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Feb-18-2011

Day 17: Mosaic Painting Part 1

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My project for today has ending up having to spread over 2 days, but I wanted to go ahead and post about where I am now.

I decided that I wanted to do a sort of mosaic painting of some picture (not telling you what it is yet!!). At work we had a ton of miss-tinted sample jars that we were trying to get rid of, so I took 4 blue shades and 4 red shades. Today while at home, I picked an image, changed the mode to duotone in photoshop, one copy in red tones and one in blue tones, then I used the artistic cutout filter so simplify it to 5 shades for each copy with the lightest shade being white. Then I divided each of the images into a grid and merged the two images together in something like a dissolve effect. After finally getting the image the way I wanted, I cut out all of the squares for it… 110 of them! It took forever… so I ended up only painting the darkest blue color I’m using as a base on all of the blue squares. Here’s where I’m at now.

Any ideas what it’s going to be? Nobody will guess this…

The red background and all the details on the blue and red squares will be done tomorrow and they will be stuck down on their final paper… which I haven’t decided on yet, but we’ll cross that bridge tomorrow. Stay tuned for the finished project tomorrow!!

Anna Grace

Feb-17-2011

Day 16: Poem

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Last year I took a poetry class. I enjoy poetry quite a bit, and have written some poetry in my day, so I thought that it would be a good option to fill my Creative Writing requirement. In this class, we had to write a poem every week, according to whatever theme the teacher decided upon, and every other week we had to read our poem out loud and have the class critique it. This was a painful experience in a lot of ways at first. Poetry, to me, had always been a means of expressing my emotions and to have my poems ripped apart meant having my emotions and thoughts ripped apart as well. My class in particular was very opinionated because most of them were English majors of some sort… as compared to little old Interior Design major me. But after a few weeks, I realized that a lot of them had very valid points that I certainly took into consideration, but also that I was the ultimate judge and it really didn’t matter what they thought. I ended up with what I thought was a pretty decent portfolio with a wide variety of styles. I learned a lot in that class about poetry, but also a lot about myself.

At any rate, for today’s project I decided to write a poem. In the class, we never gave any background to the poems we presented, so as to see what impression it gave to the readers, so I will do the same now.

Self-Season

Light glistens off her dewey lashes,

As the first light of spring,

Peeks through the cloak of winter.

Her damp cheeks redden at the thought:

A new season of the year,

Of herself.

The sun’s rays appear like a handkerchief,

And dab away her tears.

Tears of pain.

Tears of heartbreak.

The unstoppable geyser plugged,

Replaced with a knowing smile and,

A bright eyed gaze,

Into the future,

And the bliss it holds.

Her path is as clear,

As the bright spring sky.

Cleared of the obstacles;

Self-doubt,

Self-loathing,

Loneliness;

Now full of petals of hope,

Energy,

And strength.

A scattered bouquet,

Floating,

Her personal mantra,

For the new season of,

Herself.

Anna Grace

Feb-16-2011

Day 15: Tye-Dye Stained Glass

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A few years ago, I went to a friend’s tacky christmas/birthday party. I had a really great time, but one of the best parts was the exchanging of gifts, sort of dirty santa style. We all picked a random gift bag and were stuck with whatever was in it. We could only spend around $5 on each thing so most of them were gag gifts, such as a pocket karma sutra book, an old ornament that was a really, really creepy looking santa, and a Hannah Montana ornament (I bought that one :) ). My gift that I got was one of this plastic things that are supposed to look like stained glass for kids to paint. The funny thing about it was that instead of the usual saying, “Home, Sweet Home” it just said, “Sweet Home.” There were many comments like, “Sweet Home, dude!” going around that night :) . At any rate, for whatever reason, I held onto it and the brightly colored tubes of paint that came with it. Here it is before painting.

When painting it, I decided to carry the stoner dude atmosphere on with a sort of tye-dye design. I just started in the middle section with blue on the outer edges, blended in the pink and then blended in the orange. Then I just painted everything else and used the same blending technique on the outer edge.

I think it turned out great, considering the joking atmosphere of the whole thing! I know just the tye-dye loving person to give this too!

Peace, man!

Anna Grace

Feb-15-2011

Day 14: Anthony Kiedis Portrait… not like I hoped

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So… today’s project didn’t really turn out how I wanted it to… I sort of really hate it in fact. But I decided that this 365 project doesn’t always have to be stuff that I think is beautiful. And I think it helps me to realize what I need to improve on. More on that in a bit, but first a little background.

As most people close to me know, I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They are absolutely in my top 5 favorite bands, and probably in the number one slot. I decided today at work that I wanted to do a portrait of Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer of RHCP. I’ve done several graphite portraits in the past, but I wanted to challenge myself and do this one in my 90 minute time limit that I had originally set for every day’s projects, and had pretty much ignored up until now. This is the picture I chose:

I think this picture captures one of the things I love most about Anthony Kiedis; he doesn’t take things too seriously. Whew… it took a lot for me to post that picture. I really wanted not to so you couldn’t tell how bad mine was… moving on.

