Haven't gotten to take pictures of my other art homework yet. But here's what I'm working on in Figure Drawing class.
I wanted to do an original, but didn't have time to cook up something. This is more difficult [of a piece compared to what we drew last time we took the classes] because it's all bigger and more of a challenge. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
I don't know -- I almost feel like I should have made this into two posts or something -- it seems so disjointed...?
I am making a miniature Mad Hatter hat out of cardboard and various odds and ends.
I googled a few different patterns and instructions, but I got bored of the research very quickly; therefore I decided to just wing it.
I do not know if that was a smart decision or not. Let's just pretend I'm mad... XD
ANYWAY -- THE EXPANDED TOUR of the impromptu project. (It's kind of like a random doodle, I guess, except with 3D-ness and different materials??? Idk, haha...)
To start with, I grabbed a nice piece of cardboard, my scissors, a ruler, a glass (to make circles with) ((and also to drink from--stay hydrated, hey)), and Elmer's School Glue.
I would say I measured the pieces, but I didn't feel like mathing so late at night and pretty much eyeballed the dimensions I thought I needed, using the ruler to keep things straight and centered.
I cut two circles (traced from the bottom of the glass) about 3" diameter, and one rectangular piece about 6.5" by 2.5".
In the long piece, I cut notches parallel to the short side, about halfway through. Then I rolled it so that the short sides overlapped each other by about 0.5", and glued them together. I used some mini binder clips to hold the structure in place while the glue set.
Then I worked on cutting the brim. I used the ruler to mark out about 0.5" around beyond the edge of one of the circles, then poked a hole in the center and cut outward toward the inside marks, to slice the middle section into eight pizza slices (oh, man, I'm hungry now lol). I turned the points upward so they could be attatched to the cylinder part of the hat later.
Then since my glue was pretty well set, I bent the notches on the cylinder inward by about 0.5" all the way around.
Then I discovered the circle for the flat top of the hat was a little too large, and trimmed it. I also cut another circle out like it. I placed the first circle of cardboard inside the hat and refolded the notches over it, then glued the second circle over the top of everything. I held the two circles together (not very easy, haha) until the glue set.
I have not figured out exactly how I'm going to attach the brim. Nor how I want to cover the hat -- if I want to try fabric, printed tape, paper...
So we'll see about that next time or something. :)
*not an affiliate of Elmer's School Glue -- just felt like being specific about the materials I was using
Most days I feel like my creative brain has left me. But sometimes new materials are sufficient inspiration to bring out a little art! I got a check in the mail--nothing grand, but a bit-- from some items I had consigned at a local resale store. I immediately turned around and put it into art supplies I had been hankering for-- a tube of paint and a couple brushes. The most exciting part of this is the triangle brush that I have been longing for! It's also called a "wedge brush" and is gaining popularity lately for it's interesting strokes for loose flowers. It has been so much fun to play with! Once I got the hang of the right stroke (sort of a complicated combination of pulling, pressing and twisting), I was able to come up with some lovely little flowers.
I plan to make up some note cards with some simple flowers and have them on hand for when I need to send a card, instead of scrambling to make a card right when I need it.
I also tried a few little koi fish with that brush.
And this last is a page in my mixed media journal. There is a particular artist I follow on Instagram who does these really fantastical flowers and abstract shapes with ink and watercolor, so I followed her inspiration a little here. This was lots of fun and maybe needs more layers, but for now I don't really know what. I might try more later. The photo highlights are a little blown-- the color is richer in reality.
Some homeschool friends of ours had been studying the Middle Ages and invited us to a medieval party they hosted. It was a costume party, and probably the first time my kids have ever been to anything requiring costumes. We spent a day in a frenzy of costume construction and as a result we had two honorable knights, Merlin (ah, a very young Merlin), a beautiful princess, and the court jester. The party was great fun with food specific to the time (no forks!), archery, knife throwing, jousting, and general merriment.
Right after that, I jumped into this project that had been awaiting my input--
My Mom and I planned this joint project as a 70th birthday gift for a special aunt in our family. Mom did all the lovely painting, Dad made the rustic wood frame, and then they mailed it to me to add the lettering. I had spacing problems, as usual (sigh), but it turned out pretty well.
I can't seem to find the photo of just the painting without the lettering, but here is a close-up of the lamp.
For "Card Making Day" on Saturday, my children made birthday cards for a friend. (And I can't get the photos to be un-rotated no matter what I do!) In the photo above, Andrew's is top, Evan's bottom. I was struck by how carefully symmetrical Andrew made his.
And I was amused when Evan drew a forklift on this inside of his.
Here is another case of photos annoying upside down and I cannot right them! I wish Blogger would add an edit option for photos... Anyway, these are two little mixed media pieces the boys did for the fair. The background is a piece of canvas panel with tape resist paint, and then they glued corrugated cardboard and torn bits of crepe for trees.
I, myself, have done very little art lately, but I do have a few little sketchbook things I can show in later post, as this one is getting long enough for today. More later!
We have been beyond busy this week, so I'm just giving you a short poem I made (see haiku above), and a throwback picture of a digital "zentangle" doodle I did at least a year ago on my phone, when I was first getting interested in the stuff. It's a totally random drawing -- I have no idea what that big swirly tentacle-like thing is in the top left corner. Haha!
I seriously need to find a way to squeeze in some chill time. I feel like I'm just constantly go, go, going, and it's really wearing on me. I'm actually surprised I haven't gotten sick already (maybe I will now that I said something, haha!), but then sometimes I'm surprised by how much I can take above what I thought I could handle... Doesn't help if I push myself too hard and over-estimate my abilities, though. I'm only human; humans need to rest once in a while.
ACTUALLY, I just remembered I read a book. A whole book. I shirked my to-do list for a few hours several days ago, and just sat there with a mug of tea and a book; and I finished the whole book. It was quite relaxing. I felt like a proper old maid, laughing over the pages with a cat sleeping on the couch nearby, haha.
Maybe I should make a haiku about reading, too. Or maybe YOU would like to give it a try? :D