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Friday, May 18, 2018

Day 365/365 - Go Out with a Bang!

And just like that, I'm done!

Only 4 months and 18 days late. But hey, better late than never, right? I'd be lying if I said I didn't surprise myself. This may well be the longest term project (besides college) that I've ever completed. I knew I would need to work around real life, and I think I did that pretty well. I hope it was good for my kids to see someone set a goal and meet it, even if it wasn't on the original timeline. I'm definitely feeling a sense of accomplishment, especially when I look at my collection box.

I bought this small tub at a dollar store right at the beginning of starting this, and now it's filled. This tub has lived beneath my desk since I started dropping things in, and seeing it fill up was definitely some motivation. 

So, I'm going to take a least for awhile. I've got so much to focus on, and we still haven't moved. But I know taking these daily brain breaks have been good for me. Each day at work I'm surrounded my creative, talented people, and I never quite feel like I measure up, but I know I've honed some skills and I'm now fairly confident I could carry on an entire conversation in haiku, if I wanted to.

If you've enjoyed following the journey, I encourage you to buy the book and try it yourself. Or watch online for the next Creative Sprint to get started. I'm sort of vowing to participate in the next one, but trying it with a theme. I think the theme will be based on the latest creativity guide I picked up.

I've watched friends master the art of bullet journaling and calligraphy and having fun with lettering. I've always had nice handwriting (ever since chicken pox sidelined me for an entire summer) and I feel like I might be pretty good at this, so I'm going to give it a shot, but not on any sort of timeline, because I want to enjoy this without any pressure.

So, I guess, stay tuned. If I'm particularly pleased with something I've done, or if a particular day in my crazy life is exceptional, I'll share it. 

I hope I've at least inspired someone to try it, even if you think you'll be no good at it. It's a lesson in humility and a lesson in perseverance. Both are important.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Day 292/365 - Hip to be Square

My best doodles come from meetings that can not quite hold my entire attention. This one was another of those. I'm glad I remembered that my last skipped prompt was to use squares.

And that's it. To the best of my knowledge, this is all the skipped ones as well. Tomorrow will be Day 365 and then I'll finally be done. Only 4 months and 18 days late.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Day 294/365 -Take it with You

Took my job on the road this weekend (and did the opposite of the prompt). Greetings from Toronto, Ontario, Canada! Through my work at CXC in Columbus, it was suggested I come up to visit a larger version of our comic show, so I made the trek for TCAF: Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

It was great seeing a show like this from the other side. I got to attend some panels, walk the expo floor, talk to a ton of people and get some ideas for ways to make our show run more smoothly and hopefully attract more people.

This was done during a panel on lettering. We were told to do a couple of panels about our morning routine. I had way more fun watching all the other people in the room draw their projects, but didn't want to sit it out.


Day 296/365 - Somewhere Out There

A few days behind getting this posted. Last Wednesday, the comic festival I work for was part of Ohio Tourism Day, an annual event that displays all the exciting things to do in Ohio. It's held on the front lawn of our state house, so I took that back drop to do Day 296.

Day 310/365 - Nailed It!

Used eighteen small nails
spelled out the day on my desk
no trip to the store

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Day 270/365 - Melting Away

Another quick one done from the comfort of my computer. Really feeling the pinch to get done. Taking the easy way out perhaps, but happy to tick one more off the list.

Day 277/365 - When I Grow Up

The funny thing is, I kind of have my dream job. Even better, I get to kind of create my own job description, which seems to change and grow throughout the position. Part of my job in the arts, is making sure people know where to find the art I'm promoting.

This afternoon was spent in a workshop for Experience Dedicated Destination for Columbus led by Experience Columbus which is our visitor's bureau. I'm a Certified Tourism Ambassador, and was invited to participate in this sector panel, celebrating tourism in Columbus. There was group discussion during this and brown paper on the tables, so obviously while everyone was sharing what their group talked about, I doodled.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Day 240/365 - Chopped Up

I knocked this one out while waiting for my youngest to eat his dinner, but I never noticed how much he bumps the table while trying not to eat.

Day 235/365 - Body Parts

Just looking at this makes my skin crawl. I absolutely CAN'T STAND when anyone writes on themselves. I yell at anyone who does it. So this super freaked me out AND as if that wasn't enough, I still can't get the pen off my hand and I'm feeling some serious anxiety over it. 

Anything for the project.

Day 234/365 - Funny Only to a Few

Next to my kids, more prompts have been inspired by the Ohio 5. Putting post it notes all over a car is a long standing prank/joke, and I think they'll appreciate that I've forever immortalized it in haiku.

Day 233/365 - Smush It Together

Seriously. I caught up on 5 prompts while waiting for my youngest to eat dinner. Hence his being my muse for my portmanteau. 

Day 222/365 - That Looks Delicious

Strayed a bit from the prompt, because who wants to look at unappetizing food. And this dinner was seriously one of the best I've ever made. Thank you recipe from Martha Stewart and thanks to her for it actually being simple enough to follow and use normal human being ingredients.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Day 219/365 - Bits and Pieces

Found  a few scraps of construction paper that the kids left behind. (I'm going to find these tiny pieces all around my desk for the next month.) 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Day 220/365 - I'm Blue

Seriously. I could not possibly have had better timing for doing this one. Middle of the afternoon, my husband was just letting a Google Pay list go, and this came on as I was coloring the light blue background.

Day 218/365 - Measure Twice, Cut Once

Got out my trust bowling ruler that I've had since I was on a bowling league when I was 13. Useful once again for its transparency. I put the haiku below, just in case it's too tricky to read.

Day 217/365 - Flip it Off

I'm not sure how many times I tried to actually just get a video of trying to flip the pages on this, but it always seemed to skip some. So I went back and used the same app I used for the time lapse day. I think you get the gist.

Day 216/365 - Light It Up

A quick haiku post-it note on the lava lamp that sits on my desk at work.

Day 215/365 - On the Wall

Tiny bit of wall
In my backyard, near the ground
water marked the day.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Day 183/365 - Movie Quote Haiku

This one is for a dear friend, he knows who he is. And now, I didn't make the hat, but you've got to run with what jumps in your head.

Day 145/365 - Something Unexpected

Just a quick trip outside to my backyard to throw this one together. And I glance at my phone to remember how to spell incongruous.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Day 150/365 - Something in the Kitchen Smells Great

After a long day at the zoo, we decided that macaroni and cheese sounded like the perfect dinner. Then we decided it definitely needs some smoked sausage in it. The finished product smelled SO GOOD. Then I knew it would totally count for the prompt!

Day 142/365 - Change it Up

Step One: Read the Prompt

 Step Two: Open only magazine I have on my table. Turn to second page and immediately think of what to do.

Step Three: Ask husband to borrow his X-Acto knife. He can't find it, but offers a box cutter. Make it work to start removing speech bubbles.

Step Four: Ask 7yo to borrow her glue stick and glue down the magazine page to a piece of construction paper.

Step Five: Breathe deeply as 7yo makes color suggestions for each haiku from my choice of colored pens.

Step Six: Explain to 7yo how to write a haiku. Breathe even more deeply as she then tries to count syllables on her fingers while I'm still trying to write.

Step Seven: Take picture the minute it's finished then run and hide so that I don't have to listen to anymore syllable counting.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Day 141/365 - Pop Up Project

Decided to just try the instructions the journal gave me and work from there. I might have dressed it up a but more, but time was short today.