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Where did the week go?

I cannot believe it is Thursday night already.  Wow.

Here's a photo of the apple-pineapple-brown sugar zucchini candy. As you can see, the color is much richer.  The taste is just about the same as the other batches I have made (i.e., delicious).  I gave most of this to my friend who donated the zucchini.  She was very happy!

Where did the week go?

Another friend took me along with her yesterday to go to thrift stores and orchards.  I picked up some seconds of apples, some not-quite-ripe pears, and some plums.  Right now I have a bunch of apple slices and two plums in the dehydrator.  Cannot wait to see how they come out!

I'm marinating another batch of eggplant for jerky.  This time I was able to find "Liquid Smoke" and added some to the marinade.  Will put eggplant in the dehydrator once the fruit comes out.

Here's a little card I made for my nephew.  It was late because I couldn't think of something boy-ish. But I think this is okay.  Permanent marker and watercolors.

Where did the week go?



dehydrating basil, and a little greeting card

My husband and I went to our community garden yesterday and picked a bunch of basil.  This is a photo he took of one of our beds - filled to the brim with three types of basil.  He made a wonderful pesto to top some pasta for our dinner last night.  Today I'm drying what was left of yesterday's basil harvest.

dehydrating basil, and a little greeting card


This is a little watercolor and pen greeting card I made.

dehydrating basil, and a little greeting card


I really miss doing Index Card a Day.  I haven't been in my little basement studio room in so long.  There is so much other stuff to be doing that the day passes too quickly.  And without a project to report in for, well, that little room has been neglected.  I'll try to get in there and do some drawing or painting or something once a day next week.


boil alert!

We have been on water advisory/boil alert for 24 hours or so.  I really need a shower.  I really need to water our garden.

I made a little birthday card for one of my nieces.  Nothing fancy - just watercolors and permanent marker. I probably shouldn't have used watercolors as the color density was lacking in the blue and purple.  Oh well.  I like that the center of the sun looks like an egg!  She was recently visiting, and was the champion chicken catcher - I wonder if she'll see the connection!

boil alert!

Thank goodness I didn't make any pickles yesterday!

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 #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.

black and white postcardWhere did the week go?postcard for a niecedehydrating basil, and a little greeting cardMMSA Kitchen postcard swapboil alert!It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)ICADs #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 series

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