I can’t believe it’s already here…. the final of my 12 monthly projects!
It’s pretty crazy to think that it’s already been a year, but really great to look back at all the many things I have done and learned this year. The theme for this month seems fitting for the last project of the year.. introspection and reflection I think will be a great focus. Still no idea whether I will create this poster on the computer or by hand – we shall see where things go!
My apologies – a week late posting up the new cards! I think I’m getting a bit of senioritis as I near the end of the year. ;)
I will say, I’ve picked some killer card combos throughout the year, and this is just another one! I’ve been waiting all year to pick Vintage Aviation as a theme! I’ve already been scouring the internet for old aircraft parts, images of old war planes, gages, rivets, and more. I’ve also been wanting to make jewelry for years… another of my many “someday projects”. I’m very grateful that my 12 Month project is now helping me to finally get my hands into this! More to come soon including gobs of research & inspiration!
Ooooh this one is going to be a fun one! I can already see the possibilities. I’m thinking lots of juxtaposing of materials and symbols here… maybe sculptures of flowers or other delicate things made from fire crackers, used brass from bullets, etc. Or perhaps a hot air balloon made from found objects.
Ever since my sculpture classes in early college, I’ve loved doing found object art. I did these small wire frog sculptures back then that had light bulbs and old screws for various body parts. They were probably one of the most successful things I’ve done as an artist – having sold about a dozen of them over the course of a year. They were also one of the only things I ever made that I truly believed in and loved with all my heart. I tend to think that passion helped in how people were attracted to them. They were made with love, after all.
Back then, I used to collect random things I’d find just about anywhere – old car parts, bits of junk people tossed on the side of the road or in the trash, bones, fallen bird’s nests, old bottles washed up at the beach… it was so rewarding to give these forgotten things new life. Unfortunately, after moving out on my own to finish college, I had much less time and space to work with. I eventually put aside this niche of art I loved so well to pursue my graphic design degree and stopped collecting as much – save for a few feathers, shells, and bones here and there. I’m ever-so-glad to have a reason to collect again, it does rather feel like that part of me has been missing a bit! Time to get to collecting and of course… PLAY!
I’m pretty happy about this one. September is my favorite month – being the month of my birth and the first month of fall – and screen printing is one of the projects within the 12MOC that I’ve wanted to do most! I’m loving this combo too… I’m already filled with fun questions. Will I screen print on old cereal boxes and milk cartons? Will I create illustrated versions of refuse and print them as posters or t-shirts? Or maybe I’ll take actual fun-shaped garbage right out of the trash and use it to create interesting bizarre shapes to print. Oh the possibilities.. let the games begin!
Still working on getting the final glass and other touches done on the coffee table this week.. but the projects must go on! Time for new cards… was getting a bit bored with the old woodgrain background for my card shots, so I decided to mix it up a bit and use some of the leftover wallpaper from my last project. Liking it!
My sister will be especially excited about this month’s project – as she’s the one that introduced me to Ukrainian Easter Eggs, also known as Pysanky. For those who have never heard of these, I’ve included a picture below and a link here to read more on the history of these beautifully ornate dyed eggs.
I’ve arrived back in town after a relaxing & re-energizing July 4th vacation down on Padre Island. Growing up on the coast, I am certainly a beach bum at heart. Whenever I return, just as soon as I smell the salty sea air and feel the warm sand under my toes.. I instantly wonder why I ever left. There is so much creative inspiration down there! I do dream of one day returning to a coastal city to live.
So, a bit of a delay on getting the final photo for June’s project.. there are some logistics that are causing me to need some weekend time to finish it up. In the meantime, I’ve gone ahead and picked the cards for July. I’ve been waiting for this project to come up all year! I’d already had plans to make a bed frame for my new queen sized bed, and decided to wait for the monthly project to work on it. Thankfully, the theme I drew was not anything too crazy… i shudder to think what kind of bed frame i would have ended up with if i’d drawn “bodily fluids” from the stack! Phew. Let the fun begin!
Wow I can’t believe we are at month 6 already. Halfway over and it seems like it has gone so fast!
I’m not gonna lie… when I first drew the cards for this month I almost redrew because of the utter ridiculousness of the combination. But then thought for a moment… and realized that really is the point of this whole 12 month project -and that is what makes this combo soooo fantastic too! I already have an idea swimming about in my noggin for this one. Now I am off to research how to etch glass – since I have never in my life done much of anything with glass other than look at it, eat off it or drink out of it. =P
The cards for the May project have been drawn! Having already done another nature-inspired project for February’s temporary sculpture, I am excited to explore more areas of natural art! Off we go!