Its been crazy busy here but I wanted to get a blog post up.
I’ve been journaling on and off for as long as I can remember. Matt and I watched 1,000 Journals over the weekend. What a marvelous idea! Someguy sent out 1,000 blank journals into the world. The results were beyond inspiring. I got to thinking about my journals. I struggle to finish them and I think I know why. I try too hard to play by some unwritten laws. I buy a great book that I like and then I write neatly in between the lines. I have broken out of my norm by doodling in my journal this year which was a great step. But then I see journals like Paper Relics and I see how free one can be!
Matt and I went out to lunch on Sunday and I took out my journal and our recent issue from work and went at it. I used my sparkly gel burst pens and my new Stabilo Point 88s. It felt good to just go crazy. I know its not very organized or balanced but I had to explode onto the page to get my bearings in this new adventure.
Monday I loaded my Parker 21 and my Parker 45… so the journal page was just boring writing between the lines. But look at the pretty ink colors! Levenger Claret and J Herbin Orange Indien.
Tuesday was a LONG day at work. Yes you read the journal page watch face correctly – 7:20am to 11:06pm. I like this page – I broke all the “rules” I’ve followed for so long and enjoyed every minute of it. I even glued in Wendy from Matt’s chicken sandwich rapper. muwahahhahaha take that!
I don’t want things to perfect. I’d rather spend the little time I have doing rather than planning, measuring, laying out and all that jazz. I know – it looks like it, right? But that’s my point! Go ahead – give it a whirl, you may set yourself free too.
Today’s page isn’t done yet but I wanted to share it. I love that I can use anything to create visual interest. I bought a 10 pack of fancy scissors today and grabbed some junk mail. What a great way to recycle! We had lunch at IHOP – strawberry festival is going on! Nomnom.
My gardens are moving along with out me. I did do some watering but I need to get some transplanting and more weeding done one of these days. I love the variety of flowers I have here.
I’ll leave you with a photo of Ripley’s tank. I’ve been trying to offer him a large variety of things for playing, climbing and chewing. He’s been in the 20 gallon long tank for awhile now and I don’t think I’ll be switching him back. I love having all the room to fill for him.
This weekend was filled. I spent time in the garden, at the dog park, cleaning, walking, playing with Iggy in the yard, drawing, and watching tele. I even managed a nap Saturday evening.
My father teaches cartooning classes at the public museum every year. I can’t recall when he started so I must have been pretty young. Today the museum had a “Sunday Fundays” event called “Celebrate Japan.” My father had three tables dedicated to Anime and Manga art. My nephew and I both came along to help out any way we could. After set up we both pretty much just sat and drew. Dad finished four drawings for the raffle. Four different children won Bob Anderson originals. I love my family and spending the afternoon with Dad and Mykel was great. I really needed it.
Two tables were covered with a plethora of manga and anime books, magazines and posters. There was a movie playing on the tele in the corner. Dad had lots of information on both anime and manga printed out and displayed around the tables for people to read. He had two different handouts people could take about cartooning using basic shapes. Dad sat right in the center of the main table and worked on inking and coloring the four raffle prizes. Two of “Sailor Moon” and “Dragon Ball Z.” It was a lot of fun and I think the families who came through enjoyed it too.
This morning I began doodling with my trusty Sharpie and Crayola markers. I also had my retractable Pentel and Bic Mark-It in my arsenal.
The resulting doodles are bright and fun. I’m in love with the “Critter Cubes” and will probably introduce them at my Zazzle shop before too long.
A boy mentioned loving ninjas so I had to give Ninja Bean a go. Some day I will try a comic strip with him. I’m not sure but I might like Cube Ninja better.
So what are your thoughts? Love ’em or leave ’em? Would you or could you see these on buttons and stickers?
FIVE DAYS EARLIER…
Wednesday I grabbed my click eraser and Apex pencil and accompanied Matt to the dentist. I haven’t been doing detailed or shaded drawings lately so I wanted to see if I still could. This sketch book’s paper isn’t the best but I’m happy I haven’t completely lost my touch.
After the dentist, we stopped at Office Max. Yep, I ended up bringing home reinforcements for my arsenal. Retractable Uniball Jetstreams were on clearance for 80 cents – who could resist that? I also grabbed a fine Uniball Vision needle in green and a TUL permanent marker.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Take care and be well.
I’ve loved the word “uvula” since I first learned it.
I came up with this concept awhile ago but didn’t get it drawn up until yesterday. I grabbed my Sharpie markers and some paper and joined Iggy Pup outside. I like “hand drawn” quality. I hope you all like it too.
Take care and be well.
It is available on a variety of stickers, buttons and t-shirts over at my Zazzle shop.
This has been a question plaguing the intellectual world for centuries…or at least that’s the stance I’m taking.
Doodle time is rare on work days but yesterday I took out my 3×5 inch sketchbook and my black Vision Elite micro and drew the entire ride to work. Don’t worry, Matt was driving.
I’d like to introduce “Super Broom and his sidekick Dustpan Steve.” They are up there with Ninja Bean for potential comic doodles. The other two I really like are the Cat Poop and Dog Poop drawings. Everyone who has pets knows a major part of life with them is poop.
Today, I grabbed my new twist crayons and drew during the ride to work again. My coworker suggested I call the forbidden love between the dog and cat “fecal love” LOL
So what do you say? Can poo be cute?
Oh and don’t miss the new items at my Zazzle shop :) Now there are clothes!
Take care and be well.