Month: November 2012

Visual Journal Page 17: POW! Right in the Kisser

Sometimes I wonder as Nick and I are walking through the grocery store, if people think we are crazy. We are a very goofy couple. We are constantly messing with each other, calling each other names, Nick fake hits me, I fake hit him, sometimes I wonder if people think we are an abusive couple. It makes me laugh, and it makes me wonder.

Everything can be turned into something fun. We constantly get off track when we are running errands, talking about this and that, and look at this thing we don’t need. Life is a game, we have a lot of fun together.

One of our long standing jokes is to fake punch each other and say “POW! Right in the kisser!”. It’s stupid, I don’t even know where it came from, it’s silly, but silly is fun. I can’t even remember who said it the first time, where we were, what we are doing, or what one of us was thinking to start the game. Despite that, it has lasted, so far it stands the test of time, and it continues on.

We have gotten to the point where sometimes we randomly exclaim our “POW! Right in the kisser” for no reason at all. People must think we are crazy.

One day as I was flipping through my old, donated LIFE magazine, which I had already used and abused, I stumbled upon this wonderful article about an upcoming boxing match. I hate to admit it, I didn’t read the article, but my eyes ate up the pictures. Man in tight white pants featured in the right corner, man in tight black pants in the left, ready to fight, who will win, the anticipation will last a lifetime, frozen in print. Both were shirtless, with their belly buttons consumed by high riding pants. They were serious, hands up, stern looks, they were ready to fight, and they looked ridiculous. A picture reel began rolling in my head, with tight, white pant man and tight, black pant man standing next to the sweaty, ripped, glaring, shorts, and shirtless boxers of today’s generation. They wouldn’t stand a chance.

These two boxers found a spot in my mind, their images dug a hole, and stayed. I kept coming back to the picture until it clicked. They were as ridiculous as Nick and me, as ridiculous as our saying, as ridiculous as our errand running games, they embodied our saying. They were our “POW! Right in the kisser” fighters.

SUPPLIES

  • Visual journal
  • Rubber cement
  • Scissors
  • LIFE magazine images
  • Red construction paper
  • White paper
  • Colored pencils

HOW TO

Although I knew this page would be relatively simple to put together, I still wanted to make sure it had a strong visual impact. I started with the boxers, and carefully cut around their shoulders, tight pants, and tall boots. Next, I used colored pencils and drew out my words and comic book style background. I wanted to push the idea of a comic book, because in my mind, these men could only belong in a fictional story. Once my colored pencil drawing was complete, I carefully cut around the edges. I decided to use red construction paper to bring attention to the words and men, so I decided to leave a white border around my pop art design behind the words to help it stand out.

Once everything was set, I began working on the background. I cut wide stripes of red construction paper. I laid them out, and decided I wanted more, but I didn’t want to completely cover up the book page. My solution was to alternate between thin and wide stripes, which created a more interesting pattern. I carefully placed them, evenly spaced them, and began gluing them down. When I have images or paper going off the page, I always glue it down, with the excess hanging off of the edge. Once the page is 100% complete, I go back, and cut around the edges. This way I know it will be cut perfectly to fit the page.

Once all of the strips were laid down, I placed the “POW” in the center of the converging strips. I played with the placement of the “right in the kisser” until I settled on placing it in the right hand corner. Last but not least I glued the guys down, and my silly, Nick and Whit, game playing page was complete.

CHALLENGE:

Create a page about a silly saying or game. It can be from any point in your life, as a child, teenager, college student, or adult! Reminisce and have fun!

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Craft Project: Baby Announcement, Handmade Cards

I recently decided to add to my Etsy shop and try my hand at designing handmade cards such as greeting cards, announcements, and invitations. I started by making Nick and my Christmas card this year (I will post about that soon) and loved the process.

I wanted to offer a variety of styles so I scanned the images in as I went through the steps. The options are plain, plain scribble, semi-transparent, and semi-transparent scribble.

To create the plain version I ripped and layered old book pages on a white sheet of paper. I then put the paper in the printer, and printed her name repeated on top. Next, I printed the picture of baby Rylie, and centered it on top. I scanned the finished product into my computer and sent it to a printing company to print.

For this version I followed the same steps as the other one, but before scanning it in I used colored pencils to scribble around the edge. I carefully matched the color so it looks as though the image is breaking out of the standard rectangular shape.

For this version I created the background the same way, but rather than just glue the picture on top, I did a Mod Podge transfer to create a semi-transparent effect.

To do this you have to print an image on a laser printer in order to get enough ink to do a proper transfer. Take the printed image and paint a layer of Mod Podge on top (you can find this at your local arts and crafts store) and let it dry. Paint another layer and let it dry. Paint one more layer, and while it’s still wet, place the image face down on the background, again let it dry. Once dry wet the back with water and carefully rub the paper off. The end result should be the ink from the image stuck to the background, with no white paper left on top.

