When most trading cards aren't for you, you can always make your own! Printing images onto clear labels with a laser printer, and then affixing them onto holographic cardstock!
The card template was put together by Icycatelf on deviantart.
I've played this image a few times already! Just a low-stress planner page today :)
This bird is leaving this dilapidated cage and is flying into the scary unknown! Surely it will just find yet another cage, but maybe it will be in a nicer place? Maybe it will be full of monsters. Only one way to find out.
sidenote: so we have a new internet! This video was uploaded in less than 20 minutes compared to the usual 2.5 hours. Exciting!
Remembering that I still have a pile of printmaking papers hiding under the bed, I'd better get to work!
Speaking of work, big changes are in the midst! I am leaving the day job I've held for nearly a decade and which kept me sad for so long. My new job is so much of a lateral move that it is not going to be life-changing, but it will be a bit different. Still working with food, but in a bigger place that has a proper web of "policies" and order. A bigger pond in which to grow. And it's likely to demand fewer hours from my life. And it's probably going to feel awful for a little while.
But that's what sketchbooking and art journaling is for. This sketchbook "Cateye" is available here.
Feeling angsty, I sat down to do a very simple card. The cause of this stress is hard to quantify, and so, it feels unreasonable and foolish. I should be happy, dang it! I shouldn't be wanting so much. Nolwenn<3 sent me home with a few interesting art supplies, and I really wanted to try them out. Particularly the embossing powder, as I've been putting off trying some for at least a year now.
Time flies, and all that.
The real therapeutic part of the little art piece is the scribbling. Handwriting adds a lot of interest in visual art as well, so it's like a double victory!
Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if I'd followed the trailblazers and emerging trends, and studied to be an art therapist. For the common people, not just the wealthy. And then I remember that I'm a bit of a nihilist, a lot of a cynic and don't have very good coping skills, myself. Blind leading the blind?
Well, here's an update: we're going to test out some new internet in as soon as a week. With a faster upload speed, I should be able to comfortably stream on Twitch, and then we can gather together and chat! And play! And do creative things! Together! There's a huge learning curve I will have to navigate. Also, all of these feelings in which I still so badly want a separate room for this. I don't have half a million dollars though, so I guess we'll just have to wait on that!
There was a garden video not too long ago that showed a bachelor button with the most dazzling bokeh behind it. It was the perfect bokeh reference shot and I couldn't just let that go. I've practiced trying to get this look a few times and I think I'm learning a little bit with every attempt, but it never comes out just right.
I'm just going to keep trying until it really works. This is how you improve with time.
This is page #5 in my personal planner design project. I hope everything I post in this project isn't too "old hat". After all, I'm not doing very much new. This poppy page is inspired my something I already painted 5 or 6 years ago. Does this count as one of those "redone" youtube art videos?
So far, the layout themes in this planner has been: succulent, koi, rainbows w/ moths, mushrooms and now poppy. Before you check, I didn't record mushrooms.
As far as my imagined finished project goes, I originally was going to make 10 pages and cycle through them. Now, it might make more sense to have a month of each design, which means I will have to make 12 pages (plus monthly pages? Note pages?). Perhaps I am not as far along in my project as I thought.
Everybody's playing cat collector games, or card games or both. Just for fun, I'm doing goofy little pictures of cats I've met during my time on Earth and maybe make a little collection of cards for them?
Of course, the real fun part is trying to come up with fun superpowers that is specific to the personality of each cat.
On one hand, I wouldn't be satisfied with a project like this if it wasn't a full deck of cards; despite how quick and simple these caricatures are, I wouldn't be surprised if this one fell by the wayside. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure I've met enough cats. If not, I can always crowd-source for more feline personalities!
This video is mostly in "real" time, which is probably a little more stimulating! If I time it right, I should be able to do some more like this. In the meantime, I've also constructed another journal, this time using prints of my succulent painting!
I'm hesitant to post this video, not that it is in any way unusual, but that it is much of the same. Too much of the same? I don't know. I haven't had much time to think about content-planning. My day employment is an expanding elephant, squeezing my art practice into a tiny corner to be neglected. I wake up constantly from weird and unpleasant dreams, and my late-night anxiety attacks have returned.
Frankly, I'm kinda tired.
This ACEO, I felt like doing a little cartoony portrait. The lines of a cartoon character are fun and nostalgic to a time, not easier nor better, but childhood is at least a time of little responsibility. Right now, there's just too much going on. Too many sticky snails to keep track of or clean up after, you know? So much dread, so little control.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?