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This Week in The Oodlearium Part #2

My goal was to spend my spring break getting my brain back in working order. That meant I was going to spend a TON of time in The Oodlearium and making art. Here I am on the last day of my vacation and the list of what I did this week was so long that I decided to split my update into two separate posts. That means my mission was accomplished! While I wish I could spend my days making this past week has given me a good glimpse into what our retirement plan will look like and I LOVE IT! More on that idea soon.

Check out part 1 here.

Graduation cards

I have a super special group of seniors in my German 4 class this year. I finally got a start on their graduation cards this week. No spoilers here, but these cards will be very memorable for them. Pictures to come after they receive them at the end of May!

Organized the Oodlearium

I was so excited to have the time to do some reorganization in The Oodlearium. My awesome shelves had turned into a gigantic pour painting display. While I love my paintings, I was starting to feel like I was drowning in them. I took EVERYTHING off of all the shelves and did some organization. It was nice to spread the pour painting love around the house. I need to make a stack of easels for the paintings so that I can easily display them around the house. Originally I thought I was going to ask Tom to build me some simple display shelves on my short window, but I think repurposing a shelf from the guest bedroom will solve the problem and provide me with a place to display my most current work.

Bowling ball #2

I am so grateful that my friend Mary set me up with two awesome bowling balls earlier this year. When I was telling her about my first project she asked what my plans were for ball #2. I told her that I was planning to cover it with these blue glass beads I had from a project that didn’t work out…and that I would love to make the ball for her as a thank you. I spent a bunch of time this week with my favorite E6000 and a bucket of beads. I am SO excited by how this project turned out. I cannot wait to give it to her when we return to school next week. Check it out on Instagram.  

More Glass Beads

When Tom got the ball out of the garage this morning so that I could fix it, we were both mesmerized by how beautiful the beads looked in the sunlight. I love my washer gazing ball, but this looks so awesome. It reflects everything while also highlighting the color of the ball. I had already asked around to see if anyone had another bowling ball they were looking to get rid of, but no dice. When I finished the second gazing ball, it gave me the idea that I would love to do something similar, but I wanted to incorporate lighting into it. Tom gave me the idea to check at the Restore for glass globes. I took a quick ride and I am SO glad that I did. I got four different globes (including one that is an actual light fixture) for ONE DOLLAR total! I started gluing the beads this afternoon and will likely finish it tomorrow. My fairy light strands are charged and ready to display this new piece! I’m so excited to see how it turns out. It will eventually get a nice wood base, but that will have to wait its turn in the project cue! 

Cricut- another wood failure

I know that the Cricut is not meant to be used for wood. It can be, but it’s not ideal. I tried one more time today to cut out some letters. It was not as epic a fail as my first attempt, but it was not great either. I’ll have to stick to paper ideas for the time being. It doesn’t look like a failure when I look at the picture, but trust me, this was a pain in the neck!

More 3D Pour Painting

When I went to the Restore to look for a glass bulb for my light bead light, I ended up coming home with four different options. When it was clear that the first one was going to work out just fine, I decided to try out another 3D pour painting. I have wanted to do a black, white and orange painting (our school’s colors), so I mixed up a tray of paint and gave it a whirl. What a fun 3D piece of art I ended up with. I suppose in the future, I could try and do this for an actual light, but for now this one will sit on a shelf and remind me of my Huskie family.

Oodle Doodle Stories

Yesterday I finally had some time to sit down and look through the Oodle Stories I had started in my journal. I was surprised there were quite a few stories started there. Time to get back to those because they bring me SO much happiness.

52Frames

I was sure that my picture for this week was going to have something to do with our new kitchen faucet, but that didn’t work out. That meant another opportunity to whip out the wine charm guys and do some splashing around! This was my alternate shot only because the one I submitted had a better splash. 

I am not in the least bit looking forward to returning to work this week after an amazing week of creativity and making. BUT I will be done with this most challenging school year in 65 days…approximately 45 school days! So many ideas for summer for sure!

Until next time, Oodle on!

This Week in The Oodlearium

I am so grateful to be on Spring Break this week and to have dedicated time to spend in The Oodlearium. 

