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One creative project every day for a year

Jan-23-2013

Day 332: Typography

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

Over the past few months I’ve seen a lot of images on instagram that had text added to them. I thought they looked really neat, so I did a bit of research and found that most of them were made with an app called Over. So I downloaded it and played around with it!

This first one is an instagram picture that I took awhile back as I was relaxing in the tub. Something I forget to do often is to take a moment for myself during my busy schedule, so taking a nice long bath is the perfect way to do that! Here’s two variations of this text because I couldn’t decide which I liked better.

Which do you like better? This next image was taken of 2 of my cousins carrying my aunt who has cerebral palsy into the ocean! I love this picture of them! When I got back to Atlanta after Christmas I found a quote from Maya Angelou that perfectly describes how I feel about my family. Since I found that quote, I’ve been trying to figure out a creative way to use it… so why not on this picture?

Then I decided to use the same quote and make it a bit more fancy.  This is the original photo taken by my amazing cousin Callie (Check out her photography! http://achorandeden.com) of her two precious girls! I thought this photo definitely supported the quote.

I then took this photo into Adobe Photoshop Express and messed around with the saturation, hue, etc. until I got it a little antique looking. I decided to play around with different fonts to make it more interesting!

I LOVE how this turned out! It’s now my desktop pattern, and I think I will print it out to put in this awesome frame I got for Christmas! I hope Callie doesn’t think I butchered her photo… Sorry Callie! But I’m really happy with it!

At least one more post coming up tonight or tomorrow!

Anna Grace

Aug-10-2012

Day 311: Poem

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

Sometimes I like to write poems… it has been a really long time since I have written one, so I decided to give one a shot today! I’m not very happy with it, but I decided to post it anyways. There’s nothing interesting about it, I don’t think, and it’s probably a bit too personal for me to be broadasting all over the internet, but whatever. So read it or don’t. This post is definitely one of those that is more for me than anyone else… sort of stream of conciousness emotions playing out. Think of it as a work in progress…

Cliche Happiness

You stand there waiting,
Sweaty palms, heart racing,
All of those cliche things, now true.
Excitement and dread balled together,
Into a twisted, real life dream.
“Happiness is possible,”
You say to yourself,
But the words seem fake in this moment.
Positivity was never your forte.
Why get your hopes up,
Just to have them stomped on,
Like an intruding cockroach?
And yet you still hope,
Because you desire happiness,
More than anything.
And maybe,
By some miracle,
Happiness can be brought to you,
By this new person,
Walking towards you.
So you stand there,
Trying not to look over-eager,
Waiting,
And hoping,
For him to make you happy.
You smile and greet him…
Now what?

Anna Grace

Aug-12-2011

Day 185(7 days late): Crackle Nail Polish Review

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

I don’t know how creative you would consider painting one’s nails with something straight from a bottle, but I tried a few different color combinations, so I’m going to treat this as a writing piece and write a review.

By the way, sorry I’m a few more days late… I’ve been unpacking a lot and just had company in town, so I didn’t have time for posts! Expect at least one more post today!

So the other day I bought Sally Hansen’s Crackle Overcoat in Snow Blast and my friend bought it in Fushia Shock. I also bought a bottle of Revlon Top Speed in Peachy to use as my base color…. and it looked a lot more coral in the store, but at Whitney’s apartment it looks waaaayyy more peachy like the name and one the verge of UT orange on your nails!! Which wasn’t what I was going for, but I just went with it. Just a side note real quick: I absolutely FAIL at painting nails!! And add to that the fact that I bite my fingernails and I didn’t think it would turn out well at all… so keep that in mind!

So I started by doing 2 base coats of the peachy on all my nails– toes and fingers. I wasn’t too worried about how well it covered, but I did 2 coats anyways just because I didn’t want it to look like crap! :D After that, I just globbed on the Snow Blast Crackle Overcoat! It’s a lot thicker than normal polish, so it’s sort of hard to work with, but I think that the whole point is for it to look different on every nail. It says on the bottle that you can do one coat of different thicknesses for different effects, but it was so hard to work with that whatever was on my brush was how much I put on! Here’s my big toe in action!

It was pretty cool because you could see it crackling! I could watch that for like hours! And here’s both my feet done.

