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3, 2, 1…DRAW

More years ago than I care to recount (mainly because I have no idea) I acquired and subsequently lost my only USB cable. Every now and then when I need to transfer files from here to there I search for this minuscule MIA cable. Today marks my 93rd search, I’d say, but this sly cable still eludes me. I find this mildly infuriating. On my search and retrieve attempt this evening, though, I stumbled upon some stuff that (almost) makes up for the fact that what I actually set out to find still appears to be totally outside my grasp.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawing. Nothing in particular, just drawing. It’s just what I did. This particular creative drive is what led me to decide to earn my degree for graphic design (which had an ironic yet delightful conclusion that I won’t get into now, but it’s kind of awesome I swear). A lot of the stuff that I used to draw when I was a kid was lost, but teenage me hardly ever threw her drawings away (unless they sucked, if I’m being honest) so I still have a bunch. I kept them in my purple, plastic folder, in two categories: “Don’t like,” kept in one pocket, and “Damn I’m amazing at this” in the other (there really was no in between for me, now that I think about it). I also managed to hang on to a handful of the stuff I did on assignment for my various high school and college classes. I wish I had had the patience to actually make my work look as great as I thought it could be. But I still like some of the stuff that managed to tumble out of the tumult in my head and through my shaky hands. Here’s a handful of my inadvertent findings:

Childhood drawing ea1701 Karissa C

I don’t draw nearly as much as I used to. It’s kind of sad when I think about it. But every once in a great while I get some kind of idea that I’m able to see through. And sometimes, actually, I do get commisioned for something. Back in September I was asked to make an inspirational-type poster for a local school. I sketched it all out by hand first:

Dream BIG Sketch

I’ve got this thing about sketching in my math notebooks for some reason… This is what I ended up with:

Dream Big Poster by Karissa C 2014

Dream Big Closeup

Closeup of the poster. The blond girl is my favorite of the chibis :)


It was a big hit. Can’t say I wasn’t a little pleased :)

And recently I was hired to make a few posters for some kids’ bedrooms. This is one of them:

Giraffe poster by Karissa C 2014

A giraffe was requested for this one, so I first sketched it out on paper. (I did this right before bed one night and I’m blaming the horrendous sketch on the exhaustion I must have been suffering from.) A little tweaking in Photoshop the next day and things were much better. The next poster in the series is a couple of penguins. Hopefully I can work on that this weekend. (Penguins are so bodacious.)

I definitely don’t draw anywhere near as much as I used to, and not in the same way. One of the nasty side-effects of being an adult. Time was never an issue when I was younger; I never didn’t have enough of it. Wish that were the case these days. But I guess that’s the way it goes. Just trying to make the best of the time I do have. There are just so many awesome things out there to do. Sometimes I think that’s why I don’t spend a lot of extra time polishing my stuff; I always want to be off on my next creative idea :)


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Good (Sweet!) Stuff

My mum had thoughtfully bought me some of my favorite cookies (Lofthouse, pale pink-frosted sugar cookies – complete with spring-toned sprinkles) so naturally I decided to make a SMASH page devoted to ’em :)

Sweet Stuff SMASH page Karissa Cole 2014Sweet Stuff SMASH page Karissa Cole details

I carefully opened the package of oh-so-delightful cookies so I could save and smash the label. I stuck it in my Simple Style Orange SMASH journal. The theme of my book is it’s the simple things that make me happy. I’m a full-grown adult who doesn’t really have that much of a sweet tooth and isn’t really all that fond of the color pink, but there’s just something about this cookie that definitely makes me happy to break from my norm :)

Sweet Stuff SMASH page Karissa Cole 2014 4

Truth be told, when I started smashing this page I wasn’t entirely sure how it would end up. I was sort of just throwing things together, trying out some new techniques (like watercolor stamping and playing with Faber-Castell gelatos).  It all sort of just morphed and evolved into this page, which is, I guess, how it’s supposed to work! One of the new techniques I wanted to try was DIY embellishments, specifically, DIY paper flowers. A little while back I pinned the link to instructions on my Quite Smashing board on Pinterest. I tried it out with some pink doubled sided paper and a bright yellow brad here, and I really love the way it turned out.

Happy Friday everyone!

Note to Self

Play When You Can 1 Karissa Cole 2014

Just a bit of friendly advice to my future self.

Lunchtime 221

Lunchtime 221 by Karissa Cole 2014 no 2

I have to admit that photographing my lunch today felt a bit ridiculous. But I just couldn’t resist. I had rinsed off my apple and set it down on the table when I noticed the water drops and instantly thought, MUST TAKE PICTURE. I ran to get my camera and spent a few minutes snapping shots hoping to get a good one. Positioned right near a window I got to utilize natural light, which is something I rarely get to do. There was a little artificial light, too, coming from above, and I just thought the two kinds of lights as well as the textures made an interesting contrasting scene. It looked good to me anyway. I don’t know if any of this this makes me an artist or just a wee bit eccentric. Either way, it’s doesn’t matter much. It was just a really fun diversion. I need more of those in my life.

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