorite non-profit, I am donating 40% of the sales of my art at the showing at Flux Salon during the month of March…to SCRAP! (Any pieces sold can be picked up at the end of March). Scrappdx.org
see more artwork on the Gallery page.
Yesterday, I auditioned with Actual Industries for “Old School Crafty”! It was a blast. I interviewed in their really cool offices and the lovely ladies greeted me. After my interview with Jean and Tiffany, I was handed a brown paper bag full of “SCRAPpy goodies.” I get 15 minutes on camera to create a piece of wearable art. I quickly cut out some flowers shapes out of some fabulous fabric samples, grab the hot glue gun, and start gluing together my pieces. Then I discover pieces of wire! I start adding wire between petals and leaves and give it some depth. I add a safety pin to the back and now have a colorful, fun flower pin to wear! I don’t get to keep it though. So, even if I don’t get to be involved, I had a great time and met some great people!
Here’s the ad for the audition:
You might have heard the term, “Keep Portland Weird.” Well, there’s a reason we say that here. Portlanders tend to look at things a little differently. Where one might see junk, others see opportunity. The people in this area value the “Do It Yourself” spirit. Maybe it’s that pioneer backbone that’s still lingering from our trailblazing forefathers. You may not have grown up knowing how to build your own bike, brew your own beer, or make your own clothes, but if you live in the Northwest, you’re bound to meet others who do, and will gladly show you how. That is what “Old School Crafty” is all about. Embracing that sense of community and artistic ability inherent in all of us.
In these tight economic times, we are all trying to be resourceful and come up with alternative ways to make unique homemade items. Not only is it good for the community to use re-purposed materials, but it also shows how one can think outside of the box and find new uses for items deemed trash. This is where the “Old School” craftiness really kicks in. Generations before us had to make do with what they had at their disposal. In the society that we live in now, our options are endless. We are only limited as far as our imagination can take us.
If you think you have what it takes to get crafty with Actual, then contact Tiffany or Jean at crafty @ actualindustries.com today. We cannot wait to see who our first crafty MVP will be…
No sooner did I hang this piece at SCRAP that it sold to a couple that are writing a book about creative artists using reused materials.