Old Thanks and New Flowers

The first drawings in my sketchbook I actually completed. I had planned on printing them into actual thank you cards I could actually use, maybe someday. They are quick little drawings and pretty fun.

I really had a sun motif thing going on, which I still like, but I force myself to use a little more sparingly. The cursive ins’t super clear, but hopefully when they are colored, the thanks will be more obvious.

The third doodle is the state flower for Alaska, Forget Me Not. I also added the Big Dipper, although the proportions aren’t accurate, a hazard of drawing freehand, and the swirly top is going to be the northern lights when colored.

Shoes so Shoey They Shoe

Several days ago I posted some pictures of some white, canvas shoes I customized with black sharpie. I’m still in the process of completing an additional pair, but I have also completely finished a third set.

These shoes I used the rubbing alcohol bleed method first to add some funky color, then drew a doodle over them. I can’t really take the credit for coming up with any of these ideas, but I do take the credit for actually going out and doing it. These were the shoes that fit the best when I purchased them and I wanted to make them extra special. I’ve been having a love affair with orange in the recent months, so of course I used all fiery colors for the sharpie bleed.

I completed the right shoes first, and learned some stuff about what does and does not look good. As a result, I like the left shoe way more. Oh well.

Many people have shown interest in this kind of work, and I’m trying to figure out a way to sell them. The problem is the actual shoes. All the shoes I’ve worked on have been cheap, grocery superstore purchases which means they aren’t particularly comfortable. If I were to make these for people to purchase, I would need more reliably comfortable shoes and a way to accurately size people before they ordered. Perhaps I shall investigate similar Etsy products to see what they do.

Shoe Progression

Sorry for the red blurry thing. I took this image with my iPad. The coloring bit was pretty fun, but next time I would certainly use an eye dropper instead of a drippy paper towel to apply the rubbing alcohol.

Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left

Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left

Pre-doodle stage

Pre-doodle stage

One shoe done, one to go

One shoe done, one to go

Final Results

Unlike the other shoes, which were mirror images (or at least, as symmetrical as I could make them without spending a million years doing pre-drawings), these shoes have completely different patterns.

 

Sides 2

Sides 2

Tongues w/out laces

Tongues w/out laces

Sides 1

Sides 1

Fancy lacing

Fancy lacing

Heels

Heels

 

Mother Daughter Spell Book Project

Halloween is the perfect time to bring out all of the morbid decoration and Edgar Allen Poe/Gustave prints. This past summer, my mom and my sisters Alicia and Tobi all made spell books to prepare for the fright-season. This sounds awesome, because it is! I used hot glue to make a doodle-type pattern on both of my books, then we covered them in many layers of tissue paper, lettering, and glue:

This is the Evans family spell book, full of secrets. Appropriate for MrE.

This is the Evans family spell book, full of secrets. Appropriate for MrE.

I never looked up Mordis to see if it meant anything. It sounded like a likely title for an occult how-to book.

I never looked up Mordis to see if it meant anything. It sounded like a likely title for an occult how-to book.

I believe one of my superb aunts or my mom came up with the original idea, and when we visited, my mom got us some Reader’s Digest collected works (why would they even print those?) and we went to town, leatherizing and decorating them to be as witchy as possible. This is but a small taste of the things my mom and her own sisters have done to make Halloween the most decorated of all the holidays, after Christmas.

Shielded Journal Cover

SomeCTR-Ring friends of mine gave me a journal to write my thoughts during my church’s semi-annual General Conference. They made the cover of the journal white and blank, so I could have something to draw on while I listened. The main element of the journal is a shield, which other Mormons will instantly recognize as a CTR shield. CTR stand for Choose the Right, much like other Christian churches like WWJD.

Children are given a little CTR ring like the one to the right in Sunday School, so they can have a visual reminder to make good choices throughout the day. I’m not sure why the shield is green, but that is why I colored my own journal’s shield green as well.

Bright colors unite!

Bright colors unite!

I think next year I may do journals like this for my nieces and nephews, or maybe I’ll do that for their Christmas presents (which would be a first for me giving them Christmas presents because I’m a terrible aunt). Then they can take thier doodle with them to school, that is, if thier parents can bear to let an origional Ducky work leave the safety of home 😛

I often am struck dumb by the cuteness of the kittens. MrE is immune to them now. Even when they all cuddle together, he is unimpressed when I force him to come look.

Before I barged in, they were all parallel, snuggling like little spoons in a drawer.

Before I barged in, they were all parallel, snuggling like little spoons in a drawer.