I have been working at a chain arts and crafts store for a while now. I really love it (and the employee discount on art supplies! w00t!). My coworkers are amazing and wonderful. The managers are also great about giving you encouragement when you help out.
For being willing to work two shifts yesterday, the night manager gave me this card:
How did they manage to guess my super secret alter egos?! ACK!
Okay, I may have mentioned the “witch” connection. But even if I haven’t, they know my full name and my online nickname and the comic are all readily found online. But my childhood alter-ego, “Super Sam”? I nearly died laughing!
As a kid, I used to put a cape (towel) around my shoulders, strike a heroic pose and thrust out my lower jaw while shouting a trumpet blast (“Dut dutta DUUUUUH!”) followed by, “SUUUUUUUUUPER SAMMMMMM!” in my best 8 year old announcer voice. Super Sam used to fly, make heroic leaps in a single bound and save stuffed animals from evil doers.
When I was not Super Sam, I was a spokesperson for the current household brand of toothpaste or shampoo. You could catch my commercials in the bathroom mirror.
Over the holidays, I mentioned to my mother-in-law that I’d been making little breakfast casseroles for two. She couldn’t imagine it, as breakfast casseroles were usually a big-dish deal that took planning the night before to make. NOPE! Here is what I have been doing most mornings for us parents (kids prefer cereal).
Berry Springs is probably my favorite city park. Mainly because it is out in the country. I was glad to see they had decorated the gate for the holidays:
It’s December but eighty degrees today. (That’s Fahrenheit. We are a bit old fashioned about temps.. in Celsius that’s twenty-six and a half degrees.) Pretty warm! After walking around the park, I was too hot to draw.. so I got into my truck with the air conditioning going.
I was facing the historic buildings (where they keep the donkeys, for you locals!) so I drew what was directly in front of the windshield:
Fine point sharpie and water color pencils.
What do you think? As always, I started with a gesture drawing and a bit of a placement map. If you look, you can see several stray lines that were loose guides when I first started the drawing. In particular, check out the top of the silo.
Just about every year for Thanksgiving, I try an experimental side dish. It usually falls flat with the kids. This year was one of the few resounding successes we have ever had. It was Summer Succotash from Southern Living 1986 Annual Recipes.
A wedding gift from my Great Aunt Mildred. <3
The Great was in charge of the Succotash. Darling was assisting.
The final product. YUM!
Another successful experiment this year was to assign a dish to each family member. Will definitely do that for Christmas, too and make it a tradition. This year, Mike had the stuffing and potato balls, Darling Petunia Hannah had the green bean casserole and a pie, I had the turkey and bread, and Alex the Great had the experimental succotash.
Through twitter retwitterings, I discovered this wonderful idea from a Blogger named “Inna” who posts her creative projects to her “Paper Raindrops” blog. The one that I first saw was her “Dear Person” project.
The idea of her Dear Person project is to make a drawing of something that catches her eye as she is going about her day and write a comment about it. The comments are always addressed to a person who made or did the eye-catching thing. The drawings are all simple. The comments are all adorable and quirky, just as you would think to yourself about the things around you.
All the kinds of things that we talk about preserving in our illuminated journals, by the way!
Here is a small sample, but you can see all her “Dear Person” posts AT THIS LINK.
Note how the drawings are not about the finesse of fine art. They are JUST about a visual reminder of what she sees and wonders about. PERFECT for our journals. I am going to try it in mine for sure.
What fun way to find something to draw and write every day. It looks like she has a little purse-sized/pocket-sized sketchbook just for this project, too. This might be a good way to begin your sketch journaling hobby if you are having trouble getting started.
Also check out Inna’s other projects on Paper Raindrops. She has several that are just wonderful to read about. For example, she has bound her art journal herself and made a tutorial, melted crayons for prettiness, and reupholstered a chair. Creative people are just creative!
I know I said how particular I was regarding books for my illuminated journals, that the pages be firm and smooth and that the binding of the book be strong. And I prefer the brand “Moleskine.” Those books are expensive, though. Especially when you go through them as quickly as I do. But for just drawing exercises, practicing, and notes, all I really need is paper and drawing utensil of some sort. Because this is my workbook and practice book, I need to feel it’s okay to “waste” pages trying stuff over and over and over again until I get it right. So that’s why I pick up any sketchbooks that are on sale or even in the children’s art supplies area.
Not too long ago, I bought a cheap sketchbook on clearance at Hobby Lobby. It appealed to me because it was marked WAY down and was about the preferred size of my Moleskine, so I could practice on-the-go. (I like BIG sketchbooks for practice when I practice at home). It also had the elastic strap closure and back pocket like my Moleskine. Nice! As a bonus, it had a place to store a pen: An extension of the cover made a pen pocket, and there is a wide elastic loop to keep the pen from sliding out. Nice!
I completed one week’s worth of illuminated journal pages about my daily life to answer the One Week Daily Journal Page Challenge. I had to quick-draw one thing from my normal life and write down any thoughts, notes or reminders that occurred to me as I was drawing (similar to the Meditative Sketch exercise, but not as immersive.)
The images I drew are below. My thoughts on the One Week Daily Journal Page Challenge are after the jump.
Light over kitchen table.
Didn’t realize I’d grabbed a blue pen.
Yes, I have a Godzilla toothbrush holder
My favorite headphones. They sit on my desk.
My desk moves around the house. Color added later with cheap color pencils.
I guess every table top gamer has a dice collection.
UPDATE: The pages were thin because I got “Plain Notebook” rather than “Sketchbook”!!! Thank you, Irma Eriksson of Imy for pointing that out!
Can you see why I was confused? Here are the two books side-by-side:
Look closely at the labels!
Here is my original post:
I do love my Hobbit Edition Moleskine, but this is why I have said it is not the best for the illuminated journal. Bleed through! I do love the limited editions, though. I will just have to think of another use for them.