Still Creating

Wow! Has it really been six months since I last posted here? It certainly hasn't been that long since I've created anything, though! I've been creative in the kitchen and playing with my camera and busily learning all the graphic design stuff I can but mostly chained...

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Graphic Design is Art

I am coming to realize more and more each day how much creativity and art is involved in graphic design.  Yes, I always knew it was all rolled into one - but the more I learn and the more I do, the more I realize how important my love of art plays into my digital...

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How to Make Your Own Doodle Book

A few weeks ago I taught the Doodling class I mentioned a while ago. It was a huge success and everyone lived the experience! Because I had such a small budget for my class materials, I had to get creative. My students needed a good doodling pen plus instructions plus...

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Just Learning

This semester at school as officially kicked my butt!  I took both Photoshop and Illustrator in the same term -- talk about confusing. Just when I think I know what I'm doing I find out I'm wrong.  I keep looking for tools in Photoshop that are only in Illustrator -...

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Food

I take pictures of food.  Often.  And it's not just a snapshot when I do it... it might take 15 or 20 shots using various camera settings and lighting angles to be satisfied with the photo shoot before I can actually begin eating the food I just took pictures of.  I...

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Panning Photography

This past fall the monthly assignment from my photography club was "panning."  Except I didn't know how to do that.  It's where you stand in one place while the subject of the photo is moving and you follow the subject with your camera while smoothly panning to...

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Art Field Trip

As some of you know I'm back in college to finish my graphic design degree.  This semester I'm taking Art History and this week we had a field trip to the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA).  Our assignment was to find one piece of artwork that spoke to us and write a...

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Slow Creating Weekend

I had less time during the week than normal.  (For the boring details you can read them here.)  So I haven't had time to play much during the week.  And this weekend has been packed with errands, obligations and homework.  But early this afternoon I knew I needed to...

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Obsessed with Doodles

Seriously... this obsession has been going on since mid-week.  On Thursday night I made a little "doodle book" and I've been filling it up.  So here's the deal.  Since I agreed to teach this doodling/drawing class to the ladies at my mom's church in March I realized...

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A Creative To-Do List

There's a bunch of stuff I want to do.  And sometimes when I write things down and put them out to the world, I actually work harder to get 'em done.  So here we go... FELTING -- I've got several knitted bags/purses that are all done and ready to be felted. Just need...

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Doodling in my Moleskine

As I said the other day, I've been carrying my Moleskine around with me lately.  I've been working on some zendoodling - I find it so relaxing and calming.  Last night just before bed I put on some soft gospel music and started these new pages.  And I worked on them a...

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Spent Pointsettia

Instead of putting up my Christmas tree this year, I bought a huge poinsettia plant for my fireplace hearth.  It lasted for a couple weeks, but I didn't do a good job of watering it.  Apparently poinsettias like lots and lots of water.  So it died before Christmas....

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Adorable Mini Board Book

I was surfing around the net late last night looking for some craft tutorials for my mother.  She organizes a craft day for ladies at her church and it's grown so big that she needs about 25 different craft projects - so I was helping out. Around 11:00 p.m. I came...

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The Art Journal Progress

The Art Journal Experiment is going much better than it was last time I posted.  I've been trying different mediums besides watercolors and the pages don't curl quite as much.  Plus if I use a heat gun to dry the pages between coats of paint (ink or whatever) it seems...

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A Schedule for Creating?

Isn't this calendar adorable?!  I'm totally in love with those buttons and all the beautiful fabric. It's made by Rashida at I Heart Linen.  I could spend hours at her Flickr Photostream.  And she's got a shop - the pincushions are awesome! Can you really schedule...

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Zendoodling – Zentangle – Mandalas

What is Zendoodling?  What is Zentangling? Ok, we'll start with my understanding of what these terms mean. Essentially it is drawing in such a way that is repetative and meditative so that the simple act of drawing gives you a sense of peace and relaxation.  For a...

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My Attempt at Art Journaling

So far it's not very pretty.  In fact, at this point it's pretty much a disaster.  But everything I have read so far about getting started in art journaling says that the first stuff I do is going to be horrible.  Guess that theory is holding true for sure! Here's a...

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Photography Club

About a year ago I found a really great photography club at Meetup - it's a social calendar type website where you can find people in your town who share the same interests you do and get together in person.  We meet once a month and always have an "assignment."  We...

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Inspiration – Art Journaling

I've been glued to my computer for the past several days searching out inspirational websites, blogs and art galleries in my quest to be more creative this year. Thankfully I have a little Netbook mini laptop so when I'm out and about away from my creating-space, I...

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Santa Train

Today is New Year's Eve and I'm hanging out with Grandma tonight.  Tomorrow is our final family Christmas celebration and Grandma wanted to make the little favors for the dinner table.  So together we made some Santa Trains made out of candy. Use double-sided tape to...

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