The Gazing Ball

I got back from running on Saturday and my husband asked me if I wanted to finish up the gazing ball. A quick trip to Home Depot to find something to use as a stake and we were ready to assemble everything. A few years ago our neighbor’s huge pine tree was struck by lightning. When they finally had the tree cut down, they offered us the trunk to use in our fire pit. One night during a late night fire, we threw one of the chunks in the fire— which of course was not a good idea! However, the charring on the trunk is gorgeous. It was the perfect compliment for the metal of the washers. I am SO excited how it turned out!

A lot of people have asked me how I did this. I bought about $10 worth of washers from Blaine’s Farm & Fleet along with a tube of E6000 from Home Depot. It took me a few days, but it was super easy and very meditative. 

Pour Painting on Acrylic

A few days ago my husband mentioned that he was curious what it would look like if I did a pour painting on a piece of acrylic. He thought it might be cool to see what the back of the painting looked like under the acrylic. Over the weekend he cut me an 8×10 piece of acrylic and I had to give it a try. He had never seen me go through the process of pouring— layering the paints in a recycled yogurt container. For a few months I have only been doing pours with strainers. However, this coming week I am going to teach a friend how to pour, so I have been working on basic techniques like circles and flips. On this particular pour, I did circles and I 100% love how it turned out. In reality, I ended up with two different paintings— the front that looks much more vibrant than on a traditional canvas and then the underside, which shows more of how I actually poured. He has a bunch of acrylic scrap, so I know I will be doing much more of these pours in the future.

Front side

Underside

Teaching pour painting

I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach pour painting to a good friend this week. I mentioned the idea the last time we had a virtual chat and I was over the moon when they said they would love to learn. It will be an awesome opportunity to practice for my pop-up art classes that I want to host this summer. 

I’m intrigued by this class

A quick Google Search for pop-up art classes yielded this class. It sounds super interesting and gets amazing reviews. Check it out!

Index Card Art

A week or so I finally started with my index card art and I cannot overstate how much I love this project. I have a stack of notecards and a drawing pen in a ziplock bag. Each morning I sit down at my desk at school and I take ten minutes to fill a notecard. It is so incredibly calming and centering. On Friday we had a super stressful meeting and I was extremely anxious about the meeting. I sat down and created a card with the word calm on it. I incorporated everyone’s initials into it as well and then I kept it in front of me during the entire meeting. 

Cricut

Earlier this week I was ready to return the Cricut Maker we bought a few weeks ago. I was so frustrated and confused by what to do with this incredibly powerful and useful tool. I decided to dedicate some time over my spring break to learn some of the features. I found a super cute Easter SVG file on Pinterest and was so excited to create some bling bunnies for my Easter cards.

52 Frames

I had so many different ideas for this week’s slow shutter speed challenge, but I opted to revisit a technique I learned a few years ago. I wanted to play around with one of my blinky lights from my running shoes. I try really hard not to repeat subjects from previous challenges,  but I had a specific goal with this image. I wanted to create a unique pattern with the swinging of the light. One of the comments I received said the final product looks like a sci-fi slinky— mission accomplished! 

Breakfast sausage

One of the best purchases we made during the COVID19 Shelter in Place was the meat grinder attachment for our Kitchenaide. I initially started with just grinding beef to make patties for burgers. Then I started making bulk Italian sausage. I haven’t branched out from those two items since we started last summer…until this weekend! I was so excited to try out a recipe for breakfast sausage. I can’t wait to see what we try next. This pin from Pinterest has a great starter’s guide for making sausage. 

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This Week in The Oodlearium

On Monday night, Tom and I got our first doses of the Moderna vaccine and we were both euphoric…feeling like the end of this Covid nightmare was finally drawing to a close. Then on Tuesday I found out that my mother was in the ICU in critical condition— likely with Covid. My world was turned upside down for a thousand different reasons and I was reeling with a thousand different emotions. I came home early on Tuesday and after a nine-hour Lucifer marathon with Tom, I finally got some rest. There was no way I was going to be able concentrate at school while sitting around waiting to hear any updates, so I opted to stay home and spend the day doing art therapy.

I headed to Michael’s and picked up a whole mess of supplies— retail therapy is not usually my thing, but I wanted to have a variety of projects to work on. The gal who rang me up asked what I was working on and I had to laugh because I had really no idea what I was going to do with all the stuff I had just bought. I had a styrofoam head and a bag of balloons that I thought work to recreate a photo I had seen (it didn’t). I had a ridiculously expensive clump of grass and a giant pink flower, a stack of 10 8×10 canvases, a set of mini canvases, supplies for the cricut, a metal sunflower, and another plastic mask. 

