Monthly Archives: February 2015

Science

February 28, 2015

The Creative Mornings lecture was awesome. It was all about climate change, science, and using rocks to learn information about the earth. I really love science – and when I was in high school and college I think I felt the need to choose between learning about science or following a career in art. But that’s just silly, right? Nature is art. Science is art. The more you know about both the more you can appreciate both.

Anyways, here are some doodles I drew inspired by science. Drawn in sharpie, scanned in, and colored in photoshop.

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Happy Making!

Cheers,

M

642 Things To Draw | Rolling Pin

February 27, 2015

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I bought the book 642 Things to Draw a while ago. It’s literally a book filled with nouns that I planned on using to start practicing my drawing skills. I’ve found that I’ll practice drawing a few different things over and over again (like eyes, or faces, or fruit) and I’ll get decent at drawing those things – but then they’ll all start looking the same. It’s almost like my mind decides what they look like, and I practice drawing them that way, and then I stop really looking at the thing or shape. I like this book because it’s filled with objects that I don’t typically spend a lot of time looking at, so it forces me to really observe their shape.

There are also a few drawing ideas that force you to be a creative. For example, one page tells you to draw “electricity.” So, that’s a noun, but most of us haven’t really seen electricity in the same way we see an apple or a toothbrush. So you have to make a few decisions on how you’re going to draw that.

This is the first prompt on the first page (a rolling pin). I scanned it into photoshop to practice with. The original sketch is below.

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I also want to point out that I’m SO DEDICATED to the The Daily Make project that I got up an hour early to get this in. I’ve got an exciting day planned today! I’m starting out with a lecture hosted by Creative Mornings Atlanta. This is the first one I’ll be attending, but I’ve watched a lot of the older ones online. You can see most of the talks from around the world on the Creative Mornings website under talks. I’m so into stuff like this. It’s free knowledge! Just like Ted Talks or educational Youtube channels, or awesome NPR podcasts. But, since they always happen on a weekday morning I haven’t attended the last few because I’m at work. Today, I have the day off so I’m heading to this lecture series, hopping on the MARTA and (hopefully) going to the airport to fly back to PA. I’m such a city slicker today! Atlanta art talk, public transportation, airport, flight, airport, Pittsburgh, bowling with friends, late dinner and drinks with family. Today, is going to be great. Not to mention, I got to start it out with drawing.

Happy Making!

Cheers,

M

Teacher Bear

February 26, 2015

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I’m sitting in a Starbucks on my lunch hour. Usually, I sneak into one of the “focus rooms” at work and I try to get in a chapter or two of whatever book I’m reading. Yesterday was the last day of our sprint schedule (we work in an agile environment) so it was really hectic. Today is the first day of the new sprint – which means it is a little quieter. There was also a pretty serious weather advisory for the last few days in Atlanta, and as a precaution most people chose to work remotely. I decided to use today’s lunch hour to take a little breather and head out of the office. So, I’m in a Starbucks, and its a little too loud for me to get much reading done. Luckily I brought along my laptop, so I colored this little bear illustration I sketched the other day. I’ve been trying to scan in more of my characters so that I can practice turning them  into illustrations. Today was this little Teacher Bear’s turn. Anybody have any name ideas?

Happy Making!

Cheers,

M

Green Patterned Sock

February 25, 2015

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I’ve got an exciting weekend coming up. Friday morning I’m headed to a Creative Mornings lecture series here in Atlanta, and in the afternoon I’m hopping on a plane with Jasmin to go visit our families. There’s even a slight chance that my brother will also be home visiting my parents, which will be the first time I’ve seen him since last summer.  greenpatternedsock2_web
I almost considered saving this sock for the plane ride – but then I figured I could find something a little easier to tote around. So, here it is, the last project I had sitting on needles! Yes, that afghan still needs finished, but that doesn’t actually count, since its on a hook that I can take out at any time. So, my needles have all, officially, been freed. How exciting! greenpatternedsock1_web This sock is made of Lion Brand sock yarn and the pattern is the one they print inside the label. About as simple as it gets. I always imagined myself knitting 30 pairs of these, and having them just lying around my house. I think I’d like being the kind of person that secretly wears hand knit socks every day. But, so far, this is only my 3rd sock (in about 4 years…) so I’m not sure that will ever happen. Especially since Jasmin’s dad has requested that I make him a pair…which…I really need to get started on…

Happy Making!

