I've started a side project, in which I draw hair and let kids finish the rest. What started off as an accident has turned into a playful exploration and it's been fun collaborating people younger than 10. Check out my tumblr for more.
Here are a few Christmas gifts I have made and they are things you can make too.
The first thing I did was bake a lemony-special load of cookies using this recipe (FYI, I halved the amount of chocolate chips - trust me, it's better this way). I couldn't find a jar big enough to hold my treats, so I brought some paper CD sleeves (inspired by this) and twine instead then wrapped-up each individual cookie. I also made some tags to attach. Woo!
Take a look at the finished product:
The second thing I did was make lots of cards. (Ok, it was only three).
I made tiny paper buntings which I threaded onto each card. For each cover, I took pretty paper and then cut out letters using a stanley knife (see above pictures). I also made pop-out 'ornaments' for the interior. I can't really explain what I mean, so I posted pictures instead:
You might have seen my Reddit post (or not) but I decided to take part again this year - not the Secret Santa again, but a card exchange. One of these cards goes out to someone in the US, woo! (UPDATE: My card giftee received my present. You can read her response here).
... And that was basically my weekend. I wish you luck on your christmas crafting.
I leave you with two pieces of advice:
- Eating too much cookie batter makes you want to vomit.
- There's no such thing as too much tinsel.
I love this sketch - it makes me think of the illustrations in Roald Dahl's children's books. I want to start drawing like this; to be a little more free-flowing in form and have a lot more character.
I've been taking Mandarin classes for the last six months (that's the language, not the fruit) . One lesson was particularly interesting, as we were asked to construct sentences on how we get to work. I thought it was an excellent lesson to illustrate (you know, to help me learn shit).
Apparently riding a dog or flying a dragon are not appropriate methods of transport.
Also, I should probably listen more, because the title is not grammatically correct.