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Finally… Some Art!

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CIMG1481It has been far too long since I have produced something artistic and it was really great to let my creative juices flow.  I haven’t done a pencil sketch in ages and I also haven’t done a horse either, so this was just meant to be:)  It’s not my best, but I definitely felt a bit rusty.  It’s been such a while since I have had the time to paint or draw, it’s kind of depressing!

I plan on starting my next hubcap now though.  This was also the last page in my sketchbook which is a serious accomplishment.  Of the 50 pages, I would say I produced 14 quality sketches.  Given the fact I have never had any formal art training, I am very pleased with that.

So, on that note, enjoy the rest of your Monday and do something creative tomorrow.  If you don’t think you have time, make it just 15 minutes!  It definitely frees the mind.

Scrimshaw Necklace

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CIMG1348This was my last little piece of ivory and after a great suggestion, I decided to stick with the bird theme.  I found a silhouette of a crane for inspiration and I am really happy with how it came out.  I also have all the materials to make this into a necklace, so that will be the next step for me.  Just need to drill a little hole in the top to put the pin in.

Other than that, it has been a pretty uneventful Sunday.  I want to get back into pencil sketching, but I have lost the motivation there a while ago.  Things come and go, as long as I stay crafty somehow:)

Hope your weekend went well and enjoy what is left of your Sunday!  It’s a great day.

Scrimshaw Practice

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CIMG1265After a weekend away (and 2 days of no blogging!), it is nice to be back and making something again.  This is an etching of a kookaburra on my practice piece of plastic that came with the kit.  I am pleased with how it came out, but I have to admit, it is not easy!

Now I want to carve on the little piece of ivory I have.  As you can see, it is tiny – a bit bigger than my fingernail.  I am also lacking inspiration.  Does anybody have any good ideas that would look classy on this little piece of ivory?  Let me know!

-A girl in need of inspiration

Rediscovery!

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Another craft discovery!  Quite some time ago, an old friend gave me a scrimshaw kit.  Sort of like what the sailors used to use to sketch on whale bones.  I definitely did not have the skill or appreciation for the kit when I received it, and like many other things, eventually made its way into the black hole of one of my closets.

Lost for years, rediscovery makes it all the more worth it.  Although I do not enjoy cleaning, going through a lot of my old things is like looking for treasure.  You just never know what you are going to find.  I had one little piece left to make a sketch on, so I am going for it.  Hopefully I will have it done by the end of the week, but I am really excited to get started on this one!

My 10-year-old self had already done one piece (Having a problem with the picture, so no pictures in this post) when I first received the kit.  It is a dolphin jumping out of the water during a full moon.  I don’t remember much from then, but I do remember being really proud of my work.  It is funny now, looking back on this rough, unrefined, and basic piece of artwork and think that I thought I was the next greatest artist when I finished it.

I look at a lot of my recent sketches, drawings, and paintings and as a whole; I am satisfied with what I create.  I am proud of my level of detail and how realistic I can make my pieces.  My biggest fear is that it really isn’t all that great.  I am biased by the hours I have put into the process.  Will I look back on what I have done now and be unimpressed?  I guess that will be a blog post for 10 years from now.  At the moment, I should just enjoy the process of creativity:)