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scarecrow fest

For the past six years, the nursery where I work holds a Scarecrow Fest/Benefit.  See, what you do is this: You can either make a scarecrow, or you can come to the Fest during the weekend (usually the second weekend of October) to vote for your favorite scarecrow in a few categories.  Plus, to be able to get a ballot, you bring a non-perishable food item for our local food pantry.  As a scarecrow maker, you can keep your scarecrow, or you can auction it off for a charity of your choosing.

I made three "Windseekers" (inspired a tiny bit by the absolutely amazing Nnedi Okorafor book Zahra the Windseeker. ) They are basically little wind chimes to stick in your garden.

scarecrow fest

It was a fun event, and a lot of food items were donated!  Oh and "The Windseekers" won first place in "Best in Motion"!

ICADs #54 and 55

A set of Golden fluid acrylics just arrived, and I am attempting to understand them.  What I need to do is find the same color in regular acrylics and do a side by side comparison, but I haven't done that yet - I just slapped some of both on some index cards and let 'em rip.

These two have both regular and fluid acrylics; #54 adds marker, and #55 adds ink stamp pad.

ICADs #54 and 55

ICADs #54 and 55

It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)

During the years, I have purchased Apple Barrel (by Plaid) acrylics from Pat Catans and or WalMart.  So I have a nice little supply of colors.  At $.83 - $1.50 or so, they're easy to pick up!

I didn't try to mix the Apple Barrel paints with mediums - I used the matte medium to glue the die-cut borders on and I wanted to see what would happen if I brushed the medium over the paint.  Because these paints are extremely matte themselves, I'll mix them with gloss medium next time around.

It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)
#32:  Acrylic paint, watercolors, gel sticks, paint pen, china marker, markers

It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)
#33:  Acrylic paint, watercolors, stamp/ink pad, paint pen, markers, die-cut border, matte medium

It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)
#34: Acrylic paint, watercolors, stamp/ink pad, paint pen, markers, die-cut border, matte medium

It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)
#35:  Acrylic paint, watercolors, stamp/ink pad, markers, die-cut border, matte medium

I'm not really happy with this series.  It has been REALLY hot and all I want to do is stay in air conditioning and sleep!  My creative energy was super low these past two days.  Tomorrow it is supposed to be 100 degrees. Yikes!

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

EDIT:  I realised that I totally forgot to post ICADS #27 and #28!  Here they are - they're monoprints (I used   a blank EZ Cut block, brayed acrylic paint on it, doodled in the wet acrylic paint, then 'stamped' it on my index card.)  I embellished with Sugarloaf markers, opaque pens, and watercolors.  

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips


This is the bright acylics + white gesso series. Stencils, metallic rub-ons, ink pad and stamps, and Sugarloaf markers are used in these too. 

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips


ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

Had fun decorating metal hair clips - my hair is growing out, and since it's summer, I need to pull it off my face and neck.  I used paint pens to decorate these - I tried to use nail polish but it was too gloppy.

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

We just had a really nice down-pour; unfortunately elsewhere in my state, there has been a lot of storm damage :(    But we didn't have anything severe here.

Hoping everyone is having a great Sunday evening.

ICADs #24-26, "hitting the ICAD wall" and other thoughts

 First off, here's ICADs  #24 -26

ICADs #24-26,
#24 - acrylic paint, permanent marker, feather

ICADs #24-26,
#25 - acrylic paint, watercolors, metallic rub-ons

ICADs #24-26,
#26 - gel sticks, permanent marker, Sugarloaf markers, ink pad  (I think I was inspired by the book "Railsea" by China Mieville, which I have just finished reading)

I have been reading some ICAD-makers' blogs and the phrase "hitting the ICAD wall" has been popping up.  I haven't been hitting as much as I'm over-thinking this project.

With all the various mediums and techniques, one part of me wants to stick with one or two techniques and thoroughly revel in them.  Then that same part of me says "well that would be boring for those other ICAD folks who are viewing the Flickr group."  Another part of me sits down and thinks "what do I want to produce today?" and then I think that perhaps this isn't what this project is all about - it's about doing not over-thinking.

