We haven’t had any button porn on this blog since August! Can you believe it?!?! Definitely need some beautiful button art to feast our eyes upon. So here are some new ones I’ve come across lately:
I’ve been thinking about past art projects, in particular, mail art. Years ago, when hubby and I lived in B.C., we started a postcard exchange with several of our friends from art school. It was a really fun way to keep in touch with each other and I loved receiving random surprises of wonderful artwork in the mail. I kept all the postcards that we received, with the intention of displaying them somehow as a larger piece of art. Sadly, they are still just sitting in a shoebox, untouched, but not quite forgotten. One day perhaps…
Back in those days, I was horrible at documenting everything, so very few of the postcards that I made were properly scanned before I mailed them on their merry way. I thought I’d share a small sample of ones I made for an Alphabet series (you’re probably not that surprised to discover that I’m the type of person who likes to make art in a series). Each postcard was a different letter of the alphabet (and I really did manage make it through the whole alphabet, although don’t ask me what I did for the letter X). Of course there was a theme to the whole thing… fashion. The definition of each word represented was written on the back of the postcard.
All of the postcards were made on inexpensive card stock, using water colour paints, rubber stamps, and graphite pencil. The first step was to lay a light wash of water colour in a fairly random pattern. Once dry, I would make my sketches in simple pencil and then go back in with the water colour to bring out certain areas. Then I would begin creating textures and patterns with rubber stamps & ink. Finally, I would bring out particular details of the drawing and patterns by filling them in with graphite pencils. It all involved just a lot of experimenting with layers and colours.
I really don’t get much of a chance to do any mail art these days, but sometimes I get the hankering to. I started a Pinterest board quite some time ago, dedicated to inspirational mail art. With close friends moving across the country and our inevitable move out to the farm in a few years, I’m thinking that we might have to resurrect the postcard exchange real soon. Besides, think of all the great stuff that Sam could start making into postcards. Fun times and exciting mail await us…
The end of the year is fast approaching which means that it is time to use up any remaining benefits at work. I tend to be one of those people who holds off using up benefit funds until the last quarter of the year because I’m worried that as soon as I use them up, I will come across something that I wish work could pay for (like a class).
Looking back, this year was just so crazy, I really shouldn’t be surprised that I have so much of my benefits remaining. There was no time to apply them to anything career, creative or active related in my life. So I took great (great) pleasure in ordering two-dozen new books! It was such a treat! Thankfully, throughout the year, I had been keeping a little list of books I thought would be interesting, with the notion that I might pick up a few at some point. Well, I was able to get them all and then some! The massive book order fell into two categories “career” and “creative”. I know a lot of people shudder at the thought of reading “career” related books, but one of the nice things about my job is that it is in a very creative industry, so “career” books can be just as fun as “creative” based books. I hope to give you some quick book reviews as I work my way through them all. I’ve already started reading Blogging for Bliss: Crafting Your Own Online Journal by Tara Frey, which has obvious applications right here. Interested in the rest of the book treasure? Here is the BIG list, in no particular order:
- The Beautiful: Illustration for Fashion and Style by Anneke Krull (editor)
- Hair ’em Scare ’em by Robert Klanten (editor), etc.
- Flowerhead: The Illustrations of Olaf Hajek by Olaf Hajek
- The Boss of You: Everything a Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run and Maintain Her Own Business by Emira Mears & Lauren Bacon
- How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath & Donald Clifton
- Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath & James Harter
- Working for You Isn’t Working for Me by Catherine Crowley
- Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William Bridges
- Hi-Fructose Collected Edition Volume 2: Under-the-Counter Culture by Annie Owens (editor) & Attaboy (editor)
- Illustration Now! Volume 3 by Julius Wiedemann (editor)
- Creative Blogging: For personal or business improvement by Paul William Johnson
- Illusive: Contemporary Illustration Part 3 by Roberta Klanten (editor)
- The Big Book of Illustration Ideas 2 by Roger Walton
- All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin
- Tribes by Seth Godin
- Linchpin by Seth Godin
- Crafty Superstar: Make Crafts on the Side, Earn Extra Cash, and Basically Have it All by Grace Dobush
- Savvy Crafters Guide to Success: Turn Your Crafts into a Career by Sandy Mccall
- Fables Covers by James Jean & Bill Willingham
- Print and Pattern by Bowie Style
- Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns by Mike Perry
- Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby by Anna Maria Horner