The Sunflower

I am obsessed with 3-D pour painting right now. After the success of my mask, I have been trying to figure out what else I could pour over. When I saw the sunflower, I knew I had to try it. I had no idea if it would work out or just be a mucky mess. While it did not turn out how I thought it might, I really do like how it turned out and I am thinking of going back to get a few more to make a set.

Upcycle

Early on when I started pour painting, I decided to make use of two old cookie sheets to catch all my spillage. It definitely bugged me that there is so much waste in this art. I follow Callen Schaub on instagram and I love how he uses all of his process pieces as art, too. From the trough he uses to swirl his paint to a canvas on the ground that catches all the spillage. So each time I do a pour, I just let the paint sit in the tray. Well, this week, I finally picked up some plastic triangles to use to prop up my canvases. After my pour dried, I realized the triangles had also dried into the paint. When I was yanking them out, it actually pulled up a solid sheet of paint…leaving me with two really cool pieces “fabric.” We did a bunch of brainstorming on what I could with them and finally decided I am going to try and make coasters with them. Tom gave me the idea of creating concrete coasters that have an inset for the pour. Then I will cover them with epoxy. I don’t know anything about any aspect of that project, which is exciting, but also means that it will have to wait until later for me to play around with…mainly when the weather is more reliable for me to work outside with concrete. For now, here are the sheets…pretty cool, eh?

Bowling Balls

Earlier this year we had an opportunity to do some self-care during a professional development at school. A fellow creative offered to show me how to cut glass that I would eventually be able to use to make a gazing ball out of a bowling ball. She also showed me how I could cover a bowling ball in washers. When I randomly asked on Facebook if anyone had any bowling balls they were trying to get rid of, I didn’t expect someone to say they had four that I could have for free! I gave two to my friend and kept two for myself. Yesterday was the first day since I got the balls where it was nice enough to sit outside and start work on the project. I LOVE how this is turning out. The process is incredibly therapeutic. It helps me with my “letting go” work because it is impossible to create a perfect pattern. And, it is looking really cool! While I was outside, I had an idea of what I wanted to do for the base. We have a bunch of chunks of our neighbor’s tree that was struck by lightning. I want to prep and finish one to be the base for the ball. Not sure where I’ll put it yet.

Try something new

Tom and I decided to spend this entire weekend on maker projects. It was just what I needed, but I wanted to challenge myself to not just fall back on my regular projects of canvas pour painting and making cards. A while back I was doing a virtual painting session with a fellow creative in Israel. We were talking about how she is always frustrated with how her pours turn out and that really likes how mine turn out. I told her what products I use and that everything is set up, I just have to decide on my color combos and pour. Ready to pour paint is not available in her area (huge bummer!). I told her that I would play around with mixing my own and let her know what I figured out. I finally had the chance to play around and it IS really challenging. I mixed acrylic base paint with Elmer’s glue and then added pour medium. When I do a regular pour with my pour ready paint, I know exactly how much paint I need. With this method, I had no idea what I was doing. I decided at the last minute to pour through my regular colander. I started pouring and the paint just sat there. I kept pouring hoping the weight would push it through. I finally lifted the colander and realized this was going to take a bit of effort. As I was tilting and sliding the paint, I could tell there was not going to be enough to cover the canvas. I grabbed the colander to see if I could get any more to slide out and was thrilled that it did. As the paint was drying, I noticed a few air bubbles, so I decided to try my heat gun out on it. That caused this crazy crackling pattern which I have never seen before. The moral of the story is that it was LOT more work to create this pour, but it was definitely something I will play around with. I thought it would be cheaper to use straight acrylic and mix my own, but after the amount of glue and pour medium I used, I honestly don’t know that that is true. 

52 Frames

I saw this photo a while ago on Pinterest. When I saw this week’s challenge was color relationship, I thought it would be perfect. Small problem— I didn’t know anyone who would let me paint them white…who does that? My sister-in-law suggested trying to use a styrofoam head…which made me wonder if I could stretch a balloon over it and get the painted effect. I knew it was a long shot, but I had to try. Yeah— it didn’t work. I tried a whole mess of other ideas with the head and the white mask I bought, but nothing was working. On Saturday, I decided to play around with another piece of glass I have— a pretty light purple dish of sorts and then a green background. I messed up while processing one of the images and this crazy blue resulted. I had my image! 

