Scissor Collection

March 11th, 2014

It has come to my attention that I own a bunch of cute scissors. I’m not sure how or when it happened. I was never consciously aware that I had a thing for scissors, but I must. Why else would I have so many? Over the past few years they have just sprouted up out of no where…

scissor collection

Now that I realize I have a problem I’m cutting myself off. No one needs this many scissors. It’s just ridiculous.

scissor collection

Just call me Amanda Scissorhands.

scissor collection

Have you ever accidentally collected something?

scissor collection

 

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New Growth

March 6th, 2014

My houseplants love this time of year. The days are getting longer and tons of light pours in our windows since the bare trees outside don’t block the sun. My plants are sprawling out all over the house with tender new leaves. I wanted to snap a few shots of the new growth, but I just couldn’t get close enough with my 50mm.

Out of the blue I remembered a comment Jennifer Allison left on one of my posts last summer sharing this macro lens hack. (Thanks Jennifer!) You simply take the lens off your DSLR, flip it around backward, hold it in place, and you have a makeshift macro lens. I took all the shots below with this technique. I can’t believe how close I could focus—the grid photo is of a window screen! It was nearly impossible to get crisp shots while manually holding the lens in place, but I like the dreamy blurred photographs I ended up with. I think I’m going to get this adapter so I can play around with this macro method more without having to hold my lens on.

Have you tried macro-ing like this?

new growth

new growth

new growth

new growth

new growth

new growth

new growth

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Sketchbook 3.4.14

March 4th, 2014

I’m working on finishing up some new Mother’s Day cards this week! Here are a few process shots. What are you guys up to this week, anything fun?

sketchbook 3.4.14

sketchbook 3.4.14

sketchbook 3.4.14

sketchbook 3.4.14

I post process photos like this on instagram that don’t always make it to the blog—follow me there if you want to see more!

 

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Sketching Nook

February 27th, 2014

I always get a kick out of rearranging furniture, don’t you? Today I shuffled a few things around the house to make a sketching nook in one corner of my studio. I seldom sketch in there to avoid sitting at my desk for extended periods of time. Sitting upright with my feet on the floor (like a normal human being) is so uncomfortable to me for some reason. My preferred sketching posture is to curl up in a tiny ball (basically the fetal position) with my sketchbook on my lap. My desk chair is not ideal for this, but my cushiony arm chair is perfect. Now I have a comfy spot in my studio for sketching. Yesssss.

sketching nook

sketching nook

sketching nook

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Calligraphy Practice

February 25th, 2014

Have those of you who took Molly’s Skillshare class continued practicing your calligraphy? Over the past few months I’ve forced myself to slowly work on filling my entire pad of paper with practice, and at some point over the last week or two something clicked. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but all of a sudden using a metal nib doesn’t feel weird anymore. Instead of feeling awkward and stressed when I write, the motion and scratching sound of the nib over the paper is calming and enjoyable. I still have a long way to go, but now that I am more comfortable with the tools practicing is fun instead of drudgery. (By the way, the Nikko G nib is my favorite so far. It never catches on the upstrokes.)

It always amazes me how much of a difference practice makes, whatever the skill I’m trying to learn. (I’m sure my mom is rolling her eyes right now, since she spent years forcing me to resentfully practice piano growing up. You were right Mom, happy?!)

calligraphy practice

Here’s what my very first attempt at calligraphy looked like. See? I’m getting better! Practice works! I still haven’t figured out how keep ink from getting all over my hands though…

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