SCS WATERCOLOR AND COLORED PENCIL

WOW…SCS ..outdid theirselves this past couple of weeks…this weeks post is all about techniques  and since i am behind …it seems like they are perfect to share…. the first one MONOCHROME PENCIL this is a very concise and simple lesson on how to use your colored pencils to create depth and dimension with your stamps or even with your drawn letters…

SCS MONOCHROME PENCILs

This is such a great technique and they made it very quick and simple…so if it was me ( and I did) I would bookmark it so you can go back to the video and look at it again…then try the technique while you are sitting in front of the tv…..One of the best hints I saw was using the technique of holding the pencil up near the top of the pencil to achieve the very light color…. I have been playing with colored pencils for a long time and I can tell you that getting the lightest color , when you know that you have a heavy hand, is quite difficult so this is a technique that I will definitely try.  My HINT: if you try this technique and feel like you have it down , then what usually happens with me is that I use it for a while and then I don’t ….then the next time I decide to try it my results are not so good… like lettering this is  technique that it would be good to review if you haven’t used it in a while…like do a test of shading from light to dark before you tackle the project and end up getting poor results…sometime its not like just riding a bicycle….lol….

cling wrap and watercolor

CLING WRAP TECHNIQUE This is also a great technique and one I have used a lot to create backgrounds…..however this one had a new twist…in the past using watercolor paper I have always wet the paper and then applied the color directly to the W/C paper then gently placed a piece of cling wrap over the paper and pushed it around with my fingers to create the lines and spaces…THEN MOST IMPORTANT IS TO LET IT DRY OR ALMOST DRY before you remove the cling wrap….as you can see from their video it they are suggesting that you put the watercolor on the cling wrap and then place the paper on top of that and flip it over and mush it around a little again letting it mostly dry before you remove the cling…MY HINT: while in most cases stamping over the top of this background would not be a problem ….however if you spray the background lightly with a SPRAY FIXATIVE….(readily available at any craft/art store or on amazon) it will seal the background and it will for sure not bleed when stamping or lettering over it.  If you want to leave white spaces in the background then you can use a masking fluid to achieve it… do let the masking fluid dry completely before using the cling wrap technique…

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STREET ART This an amazing video,  this guy takes incredible junk and creates some of the most amazing street art I have ever seen…. I especially like the grasshopper as I have always seen myself as a grasshopper ( from the fairy tale the grasshopper and the ants)..but all of his creations are just wonderful..

TIRE ART BLAKE Mac FARLAND…is a pitcher for the TORONTO BLUE JAYS…he is also an incredible artist… using not paint or ink but TIRES…old tires, used tires …you will have to go look at his sculptures and see for yourself just how incredible they are….

Ok guess that’s all for this week…so AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

LETTERING AND DOGS AND MOM

Ollie on arm of couch

MY schedule has been kinda hectic lately most due to caring for my Mom… when we first moved her back to FLORIDA ( at her request ) she was living in and INDEPENDENT living apartment… and she was quite independent… she had her small dog and she was perfectly capable both physically and mentally of taking her out regularly and feeding her etc. She had full kitchen although she only used it rarely as she had meals supplied and maid service once a week  and a laundry at the end other hall… but after being there for about 4-5 yrs she was having more and more problems mentally she had been diagonised with ALZHEIMERS…and she was on arrest t medicine which while not preventing or reversing the disease would slow it down and it did……for a while then the facility went through a major renovation and while she was still physically in great shape mentally it was just too much for her and we moved her to an ASSISTED facility… less people still got meals and they cleaned her room once a week and now they did her laundry and she still had her dog…although this was a new rescue dog as her previous dog had died… eventually she was less unable to care for dog mentally forgeting things and trying to feed him strange stuff like packets of diet sugar..etc… finally we had to not only take the dog away ( we have him) but move her to a MEMORY CARE facility….smaller yet and more caregivers and more activity and much smaller room… this was just recently  and it was really a tough move but for the best for her…and for the dog…I hope that this is in some way helpful to others who may be going thru or about to go thru the same thing… and I will answer any emails that I receive, as best as I can  with questions regarding this horrid disease.

When we adopted the dog she was adamant about calling HIM MOLLY previous dogs name and occasionallly she would remember he was a boy but still she called him Molly..so when we had to remove the dog we took him …..He is a wonderful dog and was wonderfully trained before she or we got him… he sleeps in till about 10 he only goes out about 3 times a day ( that is great since we are in a condo and this means elevator). We had not had any pets for about 30 years but we have adjusted to each other well I think, however we are not sure we can keep him due to fact that we are back and forth from WA to FL and taking him on a plane doesn’t sound appealing and driving cross country every time doesn’t sound good either ….we just haven’t committed yet but he is adorable and such a great dog…no barking except if someone comes to door… he is very loving.  He is mostly Shi ZHU with some dachshund  thrown in we think as he is very long in the body…

Ollie ..early morning …not time to get up yet..lol

I know I know …I changed from Molly to Ollie but apparently I now have him as a CAT….poor Ollie…

If we end up driving home this is Ollie’s car seat and he loves it ….

mom in her new place ready to go out to lunch (91)

OK ENOUGH about Dogs and Mom … now to the lettering with ST Paddy’s day so close I have chosen one of my favorite monolines…. I CALL IT KIWI…so think green… lol… I apologize for it not being a very clean copy but I am behind and I just didn’t have time to re do it and its been scanned /copied one to many times…still I think you can see it well enough to try to play with it… enjoy…

EYE CANDY

STREET TRASH This guy uses street trash to create large animals…its just amazing what he can make…. I love the grasshopper because if you remember the story of the grasshopper and the ants…. the grasshopper was the lazy one….and I have always thought of myself as a grass hopper…. check it out…

TIGHTLY ROLLED NEWSPAPER a japanese artist highly rolls newspaper to create incredible art… animals…you won’t believe…. just wonderful…. give it a look …

TIRE ART...Blake Mc Farland….makes amazing art using old tires…. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible they are so click on the blue link and check it out for yourself…

Ok that’s it for this week… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…. wire headed cyber toad…aka Kath…