Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DAY 90 - Pinata

TITLE: Mouse Pinata
ASSIGNMENT: Make a pinata and destroy it.

MATERIALS: White printer paper, push pins, clear tape, gum candy from the Daiso store.

INSPIRATION: The display of what a pinata contains; the meaning of it all.  The paper, the poking, the candy.  Did you REALLY think I was going to make an ACTUAL pinata? ;)

A. Anderson


Monday, September 3, 2012

DAY 89 - Packing Materials

ASSIGNMENT: Work only with bubble wrap or any other packing materials you have on hand.

MATERIALS: Packing peanuts, sharpies, folded piece of white paper.

INSPIRATION: Those packages of yellow peeps made of pure sugar that you see every Easter, that could and will survive nuclear war?  Well this is a twist, packing peeps, only they are pissed since they don't have a holiday, only the task of cushioning the shipped goods that people send.

A. Anderson


DAY 88 - Workplace

TITLE: Robot Homicide

ASSIGNMENT: Make something using only stuff from your workplace or office.  If you don't work, use items that are usually found in an office.

MATERIALS: Erasers, pencils, push pins.

INSPIRATION: The robot was the easy part, until it began to fall apart as I pushed the pencils into the erasers numerous times, then, piece began to fall off.  Hmmm, what do I do now?  Why turn it into a crime scene of course!

A. Anderson


Sunday, September 2, 2012

DAY 87 - Candle

TITLE: Monk Beheading the Blood Beast

ASSIGNMENT: What can you do with a candle?  Try using the drips from a lit candle to make an image, or use an unlit one to draw on a porous surface, then make the image appear with watercolor or ink.  Or, as always, feel free to experiment.

MATERIALS: White candle lit, paper, black pen, red sharpie.

INSPIRATION: I wanted to make the beast come off the page with the wax, so lots of candle build up. Then coloring its face red and the final touch, the sideways lighting making he dried wax droplets seem like tiny rocks.

A. Anderson

Friday, August 31, 2012

DAY 86 - Cake, Pie Or Cookie

TITLE: Pie Sunrise

ASSIGNMENT: Decorate a cake, pie or cookie.  Store-bought or homemade frosting can be used, but sprinkles, powdered sugar, and other toppings are fun to work with as well. Document it being eaten.

MATERIALS: Safeway tiny, personal Baked Apple Pie, white tube frosting, food coloring set, paint brush, Photoshop for the sun burst.

INSPIRATION: Paint on a baked good?  What?  I have never tried to paint, okay so the instructions do say, "decorate" not "paint', but who said I do things the easy way? ;)  So, I took a shot at painting a sunrise field of yellow flowers.  Was it easy? Heck no!  Do I like it? Ended up looking more like a pizza, but I thought the idea would be fun.  Either way, once I scraped off the coloring, it tasted pretty good inside!

A. Anderson

Thursday, August 30, 2012

DAY 85 - Work With Words

TITLE: Discover

ASSIGNMENT: Make an image with just words or letters.  You can cut them from magazine, draw them yourself, or print out words on a computer to work with.

MATERIALS: Sunday paper advertisements.

INSPIRATION: Paging through the ads I couldn't help but laugh at some of the words used to "sell" the food and other items.  So, I decided let's select some words for the male and some for the female, and then if I am lucky see if we can create a sort of visual storyline from the picture and the words both, together.  I think it turned out pretty good!

A. Anderson

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DAY 84 - Keep It Clean

TITLE: Soap Scum

ASSIGNMENT: Use a bar of soap to make something new.  You can carve it with a knife, use it to draw, break it into pieces, or even make bubbles-just have fun.

MATERIALS: Jergens bar of soap, knife.

INSPIRATION: My biggest fear was that it would be "pieces" before I finished it!  I decided to carve the bar of soap.  At first I wanted to carve a toilet, you know "toilet soap"? Yeah, well as soon as I realized just how hard it is to carve in soap, it made carving in butter look positively easy!  I cut out a face and made an ugly bad guy, I call him "Soap Scum!"

A. Anderson

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DAY 83 - Visual Pun

TITLE: Something Punny

ASSIGNMENT: Make a visual pun.  For example, a handbag out of hands.

MATERIALS: Sculpy, acrylic paints, Penny.

INSPIRATION: I didn't go for the more obvious visual puns, at first I considered it, but then thought, no let's make this one a bit more clever.  Think you can guess? Go on, give it a try.

A. Anderson

Monday, August 27, 2012

DAY 82 - Created Utensil

TITLE: Environmentolapitator

ASSIGNMENT:Create a new kind of utensil.  Functional or not, document its use.

MATERIALS: cardboard, glue, red and black felt pens, scissors.