Cheers,

M

Giant Purple Scarf

February 24, 2015

giantpurplescarf_web Another one bites the dust. I spent all night on this – and it was so worth it. This baby is definitely going back to PA with me next week. My mom definitely needs it while she’s dealing with the negative temperatures.  giantpurplescarf2_web This took 4 big skeins of chunky yarn and was knit garter stitch on big needles. It wraps around my neck 3 times and is so big it barely fits under any of my coats.  giantpurplescarf1_web I only have 2 projects left undone – a sock that I’m going to work on tomorrow, and an afghan I’ve been crocheting that will take a whole lot longer than just a few more days. I didn’t realize how exciting it would be to finish all of these. I’ve been looking at them as old, boring projects – but its so exciting to be able to knit for a few hours and then have this huge finished thing… Also, it’s been a little cold and Jasmin has really been into watching movies in the evening. I’ve seen 5 of the Rocky movies, a documentary about dinosaurs, a few Pens games, and Source Code. That’s WAY more TV than I’m used to. So it’s nice to have a warm snuggly thing at the end.

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Chunky Red Neck Warmer…fail…

February 23, 2015

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I love this yarn. It’s beautiful. I bought it a while ago (when I didn’t have a steady income) and it was a bit of a splurge at the time. I didn’t buy much of it – so of course I just cast on a tiny scarf. But something happened. It’s curling up at the ends (and I even tried blocking it!). I’m considering pulling it out and knitting something else – but I’m worried the yarn might be too kinked (since I knit most of it a few years ago). Any knitters out there have any suggestions? Why is this curling? Can I fix it? Should I just pull it out?

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Happy Making!

Cheers,

M

Green Ribbed Scarf

February 22, 2015

GreenRibbedScarf_web1 So…much…knitting… greenribbedscarf3_web  But really, it’s worth it, isn’t it? I’ve been working so diligently trying to get all of my projects finished – and honestly its sort of a shame it took me so long to bind some of these off. This scarf was knit out of a sport weight yarn and done in a stockinette stitch rib. It isn’t as long as I was hoping (I ran out of yarn) but I love the way it feels wrapped around my neck.  greenribbedscarf2_web It’s thick and sturdy – and a beautiful shad of green. I wish I’d bought more of this yarn… GreenRibbedScarf1_web Happy Making!

Cheers,

M

 

Gouache Study

February 21, 2015

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I needed a little break from knitting today. I also wanted to just try something new. I have some really old tubes of gouache hanging around (from college – so, yes, old) so I tried painting a simple still life with them today. I like the textures. I’m not a great realistic painter – but I’m trying to get better. I also like how this turned out even if it isn’t realistic. I think the trick to finding “my style” is to just keep making things until it shows itself.

Happy Making!

Cheers,

M

Arm Knitting | Blue Scarf

February 20, 2015

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I made another scarf using the arm knitting technique. I had some leftover blue yarn from the very first time I made one of these, so I made a twin. Now my mom and I can have scarves that match. This one is an infinity scarf that wraps twice. The knit is pretty loose, and the yarn is super soft. I also really like how the sequins yarn looks wrapped in. armknittingblue_web2 Happy Making!

Cheers,

M

 

Red Neck Warmer

February 19, 2015

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Another project off the needles. It seems like I love neck warmers – but really sometimes I buy yarn and don’t know what to do with it. I don’t buy a whole lot, so then I end up making neck warmers. In the past I wasn’t sure I could make a hat or something more complex so I’d just cast on a bunch of small simple projects. Maybe this is why I got bored with them and never finished them? redneckwarmer_web3

I like this one. It’s a little flimsy and not very warm, so I might keep it for myself here in Atlanta. The yarn is pretty and soft. It doesn’t wrap twice, but its a lot looser, so it doesn’t bother me.  redneckwarmer_web1 Happy Making!

Cheers,

M