Favorite Quotes

Therefore do no worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:34

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. - Jane Austen

If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. -Mary Engelbreit

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tangling and Crocheting

I've been working on a zendala from a couple weeks on and off while at work. Sometimes my residents work on creative pursuits while in session and I try to encourage them to relax by working on my own stuff instead of staring at them.

I visit printmandala.com for pages to hand out to my color happy residents. 
I'm not working on my zentangle collage as quickly as I'd like but I've finished one more piece of the nine.

While going through my closet a couple weeks ago I stumbled across a crochet project which I started last summer. Last summer I was required at work for four Fridays to participate in a DBT video training. It was good information but it was difficult to watch a video for 8 hours. I was allowed to being my crochet project into the training which very much helped me to keep focused. I finished all the squares during the training but did not finish the blanket.

I was inspired to learn this way of crocheting by a few of the residents at my work. They tend to go through phases of interests and last summer a bunch were very much into crocheting. I had all the yarn leftover from a different crochet project which I abandoned.

My 16 squares
Finished project
The side without the binding
With the binding
It ended up being a funky size but it would be good as a baby blanket or floor covering. I would work on it more but I'm not in a crocheting mood at this point. I go through cycles in my artistic interests. What I need to be working on is my husband's cross stitch Christmas stocking.

Drawing Class

We have been doing a series of self-portraits in class for the past couple weeks.

This is about as far as I got in class.

Ta-da! I feel like it was cheating because we took a picture, projected it on a wall, traced part of it, and then added the tone. 
This is a distorted quasi self-portrait. I can tell I got frustrated while working on it. 

This is what I started working on in class. It's a self-portrait from looking in the mirror. I need to finish working on it tomorrow. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Paper Dahlias

I have a good friend who got married this past weekend. The reception was outside and she and her mother found a paper dahlias project to decorate the tent. I was skeptical but I was a good bridesmaid and supported the bride in her decision without much questioning. I'm so glad I did because they turned out lovely and added a ton to the wedding-eske feel to the tent. I don't think the color scheme would have carried nearly as well without them. The bride, her mother, and sisters made the majority of the dahlias. I helped later in the project and made a few when the rest were mostly dahilaed out.

The project is fairly easy. The petals are cut out scrapbook paper. The paper squares are stapled into a petal shape and then hot glued to a cardboard cake stand/board/plate.....I'm not sure what they are called. We worked the layers from the outside in. The color combinations are endless and could be altered for pretty much any occasion or holiday. I think they could be stored in a wreath box. I'm concerned about how many seasons one would last. Once the paper is bent or wrinkled, it will not go back to looking the same.


I wish I had taken more pictures of the decorations

The dress in the background is a bridesmaid's dress which was on point with the color scheme for the wedding. My table had white while other tables had peach or pink.




Self Care

As a Certified Zentangle Teacher, I have recently fallen into the trap of regularly teaching but not taking the time to tangle for myself. I love having a project and remembered that last year at the Zentangle conference, I bought an ensemble pack which I have yet to touch. I took it out today and was pleasantly surprised that it is actually two ensembles, not the one I was expecting. I took my find and tangled one square today and will try to make the time to finish it within the next month or so. I'm tentatively planning on framing them. My house does not have any of my own work hanging on the wall and I would like to change that. 

The nine piece ensemble project
Pre-shading
Post-shading
I considering waiting to shade until I had tangled all nine pieces, but I'm happy with how it turned out. It was so nice to tangle without worrying about making basic or too complicated looking. I've noticed that when I make examples for my classes, the teens put themselves down if their zentangles don't look like mine. The fact that I have much more practice with the tangles does not seem to reassure them. For the most part, I've stopped creating example tiles for class. I still hand out a paper with about 20 tangles to jog their memory, which I have yet to post on my blog. Note to self. 

Drawing Classes

At this point, I have three more weeks left of my ten week class. I have a whole new respect for people who go to school while working full time. I am just taking this one class and even though I am enjoying it, I want to have two evenings a night back. 
I feel torn though I want to push myself to at least get the 18 credits of studio art classes so when I can, I can work on a second Masters in Art Therapy. At the same time, I feel stretched thin working in residential 50-60 hours a week and taking one class with my husband being deployed. I have a hard time imagining working, going back to school for another Master, and balancing my marriage not to mention a near future potential child. I hear of other women who are these super people accomplishing crazy amounts of things and feel shame that I doubt in myself to accomplish things in the same way. 
I am not a work-a-holic. I love my job and what I do but it is not what live for. I work to have fun and pay for the lifestyle I enjoy. When I was working on my first Masters, I only worked a few days a week substitute teaching. Now that I am bringing in my own paycheck and gotten used to that additional income, I am going to have a hard time in the future deciding what may be best for my family as well as myself. 


In this class we had the option of drawing the bottle clear or opaque. I decided to improve upon drawing opaque from the prior class. 
Sketching 
Transferring my sketch to Canson paper
Sketching
Transferred to Canson paper. This is my favorite piece I've done so far. 
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This skull became the bane of my existence for the evening. 
My skull. At least it looks like a skull and can't be confused with a boat of something. 
My drawing subject
Tiki-eske mask. I'm trying to focus at getting better with my tone, making it look smoother.