I feel like I’ve been falling behind on my 12 in 2012 projects. I’ve been a little busy lately, but one thing I have been working on is learning the ukelele. While I wouldn’t say I’m going to be a rock god in Hawaii anytime soon, my fingers are getting calloused and I got compliments from my teacher today (it’s Ryan so he has to compliment me even if I suck).
Maybe with a little more practice I will be able to post a video with my face, but right now I’m making too many awkward concentration faces so I will save you all from the nightmares that would most definitely follow.
Bead working was one of the 12 projects I am taking on this year that I was really excited about. It is extremely time consuming, but I LOVE IT. I finished my first piece of jewelry today. I made a bracelet for my mom for her birthday.
I decided I would cross watercolor painting off my list since I inherited some watercolor paper from my grandfather. Here’s what I came up with.
I love the look of uneven watercolor and think if I practiced a bit I could accomplish the look I was going for in this lady painting, but I still prefer acrylic since I’ve been painting with oil and acrylic since I was 14.
Speaking of 14…you should see the first painting I ever did. It was fucking awful. At the time I had a thing for cherubs and other angel looking things, so I painted a couple of ugly cherubs.
Practice makes for a better artist FOR SURE. Though I was a decent illustrator (which is why my parents bought me an easel, some canvas and a Bob Ross “happy little” paint/brush set) I had no idea what I was doing when it came to paint. 16 years later and I feel like I’m leaps and bounds ahead of where I once was.
This is inspired by one of my favorite bands. It’s a line from their song “I Like to Party”. If you don’t already listen to Moufette you should check them out. They are fantastic. This line really stuck with me when I heard it because this is how I feel most of the time (especially at work).
I saw Allison’s 12 Projects in 2012 post the other day and fell in love with the idea so I asked if she would mind if I borrowed the idea . Here is my list of things I want to try in 2012:
embroidery: I’ve dabbled with embroidery, but nothing too fancy. I’d like to challenge myself to do more.
water color painting: I’ve been painting for quite some time now, but never took to water color. I love the look of water color, but I’ve always been more of a messy painter. I paint in layers, I get my hands dirty, and water color seems very daunting to me.
metal working: Since I watched Project Accessories (which was a huge disappointment to me btw. I do NOT know what those judges were thinking) I’ve been inspired by the metal work I saw on that show. They used it in their handbags, cuffs, rings, and necklaces and it made their designs look so chic. I want in on that action.
dress design: I already know how to follow a pattern and love the feeling when I make something someone actually wants to wear. I want to try my hand at creating my own designs. Even if that means mixing and matching existing patterns, I think I have some good ideas rolling around in this little head of mine.
crochet: My mom is a professional when it comes to knitting and crochet. I’ve tried to get her to teach me her magic, but when she tries I’m like, “oh yeah! I see what you did there” but as soon as she walks away I end up just tying the damn yarn into a knot. I want to learn how to make something that my mom would be proud of.
make-up: Every day I do a rush job on my make-up. I slap on some shimmery eyeshadow and call it a day. I want to learn how to make my eyes pop and make my skin look flawless.
violin and ukulele: For Christmas I got a violin and a ukulele. I don’t know how to play either of them, but would LIKE to.
time-lapse video: I failed miserably at my first attempt at a time-lapse video. This time around I want to get it right. Lighting and a STATIONARY camera will be key. I kept bumping into my tripod last time so the canvas kept shifting to the right and made it impossible to keep it lined up in the video.
bead work: I’m always impressed when people can make bead art. I want to impress myself by learning how to do it too!
sculpture: I love getting my hands dirty with clay. I’ve made vases and other beginners projects while in college. I’d like to make some actual art from clay.
dessert making: I know how to bake and decorate cupcakes, sure, but when I watch Chopped and they have to use cheese, cookie crisp cereal, grapes, and hot sauce I would have NO CLUE what to make with that! I would love to learn how to spread my wings in the dessert making world.
collaborative projects: I love the idea of mixing media and styles in one art piece. I once had an idea that I discussed with Elycia and I would like to see it come to fruition. I’ve also been talking to my friend Chris about teaming up on something and I hope both of these ideas work as I hope!
Let’s see how these turn out! I’m excited at the possibility of falling in love with new techniques and projects. What are you all trying this year?