I wasn’t really sure that I liked this combo too much… maybe for game day at UT with an attempt at a very light coat of the white, but I think it looks sort of strange to have that much white on my toes… I did my fingers, too, and it looked even more ridiculous!! So bad I’m not even posting a picture… While I was doing this, Whitney did her toes with a really bright orange as a base and the pink crackle. Well, they were so similar in tone, that it just ended up looking like lumpy toenails with clumpy paint on them!! She ended up using a white base like you would use for french manicures and putting the pink over the top. That time it looked pretty awesome! (sorry, no pic…) Then she tried hot pink polish with the white crackle on her fingers, and again it just looked lumpy! We decided in general that we liked it better on her toes. After that, I decided to try something else on my fingers just to experiment, and used the peachy color as a base and the hot pink crackle on top. I think it actually turned out pretty neat on my nubby little fingernails! Very bright but I like it!

These pictures really don’t show how bright they are! But it’s fun! And I think there was just enough contrast to where it didn’t look so lumpy and looked more purposeful. I still have my fingers that way! After that, I decided to try one more thing on my toes and did this really dark purply/blue color that Whit had with the white over top. I think the big contrast made it a bit better, but next time I need to get it more in all the corners. And it sort of looks like cracked zombie toes, hahaha!!

So bad… and yet I still have my toes like that! I think I might try this navy blue I have with a light coat of the white, or a teal blue with the white next.

Overall, my review of this product is so, so. If you get the right combination of colors and the perfect amount of the overcoat, it can look great! But so many of the combos we tried came out super funky, and the stuff was so hard to work with and get an even coat. It would probably also help if I wasn’t so terrible at painting fingernails!! I think I might buy this product again… but I think the white is a little too stark and I might go with the silver color next time. I’m going to experiment with this some more and see if I can come up with a really epic combo!

Anna Grace

So this is just a short easy post to try and at least get something in, even though I’m working and packing like mad!

One of my favorite Beatles songs is Across The Universe, mostly because the lyrics are just so awesome!! Everything is just so eloquently put, so I decided to just type out the lyrics and make a digital art piece surrounding/behind them, making the lyrics themselves the focus. I realized the other day that I usually always like songs purely for their musical value, which is not necessarily a bad thing! But, I oftentimes don’t even notice the lyrics because I’m so focused on the music! So, I’ve been looking more deeply into lyrics of songs to try and understand them and like them for their poetic genius, as well as the killer music! That’s the main reason I wanted to do this project. I mean, who else comes up with phrases like, “Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letterbox?” Pretty amazing…

At any rate, after finding a suitable font for the title and then for the lyrics that you could still easily read, I found an image of rain on a window that I used as the background. I adjusted the hue/saturation and brightness/contrast a bit then used the watercolor filter to give it a bit of texture and hide some pixelation that occurred. I then found a sort of organic scroll image (it took a ridiculous amount of time to find one I actually liked! I thought about drawing something myself, but my scanner isn’t working :cry: ) and made it two different colors. I put it in the corner and adjusted the opacity a bit so you could still see the image behind.  I made the font a contrasting purple color to the green scrolls and I was done! Easy enough, but I think it came out pretty spiffy!

So there you have it! Not much more to say about this… so… bye?

Man am I awkward… :cool:

Anna Grace

Jun-6-2011

Day 125: CaD 365 Word Search Puzzle

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

For today’s post, I made a Create A Day 365 word search puzzle. It’s pretty self-explanatory, so just dive in!!

If you need the solutions, just click the thumbnail below!

Enjoy!

Anna Grace

As my last post said, I was working on a really epic recording and was going to spend 2 or 3 days on it. Well… as seems to be my luck all the time, I had really terrible technical difficulties… I was going to write out and sing all the parts to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. If you watch that video in the link, you can tell that it has a bajillion parts, as well as multiple time signature changes. Well, I spent several hours putting all the vocal parts into Garage Band (I had to convert all the time signatures to where they would fit into the bars… ugh…) and then I decided I would just go ahead and record the vocals because I realized if I wanted to do the guitar parts and stuff, it was going to take a ridiculous amount of time… BUT THEN Garage Band kept crashing and deleted every recording I tried to do… So after pitching a fit and wanting to throw my computer off my balcony, I decided to just record all the parts separately while listening to to the song on headphones. So I did that, but then every time I tried to export the song to iTunes, it would process it, but not show up!! (This has happened before on another song and I never did figure out what I should do…) So, even more frustrated, I found a Karaoke mp3 of it, downloaded it, and then recorded myself just singing Freddie Mercury’s part…. And then it wouldn’t export a to mp3 again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGG!!!! So, pretty much I worked for probably about 10 hours on what was supposed to be this epic arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody, and I have abso-freaking-lutely nothing to post of it!! I’m so fed up with this whole project (not the 365 project… I still love it! Just this day’s project) and it’s almost 1 am and I have to work at 8… I’m calling it quits. Maybe when I’m calmer I can try and find some way to do it, but not today. I might do an extra project to make up for this crap, but we’ll see. At the moment, if I ever hear Bohemian Rhapsody again I could strangle somebody…

Wow… I sound like a really angry person. I’m just so ticked that I spent so long on this and talked it up so much yesterday and have nothing to show for it… I guess that this post has become sort of like a journal entry for me, which is creative in it’s own way, so I’m going to tag it with writing, too. And while I’m journaling/ranting, let me just get something off my chest.