INSPIRATION: What sort of device would I need to make readings of the atmosphere and weather?  Well something portable and handheld, that could be used for hundreds of miles.  I bring you, the ENVIRONMENTOLAPITAOR!  Say that ten times fast!

A. Anderson

Sunday, August 26, 2012

DAY 81 - Erasers

TITLE: Erase Me-Yow!

ASSIGNMENT: Make something out of erasers.  Kneaded erasers are great to mold, standard pink erasers can be easily carved, and straight pins can be used to attach them to each other.

MATERIALS: Eraser, knife, black ink pen.

INSPIRATION: I had to move the eraser in different directions to see which I could carve something from.  If you have never tried to carve an eraser, it is not easy!  So, I went with the obvious inspiration, a cat!

A. Anderson

DAY 80 - Tye Dyeing

TITLE: Tye Dye Shirt

ASSIGNMENT:Work with food or fabric dye.  You can try
traditional tie-dye methods or just paint it on. Experiment
with unconventional materials.

MATERIALS: Sculpy, acrylic paints.
INSPIRATION: I didn't have any dyes around the house, not
even food coloring! So, I had to think outside the box, what could I make that uses tye-dye methods? Why not create the shirt that has been dyed!

A. Anderson

Friday, August 24, 2012

DAY 79 - Alley Art

TITLE: Alley Art In Motion

ASSIGNMENT:Walk through an alley or along a small road and pick up discarded materials to work with.  Don't be afraid of a little dirt, just be careful not to cut yourself.

MATERIALS: Air Freshner, plastic grip, broken cell phone case (pink), branch, string, wire.

INSPIRATION: I would say the entire thing is inspiration!  Not sure WHAT it is, but it IS!

A. Anderson

DAY 78 - Story Of A Stranger

TITLE: Travis Wentmore

ASSIGNMENT: Make up a name and write a back story for a stranger you see today.

MATERIALS: Random web photo and Word(s).

INSPIRATION: None to speak of. Just grabbed a picture off the internet and add a back story.

Born in Corinth, Mississippi in 1994, Travis lived with his Father after his parents’ divorce in 2001.  He had a hard time in school and moved several times due to his Father looking for carpentry work  He saw his Mother only one other time when he went with his Father to visit her in in prison at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.  She had been arrested for drug-related charges that had continued until she no longer knew who she was selling it to and who she was getting it from.  Travis spoke maybe three sentences while she cried and apologized for 20 minutes, telling him she would try harder.  His Father never took him back and he has not seen her in 4 years.  His Father gave him the choice to stay with him and possibly risk moving again, or go live with his Aunt Lisa in Seattle, WA.  Travis chose to move to Seattle after some debate.  He is on the bus and on his way and took this shot to send to his Father.

A. Anderson

Thursday, August 23, 2012

DAY 77 - Shredded Paper

TITLE: Paper Basket and Flower

ASSIGNMENT: Work with shredded paper. Use an actual paper shredder or simply cut paper into thin strips.

MATERIALS: 3 colored sheets of paper, 1 page catalog page, scissors, tape, staples.

INSPIRATION: What can I make with strips of paper?  Well weaving is the first thing that came to mind, and the whole time I was wishing I knew a 1st grader who could do that part for me much faster.  Then once I figured it out, I made the flower last and added he handle, and TA DA! Paper Basket and Flower.  Now the first person that says "Hey, nice purse" I'm gonna deck em!


A. Ande

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DAY 76 - The Ear

TITLE: The Ear

ASSIGNMENT: Make something inspired by and/or that fits on or arouund an ear.

MATERIALS: Sculpy, acrylic paints superglue.

INSPIRATION: Hmmm what can I make that is inspired by the ear?  

Earwax sculpture?  Nah, how would they know.  Ear creature crawling in an ear?  Too easy.  Nope, had to be a play on words. The ear ring!


A. Ande

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DAY 75 - Chalk Drawing

TITLE: Chalk Sunset
ASSIGNMENT: Get some chalk and work on the sidewalk near your home.
MATERIALS: Sidewalk chalk of course!
INSPIRATION: Ok, here is a medium I have never tried before, and boy is it obvious!  This is a sunset, now in watercolor, I could rock this, with chalk?  Not so well, it was different.