So I have reached some sort of epiphany on how to continue?  Um, nope!  ;)

let's see, what has been happening ICADs #20-23 (and a little vent about 'new' art supplies)

The end of the week was a flurry of friends.  Well flurry may be over-stating it, but due to the fact that I have become such a hermit, visiting with two friends on Thursday and then meeting up with seven others Friday night is a bit of a cacophony for me! ;)

Here are some ICADs #20 - #23.

let's see, what has been happening ICADs #20-23 (and a little vent about 'new' art supplies)
#20 -stamps and stamp pads, permanent market, gel pen, watercolors, metallic rub-ons

With #20 and #21, I was testing out which ink/stamp pads are permanent enough to watercolor over.  I bought some inexpensive stamp pads at Pat Catans - unfortunately even though they work (i.e. are permanent) the colors come out too lightly.  My favorite ink pads so far are some from my stash (I have no idea how old they are) called Palette.  I have L'Amour Red and Orangerie (L'Amour Red was used in #20.)

let's see, what has been happening ICADs #20-23 (and a little vent about 'new' art supplies)
#21 Sugarloaf Stokes pens, ink pad/stamp, Micron pen, watercolors

Here I used an inexpensive ink pad.  Although it worked, the pad was already drying out. Well that is what you get for $1.47!

let's see, what has been happening ICADs #20-23 (and a little vent about 'new' art supplies)
#22 - monoprint from EZ Cut (no cuts!), acrylic paint, watercolors

Here is where I vent a little bit about PRODUCTS.  There is SOO much STUFF out there - the various pens and inks and stains and do-dads and whatchamagigs and so on and so on.  I understand that people/companies need to make money, but you don't have to purchase all the New Stuff on The Internet to get results.  For instance, I see that there is a 'new' product for doing monoprints - instead of forking over dosh to buy this new item, I decided to use an EZ Cut that I had sitting around.  Heck, if you cut on one side, the other side you can use for monoprints!!

I also have been ripping seams in Goodwill-bought items to use for some pennant/bunting strings.  I am done with all the socks for a4A by the way - now I just need to get to the post office to mail them!

Now back to my little art space to work on the ICAD for today.  Hoping everyone is having a lovely Sunday.

ICADS #6 - #10

ICADS #6 - #10
ICAD #6 - acrylic paint and permanent marker

ICADS #6 - #10
ICAD #7 - same technique as above

ICADS #6 - #10
ICAD #8 - ditto

ICADS #6 - #10
ICAD #9 - Distress Stain collage

The other day I stopped into JoAnn Fabrics and they had 50% off of some items, so I purchased some Distress Stains.  For ICAD #9 I played around with them and then torn up one index card.  Then I inked up another index card, and glued the pieces from the first index card on top.  Then I used a greenish water color to add depth to the background.

ICADS #6 - #10
ICAD #10 - Distress Stain, stamp, stencil, embossing powder

This one I sprinkled water on the background, and then stamped with black ink the square shapes.  Using a stencil, I applied embossing ink and then a dark red embossing powder.  I think you'll be seeing more ICADs using this technique! ;)

Wax resist/wax batik

Inspired by Amy McDonald's wonderful tutorial HERE, I played around tonight and made three little sketches. The photo was taken when they were still wet.  When they dried, the colors were much duller.

  NOTE:  They're not quite done - I have to wax over the entire image and then iron them - I'll update photos IF they change at all.

This is going to be so much fun!

Wax resist/wax batik

Wax resist/wax batik


5/14/12 - Okay I just waxed over the entire image, then ironed out the wax.  Here is the photo of all of them. Now you may say "it doesn't look that different" but actually it does - they come out nearly transparent and the colors much more vivid.  I LOVE this process!

Wax resist/wax batik

scarecrow festMMSA Kitchen postcard swapICADs #54 and 55It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clipsICADs #24-26, "hitting the ICAD wall" and other thoughtslet's see, what has been happening ICADs #20-23 (and a little vent about 'new' art supplies)ICADS #16 - 19:  the gel/medium seriesICADS #6 - #10Wax resist/wax batik

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