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This week in the Oodlearium Part #1

This is what happens when you want to add a picture of SpaceBird clicking its heals, but you have no idea how to make that happen. The process was too fun not to share!

It’s day one of a five day weekend and my brain decided that 4:45 AM was the time it wanted to activate. So I was sitting in bed poking around on Pinterest when it hit me like a ton of bricks…I have been pinning hundreds of ideas to my Creativity board, but I am not doing anything with them. What the heck! My board is filled with awesome content–inspirational quotes, challenges and exercises and much more, but unless you follow me there, no one is getting anything out of those resources. Heck I am not even looking back at them. That eye-opening realization ripped me out of bed and brought me into The Oodlearium. When I decided to start this blog I had so many ideas of regular features and articles and content that I was going to have perfectly organized into this beautiful and simple package. Then I had to return to work…to my actual classroom…in the middle of a pandemic and well that put a small kink in my plan. 

Cases of Corona have been out of control in our area the last few weeks, which means I have been working from home (insert grateful happy dance). This week I had to drive in to school to drop something off, which meant I was going to spend two hours in my car…perfect opportunity to check out a new podcast. Beautiful Anonymous showed up on a list of recommended podcasts a few weeks ago and I downloaded an episode on new year’s resolutions. Chris’ conversations with the callers got me thinking about The Oodlearium and my blog and where I wanted THIS to go. And a few things came out of that rabbit hole.

  1. I am going to do a weekly recap of ‘What’s happening in the Oodlearium?’ I am finding that I am terrible at social media and making all the different pieces fit together into a cohesive package of content. I am going to take my different posts from different platforms and put them into a weekly recap of sorts. Format to be determined!
  2. With all of my heart and soul I want to do a podcast. There I put it in writing! I have a million different thoughts about this and I feel like I keep using COVID19 as an excuse not to start. Enough! Between now and January 1st I will have a plan to move forward. I am SO excited! Stay tuned for more information.

There is something empowering about taking ideas out of your brain and putting them into written words. I am overwhelmed with excitement about the future and cannot wait to see what it brings. I am sure it will be vastly different from what is in my head, but I am confident it will be beautiful. Tune in tomorrow for what has been happening in the Oodlearium this week.

Oodle Doodles

When I started the journey of making my own cards, I started designing my own characters, too. My first set and the ones I have used by far the most have been these silly birds. Before I knew it, I had a regular set of around 20 different bird doodles.

Oddball Art Labs is a non-profit artist based organization in Elgin created to advance the presence of the arts our area. They work to build individual artist recognition and to create opportunities within oour community for artists to show their work. One of their most successful projects has been the Oddball Art Lab Art Machine, which repurosed a vintage cigarette machine to sell wooden blocks designed by local artists.

I had been drawing my bird doodles for a while and felt I could reproduce them, so I decided to apply to make a set for the Art Machine. It took me about two months to complete, but in late February I dropped off 18 blocks (which I named Oodle Doodles) to go into the machine. Just a few weeks later, COVID19 hit Illinois, so I have no idea if any of them have actually sold yet.

Once I finished the first set of blocks, I wanted to start branching out to other oodles. I decided to try fish and that opened up all sorts of silliness. The fish really allowed me to add my meditative doodling back into my designs. At the same time, I started playing around with using my Tombow markers as watercolors. I really want to create a second set of blocks for the Art Machine, but they have such a backlog from the Stay at Home order that I am going to hold off for now.

Fast forward to May and I was thinking about what I wanted to do for our neighbor’s daughter’s graduation card. She has such a wide range of activities and talents that I was not sure how I could accurately pay tribute to everything with the characters I already had developed. Enter into the world my Space Bird series- a ridiculously simple creation based on a few circles, a triangle and a dot. Madisen’s card featured a soccer player, a runner, a ballerina, a baker and a singer along with a set of generic space birds to accompany the life text in the card.

Who knows where I’ll go from here. Our nephew’s birthday is next week and I need to create a card for him, so anything is possible.

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