Updates and Video Tuesdays

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In a few weeks I start Graduate School online for Education Transformation (doesn’t that sound cool?) I am scrambling around to get done what I need to before that, and I still am learning 2d animation and Aftereffects. I had this idea, what if I hosted on my site a Video Tuesday? That way I can still dedicate learning animation and bringing the mall’s stories to life without losing it when I start school. Be sure to stop by on Tuesdays on this page to see and participate in the weekly videos. And did you sign the guestbook?

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A Year of Weird Mirrors

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2017 was an uphill climb for many people.

I wrote, I created a lot, I experimented. I learned about my limits and boundaries. I worked in my Brain often (my sketchbook), and created pages and pages of activities for my book.

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I also questioned myself.

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As I created and doodled and poured out my ideas and gathered resources on a page surrounding the theme of Movement, I wrote what was causing my perceived lack of movement:“My frustration of not feeling a clear path.” Next to those words, many months later I wrote, “As I design what I love to do?” The path was there, developing. I was doing what I do. What I do now. But I didn’t feel it. There was a cluster of thoughts telling me I was directionless, which had me acting crazy pulling from the air all that I could. I’ll try this, I’ll try that. It was confusing. Opposite.

It was a year of Weird Mirrors. 

(Check out my full page of designing to Movement on Instagram.)

You may already be in the process of becoming. Morphing into what is next and you don’t see it. Those whispers, quiet longings. But when the Outside World doesn’t acknowledge or mirror your enthusiasm, the creative buds get cut off. You don’t follow that thread of energy.

It can be subtle whispers from your Soul.

  • I want to draw on ceramics (I collect pictures on Instagram)
  • I am interested in fashion design (My Pinterest has a ton of pictures)
  • I would still like to make a zine, even though it seemed no one cared (I feel sad about this and yet still pulled)
  • Rubber stamps fascinate me (Lots of instagram pictures gathering in my feed)
  • I want to dance again (I cry when I watch dance movies)

Sometimes we don’t recognize that depressed feelings happen because we cut our Soul off. It’s leading us, and we just blew it off. We see these longings as impractical or silly. Don’t abandon yourself.

We need to be inwardly focused, not outwardly when this occurs. Don’t look to the audience, the readers, the followers. Look to what you are excited about. Block the rest out. Because if there are Crickets and the Mirror is the wrong one, at least you are filling yourself back up and leading you to true fulfillment inside.

I give you permission.

Until next time,

ronnidesigningfairy

Sketchbook Inspiration Sheet: Manolo’s Shoes

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Today’s Inspiration Sheet

All last year I’ve been making Inspiration Sheets in my Brain sketchbooks. They started out as an idea or jumping point and then sometimes I pair them with music to listen to and branch off into other resources I find. This is the first one I am sharing with you to give a little juice to maybe make your own stuff.

I watched a documentary this weekend when I was forcing myself to finally rest, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards (on Netflix, by the way). I had heard of and seen Manolo shoes from when I used to receive The New York Times on my doorstep and there were often his fun, expressive shoe drawings in some of the ads. Being a design lover, I was curious who this flamboyant designer was and excited to find this documentary. Lately, I’ve been attracted to the tiny design details — the perfect stitches, the flounce of ribbons, the shiny rhinestones. His shoes burst with all of these. Even his “crazy” designs are clean and make sense, like his patchwork red stripe number in the sketch above. These aren’t messy craft projects you sometimes see on Project Runway. These are work of art. I took notes on jumping off points for my creative juices. I like that he names all his shoes. I need to name all the creations in the mall.

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I sketched his shoes for over several hours. These shoes so belong in the Idea Emporium Mall, don’t you think? I wonder if he would be interested. The designs inspire me to draw and create my own crazy designs, although, my designs are not nearly as classy as his. (I will share on my instagram.) How about you? Inspired to start doodling and designing?

Until next time,

ronnidesigningfairy

Creative Resources

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Other Innovative Teachers Who Think out of the Box:

More jumping off points for your creativity and imagination that float my boat and I hope, will float yours too.

A Dose of the Magical

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Wow. What a crazy year. Seems like every morning I check the news feed and I learn about a natural disaster happening, a crazy person driving into a street of people, or some fundamental right taken away from me. It’s easy to be down and discouraged. The one thing that helps me feel hopeful and back on my feet is to remember about the Magical: the awe, the serendipity, the divine and imaginative. Here’s a big dose for you this holiday season of the Magic that is out there folks all over that are designing up the Magical.

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The Holiday Windows in New York City bring to life magical desinations. Check them out here.

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Genie Lamps $30 aisle 4, the Invention Room, Idea Emporium

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Oh my goodness! There’s an Ice Cream Museum! Are you kidding me? Toppings are toys? I’m so on board. Here’s the link to locations in California. Road trip!

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Formula to grow taller, I could use this. $200 in the Invention Room

There is this thing called Ring Ring Wonder Christmas. Have you heard of it? There’s a series of videos on YouTube and it’s magical times three!

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Rose Fishes need good homes. See Zozo for information.