So I started my portrait like I normally do, sketching out very lightly the major lines and points in the picture. I then started with the left eye and made my way through the entire face, neck and clothes. I think it was actually going pretty well at that point, but I was nearing the end of my 90 minute mark and had not yet done the hair. I really wish that I had taken a picture at this point, before completely screwing it up… but ce la vie. I normally do hair by lightly sketching in the main pieces then working in deeper color and texture with a piece of willow charcoal, creating soft wispy hair that’s not so harsh. Well, I couldn’t find any of my willow sticks and I thought that since his hair was so dark I should just do it with a regular graphite drawing pencil. BAD DECISION! This might have worked okay if I was a much more patient person, but I so badly wanted to stay in my time limit and get done that I didn’t really pay attention to the way his hair was in the picture and it looks like a scribble that a 5 year old did. Anyway, here it is… *wince*

Ugh. Scribble hair and the neck of a pro wrestler… and the fact that I took a picture of this with my cell does this zero justice. As much as I would like to toss this post and do something else, I’m not going to. This drawing looks TERRIBLE, but I’ve learned a lot from it. The main thing is, I’ve got to slow down!!! That and I definitely need to work on doing hair… but that’s something that’s going to come with practice.

Also, this has made me realize that I don’t have to set such strict guidelines on myself. While it would be nice to only spend 90 minutes a day on this project, I think if I want to spend longer, what’s wrong with that? And I think that projects can stretch over multiple days if I don’t have time to put all the minutes into it I need to make it the way I want.

And now just to make myself feel better and know that I can actually do a decent portrait, here’s a portrait of Bono from U2 I did for my dad’s birthday a few years ago. (Original photo here)

I also like this portrait of Marilyn Monroe I did back in high school!

I feel better now :)

Thanks for bearing with me people… through the good and the bad! Maybe I’ll revisit this portrait another day… if I can stand to look at it again!

Anna Grace

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Feb-14-2011

Day 13: Crocheted Mini Pillow

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This project is one that I’ve been working on for awhile. With my RA, I can’t do a whole lot of crocheting in one sitting without hurting my hands, so every once in awhile, I did a few lines, until I finally finished it tonight. I’ve been crocheting for a long time, but this is the first time I’ve made a pillow. I started by making squares that were about 3×3″, 2 in gray, 2 in purple. I then stitched them together with the aqua blue yarn. This ended up being about 6×6″.

For the back of the pillow, I made a 6×6″ square by alternating rows of double stitches with rows of shell stitches with the aqua blue yarn.

Sorry it looks so curvy because it’s on my knee :)

I then stitched the front piece and back piece together with the aqua yarn on three sides. I found an old tye-dye t-shirt that has a big hole in it that was the perfect blues and indigos to match the pillow, so I folded it up and stuffed it into the crocheted case. Finally, I stitched the final edge and it was done!

Front

Back

Sitting in my favorite chair (don’t worry, I didn’t pay that much for it :) )

I think the best part about this project is that it was absolutely free! I already had all the yarn from older projects and the stuffing was an old t-shirt! Maybe I’ll make another one so I’ll have a set… :D

Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody! I hope it was amazing for all of you, whether or not you have a significant other!

Anna Grace

Feb-14-2011

Day 12(1 day later): Cookie Decorating, bad for RA

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While I was at my friend Whitney’s apartment Saturday night, she mentioned that she was going to make and decorate some Valentine’s Day cookies for work. I’ve never done real cookie decorating with icing piping bags like that, so I offered to help. She started out with a plain sugar cookie dough and added extra flour to make it Tea Cakes. Whitney, being the frilliest, cutest girl I know, of course had a bunch of heart shaped cookie tins :) . Here they are:

Next, we made colored icing that would harden to coat the top of the cookies after they were baked of course. These were just made of powdered sugar, water and food coloring. The picture below is the accidental heart we made when we were coloring the red icing. How appropriate! Below also is drizzling the icing onto the cookies.

We then made a thicker version of those icings using more powdered sugar and put them in piping bags and got to decorating! Now, keep in mind that I have never used a piping bag before… and that Whitney has been decorating cakes, cookies and things like that her whole life! It also ended up being really hard for me to squeeze with even pressure because of my Rheumatoid Arthritis, but now I know! The picture below is all the cookies I made (hahahahaha….)….

Note the second one from the left… haha I was trying to make it a “broken heart”!!

This one was my best I think

This cookie was supposed to be shaped like a heart with an arrow through it, but I thought it looked like a bird… so I made it that! haha it looks so dumb!

And then this picture is all of Whitney’s… hahaha what a difference, right?

She even wrote “Love” on the itty-bitty one that was the size of a quarter!!!

This was my favorite of hers… yes, it’s a paisley pattern… woah.

We then decided that we deserved an award cookie for all of our hard work, so Whitney ate a plain heart (the piping bags were clogging so we didn’t finish), and decided that the “broken heart” one was a worthy sacrifice for me haha!!! Then, I had to take advantage of this photo-op… :D

A parrot flew into my heart and cracked it!!!!!

Needless to say, Whitney and I were in the floor laughing at that one… hahaha.

