Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Crafty Goals

For 2018, one of my crafty goals is to get back to watercolor painting and use the two adult coloring books that were given to me. Another crafty goal is to regularly play the piano so it's not gathering dust in the corner of my office. Yarny goals for 2018 includes filet crochet, crocheted socks, a crocheted garment (top or cardigan or both) and charity crochet (Blankets for Rhinos or Warm Up America). 

So far, I've read 5 out of 35 books for 2018, I've made a filet crochet project which turned out really cool and quick work. I'm currently working on a pair of crocheted socks and I have the yarn needed for a crocheted sleeveless top and my yarn stash is very close to empty. That means, I can go this year to Yarn Along The Rockies or finally get a yarn swift. But then, if I'll mostly be working on charity blankets, I won't be needing the yarn swift anytime soon as all acrylic yarns from big box craft stores are already wound up in skeins or balls and ready to be used. I've also colored a bunch of pages out of my Harry Potter adult coloring book and 2 pages out of my Secret Garden Postcards adult coloring book by Johanna Basford (this particular adult coloring book is quite challenging and takes 3 hours to complete because of the tiny details) and I've found that the best medium to use are watercolor markers even if you don't apply water. Because when you use crayons, the tips of the crayons are not sharp enough for the tiny details and when using colored pencils, the ones I have are like super short and really hard to hold. With crayons and colored pencils, I found that my hand got tired faster, like in 30 minutes, my hand and arm will be cramping and fatigued because I'd be gripping the medium harder compared to gripping a paint brush. 

From Secret Garden Postcard by Johanna Basford

From Secret Garden Postcard by Johanna Basford




So, for adult coloring books, I highly recommend using watercolor brush markers or whatever paint/medium you want to use and the smallest pointy brush you can find and a #8 round brush, provided the paper quality of your adult coloring book can hold the medium you are using, otherwise the page could wrinkle and warp. My Harry Potter coloring book will definitely warp with real watercolor but as long as I use the watercolor markers without applying water, it's fine whereas the Secret Garden Postcards can definitely withstand water, I haven't used watercolors on it because the images are so tiny it will just blur the colors together, which I don't want happening. I'm using the Staedtler Watercolor Brush Markers that has a thick tip on one end and a fine tip on the other end.

Image courtesy of Staedtler


I've also managed to paint 3 watercolors in my visual journal so far. I do need to learn to properly paint a landscape in watercolor so with that in mind, I got two-50 sheet 9"x12" 140lb watercolor pads because painting on sketchbook paper (like I used to) can be frustrating especially when using the watercolor brush markers and the paper warps when exposed to the tiniest bit of water. I'm thinking of using the watercolor pad for practice then the final piece goes into the visual journal, that way, I'm not wasting precious journal pages since there's only 44 pages to it. What do you think? What are your goals this year and how are you doing?

The Potted Purple Velvet Plant


The Neighbor's Leaning Pine Tree


Flowers For Winter



Books I've Read Since Last Blog Post



Currently Reading 




Finished Objects

Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski - yarn used was Louet Gems in Crabapple, 100% Merino Wool, Fine/Sport weight, total amount used was 437.6 yards/194 grams; used a 5.5mm Clover Soft Touch hook.

 




Musical Notes - yarn used was Louet Gems in Crabapple, 100% Merino Wool, Fine/Sport weight, total amount used was 13 yards/6 grams; used a 3.25mm Clover Soft Touch hook.




Starflower Mandala by Zelna Olivier - yarn used was Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop in Midnight Blue, 50% Cotton, 50% Bamboo, DK weight, total amount used was 187 yards/64 grams; used a 3.5mm Clover Soft Touch hook.




Doily by Lily Sugar'n Cream and Bernat Design Studio - yarn used was Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop in Midnight Blue, 50% Cotton, 50% Bamboo, DK weight, total amount used was 64 yards/22 grams; used a 3.5mm Clover Soft Touch hook.




Affinity Doily by Kathryn White - yarn used was Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop in Midnight Blue, 50% Cotton, 50% Bamboo, DK weight, total amount used was 82 yards/28 grams; used a 3.5mm Clover Soft Touch hook.




G Cleft Filet Crochet - yarn used was Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop in Midnight Blue, 50% Cotton, 50% Bamboo, DK weight, total amount used was 201 yards/69 grams; used a 2.75mm Clover Soft Touch hook.





4th Plant Pot Doily - yarn used was Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop in Midnight Blue, 50% Cotton, 50% Bamboo, DK weight, total amount used was 44 yards/15 grams; used a 3.5mm Clover Soft Touch hook.




Currently Crocheting

Gorman Street Socks by Rohn Strong - yarn used was Patons Kroy Socks in Amethyst Stripes, 75% Washable Wool, 25% Nylon, Sock weight; using a 2.75mm Clover Soft Touch hook.





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