Wednesday, March 16, 2016

My March Confessional

February has come and gone. March is half over. And I have a confession to make. My goal for February- to reduce alcohol consumption to the weekends only- was unattainable. I tried, my friends, I tried. Turns out I really enjoy that glass of wine in the evenings, bragging rights be damned.

So there.

I did, however, participate in the 29 Days of Drawing through the website, Creativebug. If you're not familiar with the site, they offer a wide variety of online classes in drawing, sewing, paper arts and jewelry design. Each day during the month of February, they offered a drawing prompt which participants uploaded to Instagram. They offered a prize at the end which included a trip to their studio, etc. I learned a few things about myself throughout the exercise.

1.  I don't mind being told what to draw.

2.  I do mind being told how to draw it.

Here are a couple of the drawings from those 29 days.

I have also immersed myself in fabric design. Over ten years ago I created my own fabric and had it printed for handbags and travel accessories. At that time the only fabric choices were polyester. Now, the website Spoonflower, has opened the door to independent fabric design. They offer 20 different fabric options upon which you can print your uploaded designs.

My goal was to create fabric designs from my drawings- something I hadn't tried before. My prior fabrics were scans of my collages, so this was something entirely new. Not having experience in Photoshop or Illustrator (the software that most fabric designers use) I challenged myself to learn how to do a repeat design by hand.  After working through a major learning curve, I created several designs and ordered print samples in a couple of different fabrics.

You can click on the above image to be directed to my online store.

So that was February.

My March goal is to take a minimum of three yoga classes a week. I'll let you know how it goes.

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