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Then there’s the land of Pip and Pop. I’ll smoke what they are smoking! Their worlds feel like stepping into bubblegum and dime store toys. Cool blog post here.

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Cupcakes with cloud frosting in the Bakery $3 each

I wish the mall was a real mall I would be making lots of money! Ha ha ha, sigh. But in the meantime until that becomes a magical reality, for 2018 my goal will be to put the Idea Emporium Activity Book into form, now that it’s complete thanks to all of you who have cheered me on and interacted with the posts and prompts, etc. May your holidays be bright, love-filled, and of course, Magical. 

Preorder my first Idea Emporium Zine 101 exploring and wrapping up 2017 with the theme AUTHENTIC filled with Reg Tips, creative prompts, drawings, sketchbook pages…

  • What if it’s simple?
  • Resource for Sensory Overload
  • Go Where You Are Valued story
  • I lost myself story…
  • Cecile’s class
  •  Music for the Invention Room
  • Multiple Intelligences quiz
  • Your place of Power
  • When you share in the wrong place
  • What I learned from Project Runway
  • Movie suggestions
  • etc. etc.

Buy here at Preorder Price $9.00 (Available in January)

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Until next time,

ronnidesigningfairy

They are my favorites, dang it! The message of being true

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There is a program on Instagram that will pick out your best posts of 2017. I fiddled around with it and it worked once. The second time it looped over and over saying my images were very large and to wait a moment. After waiting too many moments, I took the hint and walked away from it, thinking, there must be a message for me here. The application picks out your most liked posts, which brought me to the creative’s age old question. Do I create what others want or what comes through me and makes me happy?

I have picked out MY Best Nine of Instagram and a thoughtful analysis of why I picked these out.

  1. The Googly with an egg.

I really enjoyed making these creatures inspired by a visit to the Phoenix Museum and Alexander Calder’s bird exhibit. I’ve been learning animation the past year and I wanted to experiment. My friend Britt suggested the Googly rock the egg to sleep. I took that and ran with it and fumbled with the animation. It needs a few tweeks, but I like it.

2. Balloon Animals Visiting the Bakery

After watching the Thanksgiving Parade and meeting a woman who made Balloon Animals at Ihop that same week, I was enamored with Balloon Animals. I wrote an entire list of Balloon-related themes for a lesson/curriculum, which I LOVE doing, by the way. What if Balloon Animals visited the Bakery? What would they eat? Well, ice cream sodas, of course.

3. The Googlys in the Invention Room

My first foray into digital illustration meets hand-drawn illustration. I had this image in my mind of the Googlys surrounding the Invention Room waiting for their eggs to hatch. The Invention Room is this place of inventive chaos. There’s so much activity and creatures bouncing about among the vials of experiments and it seems like the creature who runs the place is always out to lunch and doesn’t notice a thing or prefers the chaos.

4. Underwater Lollipop

I love all the inventions made in the Idea Emporium’s Bakery, but this one is my favorite.

5. Flight

I had fun experimenting with drawing butterflies to animate across the page. I tried one such experiment and it didn’t impress me. Time to play more with it. But I did dig the gray/halftones next to the yellow.

6. The Panda Train

My nod to my stepson whose pandas all have fun names, including Medium Panda. I believe the stories of the mall are already out there. We just need to discover them. And his pandas must have come from the mall. They needed a train to deliver the mail, of course.

7. Imagination Quote

I love Julia Cameron’s book The Artist Way. It was life-changing for me, forcing myself to look at my creative life and make it a priority. We need the imagination to come up with solutions to every day problems, to give us hope and delight.

8. The Escaping Monster

I have no idea how the monsters under the bed became a part of the Invention Room, but I loved the story and I loved my very first animation attempts. Now that little purple monster can be found floating around most of the mall. He just won’t be contained, the little adventurer. (Check out the web pages here, he’s everywhere).

9. Fairy Real Estate

Being a designing fairy, I had to have fairy influence in this world. Playing around with fairy houses I fell in love with the crooked ones. What if the fairies who lived in them were just a little cockeyed or lopsided? Wouldn’t they need something a little different to live in? The Nursery department has an specific order to it, opposite of the Invention Room, or the occasional chaos of the Bakery.

My conclusion or realization (big lightbulb over my head) for my Favorite Best Nine are when my posts were purposeful and focused on the story of the Mall emerging I was happy, and hopefully, the viewers were too. I brought forth energy*spark*magic forward to share. I lost my way when I thought, this is what the readers want, this is what they like, these have the numbers, but then I am not true to my mall that is emerging and taking life. And I’m abandoning the tiny blue monsters, the Googlies, and the bouncing cakes, who want to be discovered.

It’s a fine line to balance between running a business, catering to your audience, and being true to what is being born. It can easily swing in the wrong direction. Something to think about this Tuesday.

Oh, and big big realization. Through my sharing on Instagram in the past year, I created the activity book! A big thank you for those who visit over there. Of course, there will be tweeking and fixing and editing, but the illos and pieces are done. The story book has just started.

Until next time. And Happy Hannukah to my Hannukah friends! Be sure to visit the Mall’s departments. And if you are on Facebook, be sure to join the Group.

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