Monday, March 10, 2014

Starting a New Hobby Can Be Hard

At this point in my life crocheting is my favorite hobby. I can crochet just about any where at any time. Unfortunately my crocheting gear is in storage.

Needless to say, I was feeling a little lost and needed something. So of course I went online - just browsing when I came across some pretty pictures - doodles - tangles - in black and white.

I immediately knew that I found something I would love to do.

All I need is a sketchbook and black markers. A hobby that doesn't take up much space or cost much money. I could get these items at a dollar store. It cost three dollars for the book and one dollar for the marker. 

By Darlene
And off I went expecting to see a gorgeous piece of art like all the inspiration I saw on the internet.
Here is my first attempt - the picture on the left. Quite sad of course.

What was I thinking?

My picture looks like crap and I don't feel a sense of accomplishment or joy - just disappointment and disillusionment.

I like my granddaughters version of this picture so much more. She is so talented. At five years old her art is magnificent.

Here  is my second attempt. Not much better than the first. Definitely lacks the kind of detail needed to be a tangle. 

Perhaps its an okay doddle. Not. I'll have to go back in and add more to it.

Here is Faith's second picture - on the right.

I told her to make lots of circles inside circles and beside other circles and to completely cover the page.

I didn't give her any guidance for color scheme - she did that all on her own. I think it turned out so nice. 

I love her placement of the different sized circles - the colors she choose and where she placed them.

Balanced and interesting.

This is my third attempt. It's a step in the right direction. More details. I like it but don't love it.

My granddaughters aren't overly excited about it either. In that case this is another flop.

It's weird isn't it. How your results on pen and paper are nothing near what you had in your head. Oh well, I'll keep at it.

Take a look at attempt number four.

Oh la la la. We have a winner.

My granddaughters want me to draw one for them to color. My daughter says wow Mom you should sell those on Etsy.

Here comes that sense of accomplishment and joy. Ya hooo!

What's next? Let's do another flower picture and feel good all over again.

Now that's what I'm talking about. I love it. The bubbles (circles) fill the blank places and adds a new element and check out that cute little bumble bee.

Of course there is always room for improvement.

I try something a little different. It's more like a picture than a tangle or doodle - I think. Don't ask me this is all new.

I drew some kind of weird flowers that appear to growing on a vine with a few leaves. The flowers must have attracted the butterfly, bee and snail.

I like it. I like it a lot. Next.

Yep, this is a keeper. I think I have my new hobby. For now anyway. We'll see.

Have you tried something new lately? Something to stimulate those old grey cells and get those creative juices flowing?

Do you expect more from yourself than others? Or are your unrralistic when it comes to you?

I'd love to hear about it.


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  1. As with all things, practice creates improvement, I'm sure your first attempt at crochet was not as wonderful as your last. I think we all forget to allow ourselves some learn and grow time as we start something new. I think all your attempts were better than what many people could do, and glad you enjoyed your own improvement.

    1. It's funny, for some reason I thought - or should I say I pictured better results for my first try. But then again, I was the kind of kid who cried when I didn't get an A at school. What a nerd eh? And cry baby. It actually says on my kindergarten report card - Darlene tends to cry easily. LOL

  2. Lovely! I color mandala type pictures and it is so relaxing. You are brave, maybe I should try drawing my own! Stopping by from Ladies Only Blog Share!

    1. Thanks Lori. I never actually thought about coloring them but that is exactly what my granddaughters want. I think I will scan and print them so my girls can color them instead of me redrawing them - roughly mind you - in their sketch books.

      I like coloring too. It is very relaxing. What do you color with? Pencil crayons? Markers?

  3. I love that you shared the progression in your skills. You also learned to see the pictures in a new way. Sure, it was a bit frustrating, though practice makes perfect.

    1. Practice does make perfect. I am to do lots of practicing. Thanks for stopping by Barb.

  4. Love seeing how much your drawing improved with practice! Looks awesome. Are you gonna add some color? Thanks for sharing on Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey! Hope to see you again this week!

    1. Hi Sarah, I was actually thinking about coping the drawings then coloring those. Plus make a few extra copies for my granddaughters since they love them so much.

  5. Thanks for sharing your post with us at the HomeAcre hop!
    Practice Makes perfect :) all skills take time. I am not an artist, your doodles look great.

    1. Thanks Sandra. I am really not good at accepting compliments. I was going to say thanks but. I will just leave it at thanks.

  6. Hi, Darlene, I have a friend that Zen tangles. She loves it. I haven't had the time to do it but I love doodling while I'm on the phone. Thanks for this great reminder that just pen and paper is fun, too. Linda

    1. Hi Linda, I am always happy to see you. Thanks for stopping by. I actually need to do something with my hands - something relaxing to destress at the end of the day. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Nice that you found a hobby you like, Darlene. Do you find it therapeutic?

  8. These are amazing! I even liked your first attempts. I think you found a talent. These would make great Henna tattoos too.