This week, Cindy and I are pulling down our suitcases, organizing our art supplies, and getting ready for a wild and crazy road trip to Sarah’s place in New York, where (my psychic tells me) one of us will steal a cop car, one of us will accidentally marry Heather Graham, and one of us will steal a tiger from Mike Tyson, but only to embellish with rhinestones and puffy paint. Okay, just kidding. As everyone knows, tigers only tolerate products by Tim Holtz. At any rate, even though we’re counting the days until our trip, we’re still working faithfully. We just wish the ants in our pants would pitch in.
Some time ago, I decided I wanted to get a handle on cross-hatching, but when I searched the interwebs for a tutorial to help me along, I felt more at sea than a guy trying to cross the Atlantic in a rowboat made of Snickers wrappers and stale bread. Yes, there are lots of articles that show the different sorts of lines artists make, but what about the bigger questions, like “how do I know where to put the lines?” and “how do I know where not to put the lines?” and “what if I make bad lines and look like a jackwagon?” This tutorial aims to help you through all of those crises, so grab a pencil (and an eraser, if you like), and let’s go!
Spring is here, and the women of wonderstrange are hoping the good weather lasts for another couple of weeks, when we will be having our First Annual Board of Directors meeting in Upstate New York, complete with numerous PowerPoint presentations, agendas, break-out sessions, and brainstorming sessions. (That’s completely true, by the way, except that you might want to replace “PowerPoint presentations” with “art-making fiestas” and “agendas” with “tattooing sessions.”) Until the 24th, however, we’re all still hard at work making wondrous things for you to give to your friends and relations, or even just to yourself.
This week, we might need a high five – and a really enthusiastic one, if you can spare it. Two of the three of us have been sick, one of us lost part of a roof in the recent storms, and one of us just discovered she is a scant two inches taller than her 12-year-old son. (Hint: Ann is the only one with a 12-year-old son.) Despite all of this trauma, we have heroically assembled pictures to share with you. Why? Because we love you. M-O-U-S-E!*
*If you don’t get that reference, don’t ever let us hear you complaining about being old.
First things first, Happy Birthday to everyone born on February 29! It must be nice to enjoy some cake on the day itself. Of course, it’s pretty nice to be able to enjoy some cake no matter what day it is, which makes cake a little like, oh, let me think . . . art from wonderstrange!
The women of wonderstrange might not be fashion plates in the real world, but we have recently discovered that we can dress a paper doll like, um, um, some kind of mad, mustache-twirling, paper-doll-dressing genius! Mwahahaha! Download our very first paper doll for free, then check out our Costume Party Package, so you can dress her up and user her on a variety of gift tags and cards! We’ve even got samples to inspire you!
This past weekend, Cindy and I had a spontaneous get together in Indianapolis. We power walked along the Canal, near the location where all three of the wonderstrange girls will be completing the Mini Marathon in May. We went out to dinner and made fun of the waiter because we’re classy like that. We even made some Artist Trading Cards to swap online. What we did not do was convert my house into Admiral Awesome’s Arctic Oasis of Artistic Astrogenius, although apparently, that’s exactly what Sarah was doing in New York. If you’ll keep reading, you’ll soon understand.
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but as you might imagine, we’re gearing up for the next big holidays, which are two of our personal favorites here at wonderstrange. I am speaking, naturally, of “Be Nasty Day” (March 7) and “Something on a Stick Day” (March 28). We might even be nasty to or with something on a stick – but I’ve said too much. Please just read quietly while I try to compose myself.
Over Christmas, while I was in Michael’s, I saw this “Wooden Pull Toy” (it’s actually MDF, of course), and after exactly three seconds of deliberation, I bought it. I’m not sure why. I don’t have a thing for turtles. I don’t have a thing for MDF. I don’t even have a small child who needs something to pull. Whatever my reason, I’m glad I bought it, because for the month of February, we’ll be altering toys and giving them grown-up things to do – like hold salsa for a party or beads for your latest project!
This week, the women of wonderstrange have finally gone weird science – which is not to say Kelly LeBrock has been hiding in our computers or luring large groups of bikers into our living rooms. Kelly LeBrock has allegedly been hiding in our computers. The bikers came of their own accord, just to watch us work.