Sunday, October 15, 2017

Inktober 2017 - Days 8 - 14

So I started out the week with an ink drawing of one of the coolest kites that we saw last weekend.  I only wish I had video'd the movement of this one because it actually looked like it was crawling with all those folds and legs.  (Note to self to video if it and we are there next year!)

Looking for something in my photo files, or was it on my blog....., in any case this is inspired by a photo that I took several years back of a lonely swan sitting on the edge of the bay.  I wanted to add orange to the beak but I talked myself out of it.  What do you think?

I keep seeing these advertisements on Facebook for these name mandala necklaces and thought I would give it a try myself.  It took some measuring, but it was fun.  Hmmmm....... Christmas gifts??

So as I was getting my breakfast ready Wednesday morning there was a rather eerie pink glow outside that got my attention.  I glanced over the the east and the sky was streaked with oranges and pinks, lavendars and blues.  We have a lot of trees surrounding our house here so this is the best I could get of that colorful scene, but it served as my inspiration for my drawing that evening.

Although my trees are sans leaves, I like the way this came out using India inks for my sky.

Someone posted a photo of an osprey on Facebook.  The bird looked to me like a Halloween forebearer with his head dipped down and his right talons raised.  I really should have started this drawing higher to get all of the tail in also.  Lesson learned. 

And how was your Friday the 13th?  We had a pretty wacky one at school.  This background was made the other day with the leftover India inks from the sunrise picture.  I was looking up how to spell triskaidekaphobia - the fear of the number 13 and found that there was a word that meant the fear of Friday the 13th which was all the more relevant to that day.  A little lettering practice in ink.

October means pumpkins and so let there be pumpkins in India ink.  Some problems with perspective here and a lesson learned to thoroughly clean my brush before changing colors so I won't get that orange hue in my aqua sky again.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Jingle Belles - Dreaming the Embossible Dream

Those Jingle Belles are so punny.   The "embossible" dream.  Well, I can't seem to get enough of this Hero Arts background stamp which lends itself so well to heat embossing and using Color Burst and I thought it would make a great van Goghesque background for a Christmas star.

I wrapped that embossed panel with some silver stretch cording purposely skewing it a bit before I added the star popping it up with some dimensionals.  It really is more sparkly IRL than it looks here.  I added a clear jewel to the center to complete it.  

I think I'm going to have to step up my Christmas card production a bit because I'm a little behind at this point.  I can't imagine where I'd be though if I didn't take part in the Jingle Belles challenges.  They really do make the holidays a lot less overwhelming knowing that I have a head start on my Christmas cards.  

Now it's time to go and check out all the other "embossible" dreams.  Join me by clicking here.

Inktober 2017 - Days 1-7

I'm taking part in Inktober again this year and I'll be posting my ink drawings one week at a time.  There are prompts but you don't have to follow them.  You can set your own theme or choose something totally random which is what I've opted for.  The only caveat is that it be done in ink.  To me that includes markers, ink pens, gel pens, and pen and ink.  

Day 1 - A scene from Hello Dolly which I was lucky enough to get to see on October 1st with friends.

Day 2 - A rose in remembrance of the sadness caused by the Las Vegas shooting. The tendrils representing the many lives that were touched and changed forever.

Day 3 - The Yankees won the wild card game putting them in the playoffs.

Day 4 - Combined with the prompt from Scribble Picnic - BLANKET.  Our little guy sleeping with his blue blanket.

Day 5 - Inspired by a weather radar map showing the flutter of butterflies migrating over Colorado.

Day 6 - An owl lantern that HWNSNBP and I picked up at the Christmas Tree Shop.

Day 7 - One of my favorite kites we saw at the LBI Kit Festival.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Scribble Picnic - BLANKET

We're supposed to bring a BLANKET to the picnic this week.  My first thought was a baby blanket so I sketched my favorite baby and his blanket using part of a photo his mother had shared with me. 

I've been doing the Inktober challenge also so I used a Micron to pick up those sketched lines and then some Papermate Flair pens I scored in a great sale this weekend just to color the blanket. (The set of 24 at AC Moore regularly $29.99 was on special for $10 and I had a 25% off coupon on my total purchase including sale items, so I was a really good deal.)

There's nothing more peaceful, in my book, than watching a baby sleep.

I'll be venturing over to the picnic to check out all the other BLANKETs soon.  You can too by clicking here.  Next week is a fill in the blank challenge so think about joining in the fun.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

End of September Wrap Up

Finding the most color in this month was easy.

