Now that Windows10 has finished randomly REINSTALLING ITSELF (????), finally I can share this goofy journal page with you. Milo's energy and appetite has been restored, though his ribs seem kinda weird (about as weird as in this drawing). The other day I caught him playing with a toy for the first time in weeks! Since then, he's been a bit moody and keeps picking fights with Maggie, but at least we had one good day.
Our Saturday was filled with rain and naps. It was something like 44 mm of rain! Yeesh. No wonder the cats were so cranky.
Here's a fun little practice with bokeh - a blurry faraway background. It's not super precise due to the time constraint of a $10 ACEO but it's kind of neato. The black is a whole different look and feel, don't you think??
This card "Focus" is available in the shop!
Last weekend was very art-heavy, which meant we were hanging around an art store for a couple of days. Day one I caved and purchased some Stonehenge paper, even though the price has gone up, which is a pain when there's no profit built into the journals I make. Day two, I discovered they were selling large packs of equal-weight printmaking paper and jumped on it. I currently stock enough supplies to build... well... A LOT OF BOOKS! Woo!
This may be the first journal in which I use prints of finished artwork on the front and it feels a little weird to me. Too familiar, maybe. Looks great though. The sketchbook pages can be fun to use as covers, but most of the time they have noticeable white backgrounds, and all of that white is starting to bore me.
This is betta.
This fantastic, handmade mixed media journal/sketchbook is available for purchase here.
This last week has been so simultaneously fun and horrible that I'm just too exhausted for adventuring. Instead I will settle down on this cloudy day and work on a planner page. I think this is number three! There are seven pages after this that I want to do, and perhaps a calendar grid and/or a notes page?
Maybe some number stickers would be great for adding to the days?
Milo is sick! Not in his usual way - he has a blood clot in his heart and fluid filling his chest. He is currently on 3 different medications and we're starting to get into the flow of it. He is all I can think about during the day and night, as he is the coolest of cats. He gets to sleep in the bed more often, because I don't need a full night of sleep as much as I need to get in as many cat snuggles as possible!
There is a chance he will leave suddenly in the next year, month, week, day, hour. There's a chance this is just a blip in the routine. It's kind of like gambling! Sometime, there is going to be a very very large cat-shaped hole in my heart, but right now he has gotten a medicinal snack and is looking forward to bedtime snuggles. Hug your pets!*
*I mean, unless they hate that. Consent, and all that.
Working on the second style layout in the hex planner! This one features Koi, because of course it does. Now I'm going to roll out for a nap because I had a long day in which we painted in a city garden, purchased $100 worth of paper (for journals - gasp!), and ate copious amounts of serious mexican food. This is why I need a planner! There's so many interesting things to do.
About to send away the seashell so I may as well sketch a watercolor drawing of it first. This weekend we explored a bit of North Vancouver and road the seabus across a piece of ocean. It turned out to be only mildly interesting, but I finally understand what everyone sees in that view of the downtown skyline - wow!
Just a quick check-in today! I'm busy with a spontaneous project, and with working full time, my schedule is stuffed. Okay, yeah, I'm spray-painting my bicycle. It's not fun - I spent way more time endlessly peeling decals than the result will surely be worth. Fully disassembling the bicycle is its own headache. I'm also a newb at spray-painting, not to mention hand-painting tightly curved 3D objects.
My personal deadline for this is Friday night - now is not the season to have a bicycle in pieces!
I chose a song randomly for the beach vlog part and it turned out to be so hilariously dramatic, but let's go with it. Ahhh the beach. Okay, it's not actually my favourite place. To be honest, the local beach tends to bore me. The open space is nice! The walk through town is nice. But the beach itself is so sad in its relative lifelessness. Go to a beach on Vancouver island and you'll find sand dollars, piles of tiny crabs, phosphorescent diatoms, and sea birds. Go to White Rock and you'll find seagulls and human crowds. The urban lake is better - it has dragonflies.
We saw one crab and one heron, which is more action than usual. The fish and chips was good. Ice cream was excellent. Weather was perfect. Billionaire Central is a fun place to people watch, too! We saw a prismatic pink dune buggy which made me consider spray painting my bicycle. Wouldn't that be neat? A sparkly bicycle?? Someone stop me. I'm totally serious by the way. My birthday is in a week and I'm extremely tempted.
The journal page is kind of weird and a bit lazy (one of those days where I'm sleepy and just DON'T want to work for any amount of time). She's possessing the blackbirds and controlling their actions. The blackbirds are completely blameless for their slacking off and what-not. It's not like they're smart enough to make their own decisions, right? It's obvious that the female human is corrupting them.
Nevermind! Just working out some grievances in the art journal. That's what it's for, after all!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Tuesday, February 14, 1pm PST