A. Anderson

DAY 74 - Be Bold

TITLE: NicroCat Gum
ASSIGNMENT: Go to a shop and ask what they'll let you make there.
MATERIALS: Free cat food sample, bubble wrap package from magnets, superglue and Photo shop.
INSPIRATION: Like I was going to walk into some store and say "Hey, I create things out of odd things and make a new art thing.  Can I create something in your store?  Besides, it'll will surely bring you business, right?"  Yeah...right.  So, I used this cat food sample packet and made something I found funny. :)

A. Anderson

DAY 73 - Rocks

TITLE: Rocks From Another Galaxy
ASSIGNMENT: Work with gravel, sand or rocks near your home.
MATERIALS: Cement rock pieces, acrylic paint, Photo shop.
INSPIRATION: What color would rocks be from another planet?  From the moon, white (touched one at Canaveral!) or maybe rustic red from Mars?  Or, maybe a blue terrains planet?  So, blue rocks it is!

A. Anderson

Sunday, May 20, 2012

DAY 72 - Shoes

TITLE: Shoe Man
ASSIGNMENT: Use all of your shoes in your household to make something, or work on a single pair of shoes that were destined for the thrift store.
MATERIALS: Shoes, red crepe paper, 3-D glasses, black hat, pair of socks.
INSPIRATION: What in the hell can you make from a pair of shoes???!??!?!?!  Well, after a mere 60 seconds, Shoe Man was born!

A. Anderson

DAY 71 - Time-Travel

TITLE: EvaporGun
ASSIGNMENT: Make something that seems like it came from another era in history.
MATERIALS: Lighter, Pen caps, screw rivets (plastic), camera strap (unused), zipper handle, L wrench, camera protector, super glue.
INSPIRATION: I needed to make something way super cool from the future, right?  I mean I could have easily gone outside and found a rock and called it a hunting tool from caveman times, right?

A. Anderson

DAY 70 - Numbers

TITLE: Number Warrior
ASSIGNMENT: Work only with numbers today.  You should make an image using numbers, make something into number shapes, do something involving a calculator...
MATERIALS: Paper, pen, photoshop (for colors).
INSPIRATION: Wanted to create a sort of headdress for a warrior or island king of some kind.

A. Anders

DAY 69 - Make A Puzzle

TITLE: Dark Shadows Puzzle
ASSIGNMENT: Make a puzzle or make something using pieces of a puzzle.
MATERIALS: Dark Shadows photo, cardboard backing, Elmer's glue and scissors.
INSPIRATION: Dark Shadows just same out ad I wanted to use the image. Puzzle was kinda cool.

A. Anderson

DAY 68 - Paper Mache'

TITLE: A Foot Away
ASSIGNMENT: Create something with paper mache.
MATERIALS: Newspaper, flour, water, acrylic paint, superglue, Easter ribbon.
INSPIRATION: What would it look like if you were walking through a grassy field in ToonTown and looked down and saw a bloody, foot still inside of a shoe, what would it look like?  I suspect, something like this. ;)

A. Anders

Sunday, May 6, 2012

DAY 67 - Sci-Fi

TITLE: Twin Worlds
ASSIGNMENT: Write a 10-word science-fiction story and illustrate it.
MATERIALS: Photoshop.
INSPIRATION: This task is harder than you would think.  You have to convey something happening, not just set something up or describe something.

A. Anders

DAY 66 - Grocery Shopping

TITLE: Potato Man
ASSIGNMENT: Go grocery shopping and pick up something new specifically to work with.
MATERIALS: potato, balsa-wood ice cream spoons, sponge, sharpie.
INSPIRATION: It is hard to be inspired at the grocery store really.  I mean most of your time you are fighting to get your stuff and just get out.  So, with a little bit of awareness (okay a lot) I did this.

A. Anders

Thursday, April 5, 2012

DAY 65 - Tangram Shapes

TITLE: Two Birds
ASSIGNMENT: Work only with the classic tangram shapes.
MATERIALS: Blank paper, scissors
INSPIRATION: What CAN I do with these shapes of paper?  Sailboats?  Birds? Ok.

A. A

DAY 64 - It's All About You

TITLE: Pieces of Me
ASSIGNMENT: Incorporate yourself into whatever you make.  It could be by wearing the work, by creating a self-portrait, or...
MATERIALS: Digital Camera, my stuff
INSPIRATION: I just thought, what items around me reflect who I am and what I like right now at this moment?

A. Anderson

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DAY 63 - Behind The Mask

TITLE: Mask God
ASSIGNMENT: Create a unique mask with whatever materials you like.  Bonus: Document yourself or a friend wearing it.
MATERIALS: Paper, black felt pen.
INSPIRATION: Sort of Tiki God meets Lion King I guess. 

A. Anderson

DAY 62 - Dinner Art

TITLE: Toasted Cheese Monster!
ASSIGNMENT: Make something with your dinner before you eat it.
MATERIALS: Toasted Cheese slices, crackers.
INSPIRATION: Well if you are going to have a bowl of chicken noodle soup, you should at least create something that is going to eat it!

