365 Monsters Days 3 – 9

Day 3 – 1/22/12 – Exo-Urchins

Construction paper and scissors


These guys went through a few different phases in my head before coming out just about perfect. They were going to be spikey all around until I remembered I’m not that skilled in cutting spikes into circles. Then the spikey bits were going to be on top until I decided they were wearing helmets… or exoskeletons! My favorites are the two on the right because they look so disgruntled and spazzy. I only wish I had made the whole thing small enough to fit on my scanner (or that I had a larger flatbed scanner tucked away somewhere).

Day 4 – 1/23/12 – Water Soluble Monster Ghost

Ink on skin


Tonight I decided to try out a more temporary art… I drew this beast on my hand, then promptly scurried off to do a load of dishes. The water may have vanquished him, but his ghost still haunts my skin…

Day 5 – 1/24/12 – Monster of the Wood (Winds)



By the Book, Day 5 suggests making something out of something you collect. While it’s not exactly a collection per se, I do have a lot of instruments. Featured here are: a recorder, a silver flute, a fife, a harmonica, and two ocarinas serving as horns. The framing for the face is the sheet music stand. And yes, mother, I’m being very careful with your flute. I’ll start practicing more again soon!

Day 6 – 1/25/12 – Dodici Monster(s)



Chu and I went to Cafe Dodici in Washington, Iowa for dinner, so naturally I decided to play with my food. Without completely mauling everything, I turned our bruschetta appetizer into a butterfly-esque…thing. I then turned my salad into a leafy beast with cucumbers for eyes and croutons for teeth. Chu joined in the fun by carving away at his pannacotta to make a little face!

Though the pictures don’t really do the food justice (I swear my phone could have probably done a better job than trying to be discreet with my little camera and not freak out the other customers), Cafe Dodici is always an enjoyable place. It is by far one of my favorite restaurants in the region!

Day 7 – 01/26/12 – Reversi

Polymer Clay (Fimo)


In which I learn that Fimo is much more of a hassle than Sculpey. It is a lot crumblier than Sculpey, and it doesn’t blend together very well. As you can see on the first picture, adding a white piece to a white piece still leaves a seam if i don’t work at it really hard (you can still see a bit of a seam on the top of the black head too).

BUT I do really like this little guy. He went through a couple phases as well, including having a really coily body, but it wasn’t quite sturdy enough. The idea to make him reversible wasn’t even an original thought; it came after I constructed the head (everything but the horns) and flipped it over. He mostly hangs out white side up since it’s a little more stable, but I think both ways look adorable!

Day 8 – 01/27/12 – Squinty

SQUINT cards

Feeling a little less inspired this evening, I pulled out my game of Squint and started arranging cards into this alien-esque beast. Despite getting the game a few months ago, we still haven’t had a chance to play it, so it was nice to pull it out to use it for something, even if it wasn’t the fast-paced pictionary that it’s meant for!

Day 9 – 01/28/12 – Ceph

Polymer clay (Fimo)


Today I learned that vinyl covered paper clips are not very hard at all to strip. I needed something to support this guy in the oven because he certainly wouldn’t support himself, and I really wanted him to wear his little swirlygig hat, so upside-down baking was not an option. I was also very pleased to see that the paperclip did not fuse itself to the clay. Bonuses all around!  Today’s monster was inspired by a Buddha’s Hand we saw at the grocery store today. I snapped a shot of Chu being a Buddha’s Hand monster, but I decided it didn’t count, so I decided to make something with tentacles in honor of it.


9 days down, 357 to go! More monsters next Sunday!

365 Monsters Days 1 – 2


Day 1 – 01/20/12 – Tuskie

Polymer Clay (Sculpey)

I had no idea what I was doing when I started this one, and I also have not had a whole lot of good results with polymer clay in the past. But I decided I would give it another shot. It started with the tail, then the body, lower jaw, tusks, back of the head, upper jaw, eyes, and spots. So as a true monster, he looks like none of his parts really match. Perfect!

Things I learned about working with polymer clay:
Make sure your hands are really clean so you don’t get dust and dirt in your clay.
Trim your nails.
Kneading clay straight from the package hurts!


Day 2 – 01/21/12 – Oulson

Polymer Clay (Sculpey)


Taking my own advice from day 1, I made sure my hands were much cleaner and my nails were trimmed. I rolled a bit of the off-white and chocolate color together, made some pointed ears, and started adding appendages (two curly tails and two monster claws) for support. Day 2 = Success!

I think I’ve had enough good results with this stuff (read: not burning them) to pursue it further and invest in a few clay tools. I hope also that throughout the year I figure out where that sweetspot is on my camera’s macro setting so things stop coming out blurry!

More monsters next week!


365 – An Intent to Participate

NO excuses. Zip, zero, nada. The neglect of this poor blog is shameful to say the least. Barely one post in almost a year? I thought I had so much more promise than that.

Well NO MORE I say! This past year has been so full of ups and downs, inspirations and depressions, entrepreneurial endeavors and weddings… my goodness it’s almost a miracle that none of it ended up here. But now… Now I have the key.

I recently came across the book 365 – A Daily Creativity Journal, and promptly decided to take it up on its challenge. It was an easy and quick decision to do so, though it was not met without a little uncertainly.

You see, things are quite hectic at the moment, maybe a little more-so than at other times I would have used that phrase. In addition to a full time job that was launched into pure insanity, I am partaking in in an online weekly survivor-style writing competition in which I have miraculously survived 9 straight weeks. I’m also building a website for a puppetry “troupe” that I am a part of, and I’m trying to build a website for Chu’s croissant business. And I’m trying to keep on top of cleaning for our apartment which is compounded upon by said business still living in our kitchen. All of this, including the insanity at work, is burning with creative energy and time consumption… and I decide to do a daily creativity project?

Well yeah. Why not? Through all of my responsibilites, as fun as some of them are, I still don’t feel like I’m doing what I want to be doing. And I really truly feel that through realizing that I can stick with something completely fueled on my own drive, and make something worth-while on not a whole lot of time per day, I can certainly convince myself that the drive it takes to start on the road towards true translation can’t be that far off.


So it is with this post that I declare my intent to participate in the 365 Project* this year. Expect to see monsters, unless I change my mind.


*Since this year is a leap year, it will actually be the 366 Project, but I’ll still call it the 365 Project for consistency’s sake. I haven’t quite decided on my start date, but expect to see some monsters popping up no later than early February.