Monday, January 16, 2017

#Creative365 | Week 1-2

I've had several failed attempts at a 365 day challenge before, but somehow I still wanted to come back to the idea. So I decided to quietly start one on January 1st 2017, and wait a couple of weeks to see if I could actually pull it off. So far, so good. 
During my past attempts I felt like I had to have massive variety in what I was showing, but this year I am much more focused on ACTUALLY FINISHING THINGS. There may end up being multiple photos of the same project, but I think that will be an interesting progression to look back on, and it will be a good learning experience to work out different ways of photographing the same project. I'm also going to be much easier on myself this time, allowing any art challenges I do to count as part of this 365 day challenge, if needs be. So without further ado, let's dive right in.

On days 1 and 2 I worked on dividers for my planner, making simpler ones for each month...

and some very colourful and eclectic collage dividers for the different sections.

On day 3 I got a little overexcited at the realisation that all those trendy drape-y cardigans with pointed hems that are around at the moment are basically big knitted rectangles with sleeves. So of course I had to immediately cast on for one.

On day 4 I continued with and existing trendy drape-y pointy hemmed garment project, knitting the Nix hoodie. I'm using a double yarn, as I wanted to use up this gorgeous deep red yarn but it wasn't quite the right weight. The hoodie is knitted with deliberate mistakes and changes in gauge for a slightly goth-y/costumes-from-a-dystopian-film effect.

On days 5, 6 and 7 I needle felted some toadstools of varying sizes. I want to make a mini rainbow toadstool garland, and I also want to work on some bigger needle felted fungi. I'm aiming to use up the randomly selected supplies I got when I started felting, so that I can buy specific colours and amounts for specific projects in future.

On days 8 to 11 I worked on watercolour paintings of various gemstones, for the Gemstones streak club. After four days I decided to leave the streak, because as much as I wanted to take part and loved being a part of it, the timing was all wrong for me. With still unpacking boxes from moving, commuting, and settling into the new place, I didn't have the time to devote to producing art work I was proud of, photographing it and uploading it each day. I would still really like to work on practising drawing and painting gemstones another time, especially after seeing the translucent effects I can get with watercolour.

On day 12 I worked on a little polymer clay castle tower. I recently got some new tools for using with polymer clay an I am loving being able to achieve fine detail.

On day 13 I did a little more on the Nix hoodie, which is still resembling a large, holey rectangle but I trust will turn into a garment by the end!

And on day 14 I cut out some gorgeous wood grain print velvet, for a matching top and skirt. I love dresses but I don't really have enough separates, so I thought I would try making some matching top and skirt sets as a compromise.

So that was the first two weeks of Creative365! I hope the rest of the year is filled with even more creativity...


  1. Loving the look of all these projects, can't wait to see how the rainbow toadstool garland looks when it's finished.

  2. I love that you have so many different kinds of craft projects on the go. I think it will be interesting to see how they progress, too.