A. Anderson

DAY 61 - Around the Bathroom

TITLE: Mr. Spring In A Box!
ASSIGNMENT: Use only things you find around the bathroom to create something.  Extra credit:  Make it in the bathroom!
MATERIALS: Cold medicine cup, small shampoo bottle. trimmers, empty Irish Spring box.
INSPIRATION: How does one get inspired in the bathroom exactly?  Well I just looked not at what I could make, but more at shapes of things and what they could represent.  Thus a man in a soap box wearing a hat!

A. Anderson

DAY 60 - Casts A Shadows

TITLE: Shadow of the Witch Hag
ASSIGNMENT: Make something that casts a shadows and document only the shadow.
MATERIALS: Cardboard, ugly halloween figure with wild purple hair, clear tape, flashlight,
INSPIRATION: Scary shadows on the walls at night! The boogey man is alive and knows you too well!

A. Anderson

DAY 59 - Mix and Match

TITLE: Cork Dress
ASSIGNMENT: Work with two materials that generally don't go together, like markers and bananas or leaves and binder clips.
MATERIALS: Coffee filter (small) and wine corks.
INSPIRATION: Grabbed the two items because I marveled at how opposite they both were to each other, than made the dress and glued on the wine corks, and a dress!

A. Anderson

DAY 58 - Life-Size

TITLE: Tiny Little Man
ASSIGNMENT: Make something as big as possibly can.  If it's something representation, see if you can make it life-sized (a giant crdboard elephant, a drawing of a person your height, a cloth car you could fit in.)

MATERIALS: Light and shadows and small piece of cut cardboard.
INSPIRATION: Don't know why I thought "Land of the Giants" on this one, but I did.

A. Anderson

DAY 57 - Dispoable Plastic Bag

TITLE: Plastic Doll
ASSIGNMENT: Use a disposable plastic bag to create something new today.
MATERIALS: black plastic bag and some clear tape.
INSPIRATION: I had a thought what if you had to create something for a child and all you had was a plastic bag.  What could you make?

A. Anderson

DAY 56 - Heavy Is Light

TITLE: Heavy Old TV of Yesteryear
ASSIGNMENT: Make something heavy seem light.
MATERIALS: cardboard, black pen, media player, clip of old movie
INSPIRATION: What could be heavier than an old gigantic television from the early 1950's?  Massive in size and tiny in screen.

A. Anderson

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DAY 55 - Advertising Jingle

TITLE: Cherry Blossom
ASSIGNMENT: Write and advertising jingle for something in nature (a tree, a bird, a cloud) Bonus: Make a commercial to go with it!
MATERIALS: Cherry Blossom picture, Photoshop.
INSPIRATION: Tis' the season for Cherry Blossoms, so I chose them for my jingle.  I also wrote mine very contemporary and ends with a spoken addition very quickly.

A. Anderson

DAY 54 - Connect The Dots

TITLE: Gypsy Man
ASSIGNMENT: Make something only using dots.  The dots could be stippling from a pen, the circles cut from paper using a hole punch, or even small, round price stickers.
MATERIALS: Ink pen, plain paper.
INSPIRATION: I used to love using points in drawing for years, so this one wasn't a hard choice. I love the effect and control and it also makes you take your time, whether you want to or not.

A. Anderson

DAY 53 - Sense of Smell

TITLE: Smell of the Lion
ASSIGNMENT: Make something in which the sense of smell is the essential component.
MATERIALS: Sculpy, acrylic paints
INSPIRATION: Hmmm sense of smell?  Maybe a candle and a specially made candle holder which features a nose of a feline of the wild; a lion? Sure. sounds good.

A. Anderson

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DAY 52 - Upside Down

TITLE: Old Woman
ASSIGNMENT: Work upside down.  Create something in such a way that you have to rotate it 180 degrees to display/see it when it is finished.
MATERIALS: Plain paper and pencil.
INSPIRATION: Saw her image on the web, wrinkles and attitude, had to draw it.  What is weird, is you have to stop and think HOW to draw things upside down.

A. Anderson

And here she is upside down, my view as I drew it.


Monday, February 20, 2012

DAY 51 - Not Cute But Is Now

TITLE: Skull Doll
ASSIGNMENT: Make something that would not normally be considered cute and cuddly into something that is.
MATERIALS: Plaster skull head, puppet king costume, black socks.
INSPIRATION: Ahhhh, Eddie Munster would have loved this toy!

A. Anderson

DAY 50 - Minimalist In White

TITLE: Fire In The Forest of the White.
ASSIGNMENT:  Work only with white materials today.  Try working white on white for a real challenge.
MATERIALS: White printing paper.
INSPIRATION: Trees, forest fires, white.

A. Anderson