Image from Pinterest

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This Week in The Oodlearium

We survived February in Illinois— not without a few scars, but we survived! I am sure I am not the only one grateful to put the last month behind me. This was a low-key week in The Oodlearium in terms of making, but there were lots of ideas churning. Here’s a quick recap:

My good friend Julia told me about Karen Abend’s Sketchbook Revival and on a lark I decided to join in on the fun. One of the pre-sessions was to make your own sketchbook that would be used throughout the workshop. I have always wanted to learn about bookbinding, so I jumped in. I Kiala Giverhand did an awesome job of walking through how to create a simple journal with the supplies you have on hand. I was sure I didn’t have what I needed to make one, but as she went on, I realized I absolutely could make it work. I ended up trying out alcohol ink on watercolor paper for my covers and also adding a ribbon to keep it closed. Kiala had a ton of nuggets of wisdom that I needed to hear:

  • We force ourselves to try and be masters the first time around.
  • This is my first, but not my only.
  • Imperfect is perfect.
  • I transfer my energy into what I create.
  • Show compassion.

Collaboration

Tom and I LOVE when we get the chance to collaborate on a project. It’s not as often as we would like to though. On Friday night he proposed the idea that we come up with a project that utilizes both our skill sets rather than him just helping me with a project or him just teaching me something. Quite a few ideas came out of that conversation and I am super excited!

Patio Table

One of the ideas that we talked about that was a bit more me than him was to create a new custom top for the patio table we built together last summer. Originally I was going to pour paint the planks and then he would epoxy it and reattach. That was becoming a bit cost prohibitive. While walking around Home Depot, we had the idea of creating a custom pattern out of pieces of wood and painting each one and then sealing it. As I type ideas are flooding my brain. Hope you’ll be at the big bbq we want to throw this summer to see it!

Pop Up Art Classes

I am planning to throw a few pop up art classes this summer. Think things like Painting in the Park and Doodling among the Dandelions. If there is something you might like to learn that we can do out in nature, drop me a message.

Music Obsession

Tom and I are currently head over heels in LOVE with the Netflix show Lucifer. I am obsessed with the music in this show— really. Whoever the music director for this show is, s/he is a genius! It is absolutely the kind of music that I would love to have playing in The Oodlearium while I work. I finally found a listing of all the songs this morning, but I have only started going through the process of listening to each one to see which I want to try to add to a Spotify Play list.

CreativeBug

I took my first CreativeBug class this week. It was on creating 3D word art with my new Cricut Maker. I’m excited to try this out over my upcoming spring break. I need to order a few supplies first.

Textile Closeout

Our school ended the textile and clothing program last year and this past week the department held a huge closeout sale of all the goodies in the room. I scored tons of fabric for a whopping $5. I’m super excited to play around with making stuffed animals and a few other things. I already used one of the pieces as a backdrop for my 52F images.

Self-Care

I have not been shy about how much I have been struggling lately as part of our world. There is just too much going on and more often than not it is very overwhelming. On Saturday, Tom and I sat down and created a list (I am most comforted by lists…) of all the ways i could practice self-care. I will write more about ths another day, but one of the ideas I am most excited about is Index Card Art. It is exactly what it sounds like…create something on a 3×5 (or 4×6) notecard. 

52Frames

Last week’s theme was details and I was not feeling inspired. The image I submitted was a commitment shot— a shot to keep my 166-week streak going. That’s ok though. I showed up and I will show up again this week.

This week’s theme was negative space and I am super excited about my image. I did not realize it until after I was done how much it was inspired by the painter Callen Schaub, whom I follow on Instagram. 

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This week in The Oodlearium

Somehow last week slipped away from me and I never wrote my post…things happen!

The Mask

Tom and I were standing in line at Michael’s picking up our Cricut Maker when he hopped out of line and whispered he would be right back. He returned a few minutes later with a standard white plastic mask— the kind that people often decorate for Mardi Gras. He knew that I have been looking to do a 3D paint pour for a few weeks now. This was the perfect surface to experiment with this new surface. I cannot even fully express how excited I am about how my mask turned out. It’s sitting on the side table here in The Oodlearium and I just LOVE it. I am trying to figure out how to properly display it…rather than the way it is currently leaning against and empty kombucha bottle. As soon as it dried, I knew that I wanted to use it for the 52 Frames Theme for the week. 