This was overall a fun experience, but it was a LOT harder than I thought it would be. It also made my hands hurt a ton, so if I ever do this again, I will have to just do a little bit at a time, and hopefully use a frosting that’s not as stiff. At least it all made for a good laugh!

The project actually for today is coming later tonight!

Anna Grace

Feb-14-2011

Day 11 (2 days later): Reed Diffuser Decoupage

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As you may have noticed, I have fallen behind a bit on my posts over the weekend. Saturday night was my amazing birthday party and I was going to post the recipe and pictures of the artichoke dip I made, but I forgot to take pictures before it was demolished by my guests and I! And then Sunday I was studying for a test :/ again!!!! So anyways, sorry. But better late than never, right?

So I actually made this on Saturday night, but I ended up doing it at my friend’s and didn’t want to put all the reeds and stuff in and risk spilling it in my car in transportation to my apartment. My friend Whitney and I were roommates our freshman year and we quickly dubbed out room “Decoupage Central” because it seemed like that’s what we were always doing in there! Decoupaging was definitely one of our many shared interests, so on Saturday night after my party, Whitney (after seeing my massive box of tissue paper from Bags & Bows) said, “Why don’t we relive the good days and decoupage something for your blog?” So we headed out to Walmart (we’re normally Hobby Lobby people, but it was 1 am haha) in search of something to decoupage.

I don’t know about you all, but my Walmart has been seriously lacking in the craft department since they remodeled, and it’s highly disappointing to me! They didn’t have anything in the craft department to decoupage! So after browsing pretty much the entire store, we found the reed diffuser section and decided that those plain boring jars needed some spiffing up. Here’s the before:

Boring! So we finally got around to decoupaging them around 5 am! (I’m a night owl and Whitney works nights as a nurse and was trying to stay on schedule.) I used that same standby Damask Tissue that keeps making appearances in my posts (it is my favorite), as well as a bright green, purple and peacock blue to match my color scheme that has somehow taken over my entire apartment! Also, at Walmart they had some prettier reeds that you could buy separately and make it even better, so I went with the natural wood and green ones. Here’s the final product!

I went with this amazing hazelnut cream scent so that now my kitchen smells like awesome coffee all the time! Yet again, so many uses for that tissue paper! It was nice doing decoupage again because I haven’t done it in so long! This technique will definitely be making more appearances in this project!

Days 12 and 13′s posts coming as soon as I eat some dinner!

Anna Grace

Feb-11-2011

Day 10: Rubbermaid with Pizazz!

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This project I have worked on over 2 days, but the time put into it today was maybe 15 minutes. I needed something with drawers or shelves to put in my living room to store some of the overflow from my bedroom. After hunting around walmart for awhile, I ultimately made my choice based on what I could lift myself! I just bought one of those cheap rubbermaid-like things with 3 drawers that’s about 2.5′ tall so I could set my teeny-tiny TV on it.

Before without clear drawers

We all know those things are definitely not attractive and pretty much scream “I’m poor!!” Well, I mean, I am poor, but I try and have a little style! So I decided to paint it! I got quart of Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Primer and a miss-tinted quart of Aura Interior Eggshell (which is, BTW, the best paint EVER!!!) that I had adjusted to a sort of darker robin’s egg blue, as well as a Wooster Big Green roller cover. It took awhile to paint cause of all the little crevices and I had to wait a few hours between the primer and the paint, but I think it turned out pretty well! It does peel off pretty easily because those things aren’t really made to be painted… at least not without buying a ridiculously expensive specialty paint, but I’m not too worried about it because I probably won’t have this out in the living room at my next place.

To make it a little more interesting, I took some of that Bags & Bows Damask Tissue from my collages on day 5, but the Pistachio version instead, and lined the drawers with it using double-sided tape. All that tissue I’ve held onto certainly comes in handy and has so many uses!

Final Product with my tiny TV

Close up so you can see the pattern better

I’m really happy with this and think it’s much better than those plain white ones!

Anna Grace

Feb-10-2011

Day 9: Ray of Light

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Today I continued my 90′s/playing with garage band fun by doing a rendition of Madonna’s Ray of Light. (Love that video!!!) This is probably one of my ultimate top 5 90′s songs, if not my favorite! I have very fond memories of my sister and I playing this music video on surround sound (which was actually a pretty rare thing in our little town at the time…) and blasting it as loud as possible. We would bounce around the living room for hours, always slowing down and trying to do the same slow sway Madonna does in the softer part! Haha!! We waited through hours of music videos to tape that one!

I got the sheet music to Ray of Light from that same 1998-1999 Hits book from day 7. This piano part was way more simple than Cruel Summer, so I had time to add vocals! :) I’m not the best singer ever, and the rhythms were screwy in the piano part, so some of it’s not quite right. And I think I sound like a 12 year old… but oh well! I like the effects I added to it!

Ray of Light

This was soooo much fun! And as my mom said, isn’t that the point of this project? Most definitely.

Hope you’re having as much fun as I am!

Anna Grace

Feb-10-2011

Now on Facebook!!

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Create A Day 365 now has a Facebook page!!

“Like” it here!

Anna Grace

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