Monday, July 14, 2008
Let's make some cool stuff.
I love crafting and making stuff with my artwork. What artist doesn't? But I now remember why I got out of this line of work - specifically, greeting cards. (I used to be a one-person greeting card factory years ago.)
For one thing, it's, like, ALL production work. Production work. With a side dish of production work. Don't forget the dash of a little production work to finish off your last bit of production work.
Secondly, straight --- straight --- straight. *Everything* is straight lines when your trimming paper and making cards, making things forsale, making things "salable". And, you might not know this but I'm SO KNOWN for my straight lines!! As IF!! ;)
In truth, it's always been a challenge for me to draw straight lines free-hand. Yet, I have always stood up to the challenge - to the point of it being an obsession! I've always been very stubborn about it. I just like the look of a hand-drawn straight line better rather than a ruler-straight one. Ruler-straight lines in actual artwork, to me, says *tracing*, and while tracing's a good tool when your tracing your *own* art, tracing stuff that is not your own work is... cheating! Chalk it up to all those years in school when I was really young, and seeing other kids trace and then pass it off as their own work. Bad associations, I guess. Plus, just takes all the fun, the magic, the sweat out of the work.
Thirdly, my fingers are kind of thick for some of the delicate work. But, like wearing galoshes to perform ballet, I soldier on.
All that said, making stuff *is* SOOOOO TOTALLY gratifying! And it's fun. Really fun. I've missed it! I don't have much time for it, these days. Drawing/painting/illustrating is my main thing, and that is where I spend most of my time! That's really what I do, and I could not be happier doing it. But, that said, making stuff is SO much fun in a whole different way. I'd never consider myself a real crafter, but it is not about perfection. It's about exercising different creative muscles and sharing artwork with others, and all the little imperfections that go along with attempting to cut those straight lines, that in the end, make your things more special, unique and interesting. (And crooked.)
A few of my favorite tools (AKA Crafting 101). I'm sort of a crafty luddite! But what I lack in skill, I make up for in longevity. I've been pulling out the craftyness since I was a kid, and I'm... um... older than you. :)
Makes anything a sticker. Magic. You can also make magnets, or laminate things with this machine. I got mine on Ebay for $20, which even included one sticker cartridge.
Bone folders ROCK!!! I've not been without one since I was enlightened, my first year in college. Bone folder, where had you been all my life? No matter now, you are always with me, oh fine folding friend.
In other words, a paper cutter. Where would I be without this? I'm a lefty, and I don't know about any other lefties in the house, but I can't cut a straight line with scissors to save my life. Using my cutter makes me feel cool and smart after a life time of cursing scissors. (And don't be fooled,lefties. Those "left-handed" scissors are a racket.)
I know. It's just a cutter. But LOOK at the power it wields!!
Have fun! Go make stuff!