Barn quilts have been around for hundreds of years, and most that are still around from the earliest days have their own unique history. Quilt blocks began being painted onto squares of wood and adorned on barns once paint was readily available and affordable. People chose certain blocks to reflect particular meanings. In the early 2000s, there was a resurgence of barn quilts, and most likely the ones you see today.
If there is a barn quilt trail near you, I highly recommend taking a day to road trip and document. The history of certain patterns is inspirational, and I dare you to come away without feeling inspired…
I have never finished a sketchbook, cover to cover… Until now.
I know it’s a waste, and if you combine the sketches and notes from all of them into one journal, I would have multiple completed. There’s just something in me that loves the blank slate. That’s why I’m so excited to have finished my first, cover to cover.
I like Moleskine journals for my doodling and sketching needs. I find the 9 x 14’s with the Art Plus pages to be best for my pens and inks. I like the thickness of the pages, and the way it takes the ink for the most part. It scans well, and when you want, you can lay it flat to utilize both pages in a spread.
In our home, there are Moleskines tucked into nooks all over. In the past, if I felt compelled to doodle, I’d just grab one. The unofficial rule is that you should always carry a sketchbook with you… but I’m either a rule breaker, or just plain forgetful. When I started my latest #365Project, I was travelling a lot for work and family events. This forced me to keep one of my Moleskine journals with me at all times. Soon, it became like my shadow, and I was taking it to work with me every day, even if I didn’t have time to take it out of my bag. I adorned it with a trusty sticker, and it became a totem for me. Last week, I filled in the final page…
I plan on keeping up with the momentum, I’ve already begun working in my latest Moleskine and continue to carry it with me. I even added another sticker to it to keep with the theme of the last one. We shall see what happens…
As a creative person, there are a lot of people I admire. Being a creative person in Kansas City, I am surrounded by a plethora of talented people. Kansas City is the home of a major amount of midwest ad agencies, amazing startups, and an insane amount of people making a huge mark in the culture. Some of these people I am blessed to call my friends. One such person is Andrew Chen.
Andrew and I have never actually met. We’ve worked on the same projects through third parties, and we’ve emailed a few times in support and admiration. The dude is super cool, has great skills, and a super talented wife who has a gorgeous voice. It’s an honor to live in the same city as talent like this. If you have the time, check out his work.
He’s also participating in a #365Project with illustration! He posts updates on his Instagram.
I’ve been a huge fan of the #365Projects for many years. One year, I did a photo project where I made myself take one photo a day that I’d be happy to place in a frame. Another year, I did an illustration a day. This year, I took myself out of my comfort zone and tackled lettering. I’m not all the way through the year, but I already have decided this was my favorite project. Lettering art is so beautiful, and the artists I admire are so inspirational and talented.
Bonus points: I got to meet one of my favorite lettering artists, Jessica Hische.
I’m not the most technical with my learning, and I really should start forcing myself to become more structured in my learning. I can see improvement, and I can’t wait to see the before and after at the end of the year. You can see my progress here.