Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Painted face

So last night I moved on to week two of Willowing's Fabulous Faces and it was wonderful! My first time using watercolor crayons and now I am in love with them. They are amazing, I only have a small starter set from Michaels, thats all they carried.  When I get more money I want to order a bigger set from dickblick or something.  Anyways I only have one painting to show today, but I really liked how she turned out.  I want to do a halloweenish one next :-D I plan on doing several more before moving on to week three of the course, I should have more by the end of the week!

I did notice the watercolor paper kind of knotted/rubbed off, I assume that was because I am impatient and don't let it dry enough? Any tips on that?

Also for anyone that didn't know, Ady at Doll Dreams is doing a Halloween Dollie course that looks really awesome.  I recommend everyone to check it out.  I unfortunately cannot participate *pouts* but maybe around christmas I can get it with the xmas money I will hopefully get from distant relatives :-P Ahah I'll give out halloween pictures for christmas :-D hehe

And a Happy Birthday to Kristin's (Twinkle Twinkle) beautiful 6 year old daughter!! :-D

<3 Kristin

**Update: I did another face today! Instead of watercolor paper/crayons I used acrylic on canvas :)
Also check out Effy's giveaway!! She is doing an amazing giveaway of a spot on willowing's Life Book along with a couple other fantastic goodies! Life Book is an amazing course with several awesome instructors.  I really hope to win a spot in the class as well otherwise I just can't afford it.  But Good luck to me and to everyone else!! I hope everyone can take this course :-D

Friday, September 23, 2011

Some more Fabulous Faces!!

I have been out of town this week, I had taken a few days off to visit my mom and sisters.  I really wish I could see them more often, I miss them so much every time I leave.  :( A few times a year just isn't enough for me. My youngest sister who is turning 11 next month is growing up so fast!! She is already taller than me (and I'm 22) AND her feet are bigger than mine, she is wearing size 7s!! I wear 5 1/2.  She is a little brat but I love her so much and wouldn't change her for the world.  I wish they would all just move near me :-D I would be in heaven then and I could eat my momma's cooking all the time :) She is full Korean and makes the most yummiest dishes.  I try to make them but they are NEVER as good. Even if I cook it the exact same.  Nothing ever beats a mom's cooking.
 Me and my 11 year old sister. Can you imagine when she is done growing!?!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A wall is the greatest canvas

Hello!! So I have been extremely busy between work and my dad's birthday then my best friend's birthday so I haven't had as much time this week to work on willowing's fabulous faces as I had hoped.  I do have a couple more practice sketches but I am not happy with them.  I am going to practice a few more monday maybe then hopefully move on to the second week.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Art is a beautiful thing :)

Hiiii! So I finally have a few things to share, its not much but its something:)  To start off with, last month I had gone to the Ballston Art Fair and I had a few artists that I wanted to share.  Their stuff was awesome.
First was Tsai-fi. Her illustrations are adorable, I love her artwork!
Meg Murray of Red and Main Studio does the funnest clay / ceramic sculptures.  I love the emotion ones, especially confused.
Melissa Lew made jewelry with an asian flair to it. I loved it, being half asian myself I am biased, but I think you would like it too :) I bought her necklace and it had a symbol on it meaning beauty.  I bought it hoping that wearing it would make me feel like a beautiful person and that one day I would be too.
This last one was my favorite.  I wanted her necklaces soooo badly, especially the geektorian pieces.  She makes jewelry out of recycled motherboards and they are the coolest looking jewelry.  Its really amazing you should check out her shop.  It doesn't contain nearly as much of her pieces as she had at the show.

Alright next order of business. There is a blog I follow, Emily Jones, and she had a cool monogram tutorial on her site.  So I bought some frames and some fabric and I made two, one with my initials and one with my boyfriends, and underneath has our birthdays.  I accidently made them upside down though! so we weren't able to hang them up for a while but we got new pieces to nail to the back so it would hang they right way and now it is above our desk.  I love it!

I have also started Tamara Laporte's Fabulous Faces at Willowing.  She is a fantastic artist and person and I am so excited to work on this. I just followed along with week one and here is the result:

I definitely still have a long way to go but its a start :) I'm going to practice more with drawing and shading before I move on to the next lesson. But I might get impatient and move ahead anyways :-P
Another class I want to take when I can afford it is the ones over at Doll Dreams.  Ady is an AMAZING artist as well and I love her work so much.  I hope that my boyfriend will get me her classes for christmas :) (Fingers crossed).  But I may not want to wait that long.  I am in training for a new position so hopefully that will be a raise and I can get the class :) YAY

one more little thing is a birthday card I made for my friend. I am going to start off with, those of you who make amazing cards, you are awesome.  Card making / designing is a lot tougher than it looks, even for a simple card. I'm like, that looks easy, but it really isn't. Props to you. I have a long long long way to go before I'm ever that good.

this was the best I could do. But I still think its cute in its "what a newbie card maker" way :)

Well that is all I have for today but I hope to post again more frequently.  We will see how much of a toll this new position takes on me, its longer shifts and more stress. But I am closer to being debt free (not including my unmentionable student loans) so its worth it, for now.

<3 Kristin