Saturday, February 26, 2011

Photography and new cameras

In December, I was very excited to acquire a Holga camera. I'd traded in a video game on Amazon and had a credit, so I could justify something that I wouldn't normally purchase. I went to Helix, a huge camera store in Chicago which as far as I can tell, sells pretty much any camera related item you might want, and bought some 120 size film.

I was very excited about having this camera to play around with. I bought some black and white, and color film, and experimented with a roll of each. The color pictures I got on a CD (luckily, Helix also develops 120 film for a reasonable price) and they turned out pretty good. The black and white images were not as great, and I think I have a little more learning to do before I can come up with some good pictures that aren't in color.

We also went to Florida over Christmas break, which gave me the perfect opportunity to take some fun pictures outside of our normal routine.

It took a little practice (there are some blurry and double exposed pictures that were on this roll, too) but I think I came out with some pretty good images! And, as I play around more, I can't wait to show you the results.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February: Other Art

I'd like to take a moment to showcase art I have in my home by other talented artists. Because this is February, the month of Valentine's day, I'd like to share some love-themed art.

Somehow, when I moved, I ended up with a light pink bedroom. I haven't had a pink room since I was twelve and sharing it with my sister, and even then, there were light green accents, so it wasn't totally "girly." The more surprising discovery was that I have so much pink and red things that it all came together quite nicely, and looks like I painted it pink on purpose.

One of my new purchases, however, were these delightful prints by Lisa Chow. I absolutely adore the monochromatic art with one color accent. In this case, it's a little pink heart covered wedding cake, and little heart-shaped flowers. These two hang above my desk and make me happy every time I look at them.

For more, check out Lisa's Etsy shop.

The other piece of art is the piece on top of the image. That's the Hello Love print from Sarah Marguerite. She's currently being featured on Poppytalk Handmade, but I knew her from before she was famous. Sarah was an important part of me getting my Etsy store off the ground and was my room mate for a year before she moved to Michigan. I love this print, and it fits in so well that you'd think I got it on purpose. The second isn't a print, but a card I actually made last year at Valentine's day time at the Renegade Handmade store here in Chicago.

For more by Sarah Marguerite, visit her Etsy store.

So, what artwork do you have in your home?