Roll the Credits.

I really want to write a whole post about the process of creating my image for this week, so I will keep this relatively short for now. I had a simple idea in mind. I wanted to have the mask against a unique background and I wanted to make the eyes look like they were glowing. To say the final product was an incredible labor of love would be an understatement. I took hundreds of images to make the final one and I pushed myself to learn a whole smattering of new tools in Photoshop. I was extremely excited when I looked at my image this morning on the 52 Frames site and learned that I had been selected as one of the 52 picks for the week. There were close to 3500 images in this week’s album, so I was absolutely tickled to be chosen. 

Cricut

I finally took the Cricut out of the box and started playing around with it. I am spatially challenged and it is going to take me quite a bit of time to figure out how the thing works, but I’m excited to add this tool into my toolbox.

Rabbits

The same day we picked up the mask, I picked up some wooden rabbits to paint. I definitely need to work on a process for them, but the two I did turned out cute. I have eight more to play around with, so I am sure I will improve over the next few weeks.

Canvas Redo

I have a bunch of canvases from when I first started pour painting that did not turn out how I had hoped. I figured the canvases were toast and I would have to just dump them…what a shame. Before I did that, I decided to try out doing a repour on them. I was pleasantly surprised that it worked. The color scheme on the first one was not ideal, but I am sure I could do it over again. The second one turned out great. I really like how the colors created a sand and ocean look.

CreativeBug

I haven’t had a chance to work on any more CreativeBug classes, but hopefully soon.

Until next time, oodle on!

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This week in The Oodlearium

What a week this has been! We are deeply entrenched in the coldest and snowiest winter we have had in quite some time. I won’t lie- it has been hard to stay focussed on the good. That means that The Oodlearium has been even more of a sanctuary than in a normal week.

A dear friend and fellow creative recently told me about a website called CreativeBug. I am pretty anti-subscription services primarily because they can quickly get out of control (Prime, Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, are just a few examples). However, when she forwarded me an email that said I could get 5 months of the membership for $5, I hopped on without giving it a second thought. Over the course of the week, I have been playing around with a few different classes. I did a bit of work with brush lettering, which is something I have wanted to learn for a long time. I started the creativity boot camp, but need to get some more supplies before I can continue work on that one. When I stopped I had created a relatively creepy self portrait that quickly got crumbled into a ball and recycled.  I ended with a bit of work on doodling that inspired me to start work on a different project. I’m looking forward to playing around a bit with learning something new each week without the pressure of feeling like I made a huge investment. Check it out!

I am absolutely not a materialistic person. In fact materialism is something that turns me away from people, but this week I received two packages in the mail that have been awesome additions to The Oodlearium. A few weeks ago I ordered an hourglass from Etsy. I am disappointed to learn that Etsy no longer is a site for artisans to sell their handmade work. Anyhow, the hourglass I purchased arrived and looks beautiful on the oodle surface. I use it when I am writing to make sure I stay focussed on what I am doing and not on going back and forth to check my social media. It has been awesome. And my second Pilot Metropolitan arrived and I am so excited to be able to have an everyday pen and a special pen for cards that will have my colored inks in it. 

Last week I think I mentioned that I was going to host my second creativity chat today. There were three of us and it was fabulous. I was in a pretty meh mood when we started, but by the end I was overjoyed. My friend Karen lives in Israel and she taught us about the Jewish holiday called Purim. She was dressed in costume today as part of a long standing tradition she and a good friend have for this holiday. Someday when my husband and I visit her in Israel we want to go during this time of the year to experience this holiday— the focus of which is doing kind things for friends and strangers to make them joyful. What a beautiful gesture! Another friend taught me all about the Cricut vinyl cutter and inspired me so much that we went out and bought one today. I am thrilled at the prospect of what we can do with this amazing tool. 

I have amassed quite a collection of pour painting canvases, so I am trying to avoid making new ones without some goal of moving a few of the ones I have out. I had a few canvases from when I first started painting that were not successful. This was the first time I ever tried painting over a canvas and trying a second pour. The colors I chose were not the best, but the pour definitely worked. I have a few more that I can rescue, so that was great news!

My husband spotted a few fun items at the craft store this morning— a plastic mask— perfect for Karneval. I’m going to pour that later this week. Then also some super cute wood cut out bunnies perfect for Easter ornaments. So many ideas…so little time.

