My First Art Show

Disclaimer: This post is a repost from my old blog, which was more personal and less crafty. I don’t use that blog anymore, but thought I’d share some of the craft-related posts from there. This one was from May 2015.


 

Some of the different neighbourhoods in Basingstoke hold yearly festivals, and the one most local to me decided to add a “county fair” style competition to their festival this year.

There were categories for photography, art and baking. I was really interested in the baking but don’t have reliable kitchen facilities at the moment, so maybe next year. But I did decide that I was going to enter a piece of art.

I was very, very nervous when I dropped it off to the organizers. Entering a competition like this was as nerve-wracking as my first craft fair. I was taking something that I had created, something I put my time and effort and soul into, and asking strangers to judge me!

TERRIFIED!

On the day of the festival I popped in to the competition tent to see if I won anything.

There weren’t a lot of entries in any of the contests, but it was a smallish show. There were three entries in the Over 16s Art Contest. Here is 1st place:

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It’s pretty impressive. I like it.

Here’s 2nd place:

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What the hell?!

a) it’s ugly

b) if the definition of “art” is going to be that wide, next year I’m entering half a dead cow

I may not have taken the loss very well. I don’t take rejection very well anyway. I will try again next year though. I haven’t decided about the dead cow yet.

Hama Hogwarts

Disclaimer: This post is a repost from my old blog, which was more personal and less crafty. I don’t use that blog anymore, but thought I’d share some of the craft-related posts from there. This one was from May 2015.


 

In my last Hama post I showed you a Hogwarts crest that I wanted to make.

It took a lot of time!

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And a lot of masking tape… I didn’t want to risk having too many boards at once, so I did a maximum of two at a time.

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But it was a fun project to do. Maybe because Hogwarts means so much to me.

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And it was so exciting seeing it come together.

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Once all the beads were in place, it stayed like that for a few days because I was too scared to iron it.

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Ironing it could ruin it. And I’d never ironed anything so big before. It was bloody terrifying. But eventually the fact that it was back to front convinced me to do it.

Ironing took absolutely ages! I wanted the back to be very very ironed, so that it was secure. And when I flipped it over to peel the tape off, Ravenclaw gave me a bit of trouble. But here it is in all it’s finished glory.

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And I am so so so happy with it!

New Craft Supplies

Arty Advent is over, so I can go back to writing about all the other crafts I do now.  Don’t expect the art to disappear though.  There’ll definitely be more of that.

Last week I showed you all the new art supplies I got for Christmas, but it wasn’t just art stuff I got.  I got lots of new craft supplies too.  Again, forgive the terrible pictures.

I got some origami stuff.

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I got some yarn.

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I got some thread crafts and tools.

I got some fabric, and a book of things to sew.

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I got some mosaic kits.

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I got a diamond painting kit.

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I got a rock painting kit, which I suppose should have gone in the art supplies blog.

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I got a Makerly box, which had a quilling kit in it.

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I got some beads.

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I got some buttons.

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And I got some very cute and snazzy little crocodile scissors.

You’ll probably be seeing some of these kits making an appearance on the blog later, once I’ve attempted to use them.

It’s A New Year…

Happy New Year everyone!

New Year isn’t as big a thing for me as Christmas is, but I do like to acknowledge it.  2018 was a pretty rough year for me.  Many, many bad things happened, but there were highlights too.

I got an adorable nephew in February, I made a whole new set of friends playing Dungeons & Dragons, I made a selection of new friends on the internet, and my art skills developed magnificently.

I have a lot of hopes for 2019.  Mostly I’d like my depression to stablise a little bit, if not get a lot better.  I’d like the store to expand, and I have some plans for that.  And I want my art to get even better and better.  One of my plans for that is my challenge.

I like to set myself a challenge or two every year.  In the past I’ve tried 52 New Things, make 200 crochet items, watched a movie every week.. things like that.  In fact, I’ve written about them before, when I belatedly set myself a challenge for this year.

For 2019 I want to draw 100 somethings, which I’ve also written about.  I couldn’t decide what to draw and asked the internet to vote for me and choose between fairies, witches, dragons and robots.

It was close. There were 20 votes in total. And with six of those votes, the winner is….

That one doesn’t count for the 100 though, because I drew it last week.  I also drew one each of all the others, because I wasn’t sure what was going to win…

Witches got four votes.

Dragons got five votes.

And fairies got five votes.

As I said, it was close. I’ll definitely be drawing more witches and dragons and fairies, but I’m looking forward to drawing 100 robots.

I have set myself a second challenge for 2019 – to read at least one book a week – but that’s not so crafty.

Arty Advent Day 24: New Art Supplies

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

So, I don’t know if you noticed, but it was Christmas a few days ago.  And Christmas means presents!  Unsurprisingly, I got a few new art supplies.  (Forgive the horrible pictures).

I got just a few rolls of washi tape…

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The roll on it’s own on the right is a mini duct tape.  I also got a proper size duct tape.

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I got some watercolours and semi-decent brushes, which I currently can’t use well but I’m working on that.

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I got a unicorn colouring book.

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I got some very awesome pens and pencils.

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I got some sketchbooks – the big leather one was made personally for me by one of my best friends.

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And I got lots of things to paint.

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So just a few art supplies. It’s almost as if my friends and family know me 🙂  What did you get for Christmas?

 

Arty Advent Day 23: Default Hobby

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

I do a lot of crafts.  I’ve been cross stitching for as long as I can remember, but I also knit, crochet, make jewellery, use hama beads, do origami, use shrink plastic, use resin, do wirework, do knotwork, do pyrography…..  I’ll stop there but the list goes on and on and on.  One of the things I say when people ask me what crafts I do is that if I don’t already do it, it’s probably on my list of crafts to try.

And then in the last year I’ve been drawing and colouring a lot too.  In fact, drawing has become kind of my default hobby.  I’ve been doing a lot more of that than I have been anything else.  Sometimes my brain will decide I want to do some knitting, or some hama… and all of a sudden I want to do six different crafts and my brain short circuits.  So I do art instead.  Art is fun.  Art is good.  And I’m getting pretty good at it.  At least, I think I am.

Here are a couple of pieces I haven’t shared on the blog yet.

 

Arty Advent Day 22: Running Behind

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

I realise that advent is usually BEFORE Christmas, but I owe you all three posts, so I’ll be sneaking them in before New Year.

Running late is something I’m pretty good at, with art related things at least.  In real life I’m the person who turns up an hour early for things for fear of being late.

Remember Huevember?  Well I finally finished that.

You might be able to tell that by the end I was getting very frustrated so the pieces are less detailed, and not as well done.  But I am happy with that gradient.  I might not do Huevember next year, but I’m definitely going to be doing more monthly challenges.