Being Artsy

I haven’t really been working on as many craft projects lately, thus the lack of posts over the past few weeks. I’m enrolled in a few art/design classes at a local community college, and the assignments for those have been taking up quite a bit of my time. Although the projects are more art than craft, they’re still creative things, so I thought I’d post a few photos of them.

Color Symbolism   Color Wheel in GouacheNeutralizing Color with Complementary Colors   Expressive Color - Monterey

These are all for my “color” class, and I’ve had a lot of fun working on them and learning more about color. We’ve been using gouache paint for the majority of the projects, and it’s been interesting, since I’m more used to using acrylics.

The graphic design class I’m taking though has been quite different from what I thought it would be like. I was especially looking forward to it, as I had really wanted to study graphic design in school, but it’s turned out to be less interesting to me. Perhaps that’s partly due to it being entirely online, so any sort of communication seems rather forced. I don’t think I’m doing too poorly in it, but I’m still not sure if it’s something I want to pursue further.

Other than that, I’ve been having fun with some new friends from the South Bay Craft Group, including a shopping trip and a craft party. This past weekend, a few of us went down to Santa Cruz to check out some thrift stores, as well as Hart’s Fabric, a really wonderful fabric store I happened to find the week before. We visited a very strange Goodwill store called Bargain Barn, and also stopped in at Bookshop Santa Cruz, which is probably the best bookstore I’ve found in this area.

The craft party was a lot of fun too, especially since I hadn’t been to one in awhile. The theme was altering t-shirts, based on the fairly recent book Generation T. I ended up making a pillow and started some embroidery on it, though I haven’t quite finished it yet. I was more into being social, and would love to organize a party of my own sometime. The last one I helped with was all about making decos (little booklets of collaged pages that are exchanged through the mail), but I don’t really work on them anymore. There are so many great new books out this year though, so I’m sure I can find something, as well as a new project to work on.