What arts and crafts have you done in your lifetime? Are there some you’d like to try your hand at some day but haven’t found the time?
I guess I hail from a fairly artistic family, because my mother was an artist who started in tole painting and later moved on to oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media. She also was into calligraphy (mostly Chinese brush characters) and antique furniture staining (she was also an accomplished classical guitarist, as well). I recall getting a leather punch kit when I was a kid and made a decorative bookmark and a wallet, but once the leather included in the kit was used up I never did anything else related, apart from drilling extra holes in belts. As teen I got a calligraphy kit for Christmas one year, and to this day it’s a skill I still use from time to time for party invitations or signing fancy certificates and such. I primarily do ‘Old English’ lettering but was requested to do a piece one time for a friend in that very Germanic ‘Fraktur’-style lettering (and no, it was not a ‘Congratulations on your graduation from SS boot kamp’ certificate or an expulsion edict).
As an adult, I bought a wood burner and a couple of pattern books a few years back, but apart from decorating a horse-themed wood jewelry box, have really not had the time (post-Junior) to do anything else with it. I’ll probably pick it up again when Junior graduates from high school in 13 years. Similarly, I bought a glass etching kit around the same time and did one small piece and ended up putting it in storage once Junior came along. I guess I also tend to be a ‘jack of all trades but master of none’ kinda guy, and have difficulty perfecting one talent before wanting to eagerly embark on the next.
I would like some day like to take up stained glass or fine wood carving, but to be honest that may only happen on that One Wishful Day upon retirement when I suddenly find myself with a surplus of free time on my hands (hah).
Any serious photographers out there? Scrap bookers? Knitters/crochet-ers? Baking (any master bakers out there)? Jewelry making? Pumpkin carving? Painters? Anyone ever create artistic antique-style maps? What arts and crafts are you into?