Sometimes, my life turns into a hurricane of activity. Except not as much fun.
When the storm clears, and the air calms and I'm left sitting amidst a pile of debris- however, I think, "Wow! That was fun! Let's do that again!"
It's a horrendous cycle of abuse.
The new play that I'm stage managing opened last week. That's stressful enough, on its own! But even without being able to sleep for a week, I still managed to find fifteen minutes to sit down and make one of my 'Fifteen Minute Cards.'
No, I don't time them- it's an estimated average. They might not even take fifteen minutes.
What I've found, about my cardmaking, is that the less time I have to obsessively move layers of papers around, the better my card turns out! So that's some advice, from me, if you're having trouble coming up with a design. Tell yourself that you've got fifteen minutes, total and at most, to make a card, and if you don't finish it in the allowed time, then you'll die or be late to work (whichever is more frightening to you).
I needed a birthday card for my beloved boss- and since the first day of spring is (too freakin) near, I wanted something with a spring theme.
To speed up the process, I used a tip that I picked up from May Flaum's e-book, FASHIONABLY FAST- which is available from Big Picture Classes. I'm preparing a review of the book, as not only were they so kind to include me when sending out review copies- but also because IT IS A GOOD BOOK. What's the tip I used? Well, actually I used two- but the main tip I used, which to be fair is a tip I've heard a couple of places so far- is to use one line of product. I don't know about you- but sometimes I just need to be told the most obvious of things. If you don't have time or the skillz to match papers, just grab a collection pack! Too easy, huh? Yeah- that does kinda take some of the fun out of it (for me) but if you're in a hurry or if you just want to concentrate on the layout instead of the color- well hell, make it easy on yourself and grab a collection. Nobody gonna judge you. If they do, remind them that you know what they did last summer.
I used BasicGrey's FACT AND FICTION - you know, that line that I went crazy for at JoAnn. Not only did I buy every bit of it- but I bought multiples. I'd be back at JoAnn and see it on sale and I can't pass that up- aaaaaand I'd think, "Hmm. I don't think I got that, anyways." Imagine my surprise to find five of each thing when I tried re-organizing not too long ago...
So that was the only 'technique,' to that card, really- I chose a collection (Fact and Fiction) that had the look I wanted at the moment, picked out the appropriate sentiment- Happy Birthday, from a sentiment set that I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby for a dollar, and layered a few embellishments. The bird was part of a larger journal card- but I really liked that bird (and my boss LOVES birds) so I cut him out. Cuz that's allowed.
What else have I been up to? Really? You're still here and you want to know more?
I've been learning how to paint with WATERCOLORS!
I can't tell you why I thought it was something I wanted to know more about- it just occured. I got out a pad of watercolor paper and my paints and did a Google search for a tutorial. I don't know about you- but in the past, to use watercolors, I wet my brush and rubbed it on the little cake in the plastic pan, then rubbed it on the paper. HOW DO THESE PEOPLE MAKE THOSE BEAUTIFUL DREAMY PAINTINGS?!
Imagine my surprise to learn all about adding water, mixing trays and etcetera!
Following along with an online tutorial, I set out to complete a watercolor. Here it is, my first attempt, ever:
I promise, I'm not deluded into thinking I'm a master painter or anything- but it sure looks better than I thought my first attempt would look like! I'm sorry I can't find/remember the link to the tutorial - I will find it and add it, as I want to credit the site responsible for all the fun I had, learning a couple of things!
I struggled through a coupla more tutorials- fish, a flower, a butterfly, an unfortunate mountain landscape... finally, I decided I wanted to try something of my own- my first complete original watercolor. Of course, I chose to paint a portrait of my beloved son, Nelson.
Given my limited drawing and painting skillz, I naturally opted for a more 'wiggly abstract' look, than attempting any sort of photo-realism!
Okay, I've got work to do and teeth to make (prop teeth- no, I'm not an at-home dentist) and collage materials to cut out:
Come on over and play, if you'd like!