Silence is the virtue of fools. -Sir Francis Bacon
Question #86525 posted on 05/14/2016 12:12 p.m.

Dear Artistic Folks of the Board,

Would you be willing to share any of your recent artwork with us or create an original piece to share?

-Lover of Board Art


Dear Lizzie,

Recently I've been on a bit of a sewing binge. I made three quilts: one twin-bed-size, one picnic-size, and one baby-quilt-size. I included pictures of each (in that order) and a close up for detail.

Twin Size:

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The stars were what took the longest on this quilt. And they were teeny so it was hard to piece them all together. The borders were so cute that I could choose just one so I did two. The back is navy blue minky with arrows on it so it will be super soft and cuddly. Right now this quilt and the picnic quilt are getting quilted so these are the only pictures I have.


Picnic quilt:

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This one was easy and was designed and made purely because I fell in love with the fabric at the store. The back will be pink gingham, which is perfect for a picnic!


Baby quilt:

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This one was made purely out of boredom. Oops.


I also made Greg his Halloween costume, which turned out great. You have to understand I had about 3-4 weeks between school ending and me starting working so all I could think to do while at my grandparents' house was sew.

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Greg sports the costume for the character Wirt from Over The Garden Wall. For those of you who don't know what he looks like, here's a picture:



Anyways, that's what I've been up to recently! I actually just got a ton of new fabric so stay posted for new quilts!



Dear Art,

Because we recently went through and packed and unpacked all our possessions, I discovered some artwork from 1-3 years ago. Sort of recent?

Here's the mistcloak I made for Halloween last year:


Here are some random doodles I did during class of Katya the Librarian/Secret Agent:

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This is a portrait I drew for El-ahrairah for our first Valentine's Day (we're hoping it won't give anything away to people who don't already know him):




Dear Boardert,

Well, don't mind if I do. I have a bit of Brandon Sanderson fanart that I did last week that I don't mind sharing. Here's Dalinar from The Stormlight Archives, who is pretty much the coolest:


And here's Vin from Mistborn being a sass:


You can also check out my DeviantArt gallery if you want. I'm available for commissions! Email me at inverse[dot]insomniac[at] if you want to pay me a reasonable amount of money to draw a thing for you.

-Inverse Insomniac


Dear Esme,

This is the cake-topper that I made when I got married last December (that's recent enough, right?). It's not perfect, and there are a few things I'd do differently if I did it again, but I'm pleased with it overall. 

So, here it is prior to my adding the base, but with everything else complete:

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And here's how it turned out on the cake (which my aunt made, and it was perfectly moist and delicious and I wish I could eat it every day):


It was super time-consuming, but very rewarding. I would totally make a cake-topper again!



Dear Art,


That being said, there's a Rubik family tradition of making handmade cards for Mother's Day and Father's Day and birthdays and such. On Mother's Day, I was exhausted, but I still hadn't made my card. I was hoping that everyone would be really casual about it, but being Rubik's, that obviously wasn't going to be the case (the same thing happens on Easter and Halloween with egg dying and pumpkin carving). Père broke out the fancy watercolor paints, and I heard all of them working busily upstairs while Mère and I were downstairs reading and watching The Office, respectively. Eventually, they all came downstairs to present their cards AND I FELT LIKE A TERRIBLE SON. 

After wallowing for the proper amount of time, I went upstairs to where the paints were. The pressure seemed to have lessened now that everyone else was already done. I still had no idea what I was going to do; my thought process was something along the lines of "Well, I'm just going to start by putting a little bit of black paint on to make grey and then we'll see where it goes from there."

This is where it went:

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Now before everyone gets all "Frère, don't be so hard on yourself, it looks like you're a great artist," 

FIRST note the disclaimer above and

SECOND know that this card is basically one giant accident. Those kind of cool-looking clouds in the background? Accident. The fact that the hill/mountain/thing takes up most of the space? Accident (it was supposed to be only as high as it is on the left side and I was maybe going to try and paint in the moon and stars and stuff). Any significant details or good composition or anything like that? ACCIDENT.

(Also, it should be noted how it starkly contrasts from the peacefully, idyllic mountain meadow scene that Cadet Rubik painted, which is slightly visible. Actually, it was in stark contrast with all of the other cards, which were happy and cheerful and not a moody, stormy mountain scene.)

So there you go.

-Frère Rubik


Dear Paprika,

I hope hexie quilts are art, because that's what I've been working on!


This is my first one and I don't have a picture of it finished. Everything is hand-stitched, which I find relaxing. I used all scrap fabrics I had from other quilts I've made, so the colors are kind of all over the place, but I like it. I just started on my second one that actually has a cohesive fabric theme and I'm absolutely addicted to hexies!

-Marguerite St. Just


Dear LOBA,

For FHE not long ago, we had a painting with Bob Ross night. Unfortunately, more people showed up than we expected. As you can imagine for a bunch of amateur painters trying out Bob Ross, the blue paint went very quickly. Instead, I decided to use whatever colors I wanted to. This was the result: 


Not too shabby for someone whose artistic talent is usually ranked somewhere between Frère and my 7 year-old sister.



Dear Artist,

I present to you Macaroni Art 2.0:


Hope you like it!

-the Goose Girl


Dear Me Lover,

This probably isn't what you were looking for, but here are two examples of work I have done over the past year (as an engineer it's about as artsy as I can get).  

First, we have an isometric pipe drawing.  I needed a 3d way to show how some new pipe needed to be installed.  Townville Updated Isometric 1.jpg

Because I'm really proud of the way the project actually turned out I have also included an "as built" photo of the project. 

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Next, we had a few sites that we purchased last year that didn't have any P&IDs (Piping and Instrumentation diagrams).  We had to walk down each site and draw the P&IDs by hand.  Here is an example:

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(If you have ever wondered what the process is for a free flowing natural gas dehydration site, you're welcome!)

I sure hope this helps.  Please don't hate me.

- Brutus


Dear Joanne,

I tend to doodle in church, and over the years I've created a few pieces I'm fairly proud of. You have no idea how much Owlet appreciates me showing her these during Sunday School. She pretends she's not amused, but she'd be much more annoyed if I started snoring during the lesson as a result of not doodling.












Dear Lover of Board Art, 

Lately all of my projects have been for our playroom.  I'm proud to report that I started and finished this one all during General Conference AND I only used supplies that I already had.


Bet you wish you could see the whole playroom, huh.  

- Lavish 


Dearest Lover,

I've done a little art in my day.

This is my most recent big piece. Note: I DID NOT PAINT THESE LIONS. I do not want to take credit for them. I found the lion painting (approx. 3' x 4') by a dumpster near my house about two years ago, and I took it, because who could resist such majestic, inexplicably-striped beasts?

I DID PAINT the ewoks, etc.

I'm selling prints of these, by the way. So get in touch if you're interested. 

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Much Love,

Waldorf (with a lot of support from Sauron)


Dear Lover of Board Art,

I took some pictures of succulents to decorate my house. Does that count?




Dear Lover (but not mine),


I've been doing sketches during my travel time on Frontrunner. Since the other passengers would probably get creeped out if I sketched them, I just look up pictures on my phone to draw or draw from my imagination. I just finished one sketchbook and this is the start of my second one. I am very proud of finishing my first sketchbook because I tend to get really enthusiastic about projects and then just fizzle out before getting far.

My pens are running out of ink in my most-used sizes (.25-.35 millimeters) so thanks for reminding me to order more!