Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Things To Do In An Elevator

And now for something completely different:

Things To Do In An Elevator

  1. When there's only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder and then pretend it wasn't you. 
  2. Push the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more. 
  3. Call the Psychic Hotline from your cell phone and ask if they know what floor your on. 
  4. Bring a camera and take pictures of everyone in the elevator. 
  5. Move your desk into the elevator and whenever anyone gets on, ask if they have an appointment. 
  6. Lay down the twister mat and ask people if they would like to play. 
  7. Leave a box in the corner, and when someone gets on, ask them if they can hear ticking. 
  8. Pretend you are a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the passengers. 
  9. When the doors close, announce to the others, "It's okay, don't panic, they open again!" 
  10. Grimace painfully while smacking your forehead and muttering, "Shut up, all of you, just shut up!" 
  11. Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside, ask, "Got enough air in there?" 
  12. Stand silently and motionless in the corner, facing the wall, without getting off. 
  13. Wear a puppet on your hand and use it to talk to the other passengers. 
  14. Listen to the elevator walls with your stethoscope. 
  15. Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers, "This is MY personal space!"

EDM 205 - Draw a soda can

The Intruder

By Peter Gabriel

I know something about opening windows and doors
I know how to move quietly to creep across creaky wooden floors
I know where to find precious things in all your cupboards and drawers
Slipping the clippers
Slipping the clippers through the telephone wires
The sense of isolation inspires
Inspires me
I like to feel the suspense when I'm certain you know I am there
I like you lying awake, your baited breath charging the air
I like the touch and the smell of all the pretty dresses you wear
Intruders happy in the dark
Intruder come
Intruder come and leave his mark, leave his mark 

It drives me crazy that my husband and son leave the pop cans on the coffee table. I call the cans "Tin Soldiers" and often remind them to get rid of the Tin Soldiers. They know exactly what I mean.

This is called Intruder because of the one Diet Coke can in the midst of the Dr. Pepper cans. 

As the second image in the sketchbook I got a little carried away an added more detail to this drawing than I had originally intended. This image is created with coloured pencils.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

EDM 23 - Draw Your Foot

First drawing in my sketchbook for The Sketcbook Project 2012 is of my feet. This allows me to start this project somewhat relaxed. This was created while I sat on my sofa with my feet up.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sketchbook Project Cover

EDM 56 - Draw a self portrait

Original self portrait draw with pen and ink, then scanned and manipulated in Finally, it was printed on a clear label sheet, cut to size and pasted on the sketchbook cover. The white areas were painted on the underside of the clear sheet (the sticky side) with liquid paper before pasting it onto the front cover of the book.

For the most part, this sketchbook will incorporated the Everyday Matter challenges, while documenting a small cross-section of my life's timeline.  It will be a time-capsule, of sorts.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Sketchbook Project 2012

Thousands of sketchbooks have been sent all around the world to people who have signed up to participate in The Sketchbook Project 2012. The books that are returned by January 31st, 2012 will be part of a traveling world exhibit. Once the exhibit is over the books will enter into the permanent collection at The Brooklyn Art Library.

If you need to sign up by October 31st, 2011 if you want to participate.

I will be sharing my entry on this blog over the next few weeks. I will attempt to make most of my pages coincide with EDM Challenges.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Everyday Matters

Everyday Matters is a friendly group of people of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, and experience / skill levels that enjoy keeping illustrated journals. This community of artists, from beginners to pros, stimulate creativity by encouraging daily drawing in journals. There are challenges to help inspire ideas.  As of this writing there are 323 challenges posted in the EDM Facebook Group.  New challenges are added regularly.

This group grew out of Danny Gregory's website.

For more information about EDM, please also check out these links:

EDM 215 - Draw your thumb & EDM 146 - Draw a favorite food

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spice Storage

These are photos of my new spice storage system. It has created extra space on my counter and in my cupboard.

To make this I attached a piece of sheet metal (2"x48"x1/8") to the underside of the cupboard (I used Elmers Ultimate Glue and had it held in place for 24 hours with c-clamps... I put paper down on the counter and sink to catch drips).

Strong magnets were attached to the lids of spice jars using a hot glue gun. I wrote the spice names on address labels and pasted them on the jars.

When all was dry, the jars were attached to the underside of the cupboard with the magnets. They are easy to retrieve when needed and easy to put back when finished.

Currently there are 20 spice jars (seen here) but I have room for 7 more on this piece of metal and will be adding at least 3 more to this group.