Live and Learn

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I love learning to do new things. It gives me a sense of accomplishment when I look back. This year I’m hoping to:

  • Learn to draw;
  • Learn to make cute shrinky dinks out of my drawings;
  • Learn to make negatives out of Fuji instant film;
  • Maybe learn to knit.

I said maybe to knitting because I still find it daunting, but I’ve got a couple of friends and my mother-in-law offering to teach me how to knit so we’ll see about it. I do have a big stash of yarn to burn from my venture into the wonderful world of crochet last year.

I just ordered three books to help me teach myself how to draw. They’re all by Sachiko Umoto. I like her drawing style. Troy also says that he has Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake somewhere among the piles of books in the basement that he’ll dig out for me. Quentin Blake is known for his quirky drawings in various Roald Dahl‘s books and I do enjoy his style.

As for shrinky dinks, well, I was first inspired by a blog post and then of course my new favourite TV show, Raising Hope, has to feature shrinky dinks in its fourth episode that I just watched last night. It’s like the universe is trying to tell me something, and I’m listening! :)

I started shooting with a vintage Polaroid Land Model 100 last year. Polaroid no longer made the film for it but luckily, Fujifilm does. With the camera, I’ve been shooting Fujifilm FP-100C instant film, which is a peel apart film. I’ve always found the part that you peel off and throw away to be such a waste. But then I found out that you can actually make a negative out of it with a little help from a household bleach product! Of course I have to learn how to do it. Even more so now that I’ve got an instant film back for my Hasselblad. Having a negative to your shots is always a good thing.

Are you still awake? Good. I was worried for a bit there. :) And this is the part in which I don’t know how to end a blog post. I think I’ll just end it with a “Fin” a la French movies. Oh là là!

Fin.