Busier Than Usual

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You’d think that since I’m spending all this time at home these days, I’d be caught up with my work – perhaps even ahead of schedule!

You’d be wrong.

For some reason, since my children are at home, I am now in charge of making sure EVERYONE gets all their stuff done.  So even though I usually finish each day feeling like I’ve been productive, some days it isn’t MY stuff that I’m getting done.

Argh.

Also, there is a new position opening up at my job in August that I want (hopefully I’m back to work then).  So I’m updating my resume, doing some work creating curriculum, and planning out lessons.  Spreadsheets make my brain hurt. 😦

While all that is good, it means I haven’t been keeping up here like I should.  I’ve been drawing, but I haven’t been doing much writing lately (besides lessons).  I’ve actively been avoiding social media, because it’s too stressful right now.

Rather than sleep all day (which is an appealing thought many days), I’ve pulled out some projects for me to work on to keep me sane.

I love puzzles, so I gathered all the ones I had and I’m slowly working my through them.  (I have pictures of my progress, but I haven’t gotten them off the camera card yet.)

I’m also working on a challenge that Ann over at Ann’s Immaterium posted – to ‘paint the crap you already own.’  I have a lot of D&D minis that have been languishing in drawers for almost a year, so I’m going to try and power through painting them.  So far I have some washed and mold lines removed, some base coated, and some done except for bases.  Again, I have pics, but I haven’t taken them off the camera card.  I’ll try to post them here soon.  I’m not a fantastic painter, but just getting them done and off my plate will be nice. 😀

I have another online class starting tomorrow, so I guess I’d better get busy!

Mandala Fresco

More experimentation with digitally coloring the mandalas.  Anne over at Anne’s Immaterium had asked about using one of my designs in a D&D game, which I thought sounded fun.

I started thinking about how I might use them myself, and then I decided to see what they might look like.  So I colored in one of the designs in Procreate.

Mandala 30 Colored

Nice, but not exactly what I had in mind.  So, I opened iColorama and played around with various filters and things there until I had something I liked.

After a few false starts, here is what I ended up with:

Mandala 30 Frescoed

I like how it looks like a fresco or something you’d find painted on an old wall.  It looks like some of the paint has been worn off – by time, people touching it, who knows?

Miniature Painting

With school starting back up and me going back to work, finding time for everything I want to do in my schedule has been nigh impossible.

I have a ton of miniatures waiting to be painted, including my Kickstarter set of all the Critical Role miniatures from Campaigns 1 and 2.

Right now I have about 10 minis base painted with black, waiting for me to sit down with a brush.  I have some zombies in a half-done state and a couple of Hero Forge 3D printed minis waiting as well.

The painting has kind of taken a back seat, not only due to lack of time, but because my regular D&D group has gone online, rather than meeting face-to-face.  I love the flexibility of playing online (who doesn’t want to play D&D in their comfy pjs?!), but I miss playing with minis and maps.

Perhaps I can find another face-to-face group – you know, in all that mythical free time I have! 😛

Here’s one mini I did manage to complete – a pack mule for our party.

Donkey Miniature PaintedHe’s a plain Jane mini, but it was fun to paint something other than a humanoid form for once.  Too bad we only got to use him once or twice before we went online. 😦  But he’s still cute!

Gnome Rogue

Gnome RogueOne of the things I like to do is paint miniatures for my Dungeons and Dragons© games.  My children love to play as well and so we’ve purchased various miniatures for use in our games.

When 3D printing hit the scene years ago, I was excited to see what that would mean for miniatures.  One of the cool things we discovered was a website called Hero Forge.  Using their site, you can customize your miniatures for your player characters.  You can either have them print the mini and ship it to you, or you can purchase the file and print it yourself.  We’ve done both, but our 3D printer just doesn’t do quality minis.

The picture above is a gnome rogue that one of my kids designed for their character.  It’s a gnome rogue printed by Hero Forge in their basic plastic.  I think it turned out pretty well.  Now if I could just figure out how to take better photos!