Finally, this week’s 52Frames theme was one of the most challenging ever—golden hour! Remember what I said about the weather. I am proud of myself for coming up with a way to meet the challenge, but it was tough for sure. Check out my image on Tuesday when the album goes live.

One last thought before I go…I need to write a separate piece about creativity in the kitchen. I had a unique experience in the kitchen yesterday and I am excited to share it with you. I just can’t do it right now 🙂

Until next time, oodle on! 

This week in The Oodlearium

We are smack dab in the middle of winter in the Midwest and I am overwhelmed with gratitude…for our warm house…our food security…and for the job that makes those two things possible. There was a 76 degree difference in temperature between our house and outside this morning and I was shaken to my core thinking about the people who don’t have those three things. 

The frigid temperatures meant lots of extra time spent in The Oodlearium this week.

Chess

I told Tom this week that I was interested in giving chess another try. He has been devouring on-line games for the last few weeks and it has piqued my interest in the game. After a few practice games, I really did realize that I could improve if I invested some time into practicing (imagine that!). I always thought chess was for people far smarter than I am. It was an eye-opening realization. 

Ladies Creative Night Out

One of my pillars of a creative mindset is to regularly interact with other creatives. This past week I kicked off my Ladies Creative Night Out. It is a small group of ladies who are looking to discuss projects they are working on, be inspired by other creatives and in general just take some time for their hobbies. Our first chat was super small, but we discussed a lot of different resources for classes, supplies and inspiration. Can’t wait to do it again on the 14th.

The World Needs More Love Letters

It has been a few years since I first heard about this organization that allows people to request “love” letters for friends and family going through rough times. I am so excited that one of the letters is perfect to use for a virtual get together for my German Club students. But I was moved by the letter request for a lady named Lisa from NYC. She has a thankless and grueling/heartbreaking job and is also fighting cancer while her mom is also fighting cancer. Life is so unfair! One card was not enough for her, so I made her a set of “open when” cards with inspirational messages on them. I wish I had my magic wand to just erase her pain, but hopefully these little packages will bring a smile to her face over the next few weeks. Want to join in on the spreading of joy? Check out their site here.

Oodle Doodle Cards

When Tom first gave me the idea to write the backstories for the Oodle Doodle family, I scanned and colored each doodle. I thought it might be a good idea to print a set of wallet sized images of each doodle…just in case. Holy moly have these been so fun to have on. hand! I have used them for all sorts of cards— the love letter package for Lisa, birthday cards, thank you cards and much more. 

A pen obsession

Hardly a week has gone by when I haven’t mentioned my Pilot Metropolitan pen. This week is no different. After ordering a ridiculous amount of inks a few weeks ago, I have actually decided to snag myself a second pen to keep plain black ink in. Then I will use the fun green one I bought today for my colored inks. What kind of world do we live in when I can have two different pens just for different colored inks. Just another shout out for the awesome staff at Goulet Pen Company. They are a small mom and pop shop out east and I can’t imagine buying my pen supplies from anyone else. 

My idea journal

One of the ideas I had from the Ladies Drawing Night Out book was to create a collage. I was making the idea much harder in my head than it needed to be. Yesterday morning I was sitting here at the Oodle Surface looking at my idea- journal…with a blah cardboard cover…and it struck me. Why don’t I practice on there? It doesn’t matter how it turns out (thank goodness because it is a mess!) I had a stack of flower catalogs from White Flower Farm, some glitter paper scraps and a glue stick. It’s far from perfect, but it definitely fits the “start somewhere” mantra I am always preaching to others. It fits the “embrace imperfection” mantra that my pal Yosef from 52 Frames is always preaching. 

52 Frames

This week I took on an administrator role for a mini-group within 52 Frames. It is fun to interact with a small group of photogs from around the world. Many of them are relatively new to 52 Frames and I know how nervous I was when I joined the project, but even more so when I joined my first mini-group. I’m looking forward to getting to know them and learning from them as well.

Last week’s theme was “horizon” and my goal with my photo for the week was to make people smile. Mission accomplished! Kudos to Tom for giving me the idea to use our wine charms as my subject. 

This week’s theme is single point of focus. We received an amaryllis bulb from a friend for Christmas and it picked the perfect week to blossom. This link will open when the album goes live on Tuesday. 

Until next time, oodle on!

