There is always a running list of arts and sciences I wish I had talent for, but there have recently been a few that have really stood out as things I want to learn eventually. I think that the different facets of art are so neat, especially when it brings art into everyday things, which some of these definitely do!
#1. linocut prints + stamps
I’ve always used a lot of stamps, in card making and, recently, gift wrapping, and so linocuts is something I’ve been intrigued by. I love the quirky look of the rough edges, and the inked texture (if that makes any sense?) A couple months ago I bought some rubber blocks and the cutting tools and have started teaching myself, though I have a long way to go haha.
And if I ever became good enough, I think a poetry anthology with linocut illustrations would be gorgeous.
#2. animated poetry videos
AH. This video though! I love this poem (one of my favorites!) and the animated art that they put to it fits it perfectly. I adore the style and the fact they recorded Wendell Berry himself for this project. I have watched it multiple times and I only wish I could make something like it myself! How cool would it be to work with poets to make things like this?
I also think that it is a wonderful way to share poetry with people who do not not necessarily read poetry often. As well as sharing in a way how a certain poem has affected one’s own views or life. Even though I had both read and heard The Peace of Wild Things many times, seeing and hearing it in a new light was lovely.
another example: We Real Cool
#3. digital paintings
Digital paintings have such a fascinating look and texture to them. I have played around with digital art a tiny bit in the recent past, but would love to really learn it. It seems like a more forgiving medium than acrylic paints, given the fact that one does not have to worry about drying paint or major clean-up afterwards haha.
(also much easier to transport than an acrylic painting? also could spend a day at a coffee shop painting digitally? boy, I really wish I knew what I was doing xD)
Honestly, the idea of painting a mural is overwhelming just to think about (and how public a place to make a mistake!?), but I think they are so cool! I love how it brings color and art to something mundane and commonplace. Our downtown commissioned a local artist to paint a mural a year or so ago. 🙂
also shout out to Chalice who has actually painted murals… how cool is that??
Every time I spend a night at my sister’s apartment, I am reminded of why I want to learn how to make pottery. One of my sister’s roommates’ sister (sorry that was unnecessarily confusing… the sister of one of my sister’s roommates? is that better?) took a ceramics class in college and so their cabinet is full of gorgeous mugs and soup bowls, all unique and lovely, all of deep rich colors.
I think it is a beautiful collection, and wouldn’t a one-of-a-kind hand-made mug be an amazing gift for friends and family??
Have you dabbled in any of these arts? What skills would you like to learn?