Drawing, Painting and Discipline

My intention has always been to keep this new blog updated with projects & ideas that would inspire creativity. New work isn’t here … yet. I haven’t been sharing much because I’ve been busy keeping up with the Life Book online class, practicing my drawing, painting and collage skills.

Having something very specific to work on, with a weekly deadline has been a good focus for me – left on my own, I don’t think I’d have 9 completed projects to show so far this year. Each lesson is an accomplishment, sometimes just because I got them done. I don’t love all of them, but I’ve been learning something new each week.

It may be a while before I get to any new, original projects and that’s okay with me. What I’d like to share here (besides the peek at classwork), is the idea of discipline.

Drawing, Painting and Discipline with Tamdoll in Life Book 2014

Showing new, original work isn’t going to happen because I think about it, talk about it, or jot it down in a notebook. In order to meet my goals and create, I’m going to have to be regimented and set myself weekly goals – and do them. Just like I’m doing now, when the Life Book 2014 class is over, I’m going to have to plan out my projects and allot time to them every week, if not every day.

Being so disciplined sounds a little like “work”, not “fun” or “creativity”; but I think it also gives my creativity a little more importance. I’m not going to just allow myself time for these things late at night when all the other chores are done – being creative deserves some prime time in my day. For me, it’s as important as doing the laundry or getting a good night’s sleep.

I think this is part of Life Book’s lesson for me. I’m learning how to accomplish my goal of “focus” for the year.

How do you become disciplined in your creative life?

A Pep Talk from Kid President

Every Sunday this link/video pops up on my computer* & [since I have nothing else to share just yet] I’m adding the video here, because it’s simple & wonderful. I love the message & it always brings a smile to my face. All his videos are great.

Enjoy the “Pep Talk”.

“You were made to be awesome.”

I’ve tweeted this link more than a few times, too. “… not cool, Robert Frost!” Hasn’t gotten old for me yet.  Anyone making short videos that inspire you or make you smile? Please, share the link!

Computer Stuff:

*If you use Firefox web browser, you can use the Morning Coffee add-on to schedule different websites to open every day of the week. I use this instead of a feed-reader nowadays, keeping me up-to-date with a different handful of websites each day.

Valentine Heart Crochet

I thought I should post at least the start of this project, I’m afraid I won’t have time to finish it and blog before Valentine’s Day… It will be a cute heart crochet craft to share at any time, but since it’s so quick to make, wanted to put the idea out there before February 14th.

Valentine Heart Crochet

It’s about 2″ tall & I plan on incorporating it into a necklace. This free heart crochet pattern is from José Crochet blog, and I’m adding it to my Ravelry projects, too.

This one was made with some leftover sock yarn & a 1.75mm steel crochet hook. This yarn was particularly fine, other sock yarns that I used were too heavy, the heart came out 3″ or bigger. I hope to make a few more with embroidery floss.

Hopefully in the next few days you’ll see this here as jewelry, if not – be inspired! Lots of patterns are really cute in miniature. My initial plan was to make one and wear as a necklace pendant, but since then I’ve thought about:

  • making 7 or 8 of these into charms on a bracelet;
  • adding beads to the heart;
  • adding additional crochet/beaded baubles along the necklace chain;
  • done larger in thick wool to make a nice set of drink coasters.

Making any Valentine projects to wear or for your household?