I mentioned in a previous post that I was making a surprise for several family members, and I didnt want to spoil it for Christmas. Well here it is! I hand drew (pen and ink) a 2017 calendar that features photographs from my adventures in western Washington state. I wanted to show some of my family the beautiful scenes and some of my life here in the PNW.
How I got the idea for this is, I used to go to a craft store which I will not name because I dont like them anymore to get these little spiral make-your-own calendar for $1.99. It had pre-printed designs for each month, and a place to paste a photograph. I had so much fun making them specialized for family and friends. I had one friend that liked hers so much she used it for several years after and just changed the date.
But, this craft store which I will not name stopped carrying them, and I was so stuck becuase I really wanted to make calendars for people that showed my new life out here in Washingotn, since no one has really been able to visit, being so far away. So, I was going to print calendar pages and past the photo, but I got frustrated with the word processing and publishing software. Then I was thinking of printing them more professionally with the online photo (and photo book) printing type places but at $20 a piece, that is a so big no go – especially since I had been originally planning $1.99 a piece plus $0.09 per photo (x12).
SO, that is when I got the brilliant idea that it would be less time and more fun to hand draw rather than fool with the publishing software and word processors. I busted out my ruler, and just started drawing. I had fun just drawing what came to mind for each o fthe monthly themes. Next year, I think I want to do it again with new photos from the PNW (or maybe even Guatemala?) and maybe plan out the monthly drawings a bit more.
Unfortunately, I didnt take photos of each of the months with the water color. One kind of funny thing to note is that I chose the photographs for the months, then I did the drawings, without really remembering what each of the photos were. One of the photos I chose was of the B-27 bomber at the Boeing Museum of Flight, and I put that for the month of June. Accidentally / coincidentally and king of ironically, that was the month that I had decided to do Peace signs….not sure what to say about that – lol. I like it though. And happens to be the month of my Dad’s birthday, and I think he will appreciate that.
Wow that feels like a long post – I am excited to see what next year’s will be like!