Jen

This week in The Oodlearium

Only a three-day work week…no complaining here! I had lots of time in The Oodlearium this week for sure. I was off on Monday for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. I spent most of the day working on the Oodle Doodles section of my website. It was quite a feat getting the artwork on the landing page to be somewhat uniformly sized. 

I took a personal day on Wednesday to watch all of the festivities surrounding the celebration of our democracy and the smooth transition of power to the Biden Administration. I won’t lie! I had a huge amount of anxiety leading up to Wednesday. I was so worried that something terrible was going to happen that I could hardly concentrate on anything else these last two weeks.  On the 20th, I slept in and enjoyed making us a leisurely breakfast. I settled into The Oodlearium with CNN streaming the ceremonies and a smattering of projects on the oodle surface in front of me. 

A new-to me surface for pour painting.

On Monday, I picked up a heart made out of wooden slats and decided I was going to do a Valentine’s Day pour painting on it. I had never poured on wood and I had never done a pour on such a large surface. I put down a base of silver paint on all the slats and all the edges. I decided I would do a pour on each individual slat instead of trying to figure out how to get the paint to “jump” the gap between the slats. I mixed up large containers of white, red, pink and silver. One cup at a time, I created a layer of paints so that each slat would be slightly different. I really like how it turned out. Now I just need to wait for the weather to warm up just a bit, so that I can take it outside and spray with a clear coat finish.

Celebrating Democracy Pour Painting.

All week I was thinking about how I wanted to do a red, white and blue pour with small splashes of silver and gold. As is always the case, I never know what these paintings are going to look like when they are done. I layered the red, white, blue, gold and silver in a mini strainer and let the magic happen. I love how this one turned out and plan to hang it every year in celebration of the 4th of July! It actually got me thinking that I might create pours for different holidays going forward. I have a spot outside my office downstairs where I could hang a different painting every couple of months. 

52Frames

Last week’s challenge was shoot low. I spent a lot of time rolling around on the floor with the lego robots we built early in the pandemic before I finally decided to shoot my VW bus. It’s such a fun memory. The bus.

The current week’s theme water. I was sure that I had my submission made on Wednesday. I spent a better part of the afternoon trying to shoot flags through bubbles made out of dish soap and oil in a glass dish. I was positive that my camera was actually screwed up from when it tumbled off my tripod twice during my self-portrait shoot a few weeks ago. It turns out that the dang water bubbles just never stayed still enough to get a good focus. This morning, I woke up and stumbled into our bathroom only to find the most incredible coating of ice coating our window. I made a few shots and realized if I waited for the sun to rise, I would have something special. I shot and shot and shot and shot and with the help of a fellow framer selected my shot for the week. I’m SO excited! For Amanda. I dedicated my image to Amanda Gorman, the poet laureate who recited a profoundly moving piece during the Inauguration. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here. My image won’t be visible until the album goes live Tuesday morning.

Oodle Doodles

I have been doing a lot of brainstorming for the stories, but my words have been stuck inside my heart this week. However, I keep at my practice of sitting here and writing— knowing that the practice is more important than the product. The words will come when they are ready to do so.

Until next week, keep oodling!

This week in The Oodlearium

Creativity Hour.
When I embarked on my creative journey with The Oodlearium, one of the pillars of creativity I wrote about was meeting regularly with other creatives. That was my primary reason for wanting to start a podcast. I have put that idea on the back burner for right now. I have too much going on to put the time into it that it deserves. I will revisit that idea as summer approaches. In the meantime, I am trying to set up a virtual creative hour with other creatives. The idea would be to set aside an hour once a week to chat with other creatives. Talk about the projects you are working on…questions you have…ask for advice…or just get ideas for your next creative adventure. If this is something you would be interested in being part of, drop me a PM and I’ll add you to the list. 

52 Frames.
Last week’s theme was leading lines. After an amazing ice storm that left every tree looking like it had been flocked, I pulled over on the side of the tollway to snag my picture with my phone (something I never do!). 

This week’s theme was to shoot from below. I spent a lot of time rolling around on the floor trying different shots of some Lego robots I built last summer before I eventually decided on a shot of the Lego VW bus I built. This is the next installment in the “This is how I roll” series. Yep, I’m 45 and I built a VW bus out of Lego blocks. And, yep, a part of my brain is trying to figure out how I can actually have a real VW bus.