Once everything was dry I scanned the image into my computer.

For the final version I followed the same steps as the semi-transparent one, but added colored pencil scribbles before I scanned it in.

Finally, to create the back I used the book page collaged and printed background and layered scrapbook paper and book pages on top to create a space to add words.

This is a great way to save money and make a personalized card! If you love the look, but don’t want to make it yourself, I would love to do it for you! You can pay for the full print job, or simply pay for a copy of the design. Check out my Etsy shop to see my other designs! Click here to indulge your artsy cravings…

Love the photography? The pictures were taken by an amazing photographer, Randi Underwood, who is based out of Louisville, Kentucky (she does work all over the southeast). Check out her website here.

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Visual Journal Page 16: Fall

Fall is hands down my favorite season. I love the changing colors, the reds and yellow contrasting against the bright blue sky. The way the cool wind begins to seep into your skin and send a shiver down your spine. I love the transition from the long, sticky, sweaty, humid, thick air days to the cool, crisp, light days fall presents.

Everything seems a little cleaner and brighter through the cool air. The sky seems bluer, the leaves are brighter, and things begin to slow down. I begin to calm down as I fall into the schedule of school and look forward to the upcoming holidays.

The holidays… Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the build up to Christmas. The movie marathons begin as Nick and I move from scary movies, to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and straight into our stack of annual Christmas classics. As the heat dissolves into cool and the cool gives way to cold, my excitement grows as Christmas approaches. Thanksgiving comes and goes, black Friday shopping ensues, and the decorating finally begins. The last weeks of fall are dedicated to the beginning of winter, and the start of Christmas festivities

Fall brings cool air and the necessity of heat. Every year I look forward to flipping the switch to heat. I wait for the thermostat to click, and the soft hum that follows. The rubbery scent of a heater dusting itself off and prepping for another winter reaches my nostrils and my shivers begin to subside.

Fires, there is nothing better than spending a chilly night at home, snuggled in a blanket, watching a movie, drinking cider and hot chocolate, next to a fire. Nick walks in the door, looks at me snuggled in a few blankets, and asks “do you want me to build you a fire?” The answer is always yes. The crackling, roaring, as the flames consume log after log. The feel of the heat licking at your feet as you get just close enough to imagine the flames on your skin. The smell wrapping around the room, colliding and fighting with the cool air.

I sleep better in the fall. Snuggled under my sheets and comforter, balling up to create my warm pocket. I sleep too well in the fall, suddenly my alarm is snoozed more than once, I convince myself I will get to work on time, I shut my eyes for just 30 more seconds, just to delay the moment when my warm toes hit the freezing wood. The shock is enough to wake you up, and make you a little grumpy. I roll out of bed, scurry to the shower, and spend too much time under the steaming spray.

But my grumpiness quickly dissolves as I step out the front door, and see the sun coming up a little earlier, feel the cool breeze grazing my skin, and the rustling of bright leaves announcing the return of fall yet again.

SUPPLIES

  • Visual journal
  • Rubber cement
  • Scissors
  • Colored Pencils
  • Tissue paper
  • India ink

HOW TO

This page took FOREVER to complete. I spent many hours coloring in the green circles to create the microscope view of a leaf.

I started with the pattern. I looked up pictures of close up views of leafs, until I found a texture and pattern I liked. I referenced it as I drew the basic shape, the outline of the stem and sections of ovals, with pencil. When I finished I started on the circles. I used a darker green colored pencil to create the circle, and as I filled it in I slowly switched to lighter and lighter greens until I hit yellow. If you use Prisma brand colored pencils the colors blend together very easily. They are pricey, but worth the investment! I made the circles darker around the stems, and lighter as they moved towards the center. I did this to create a sense of depth and value.

Once I had the background complete I decided to use a pen to scribble the outline of a tree. I love trees in general, especially in silhouette, and it fit with the idea of leaves falling off of trees. As soon as I started scribbling I knew I made a mistake… I looked terrible! And I scribbled directly on my beautiful, took hours to create, background.

I took a deep breath, and re-evaluated it. I had to cover it up so I decided to try again, on a separate sheet of paper. I didn’t want to cover up the background, so I chose to use tissue paper, which can be finicky, but worked well since it is more transparent than paper. I used India ink and painted it with a small paint brush. By doing it on a separate sheet of paper I was able to paint a few versions and pick the best one. Once the ink was dry I used an Xacto and VERY carefully cut around the branches.

After it was cut out I glued the silhouette to the background. It didn’t quite cover up my failed tree, so I took more tissue paper, glued it next to the trunk, and decided the remaining tree would just have to act as a shadow. I took a step back, and liked it, but I was trying to reflect fall, and the bright green didn’t quite get the idea across.

I went back to the tissue paper and used colored pencils to draw leaves going from green to red to brown. I glued them down, and once again took a step back. After all of the hours I put into it, I was in love. It was perfect!

