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  • Week #04 2018

    Last week I was preparing a lot for my newest project. I wrote about it in the last blog post, but that idea is getting clearer every day. I plan on making a collection of illustrations and drawings i created in 2017 as a booklet/zine. I already picked the artworks i like the most and put them in the right order to make it look coherent and nice. For now it already has 48 pages including the front and back cover. The Booklet will definitely also be my first kickstarter project because of the obvious reasons. I still have to do a bit of layout for the cover and also have to write a text about “the artist” which i think is always a very difficult part. Who likes to write about themselves anyways? What would you like to know about me or read about me, what is the most interesting thing for you to read? maybe i can include a little FAQ as well? We (my boyfriend, who helps me a lot, and me) also had many ideas for possible rewards we want to offer and i think they are really great and fair. This may not sound like a lot to do but i spent almost the whole week with preparing this idea, layouting and organizing the order of the Artworks, thinking of rewards, looking for a printer/print shop, calculating and so on.
    Between all of this i didn’t find much time to draw a lot of new stuff but just a little bit at the end of the days to calm down and do at least something productive i can hold in my hands. Last week I told you about some sketches i made and i started to draw the first artworks which will end in another project i guess. One lettering Illustration is done and i started another drawing which isn’t coloured yet. Since i don’t know if i can finish this project right in time i dont’t want to tell too much about it, and also the kickstarter project is more important right now.
    Yes, these few sentences basically already tell you almost everything about my week.

    On Friday we went for a coffee to a bar. We usually don’t go out that often but i thought it would be nice to go out and see something different than always stay at home and stare at our screens. I actually planned to draw in public and make some quick studies of people and things. The Coffee shop we first wanted to go was closed because of vacation and then we decided to go to another bar we knew. But there were quite a lot of people and i began to feel a bit uncomfortable and we chose to sit on the lower floor where no other tables were taken. Until we decided to leave again 2 hours later there weren’t many people, so there simply wasn’t a lot to watch and draw. But we had a nice time anyways with ginger ale and some fries and i think we should make this a regular thing. Back when i was preparing my portfolios for university 10 or more years ago i always went outside to draw stills, plants, landscapes and i even went to the zoo to draw animals in action. Practising, drawing, and sketching outside is anyways really important and a thing i should do more often. I really can’t wait for the weather to be nice again.

    Also on friday I tried to make a cake for a friends Birthday on saturday. “tried” because i already bought all the ingredients for the cake but i couldnt find my cake tin anywhere because i forgot it at another friends. I decided to make the reciepe anyways and put the dough in a cupcake tin. Lesson learned. A caked recipe is not really suitable for cupcake tins. At least the crumbs tasted very good. The dough stuck to the tin very well and there was no way to get it out in one piece although i put some margarine in the tin before adding the dough. But it was also really depressing bringing the whole cupcake tin to the party and giving the guests not a perfectly formed cupcake but just some sad looking crumbs because you destroy everything by getting the thing out of the tin. What’s the best way to deal with this stuation anyways? Bring the crumbs or bring nothing at all?
    My excersising was great this week. Everyday I spent 1,5 hous running on the spot with my wii fit program. At first the scale was pretty generous with me and went down a few numbers, but at the end of the week I saw the same nummers again that i saw a few weeks ago which was very depressing and unmotivating because a wasn’t eating out of my plan or even too much. I will have to figure out what was wrong that week and maybe i will have to start to write down again what i eat and also the amount of what i eat to get it right again and not to lose the rest of my motivation to lose more weight. My app says i burned 4125 calories by walking with a total of 101761 steps and a distance of 73,26 kilometres. Compared to the week before i definitely burned more calories, sadly i didn’t track what i ate to compare. But there is no difference on the scale.

    All the best,
    Anja

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  • DIY : Skizzenheftchen

    hallo

    Letztens habe ich eine tolle Idee gesehen, wie man sich selbst und auch einfach Heftchen machen kann (angelehnt an eine Japanbindung), für die man nicht viel benötigt, und die einiges hermachen. Ich habe mir selbst schon ein paar gemacht, da sie so schnell und vorallem eindach zu machen sind.
    Man benötigt für die Heftchen Papier im gewünschten Format, Klebeand (z.B. Washi Tape, Masking Tape, oder auch Tesafilm, je nach persönlichen Geschmack), Leim, oder Klebstoff (am besten Lösungsmittelfrei), zwei Bücher und eine Schere.

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    Zunächt faltet man sie gewählten Papierbögen einzel und ziemlich genau in der Mitte. Wie viele der Papierbögen man faltet, liegt im eigenen ermessen und der Breite des Klebebandes, das man später benutzen möchte. Ich habe bisher immer zwischen 5 und 8 Papierbögen zusammengeklebt. Meine ersten Heftchen bestehen aus einem Einheitlichen Papier, Man kann aber auch verschiedene Papiere mischen, was ich in diesem Beispiel gemacht habe.

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    Nachdem Das Papier ordentlich gefaltet wurde legt man die einzelnen Bögen exakt (Wichtig!) aufeinander. Der nächste Schritt ist, die Bögen zwischen zwei Bücher zu legen. Die Kante mit den offenen Enden muss dabei ein bisschen über die Bücher herausstehen. Die Bücher benötigt man, damit die einzelnen Seiten und Blätter während dem Kleben nciht so einfach verrutschen können, sie sollten also schwer sein. Die offenen Enden werden dann mit dem Leim zusammengeklebt. Ich mache das immer so, dass ich mir einen kleinen Klecks Leim auf den Finger gebe und diesen dann vorsichtig auf der Kante verteile, ohne dass ich viel von dem Leim auf die Ober- und Unterseite des Heftchens bekomme. Reicht der Klecks Leim nicht, nehme ich noch nach. Sobald die ganze Kante voll mit Leim ist, ist es wichtig den restlichen Leim wieder von den Fingern komplett zu entfernen. Danach sollte man am besten noch recht zügig die geleimte Kante zwischen die Finger nehmen und an der Kante entlang das Papier zusammendrücken.

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    Für den nächsten Schritt sollte man lange genug warten, bis der Leim getrocknet ist. Danach kann man schon das Klebeband an der geleimten Kante, dem Rücken sozusagen, anbringen. Dafür legt man sich das zurechtgeschnittene Klebeband mit der klebenden Fläche nach oben flach auf den Tisch oder eine ebene Unterlage und lege die geklebte Kante des Heftchens nicht ganz zur Hälfte darauf und drücke den Rücken fest. Den Rest des Klebebandes klebt man dann um den Rücken und auf die andere Seite um die geklebte Kante sozusagen zu kaschieren.

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    Und somit ist das Heftchen auch schon fertig und man kann anfangen zu Zeichnen oder es zu gestalten.

    Viel Spass beim Nachbasteln!

    Tip: Man kann so nicht nur schöne Heftchen machen, in die man reinzeichnen kann, man kann auch bedrucktes Papier, mit zum Beispiel, eigenen Zeichnungen, Fotos oder anderem, falten und sich ein kleines Album daraus machen.

    Viele liebe Grüße
    Miau