Pour painting.
The Oodlearium has canvases sitting all over the place. There is a set of four that I have waiting for summer when I can build a custom frame for them. There are others just sitting on the shelves behind me.  I love each one more than the previous…which makes it hard for me to just give them away. Long story short, it has been a few weeks since I last painted. Today I was struggling with the writing I was doing, so I pushed my notebook aside and did a quick pour. It is such an incredible release— no matter how it turns out, I always feel a bit brighter afterward.

I have taken a personal day to watch the Inauguration festivities and am planning a red/white/blue themed pour in honor of this important day in our nation’s history.

Pilot Pens and Ink.
Last week I mentioned that I was geeking out on ink for my Pilot pen. The inks finally arrived this week and I was over the moon excited. I learned so much about inks and pens. Tom bought me a Pilot Metropolitan from The Goulet Pen Company, which is a mom and pop shop in Virginia. I ordered a whole mess of inks not knowing that inks are proprietary to the pens…buy a Pilot pen and you have to buy Pilot inks. Who knew! Anyhow, I have a new stash of all different colored inks for the upcoming card season. I cannot say enough wonderful things about The Goulet Pen Company. They have amazing customer service! They responded quickly to my question about my order and offered various options for my situation. I look forward to purchasing from them again. 

The Oodle Doodles.
I am still working on the Oodle Doodle back stories. They are pushing me and challenging me in ways I never imagined. I am planning to set up individual pages for each Oodle on www.theoodlearium.com. Look for a separate announcement telling you when you can start following their launch! 

In the meantime, the Oodle Doodles have been printed and have already started making their way onto cards for random occasions. Today my sister-in-law sent me a text with a picture of all my oodles from my Christmas cards from the last five or so years. I was so tickled to see that she had kept all the cards and that they brought such happiness to her. Mission accomplished!

George Berlin
I have been following an artist, who traveled from the US to Taiwan to collaborate with a local artist on a major art installation. It has been amazing to follow his journey. Check him out on Facebook and Instagram. You won’t be disappointed!

The Practice by Seth Godin
Tom and I are reading a new book by Seth Godin called The Practice. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone seeking sage advice and encouragement to pursue your true creative self. I find myself bookmarking or highlighting every single passage. Check it out!

Until next time.

This week in The Oodlearium

This past Monday I returned to my classroom for the first time since early November. I won’t lie and say that I was filled with anxiety and depression. A friend is doing her PhD research on the effects of COVID19 on teachers and students. I could go on and on about how challenging it has been. HOWEVER and that is a really big HOWEVER, I did spend a lot of time engaging in creative shenanigans to help me get through the week.

52 Frames- The first week of every new year is always a self-portrait. I mentioned it last week. Here is a link to my image. I was super excited about this image for what what it represents– the start of a long story! I have decided to take my entire 52 Frames journey this year and call it: This is how I roll. Each image will be example of how I have chosen to live my life. We get judged a lot about our choices–whether it is my funky colored hair or not having kids or how we spend our money. I am very much looking forward to a creative reflection on how I live my life. I spent a lot of time commenting on photos from the album this week, too. It is always fun to see the faces of fellow framers. If you read through the descriptions so many people (myself included) say how much they hate pictures of themselves. Were it not for this challenge, in some cases I would never know what someone looked like! And holy moly– there are some incredibly creative portraits. Take a looksy. You will not be disappointed. The theme for this week is leading lines and I am super happy with the image that I captured with my phone. Stay tuned for next week when I share it.

Axel

The biggest news of the week is that I have plunged head first into my newest long-term project and I am over the moon excited! Tom mentioned in passing that it would be fun if I wrote the back stories about my Oodle Doodles. I was not sure that I had enough of them to make it worthwhile. Well…I spent a good chunk of time during my last week of break drawing a clean version, scanning and coloring them as a I mentioned last week. Well this week, I have given them all names and professions. I am working through assigning characteristics and hobbies/interests to them. While digging through a cabinet at school, I found an old book of journal prompts that sparked another idea. Instead of writing about them in the third person, I am going to write about them in the first person. For example, Axel tells the story of how he went blind when he was 12. Another Oodle tells the story of how the love of her life gave her a Figa charm when she set off to hike the El Camino de Santiago in Spain. I am going to add a page to this site that houses all of the stories as I finish them. Stay tuned! I am 100% consumed by this project, so I’m hoping there will be a story up sooner rather than later!

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