CHALLENGE:

Create a page using colored pencil. Don’t just use one color, try to use a range of values, layer them, and experiment. You can get really interesting affects when building up the color. Youtube is a great resource to look for color pencils tips.

I hope you enjoyed today’s fall post for the November fall weather. Thanks for stopping by and helping me spread the word about my blog! I can’t do it without you, happy Thanksgiving!!


 

Craft Project: Watch and Bracelet Holder

I recently made a headband holder to help organize the tangled mass of headbands in my closet. Once it was complete, and on display, I had the brilliant idea to apply the same design, on a smaller scale, to make a watch and bracelet holder.

This one matches my headband holder, and will soon hang beneath it in my closet. After this was complete I was on a roll, and kept making them. I played with a vertical design and standing holder, as well as different fabric and ribbon patterns. The following are images of two different watch and bracelet holder styles. I’m looking forward to making more, and more versions of my original headband holder design.

I love the pattern of this fabric, and the contrast between the bright blue ribbon and the soft brown color of the fabric.

As a UGA graduate (twice) I had to make a red and black themed one. This one is slightly smaller and vertical, which makes it more space efficient.

If you are interested in finding out how these are made check out my headband holder how to here. If you love my watch/bracelet holder and headband holders, but don’t feel like making it yourself, check them out on my Etsy shop here!

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Craft Project: Headband Holder

I have a slight headband obsession, and frankly I have more headbands than a single person really needs. As my headband stash began to grow my frustration with the tangled mess in my closet also began to increase. Eventually I had enough, it was time to figure out a practical way to store them.

After a lot of brainstorming this is what I came up with. It fits in my closet perfectly and it stores almost all of my headbands. I plan on making a smaller version to hold my bracelets and watches, and hopefully soon my closet will discover the meaning of organization.

SUPPLIES

To create my headband holder I needed a number of supplies. It required a trip to my local hardware store as well as the fabric store. However, once I had all of my materials it was relatively easy. This is what you need:

  • Wood dowel
  • Smaller wood dowels (to connect the long piece to the molding in order to attach it to the wall)
  • Two pieces of decorative molding (I found small square pieces that worked perfectly)
  • Two metal picture hangers
  • Nails (to attach the picture hanger to the wood pieces and to hand on the wall)
  • Batting (The sheets of it work perfectly, look in the quilting section of your fabric store)
  • Thread
  • Burlap
  • Lace and ribbon (to decorate the finished product)
  • Buttons
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black spray paint (to paint the wooden pieces)
  • Wood glue

These are the tools needed to make the headband holder:

  • Circular saw (to cut the dowels)
  • Drill press
  • Hammer
  • Sewing machine

HOW TO

Step I: Cut the dowels using the circular saw. I cut the large dowel to 32″ and the small dowels to two 5″ pieces.

Step 2: Use the drill press to put two holes in the large dowel. I set them 6″ in on each side. Try to make the holes at least 3/4″ deep in order to support the weight of the batting, fabric, and headbands. Do not go all the way through the dowel! Put holes in your decorative molding, they will attach to the small dowels, which will attach to the large dowel. Also try to go approximately 3/4″ deep, but again, do not go all the way through!

Step 3: Put wood glue in the holes in the large dowel and attach the small dowel to the large dowel. Put wood glue in the holes of the molding and attach the other end of the small dowels to the molding Allow the glue to dry completely.

Step 4: Once the glue is dry spray paint the small dowels and molding. Don’t worry about painting the large dowel, you will cover it up with the batting and fabric.

Step 5: While the spray paint is drying cut your batting to 32″ long, and wide enough to wrap around the dowel. I used one of my headbands to determine the thickness I needed. In order to get it thick enough I had to layer multiple sheets of the batting. The best way to keep everything together, and prevent lumps in your finished product, is to stitch the layers of batting together.

Step 6: Use hot glue to attach the batting to the dowel. As you make your way to the back, press the batting around the small dowels.

Step 7: Cut the burlap 36″ long, and wide enough to wrap around the dowel and batting. Before I attached the burlap to the batting I folded the edges and glued it with hot glue. This prevented it from unraveling. Once all of the edges are folded, glue the burlap around the batting, make sure you center the fabric so you have two inches of extra fabric on either end. Once again, work around the small dowels in the back as you glue.

Step 8: Fold in the extra fabric and glue it down. To make the end look more finished and neater I also added buttons to the ends.

Step 9: Attach ribbon, lace, and any extra materials you want to make it look fancy!

Step 10: Nail the picture hangers to the back and hang it on your wall! Enjoy your artsy creation and the new organization it will bring you!

If you love how this looks but don’t have the materials or time to make this project visit my Etsy store and purchase one of mine! Choose from a variety of sizes and colors, or contact me to customize your own. Click here to indulge your artsy cravings! Keep your eyes peeled for a watch and bracelet holder how to and for purchase availability on my Etsy store!

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