So I know I promised to try to keep my nerdy side contained to my Pinterest and Tubmlr accounts, but as I don’t have a finished knitting project to show you just yet (I’m working on the monkey from the knitting book I mentioned in a previous post), you get a small glimpse of my fandom life.
I’m on “vacation” this week – i.e. I have vacation days to use before the end of the month but no plans to go anywhere, so I’m trying to find ways occupy myself for 10 days – so I had my 12-year-old niece come over for a couple days. Monday, we went to Frankenmuth, MI with my mom (and of course had the famous chicken dinner), but yesterday was pretty rainy and thus the trip to the zoo was nixed. What to do with a bored 12-year-old to keep her from sitting around on her new smart phone all day? (Yes, my pre-teen niece has a more advanced phone than I do *sigh*).
Thankfully, I have turned her into my little minion as far as TV shows go, and she is as much of a Whovian (Doctor Who fan, for those of you who are uninitiated) as I am. After a quick trip to the craft store, and armed with a picture of our inspiration piece from a friend of mine, we were ready to make some Doctor Who art, one for each of us.
Now, I’m not the best at drawing and sometimes you might think I was an MD based on my handwriting (ok, maybe not quite that bad, but you get the idea). Since we didn’t want to ruin this project with bad writing or uneven drawing (for an example check out the free-hand boxes on the doors of the TARDIS), I printed off a picture of the TARDIS and created the quote in Word and used the good-old technique of scribbling over the back of the paper, taping the paper onto the canvas, then tracing (really hard!) the lines I wanted transferred. The transferred lines were pretty light, so I darkened them up with pencil before I started painting.
If you aren’t a perfectionist like me, or if you’re just better at drawing/painting free-hand and you can skip the tedious transfer process, you could turn this project out fairly quickly. As it was, it took us a good part of the afternoon and early evening, which is perfect because it kept my niece busy and (hopefully) not bored and off her phone (mostly).
This was fairly inexpensive (only $8 for a 2-pack of canvases, plus some acrylic paint and brushes that you might already have lying around). The other great thing about this project is that it can be adapted to pretty much any favorite show, movie, or even book. I’m already brainstorming for my next one…