In mylast entry I talked about my resolutions for this year, and some tips I was using to make sure I follow them. I talked about making sure you have measurable goals, so that you feel like you're actually achieving something, which is actually working pretty well for me. Although I'm not hitting my target every single day, I'm doing it more than I thought I would, which is really saying something. In case I didn't mention it enough before, let me tell you again that I really am VERY lazy...
One way I've decided to combat this, is by making myself do three tasks a day. It sounds easy when you say it like that, but how many of us have written endless to-do lists on endless scraps of note paper and the back of receipts. I am in love with list making, but I never really seem to get to the actual ticking off stage. Which is why I had to buy designated books for each to-do list type in the end, but we'll get to that another day.
Three tasks a day is a really simple but effective way of feeling productive. Instead of trying to attack that whole list of seemingly endless tasks, I take them in bite size chunks. I started easy, with tiny things like:
1. Take the recycling down to the trash cans
2. Put my shoes away as soon as I take them off
3. Drink a glass of water every morning before leaving the house
Giving myself goals I could accomplish with ease made me feel like I was actually getting things done, and my days felt productive. So much so that I wanted to take it a little further, and challenge myself a little. I decided upon three areas of life that I would work on, and pick a task for each area every day. The three areas are creative, life and love. Each day I pick something for each of those headings, so that I have a broad range of achievable goals. Here are a few examples:
creative: This could be doing an illustration I've been meaning to get done, updating my website or social media pages, doing something craft related, even simply spending the time to think creatively, maybe work on my short stories for an hour or so.
life: This covers the basic stuff like chores, paying bills, calling the bank, making appointments, grocery shopping, decorating the apartment, things like that. Every day life stuff that I (mostly always) can ignore because it's boring and I don't want to do it.
love: Doing something for love is something we should all be doing anyway, but it can get forgotten about after a long hard day or if I'm really busy. So I always make sure that on my productive-don't-be-lazy-list there's something that involves connecting with family, socializing with friends, quality time with Pete or just doing something I love, because I love to do it.
This method is working really well, sometimes I've done all three before I leave for work in the morning, which leaves the rest of the day to enjoy as 'unproductive' time. A.k.a, whether I choose to spend it doing more things on the old list or relaxing with my feet up, I know that I've accomplished something, and can feel good about it. There's nothing worse than feeling guilty at the end of the day because you feel you haven't got enough done. This is a great way for us lazy folk to make that break into productivity.
So by now you're like 'why am I reading this crap, this isn't about batman at all!' I don't blame you for thinking that, I do tend to waffle on...
Today's creative task was to finally make the collage I've had planned since November, when the comic book store on Broadway closed. I took advantage of the super low prices and made off with a ton of 25¢ comics for reading and crafting.
I wanted to make some superhero collages to hang up around my desk, as it's looking pretty bare right now. Here's how I made the first one:
This one is super easy, all you need is a blank canvas, any size, some mod podge and a few old comic books. I used an 8" x 10" canvas because I wanted to use bat-poses from the same comic book. I specifically chose comics that had a lot of batman art in them. Before you buy have a quick flick through and make sure you've got a lot of material to work with.
I went through my comic and roughly cut out the best batmans. Once they were out of the comic book I went around them again right close to the edge of the image. Don't go throwing any pages away, as it's easier to start with large spreads. To begin with I covered the canvas in whole window images so there were no white spaces left.
It's really easy to place the larger images, as they're going to get covered up in the end it doesn't really matter how they're arranged.
Mod podge the back thoroughly and stick them in place. I used an old credit card to smooth them down and make sure there were no creases or air bubbles. Just be gentle, especially with older comics that use thinner paper.
Once the canvas is covered, it's up to you how you arrange your other pictures. I decided that I wanted to completely cover the whole thing with Batman, meaning no speech bubbles, narrative boxes or other characters where I could help it.
The best thing to do is start with the bigger images and work your way to small. If you have the patience and want to plan it all out before sticking you can, but I just went for it. I wanted to give it a random patchwork look , and it came out looking awesome. Either way, as long as you're using a variety of images, you can't go wrong.
The problem is knowing when to stop. I used the ENTIRE comic, every single image there was. It's kind of crowded but I love it, it's exactly the way I wanted it to look. Batman sure does read a lot of papers...
The way I went about it was to paint each Batman with mod podge one by one then smooth him down into place. I haven't put a final coat over the top because the paper from the old comics is really thin, and I didn't want to over saturate it and have the images from the other side bleed through. If you're using more modern comics though with the glossy paper, they should probably be fine. But I left mine, just to be safe. It still looks great regardless.
Iron Man will probably be next, followed by Captain America. A strange mix I know, but a little Marvel - DC crossover never hurt anyone...