... I do arts.
Seriously. It's like the only time I really, really need to distract my brain, or I'll die of boredom. Like, even with the worst cold (AKA the one I'm just getting over now) I still have a chunk of my brain that yells at me for distraction.
I watch TV, sure. But then my hands go "WTF about us?!" and I have to find something to do to entertain them as well.
That seems to be when I do the most "art for the sake of art" or "lets find an arty repetitive task to undertake!"
Hence the Pokemon paintings I've submitted the past day or two. There's still a few more to boot. But what's even more insane? I've started doing origami like crazy.
These are kusudama flowers, which will be turned into balls. Each flower takes five petals (five pieces of paper), and then twelve flowers are assembled into a ball. So, lots of folding! They're very easy to make, and I've kind of modified a lot of the instructions for making them that I've found online to make them more streamlined and faster to make, so I'm thinking of making a tutorial (maybe even an accompanying video if the GoPro I got for my birthday can be exchanged ever, because it's broken :/ ) on them if anyone is interested.
Here's what they look like when all finished! The first is the first kusudama ball I made a few months ago, and the other is from this past week.
While I was sick, I made enough flowers to make two full kusudama balls, as well as a bunch of clumps of three flowers.
Anywho, in the first pictures, you'll notice that there were a bunch of cranes folded, too. That's because I've seen a few traditional dance performances (Odori style, I believe) where small children use chains of colored cranes for a prop. The only image I could find on hand was this one at the moment, sorry, but hopefully you get the idea:
I wanted to make something kind of similar for myself (and more house decorations!) so I made this:
And I LOVE IT!
It was about a hundred and fifteen cranes, but so worth it! Want a simple tutorial on stringing these guys together, too? Or I could just explain it, either way :3
I think this is how I'm going to decorate for Christmas, since (if you haven't noticed from all these pictures) our apartment is totally overwhelmingly "ooh, look at this lantern! And an obi! And fans! And noren! Woo! Buy all
the things!" Japanaese-a-fied. (I seriously got yelled at once on Tumblr for "cultural appropriation" because of it. Yeah.) (<a href="saminjapanland.tumblr.com/
_blank">you can find my Tumblr here, for random updates on Japan and whatnot... pretty please?) I just like it, and I can't live in a not-creative home, ya know? Like, if I didn't have crap everywhere on the walls and stuff, I'd go mad! I should clean and do a quick tour of our apartment sometime (living room at least, it's like 6 tatami, so kinda small, but man is it nerdy!)
Okay. I'm rambling away again. I just thought I'd post a journal on some of the stuff I've been up to lately, and keep my mind off of the fact that my nose is still running like crazy, over a week later.