National Coloring Book Day

Apparently there is a day just for coloring books. Yesterday, if you were unaware. Like days for donuts, cakes, etc., I only heard about it on the day. I don’t think anyone could keep up with all these random days. Anyway, my skin tone marker set also happened to show up in the mail yesterday, so I thought I’d do something with them.

A few weeks back I sketched this picture:

and colored it in pencil in my drawing pad. Then I had the idea to color it in marker and watercolor as well, so I traced it in Photoshop and printed it out three times. I decided to do the colored pencil again just to have the three on the same paper in the same dimensions for comparison. And I wanted to film them all:

I think it’s safe to say that I am best at the markers. But, that is what I’ve had the most practice in, so that was fairly predictable. Watercolor was the quickest, which I wouldn’t have thought of, just because I haven’t painted much recently and thought it would be more difficult. I really ought to get a colorless blender pencil, as well.

All in all, this was a really fun project. It was nice to see how one picture can be so different in different media.

P.S.- Want to color it, too? Click here to download the line art.

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Birthday Necklaces

I completely thought I had posted this before, but apparently I only thought I did. I made these necklaces in January, because both of my grandmothers have birthdays around the end of January.

They also both happen to like purple, so I thought these amethyst chips would be perfect. The shorter one has groups of three with a focal group of five, while the longer one has a focal group of seven surrounded by groups of five and the rest are three.

I think my favorite thing I learned making these was about the magnetic clasp. It is so easy to put on, especially as a bracelet. And it has a super strong hold.

I liked these so much that I made more for my Etsy store. I also made this video with it:

I Know Who I Want to Take Me Home

Or at least the song I want to listen to on the way. It’s no secret that I am a major Foo Fighters and They Might Be Giants fan, or that I have a soft spot for old boy bands. But if you were to ask me my favorite song, I will always, hands-down answer “Closing Time” by Semisonic.

I can’t really explain why I love this song so much. For some reason, I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it as an eight-year-old.The video probably helped. It’s one that has always stuck in my head. The split screen style and way they both kept moving back and forth between the two places on the two sides of the screen, just barely missing each other, has always been so cool to me. Also, VH1 is how I found a lot of my favorite music in the 90s.

No matter what kind of music I’ve been into over the years, I’ve always loved this song. So much that it’s one I’ve fantasized about covering onstage some day. If the opportunity ever arose, that is.

What is your favorite song of all time? What song would you love to have the opportunity to perform?

Looming Dragons

No video this week. At least, not one I made. But I did make something else. Two somethings else.

Hiccup (who is not hugging a tub of barbeque sauce in this picture):

Which I made using this helpful video:

That was an hour yesterday, then today I spent an hour and a half on this little guy:

He comes from this video (because there is no way I wanted to figure this out on my own):

NaBloPoMo November 2014

Video Friday: Heart Like That Cover

Happy Friday! It’s almost the end of the first week of NaBloPoMo, which means I’ve posted six entries in the past six days. Granted, some were not very long, or coherent, but I made through the week anyway. This post makes number seven on day seven.

Like I mentioned yesterday, today’s entry features a video. I thought a Friday video would be nic after all that reading. Though there is quite a but of reading to be done here, too. So, video first, more writing after.

This particular video was filmed using the trusty “stack a bunch of stuff on each other to make the camera taller” method. Because that is totally a thing. No really, it is. Just trust me.

That’s the camera on the desktop tripod, on the overturned trash can, on my closet step stool, on my cajon drum. I’m an expert macguyverer. Pretty sure I also just made a word up there.

This was the first time I’ve ever recorded sound separately from the video. Usually I’ve just take what my camera records and put that straight up, but this time I ran the keyboard through the computer as a midi keyboard and recorded the vocal track, too. Mostly because I wanted to see if I could then manage to sync the audio and video correctly. Nothing like putting a challenge into a challenge in a challenge. Challenge-ception.

Since this month is all about the challenges, what should next week’s video be? Leave me a comment below with suggestions of songs or any other type of video you want to see next Friday.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

Friday Fun: Mexican Wrestler Cover Video

I was bored yesterday with about an hour or so to waste before having to pick the baby up at preschool, so I filmed another quick cover video. This time it is “Mexican Wrestler” originally performed by Emma Roberts for the soundtrack to Unfabulous. It just so happened that I was also wearing a shirt from the clothing line inspired by the show. Enjoy:

My YouTube Channel Has a Video (Times Like These Cover)

Okay, I had promised Friday, but if you had known me in high school you would know how prolific I am at lying (I swear I printed that and put it in my notebook last night and now it’s gone… I was working on the Powerpoint last night and it was there, but when I opened it this morning it was blank…). Though this one isn’t a total lie. I had said it would happen Friday depending on how my day went, and it went for about 14 hours straight. That said, I did at least film this yesterday:

That’s right, my first YouTube video ever and… it’s a cover. Yeah, yeah, typical. But I wanted to do something different and a little bit fun compared to my normal routine of stitches, more stitches, some typing, more stitches, other kind of stitches, you get the picture. So I played through half of the Foo Fighters “Times Like These” about 70 times and actually got through the whole song without messing up a handful times in there. Of course, those times the camera didn’t focus or there was a weird noise outside.

I know that the camera shakes a bit. Happened because I only have my tiny tripod and every seating surface in the house is horribly backlit when I place my camera on a solid surface. So I had to set it on my tablet, on the bed, with my phone propped up behind it with the forward facing camera on so I could tell whether I was in frame or not. I would liked to have taken a picture of the set up, but the only thing left with a camera on it was my laptop and that would’ve just been too much craziness. I should’ve done it anyway…

Anyway, point is I finally managed to record it. And now my fingertips of my left hand are still numb, but that’s beside the point. I promised something different, and here it is. Well, up there it is…Enjoy.