Earlier this month I was trying to decide what to make for my tutorial, and I realized that January 16th (which was this past Wednesday) is Hot and Spicy Food International Day. It was also Nothing Day, but I figured that wouldn’t make for a very exciting pattern. Hot and Spicy automatically made me think of my not-so-secret lover: Sriracha. I love Sriracha. I want to write sonnets to Sriracha, but I’m too busy dumping it on everything. It makes everything taste spicy and delicious. I’m even thinking about dumping it on this cute little Sriracha plush. [Read more…]
Edit: October 25, 2013 – This project was regretfully abandoned. Boooooooo! I know, it sucks. Here’s the thing: I started this project and then started applying for juried shows that required a specific category designation. I juried for sculpture or mixed media for all of them, so I wasn’t allowed to bring paintings. Spending painting time sculpting became a priority, so I only finished a handful of paintings.
I am satisfied though! There are more paintings that never made it onto this post, so I think I made it to 30. That is at least 3x the number of paintings I managed to finish in 2012! Baby steps!
I will be back in 2014 with a new challenge that I am determined to finish.
I am a crazy person. This has been previously established, but really, I’m a crazy person with evidence of my insanity (aside from that paperwork that I got back in 12th grade from the auditory studies department at the University of Northern Colorado that says my hearing is perfectly fine, so the voices in my head are really just in my head). I have decided to do 300 paintings in 2013. The only thing that proves I haven’t lost it completely is that I nixed the idea of doing a painting every day seeing as it’s already the eighth and I’m finally doing the first one. WHOOPS.
I’ll be updating this post as I go, mostly so I can keep a record of them after they sell or are stolen by gremlins.
We’re counting down to the zero hour with four days left until the big day. If you have friends that have been too naughty for a cashmere sweater but nice enough for a Starbucks card, dress it up a little with these cutiepants gift card holders that can be personalized with coal for the naughties and mod little tree for the niceies. That’s an awkward word.
First, download and print the pattern (click on the picture to download the pdf).
Next, cut your pieces out of felt. You’ll need two rectangles for each gift card holder (one for the front and one for the back), black for the piece of coal, and green (or turquoise or purple or zebra print) for the tree.
Next, embellish your pieces as you see fit. If you’re careful, you can embroider the lines on the coal and the face through the paper, just carefully remove all the bits when you’re done. I embellished my tree with yellow embroidery floss and beads.
Next you just have to sew the fronts to the backs, stick a khaki-only Gap card in there, and you’re good to go, you lazy thing you!
From all of us at Wonderstrange (yes, all three of us), we wish you a Merry Christmas, Blessed Solstice, Happy Hanukkah, Groovy Kwanzaa, and May the Yule be With You (and also with you)!
Since we’re creeping up on Christmas and we’re done working through our 2012 edition of 100 things to draw when you’re bored, this week’s freebies are self-satisfying. Food with a face. Love it!
First, we have the saddest of Christmas Sweets: The candy. Candy knows it’s getting eaten. It’s inevitable. So it’s sad and worried and waiting for sticky toddler fingers to snatch it up and stick it to the dog.
On the other hand, we have the happiest of the happy Christmas sweets: Fruitcake! This gloating goody is sure to survive the season unscathed as no one (except the lady who owns the yarn store I frequently waste time at) eats fruitcake!
This Friday I’ll be sharing one last Christmas-related surprise (and even a last-minute gift, to boot!). In the meantime, don’t forget to check out our special 12 Days of Christmas digistamp set! It is SO AWESOME. And cheap!
We have finally come to the end of the 2012 edition of our 100 things to draw when you’re bored list. With that end comes the thing I’ve been looking forward to for this ENTIRE YEAR: The Twelve Days of Christmas ‘Strange style! Woo woo!
First though, check out what happens when Soccer Moms go bad (number 22):
That poor ref.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, sing along with me!
On the fiiiiiiiiiirst day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
A buck-toothed Tommy Lee.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Two Red Riding Hoods!
and a buck-toothed Tommy Lee.
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Three French mimes!
Two Red Riding Hoods,
and a buck-toothed Tommy Lee!
As usual, click each image to open it full size then save, size, and print to your heart’s desire. On Friday we’ll release the rest of our Strange Twelve Days in our digi shop!
Hey! Happy Thanksgiving! I don’t know when we started celebrating Thanksgiving in August, but hey whatever. We’re nearing the end of the 2012 edition of our 100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored list, and I, for one, am ready for a new one! Plus a new year with a new threat of apocalypse would be good, too.
This week I’m tackling the dreaded Mr. Potato Arm. He’s going a little bad, but he doesn’t care cause he looks good. Or not. Whatever! I was inspired by Trogdor the Burninator and his one burly arm. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go watch this video. You’re welcome!
And the Wanna-Be Guitar Hero. It’s not her fault she likes cardigans and flowered dresses. She still wants to rock out with her… ahem.. Reading glasses out.
TUNE IN FRIDAY when we will have a mystery WIP post! It’s a mystery! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
If you need a little something to get you through the start of the holidays with the family or if you just want to skip Black Friday altogether, run out for a case of cheap wine and then spend the weekend coloring wine labels so you can give wine for every present then this digi is the one for you!
Today is National Button Day! Wooooo! I was obsessed with buttons as a child. My mom had a tea tin full of them, and I would spend hours running my fingers through them, counting them, sorting them by size and shape. I know, my childhood was rough, right? When I found out that Friday was National Button Day! Wooooo! I knew I had to make a button-related project. Hang on to your bloomers when I reveal this shocking bit of news: This project is actually pretty normal. Pretty, even. I know, I’m scared too. It’s okay, we’ll get through this together.
This week I’m going back to the 80s. Okay, not really back to the 80s because I used all of my Aqua Net to make flamethrowers, but back to the 80s on the 100 Things To Draw When You’re Bored list!
First, number 86 – Eyeball Tree. I think the girls took pity on me by not doing this one. I didn’t even realize it was still available, so imagine my delight when I was combing through the list and crying about all the easy ones being gone!
And now, number 89 – Angry Hula Dancer. I think she’s angry because she’s a vengeful spirit with no feet. I may have been watching too much Paranormal State.
Since Halloween season is almost over (LA LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU), Cinders has an awesomely adorable Thanksgiving digi for sale. Look at those snoogiwoogums!
I know I have said this about 19501058091 times, but, just in case you missed it, I LOVE Day of the Dead and everything related to it. This week I am recovering from a visit by Ann and her spawn, so I’m falling back on something secure and easy: Sugar skulls.
Click on this polysyllabic medical term to download the pattern: Dysdiadochokinesia.
As Mr. Skullface above is modeling, I made one with several flowers and stars for the skull eyes and then reduced the skull by 45% to use as a center for a heavily-beaded flower. Remember, when it comes to sugar skulls, there is no such thing as too much bling! You can use these flowers, stars, and skull to make hair clips, pendants, ornaments, or anything else that strikes your fancy.
Helloooooooooooooo October! And hello to you, 100 things to draw when you’re bored list!
First up, we have Elf vs. Gnome (number 43). Poor gnome, so outheighted and outweaponed. Luckily he’s cute.
And then we have a woman after my own heart, hiding from the summer heat in a freezer. That’s where the ice cream and corpses are. And ice princesses in the summer (number 13).
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