As most of you know, I work at a Benjamin Moore store here in Knoxville part time. About a month ago I approached my boss about becoming full time. I really actually like my job, and I think that I have so much more I could bring to the table with my design skills and other things, and I feel like I could really help the store’s business. I also pretty much have to work full time next year in order to have enough money to start paying student loans, so if I could stay where I already have a job and work and get paid more, why not? So, during this meeting, my boss basically told me that he had been pretty much just thinking of me as a “warm body” because he assumed that I was leaving as soon as I graduated, which was my original plan. He also pointed out some issues he’d been having with me, which was hard, but they were all valid points and things I needed to work on. Long story short, I gave me until the end of the month to push and show him that I really have the drive and capability to work full time and be and official designer. So, the past several weeks, I have been pushing extra hard, going non-stop, jumping up as soon as a customer comes in, learning new things (as much as possible), and I feel like I really have done all that I possibly can. So now, I’m just waiting on my boss. I’ve tried all this week to schedule a new meeting time with him so we can figure it out, but he’s always on the phone or out on job sites or whatever, so I just haven’t had the chance yet. I’m also scared shitless. I hate to use foul language on this blog, but that’s the only way I can think to put it. I am so scared that I’m not going to get the job and then I don’t know what I’ll do. I’m scared, but I also have to know asap, because even if I do get the job, I need to discuss with my boss how to schedule my 2 classes in the fall. And if I don’t get the job, I’ve got to find another full time job immediately!! So, yeah, I’m really freaking scared. This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this at a job, so it’s hard! But, hopefully I will find out soon enough what’s going on so I can move on.

I think this whole job situation is another reason why I am so mad at my plans for Queen greatness failing. This 365 project has been such a great way for me to escape all my stress and worries from work or school or family, and it’s really hard to see a project fail, because it reminds me of all my other failures outside of the blog world. So, sorry to bring all my drama here, but today they seem to really overlap. Hopefully everything will be better once I figure this job thing out!

Thanks for letting me vent a bit… I feel better :) Tomorrow I’m going to try and get a couple of posts in, particularly month 4′s recap video!!

Anna Grace

May-31-2011

Day 117(2 days late): Poem 2

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

It’s been quite a while since I wrote my last poem, and I would like to include more writing in this 36 project, although it’s clearly not my forte. This poem is about a pianist’s fingers, because I always am fascinated with watching the way musicians fingers can move across the keys. They always look so effortless, which I, of course, know isn’t true, but I’m always amazed at how much emotion and beauty can come from fingers.

Digital

graceful fingers

dance across their stage

of snow and coal tinted keys.

each digit plays it’s role

in the intricate ballet

with an air of ease that

masks innumerable rehearsals.

all emotion lies in those

calloused yet delicate tips

that can change the mood

with a slightly heavier hand.

they feel every cool key

and know each smooth surface

like their most intimate friends.

friends whose voices mingle

in melodious splendor

with unwavering focus

for their specific role.

these dancers bring color

to their otherwise motionless

and monochromatic stage

and work unitedly

to perform their ballet

as one being

with one purpose.

a musician

in concert.

Anna Grace Smith

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Apr-14-2011

Day 72: Pictures of Poetry 2

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

Today I decided to put some images to a poem I wrote in poetry class just like on Day 37.

For this poem, our prompt was to write a poem everyday for five days, and then combine them into one poem somehow. So, to represent that with images, I chose an image for each day and divided into 5 sections. I then created the image below in 5 columns with each column representing a stanza. The sections of the images are in the order of the verses. So, as you read the whole poem, you can see what versus correspond with that verse by looking at where the rest of the image is! That’s sort of a round about and complicated way of saying it, but I think it’s pretty easy to follow.

I suggest reading the entire poem first and then going back and seeing if you can read each individual poem. As always, you can click the image to see it larger. And sorry about the weird formatting… wordpress wouldn’t recognize the space between stanzas, so I edited the indentions to make it easier to follow!

