Practice, Practice, Practice

…and they ran for their lives! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ง

It’s official, no eraser is safe in my house. They will get sliced, diced and turned into a stamp. Although I have some Speedball Speedy carve to work with, I’ve been using erasers to do the majority of my practice work, while saving the Speedy carve for more serious projects. Working with rubber is definitely much easier than linoleum yet I’m discovering it is also much easier to over cut and mess up a design. Like most things that I do, patience is needed with this. Practice and patience has been my motto for the day. ๐Ÿ˜Š

New Hobby

Making hand drawn cards has now become a thing with me. It started last Mother’s Day when I just couldn’t justify spending close to $20 dollars for three premade Mother’s Day cards when I came to the conclusion to just get some blank ones, which were a bit more economical and draw my own personal message inside.
This birthday card is the fifth one I’ve done so far and I’m now doing them all from scratch with ideas from Pinterest. It’s a bit addictive, fun and appeals to my more crafty side. My hubby adores this one and suggested that I add card making to my arsenal of talents. So, I guess I officially have a new hobby now. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hand Drawn Love

Would you rather for someone to make you something or go out and buy you something?
That’s the thought that crossed my mind when I sat down to get ready to start on a new ACEO drawing when it occurred to me that my grandmother’s birthday was coming up and I forgot to get her a card. So instead of working on a new drawing I grabbed some walnut cream cardstock I had lying around and got to hashing out this simple birthday card. Ideas for the little illustrations I gathered from Pinterest but everything is completely hand drawn. It’s nothing too fancy or elaborate because, well, at 94 my grandmother can’t see too well. But I’m hoping she likes it.
Overall, the question still stands, if you had to choose, which would you prefer as a gift, something that someone took the time to make for you or something someone went out and bought for you?

Drawing Up Greetings

Been on a DIY kick lately. First journals now greeting cards…well, partially. I have four special women in my life; a mom, a grandma, a step mom and a mother in law, all of who I wanted to send a card to for this Mother’s Day. But after visiting my local card store, I couldn’t justify paying $4.99 or more for 4×6, pre-messaged cards that only halfway expressed what these ladies mean to me and that will eventually end up in the recycle bin. So I opted for some blank ones, that were $2-3 a piece and drew up my own messages. My calligraphy skills aren’t that good and I kinda felt a bit elementary while doing them but I really hope they like the cards. ๐Ÿ˜Š

For Mother’s Day

Bijin

Shipped this off this afternoon to a friend for Mother’s Day. I’m really hoping it brings a little happiness and delight to this special occasion. 

Earlier this year I had mentioned that I was going to hang up my carving tools and focus strictly on drawing. After working on this carving I realized I missed doing these small pieces. So I’m taking my tools out of hiding and permanently leaving them on my desk with the plan on doing 1 or 2 small carvings month. I guess I just needed a little break from it to recharge my interest. ๐Ÿ˜Š