3 years worth of LACMA memberships. Aside from my freshman year of college, I had one for every year of school. Although I had it, I never really took full advantage of it. It’s a shame really, and I can’t regret it enough. I always thought I was too tired or whatever. Now that I’ve graduated, I have to think twice about whether or not I should get one for another year. LACMA’s nice because it’s so close by. I like the Getty too, but I hate the 405 (and the PCH, oddly enough I’ve never been the the villa before, but I’ve driven past it several times), so I only go once a year or so.
I recently dyed my hair. I don’t know what I expected, but I didn’t expect it to turn my hair so light. My hair was relatively dark, but now it’s like a warm chestnut brown (a dark one, but it’s still a lot lighter than it was before). The color I chose was a maroon-ish color so I guess this is to be expected, but I just didn’t think it through. The color’s nice and all, but it doesn’t match my skin tone because my skin has red undertones too… I don’t know why I thought this color would look nice. It was a spur of the moment purchase. I know better than this… This is because I wanted to go blonde, but decided that it might be too much of a commitment, and opted for this dye at home box instead… If I went blonde, I’d force myself to go to a salon (in fear of frying off my hair). I don’t think bleach will take too well to my dyed hair anymore anyway. Oh well.
Another thing I’ve been working on is a chair.
Actually, this one’s probably going on hiatus.
This is how it used to look like.
I’ve been getting SUPER into unfinished, solid wood furniture. The only problem is that it tends to be kind of expensive, so I had the seemingly great idea of making my own (kind of). I never liked this black chair much because it was already wearing through the paint a bit in some spots. I thought it’d be a easy DIY project for myself, sanding it down and maybe adding a splash of color somewhere.
I didn’t have an electric sander, but I didn’t think it’d take too long to sand it down and have the wood show. I’m used of hand sanding panels for paintings and I’ve sanded down unsatisfactory paintings several times, so I didn’t think this would be any different.
I basically ended up with this piece of crap. The black paint’s stained the wood so I had to sand it a lot harder than I expected, and I was using sheets of sanding paper because I had no idea where my block was.
Ultimately, I decided that it was too much work and am giving up until I can get my hands on an electric sander, because I don’t have the willpower or time to hand sand this thing. Until then, I have this partially sanded chair to grace my room with.
I was supposed to queue that Thousand Sunny post, but got a bit too excited and posted it immediately. This is what I made with the stars that are shown with that post.
As you can see, I have a bit of an obsession forming for tassel earrings. This was originally what I was planning on making. I had to search high and low for those large star beads. Thank goodness for Etsy. Then I had to wait for it to get to me from Canada, and I thought it’d take forever, but it actually got here really quickly, so that was a nice surprise.
I have two more of those star beads left, so I think I’ll try to make something else that’s interesting.
One of the reasons I’ve been so distracted lately is because of a package I got in the mail the other day. I actually wasn’t expecting either for at least another week and a half, so it was a surprise for me too.
I’ve been wanting one of the One Piece model ships for quite a while now. Originally, I was going to get the Going Merry. I think it’s cuter than the Thousand Sunny and I like the character’s outfits better than the 2 year time skip. However, I own a little lego-ish version of the Thousand Sunny, so I thought it’d be better to get something that matched. That and I wanted something more complex. That was a huge mistake. I under-estimated how TINY the pieces were going to be and the level of details that go into it. I wasn’t expecting as much as I got, so I definitely bit off more than I could chew. Since this is the first model anything I’ve ever gotten, I really hope it turns out well.
One of my friends suggested that an air brush could make it look super professional, since you can’t get flat coats of paint with a brush, but I don’t think I’m ready to commit that much money into this, since a decent air brush (with a compressor) costs quite a bit. Maybe someday. For now, I’m just going to deal with what I have (I’m already painting with “normal” acrylic paints and brushes) and a whole lot of patience.
The brush strokes are driving me insane. I really wish I could prime it, but I’m afraid of losing details.
This is the base I painted. It’s not perfect, because my lines aren’t straight, but I think it looks alright. As long as the paint doesn’t peel off or something, I think I may do alright with the rest of the ship. I’ll just have to make it and never touch it again.
(I’ll write about the stars later)
Some of my palettes. I actually think I have one more somewhere else, but I’m not entirely sure.
The one on the left is the one I use the most often. It’s what I carried to school because it’s the sturdiest. It’s supposedly bullet proof, but I’m not eager to see if that’s true, because it also said it was okay to use acrylic paint on, but the acrylic never came off (as you can see).
The one on the right is what I usually use at home. I prefer metal over the plastic one because it doesn’t stain as easily (if at all). It’s also what I’m used of. It’s not very good to travel around with though because the metal gets dings and dents sometimes.
The one on the bottom is probably my favorite. It also has no paint inside it because I think it’s too pretty to use (haha). I’ll use it eventually, most likely when I have to replace the black metal one on the right, but that’s gonna take years (especially since I try to take really good care of my palettes). The last time I replaced a metal one took over a decade, so I guess I’ll use the white one in maybe 8 years or so (or never). Until then, it’ll just stay inside its nice little box.
I keep my watercolor palettes pretty clean. It drives me insane when it’s not. One of my professors used to make fun of me for it (mostly because I’m totally messy with everything else).
Things have been hectic, so I haven’t posted in a few days. OH THE SHAME.
I’ll post something up tonight. I’m not sure if it’ll be a drawing or something completely random.
I actually don’t have the desk space to draw anything right now. If I can manage to reorganize, I’ll try to paint something interesting. I do have a sketchbook of random things I drew over the course of a few days, but they’re nothing more than a bunch of ugly sketches (hahaha)
I made my own earrings. I think they’re pretty cute.
Here’s a picture of the real thing.
I’m actually waiting for parts to get here before I make the thing I had in mind. I couldn’t find the type of ceramic beads I wanted, so I don’t think I’ll be able to make them exactly the way I wanted, but I think it’ll be okay.
Jellyfish are pretty to look at.