Life in the End Times

Shin's gift to Annie on their One Year Anniversary

A Tootsie Ant

Filed under: Ideas — Annie at 12:16 pm on Monday, December 19, 2005

I’m inspired to try and illustrate a drawing of ants melted inside and around tootsie roll (based on true events).
Here’s a reference for a style I would like to go for… or atleast the way I envision it in my head. Great great illustrator Bob Dob from his gallery on Society of Illustrators LA
http://www.si-la.org/artists/rdobbie-home.html

Sketches coming soon…

Deco pache earring idea

Filed under: Ideas — Annie at 12:04 pm on Friday, October 7, 2005

I had an idea to take a cheap material, wood, decopage it and make beads for earrings. I already started the experiment using the cheapest wood around my house- thin chipboard (leftover materials from my sisters Otis days). I cut a few of the same sized circles out using scissors. I kept the edges somewhat rough so I could sand it later. I glued 3 together to make a stronger piece and then drilled a hole in it near the top. For the actual process though, it would be better to decopache it first, and then drill the hole last. It could turn out really cute if I decopached it with interesting victorian greeting card images or 1950’s advertising paired with the right beads. Better start researching some images. I also have some great gold leafing I can use.

Another idea related to that is to take a square piece of wood, decopage it with an image, then cut it into smaller pieces like a grid of 4 or 9 squares and then link the pieces together with rings for a chain mail, puzzle effect. More experimentation needed.

Lastly, is to do mondrian-esque pieces using different size rectangles and squares with his primary colors.

I’m still thinking about what could be easily pliable material for handmade beads… I’m not interested in polymers yet.

A VBS resource Idea

Filed under: Ideas — Annie at 2:38 am on Friday, June 24, 2005

Well, Shin and I are preparing to go to Mexico between Aug 1-5, 2005. We’re basically going there to be useful; help build a mission center, meet and play with some great kids, and teach them about God and Bible stories. Shin has been there for the past 5 years now. Formerly, he held the position of coming up with the crafts. But that lucky job has been handed to me for the past two years now!

A lot of creativity and thought goes into designing a craft that that will be simple, yet ascetically or functionally worthwhile enough to keep, while hopefully reminding those kids that *Someone cares about them. Sadly, they’re used maybe just once or twice before they are retired.

Inspired by a recent website Shin found that has some free dramas and skits available, I decided I want to start a collection of Biblically thematic crafts that can be used for Sunday school, or VBS, or Mission trips! Hmm.. that might be good to put on my soon-to-be-published online portfolio…