Thanksgiving is speeding across the calendar and headed our way! There is much to be thankful for in spite of the tough or tiring days we have had to endure this year. We know it could have been worse!
And so... I am very grateful for health, strength, my first art show this year, and all of YOU who are helping me to actualize my creative potential.
Here I am drawing at least 2 drawings per week. For me, this is break-neck speed!
I am progressing, trying new ideas, using new media. Above, you can even view my first attempt at drawing a giraffe.
Suddenly it hits me, what am I to do with all this work?
Where should I store my ever-growing inventory? How do I catalog the drawings so I know what I have on any given day? (Buyers don't want to see me scrambling to find a drawing I raved about, right!)
Can I found software to help me with these new issues?
The sudden realization that all of this creativity has a different kind of price, namely "get organized" slowed me down for justt-t-t-t-t a second.
No worries: I am still full speed ahead. But suddenly creativity has another side!
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, I was literally just in the kitchen washing dishes when a thought came to me.
Can creativity times and marriage go together?
Often we hear from our family, friends, loved-ones, frenemies, or co-workers about how someone's marriage has gone sour. Or one can get an eyeful of harsh, bitter, hurtful words that has been posted on social media!
What if, one used a some of that energy to do creative things that could turn that mate's heart around such as
produce a romantic gift, write lovely poems, hand-letter an apology note?
What if they created something together?
Hmmm... arguments might cease.
Better yet, divorce rates might go down!
Add your two cents!
I struggled with this one! But the result was not too shabby. I made a recent graduate, flowers out of money. I followed the steps after looking at videos on YouTube!
The graduate loved the final result and said the air was definitely filling up with the smell of possibilities! :-)
To see more about how to make the money roses visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEf__gYoTVE
Discovered last week that there is such a thing as "chalkboard paint".
You can purchase a small tube for about $5.00. You can paint on glass, rigid plastic, and other surfaces. (Make sure to read the label to be certain that it will adhere to the surface that you're thinking to cover.)
Once you have picked your selected spot -- go for it! You have to apply two coats for it to work well.
I tested the paint out on a plastic jar. It took 24 hours to dry. This morning I tried it out.
Think of all the places you could use this: make a welcome sign, create a play wall in a child's bedroom, make your own message board in the kitchen, leave a note of kindness at your co-worker's desk, use it to label spaces in a classroom, or label everyone's cup at a get-together! Let your imagination run for a bit. Soon, you'll be telling everyone what you have created!
Mother's Day is quickly approaching. Why not create your mom or that special female in your life a greeting card with a hand made greeting card? You can use your regular handwriting or be daring and trying hand lettering*. Yes, I know a dash to the card shop would be easier. But to see each letter created and positioned by you would be much more personal. She'll never forget the extra time you spent working on the gift just for her! (Note: hand lettering can take practice. Okay, okay, so maybe this Mother's Day is too close. If you start now though, you'll be sure to be ready for next year!
* Look at these links for some ideas -- http://handletteringtutorial.com/tips-for-beginning-script/ and http://handletteringtutorial.com/category/hand-lettering-books/
I can end up with extras from most projects that I do. This time was no different:I ended up having a few extra plates and saucers in my possession. This creative mind went to work and thought of how I could make good use of these leftovers. I decided to try my hand at a dessert tier tray. (Since dessert is never far from my mind, this was really not a stretch for me. LOL!) To make the final product, I did have to improvise by inverting dessert cups and hot gluing then to the center of the plate and then the saucer above it. I think the finished product is quite lovely for 20 minutes of fast work!
I have many opportunities to be creative. Another came along in the form of Keva Planks. They are these unassuming rectangular pieces of wood. I'd say that each one is ~4 1/2 inches long x 1/4 inch thick. On first glance, one is not impressed. But when you view the template booklet of what you can build with them, your eyes bulge! Using them does require a steady hand and lots of patience. Plus, they are geared toward ages 7 and up.
See the creation that an associate and I made together.
If they become the next big rage, you can say you read it here, first! :-) What would you build with your Keva Planks!
I saw shoes covered with Legos on the Web and just had to try and create a pair myself!!
To the left is my finished product! I am pleased with the results!
Here are my recommendations, if you try to design your own.
-- Start out with a pair of shoes that are a little too big. All that glue does cause the shoes to tighten up a bit.
-- Work your way from the bottom up -- I think it would have been easier for me to cover the shoes had I started at the bottom edge and not the top.
-- In addition to larger pieces, get 200 or 300 very small pieces. It should have made designing the shoes easier around the curves What do you do with your extra Legos?
Knitted this cute little basket while waiting to do something else. Mine holds paper clips. Ladies yours could hold a bottle of fingernail polish or safety pins. Gentlemen, might you use it to hold your loose change or an important receipt you wish to store away later?
Share how you might use it!
Hey, it's Debra!
Debra's second art show
in Philadelphia was on
September 30, 2017!
IT WAS TERRIFIC !
Thanks for all the well-wishes and to those who attended!
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