A couple of cards that Rachel asked me to make for her housemates and one extra for my mother's birthday card.  I am in love with the Hero Arts background stamp from their September release.  I embossed the swirls with clear EP on watercolor paper and then added some Color Burst randomly. The leaves are from Unity and they are embossed with black EP and then colored with Color Burst.

We couldn't fish because of the weather on Labor Day weekend so I painted one instead.  This is a 
 a Chilatherina Alleni, also known as Allen's Rainbowfish. A new species found in the Amazon reported by the WWF. 

A little addition to my 3.5 x 5" sketchbook.

The band that played the last concert of the summer at the dock on Pirate's Day was Sounds of the 60's and this is their van.  Very 60's don't you think!

And there were many sunsets that were memorable this month, but this one tonight kind of captured all the colors.  

Good night and good bye September.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Scribble Picnic - RADIO

I'm lucky to work within 10 minutes of my home.  But this gives me very little listening time on the car radio.  I do use another type of radio - a portable two-way radio more commonly known as a walkie-talkie.  It's the main way to get in touch with our school custodian, but the teachers also take one outside for recess, gym class, and daily at dismissal.  I keep it turned on on my desk throughout the day.  Mine has a special setting that allows me to also hear the transmissions from the school bus drivers and the transportation department.  This comes in handy if there's a problem on a bus or if a bus is going to be late.  The biggest problem we have with these radios however is operator error.  They are very easy to use but 1) you have to have them turned on to work, 2) you have to have them set to the correct channel, 3) you have to hold down the button while you are speaking, and 4) you have to have it with you to hear it.  I think a walkie-talkie could come in handy at one of our picnics in case someone wants to do some exploring.  

There was something else that gave me a little inspiration for RADIO. This little guy and his pint-sized Radio Flyer red wagon.  He was keeping us entertained as we were celebrating our 40th anniversary with our kids this weekend.

I was reminded that I have one just like it at home and set it up for a picture outside.  Those are orange and black pansies that we picked up in our travels this weekend.

I'm developing a thing for white pumpkins lately.  Don't know why.  

It's getting late and I need to mosey on over to see what other kinds of RADIOs there will be at the picnic. You can join me by clicking here.  And speaking of joining, if you'd like to join the picnic next week the theme is BLANKET.

Jingle Belles - Tic-Tac-Toe

Leave it up to the Jingle Belles to make a fun game into a fun challenge.  How, exactly, would I like to earn my Tic-Tac-Toe, three in a row?

I showed this to HWNSNBP and after I explained it to him, I mistakenly asked him how it fits.  I won't throw him any further under the bus but will tell you that it's the row across the top.  It's got red, snow in the form of snowflakes, and flowers.  

This is a Unity stamp that's been hiding out in the stamp cave for a looooooonnnnngggggg time and finally saw the light of day.  Kind of a Christmas mandala.

Okay, I'm heading over to the Jingle Belles blog to see all the other winners.  You can come along by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scribble Picnic - WATCH OUT

What do you think of when you hear the words WATCH OUT?  I've been asking family members that for a few days trying to come up with my idea for this week.  There were some good suggestions, but since the news has been full of hurricanes, at least here on the east coast, I decided to do another wind map.  This is about the only pretty thing that comes along with a hurricane.  And something we definitely want to WATCH OUT for if we're planning a picnic.

It took about an hour to do this in my 3.5 x 5 sketchbook with a variety of fine tip markers.  It's actually kind of relaxing.  (Especially when listening to a baseball game in the background.) I loosely follow what has been posted on the Weather NJ site as you can see below.

You can see some others of these that I've done by clicking here.

I just read that Maria has left Puerto Rico totally without electricity and it will take a very long time to get the grid up again.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them all, as well as those still recovering from Harvey and Irma.  New Jersey got a glancing from Jose, but he's still hanging around and may hook up with Maria spawning who knows what!  So we definitely will WATCH OUT.

Now to join the Picnickers and find out what else we all should be WATCHing OUT for!  Click here to join me.  

OOOOOh, I had to come back to add the prompt for next week is RADIO if you would like to join in!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bird Hijinx

Friday night as the sun was setting.

Also seen admiring the sunset - a lone blue heron.

Even he was surprised by the plop in the water.   

Next morning.  Standing guard - five soldiers in white.

But wait.  Look closer.  (Really - click to make bigger.)  Do you see him?

The soldier on the right did.  

Me thinks he might have been responsible for the plop the night before and decided to high tail it out of there!