Scattered Emotion

Grasping the pencil with a weak hand,

Time for a little breather.

Walking Alone,

Stress explodes from my soul with

Sappy cards and bold decorations,

carrying a lobster red gas can.

red roses and pink carnations.

the mention of another task

trying to finish it all as planned.

Time for friends.

Kissing lovers without hesitation,

Time for no thoughts.

Doubting oneself with every move,

Break down number four of the semester.

Good Lord, it’s cold.

Stares from strangers,

that break the rules of visitation.

but also so wanting to prove,

Can I do this?

Time for resting.

A Valentine’s Day celebration.

but no one offers a hand.

this you can do. You’ll make it through.

Thank God for friends.

Time for… me.

I think that this ended up being one of my most successful poems in the class. Without thinking about it, I somehow managed to meld these 5 completely different poems together into a pretty coherent poem! I think the images split make it easier to follow which poem is which, also, and that’s something I really struggled with in the class as far a formatting.

If you’re still completely lost, here’s the 5 individual poems:

Thursday: (picture of gas can)

Walking Alone,

carrying a lobster red gas can.

Good Lord, it’s cold.

Stares from strangers,

but no one offers a hand.

Friday: (Picture of stressed woman)

Stress explodes from my soul with

the mention of another task

Break down number four of the semester.

Can I do this?

Thank God for friends.

Saturday: (Picture of pocket watch)

Time for a little breather.

Time for friends.

Time for no thoughts.

Time for resting.

Time for… me.

Sunday: (Picture of hearts)

Sappy cards and bold decorations,

red roses and pink carnations.

Kissing lovers without hesitation,

that break the rules of visitation.

A Valentine’s Day celebration.

Monday: (Picture of drafting supplies)

Grasping the pencil with a weak hand,

trying to finish it all as planned.

Doubting oneself with every move,

but also so wanting to prove,

this you can do. You’ll make it through.

Still lost? Well… I got nothing for ya! :D

Anna Grace

Mar-19-2011

Day 46: CaD 365 Crossword Puzzle!

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

For today’s project, I decided to make a crossword puzzle! It’s all pretty self-explanatory…  I used this site to make it and used things from my blog as the clues and answers. Most of them you would know if you’ve been following at all, but some you might have to dig a little! Let me know in the comments if you would like the answers!

Create A Day 365 Crossword Puzzle

Anna Grace

Mar-10-2011

Day 37: Pictures of Poetry

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

I’m still in the middle of hell week and have one last exam tomorrow. I pre-made the other posts this week but somehow was one short for today, so this is a sort of lazy post so I can get back to studying. :?

As I mentioned in Day 16′s Post, I took a Poetry class last year. For today’s project I decided to take some of those poems I wrote and put them on images in photoshop, to possibly print out at some point or make cards or… whatever. My Poetry teacher would be appalled because she hated anything that would “distract” from the poem and all of it’s beauty… she wouldn’t even let us use fun fonts! But, I’m not in that class anymore, so I’m gonna do what I want! :D And no, I didn’t take these pictures… sorry!

So, this first poem was the week she wanted us to experiment with gaps in our poems. You’re supposed to read it like the longer the gap, the longer you pause.

(Click image to see it bigger)

This next poem was from the week we were supposed to walk around outside and do a nature poem… or it may have been when we were supposed to use more descriptive language and imagery… I forget. :neutral:

And finally, this last poem we were supposed to take something inanimate and give it feelings and emotions.

By the way, that poem was talking about a roll of yellow trace (or as we call it, trash) paper, because I was sitting at my desk in studio a couple of hours before class thinking, what the heck am I going to write about?? (I know, good student fail. Procrastination win!) I looked over and saw my roll of trash with all the wrinkled and balled up pieces around it and decided to write about that! I think it’s appropriate for the giving-life-to-inanimate-things theme because on trash is where designs really start and come “alive”! The other students in my class couldn’t figure out what the poem was about in my first draft of it, which I had called “Trash.” They had many guesses ranging from literal trash to a person that’s easily disposable, or thinks they are anyways. I made a few changes to make it slightly more clear, but I think without the image it’s still really ambiguous, but I like it that way. I like to let the reader interpret the poem in whatever way they can relate to.

I think Unfurl is my favorite in this bunch. :)

Starting tomorrow, life will be a lot less insane for at least a week because it’s Spring Break, so look for some projects with more time spent on them!

Anna Grace