Tag: work

is this a tutorial?

So, I have been beyond busy lately finishing up my second semester (two more to go until I have my AA in Fine Arts), starting the biz, and mommy-ing.  That’s when I thought to myself – you should really stack another thing on your plate. There’s room.

Which completely explains why I decided to redo my room. It was a great room. I didn’t take before pics, so just take my word for it. Isn’t that just like a beginning blogger? All this to say,  today I’m going to share my gallery wall, even though I really dislike labeling it as a gallery due to its eclectic feel and seemingly random ordering. I’m also going to pretend that you’ve never seen one of these done before, so simple step-by-step  and tute-ish directions will be my photo captions.

First, take each item that will be displayed, and trace it onto a sheet of paper. I have a HUGE roll of butcher paper, so I just placed as many frames as I could on a sheet, traced, and cut each one. And then I scribbled a sketch and title – in the unlikely event that it should be misplaced. Flip over the cut out sketch, find the space where the nail goes, and punch a hole. Like this –

Step One: : Trace, Cut, Sketch, Punch Hole
Step One: : Trace, Cut, Sketch, Punch Hole

After you need to finish the tedious task of doing that for every piece, it’s time to play with placement. Using tape, attach each item to the wall, until you’ve filled the space (like me) or are happy with the arrangement (mostly counts).

Step Two:  Select piece, placement, and tape cut out to the wall accordingly.
Step Two: Select piece, placement, and tape cut out to the wall accordingly.

Then, it’s time to really have some fun. Move things around and make sure you are happy with the level of eclectic-ity that you see. You really want to be sure that this is something that makes you happy because, I don’t know about you, but patchwork is not quite as fun as it sounds.  If you are a believer in completely filling up all available viewing space, it should look something like this.

Step Three: Make all final adjustments before putting the nails in to those carefully marked holes.
Step Three: Make all final adjustments before putting the nails in to those carefully marked holes.

 

Step Three (extended version) - If you have an item needing two nails, make sure to use your handy dandy level BEFORE popping those suckers in.
Step Three (extended version) – If you have an item needing two nails, make sure to use your handy dandy level BEFORE popping those suckers in.

So, now you’ve aligned everything, punched lots of holes in your wall, and you’re almost done! Yay! All that is left to do is pull off those lovely sketched and replace them with the actual artwork. This is how mine turned out.

Step Five: Replace the cutouts with actual artwork. Step by, clap, and pat yourself on the back.
Step Four: Replace the cutouts with actual artwork. Feel free to step back, clap, and fist pump like I did.

And now I’m done with my first faux tutorial. I’m telling you, it is quite the task to do these – and mine was SIMPLE! Ha. The pictures aren’t the best, mostly because I decided to make this tutorial in about five seconds flat (which was NEVER going to happen).

The good news is, I smile every time I look at this. It’s directly in front of my desk and has proved to be completely functional. I have my chalkboard (which totally did not get erased), my hanging magnetic board (total score for $3), and some cork board circles for “pinning”. I hope that this inspires you to take your walls and fill them up with moments that make you smile 🙂

hit the ground running

So yesterday I presented my website and portfolio in my art marketing class. While I usually enjoy this portion, I was a little off my game from lack of sleep. As it turns out, nobody noticed. Ha! I’ll take that to mean I did a better job than I thought, or else my game needs a serious kick in the pants.

Speaking of a which, I just found out that I will solely be concentrating on this new business venture of mine starting … FRIDAY. What???!!!! While I hadn’t planned on making this my sole source of income just yet, I do now. Most definitely. The sinking feeling in my stomach phase is dying down, but we’ll see what the rest of the week has in store. Tomorrow will involve many MANY pictures of items to add to my online shop. Still deciding if I want to pursue an etsy account or try running things solo. Maybe both?

When you get a moment, will you pray for this stressed out momma? Thanks!

 

change is … change

Is it good or bad? Welcome or rejected? It really doesn’t matter because it’s happening every moment of every day, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it! Well, then I guess I better … embrace it? How can you embrace that which you do not know?

Today was supposed to be a day of business, followed by a relaxing movie night filled with laughter and plenty of popcorn. Needless to say, that did not happen. I started off strong, but then something happened. The plan changed. The shoot was rescheduled, to be exact. So there I sat next to a mountain of work that was just about finished, and my only prospect was that of taking it down and putting every piece of it away. Eeeek! Change can be a killer for a list person such as myself. I don’t get to finish the list? Check off the last box? What?!!!

With a little encouragement from my mother, I slowly broke that mountain apart into bite size pieces. I also rested and chatted in between and considered what it means to be “flexible”. Now that is something I have never been been accused of being. I remember watching my third grade friends do somersaults and cartwheels and thinking how I couldn’t even understand the concept! Funny how  even though my life has changed so drastically, I still feel like a confounded third grader most days. I watch others take life and whirl it around, skipping past what I considered to be unsurmountable obstacles, and I don’t get it. How? How?

So my goal this week is to make a list with as few items as possible, and live the moment with as much enthusiasm as I can muster. After-all, tomorrow is going to be a whole different animal 🙂