Gosh, I'm almost embarrassed to blog today, I have been such a slug lately! No explaining it, don't understand it, hoping for motivation soon!
In the meantime, I just wanted to share a good deal with you from Blitsy. Blank calendars available for the next three days, or while supplies last...so HURRY!!! There are several sizes, I got the 8.5x11 for only $3.50! I have everything I need to make these myself (including the spiral binding) but it is just so much easier and maybe even cheaper to order it... so I did. (click on picture to access online)
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Still taking Candice's class and I'm here to tell you that SHE IS AWESOME!!! One of the most giving folks I've met in a while. Not to mention she is just so good at this watercolor thing. And I so AM NOT! She makes "doodling" look so effortless, seriously, it just happens with her... I'm going to hope that that will come with practice because it IS NOT so easy for me! I'm only going to show you my pitiful attempt at this because she really wants to see what students are doing.
Now, first, in my defense, I was silly enough to try to do watercolor on canvas! DUMB! DUMB! DUMB! EVERYTHING acts differently on canvas! Honestly, watercolors should only be done on watercolor paper in my opinion...then you kinda know what to expect! Seriously, I used a waterproof black pen that ran! And a non-waterproof pen that I THOUGHT I would be able to blend out to the next color... NOT! Colors were darker than I wanted and just sat there until they dried, no soaking at all so instead of pretty transitions it was blobby....UGH!!! Almost everything on this mess is an attempt to fix the last mess I made!
And then of course, add to that the tactical errors I made color wise, put colors next to other colors that should never have been.... I'm sorry Candice, I promise to do better .....
BUT, practice makes perfect right???
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I have decided to start calling my blog the LAZY MAN DOODLE BLOG! I have just not been in the doodling mood lately. Not too sure what is up with that but I haven't wanted to do much of anything. So, today's doodle is brought to you by my PC and CorelDraw!
ANYWAY, this morning I got the strangest email from Google that someone wanted me to share a .pdf file with them....OK...talk about have to DIG DEEP to figure out what the heck!? Well, 2.5 years ago I found a free online tool called Tartan Designer ...COOL TOOL!! You can make a BAGILLION different plaids... if plaids float your boat. Well, way back then I offered a free plaid alphabet on my other blog and that's what the person was asking for! GO FIGURE!
Today, I went back to the site and played a bit more and made some purple and gold in honor of all my family back in Louisiana.
OH! And, I have been meaning to mention that I LOVE to learn so I'm taking yet another online class. This one is from Candice Dillhoff
I don't usually share when I take a class because they are usually NOT WORTH THE MONEY! I think some people get a little bit greedy and I don't try to sell their stuff for them. But, today I share Candice's because it is just $25 for 12 lessons, 2 a week for 6 weeks. We got our first lesson today...three separate videos with exercises to go with the last two. Heck, just the printables make the class worth the money, I think. So, if you have $25 to spare, come join the fun! Not to worry, it is self paced so you won't be too late.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
A sweet friend turned 80 this weekend so I found myself in need of a quick birthday card. She LOVES putting jigsaw puzzles together so I made one for her as her card. This was the picture I used: (can you guess her favorite color?)
And this is the die I used to cut the puzzle. I bought it to make puzzles for small children to occupy them while in a restaurant. I thought I'd have some in my purse and when they started getting restless I would give them one.
It was a really quick task.
- Make the picture in CorelDraw
- Print it onto 8.5x11 label paper
- Stick that down onto book board
- Run through die cut
I then put the pieces in a small paper bag and decorated it with washi tape and a paper flower I had sitting close by.
OH MY GOODNESS! You would have thought I had given her the moon! Thrilled. I also gave her a gift card to her favorite store and a hat with a flower. I wish now I would have taken a picture because she was too cute in that hat!
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Playing with watercolor blending...love all the color!
I started with a grid that I printed onto a white piece of watercolor paper. At first I chose colors to blend on purpose then I decided that the only way to ever remember what colors I was using was to number each color and write the number in each corner. As I was numbering the few that I had already done I decided to just randomly number each square without looking at the color the numbers represent thus making the blend colors completely random, blends I may never have tried on purpose.....better. After I finished I filled in all the background with a black, broad tip, sharpie.
I'm thinking there are inches in there somewhere just crying to come out.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
I'm not too sure why I wanted the lacy look because there is absolutely NOTHING about me that says "lacy"... except, I do like lace and I really appreciate the work that goes into making it... But, you won't find any lace in my home or on my person! For sure!
Well heck! Nothing makes a mistake "POP" like posting it on the internet! Can you spot it? Arrrrgh!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
This past week I decided that I wanted to do a border font. As in, every letter is a different part of a border so that if a letter is repeated it creates a border....OR use combinations of letters. See what I mean below:
Here is what I have so far:
I'm sure I'll make it available soon but it has been a lot of work and before I spend much more time on it I would rather see if there is any interest because I can live without fixing the things I know would have to be fixed if I sell it... Like more corners and such.
This one will probably cost $15 because the combinations are limitless!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Today I decided to do a test. First I tore a couple of 8.5" x 11" pages from a 22" x 30" sheet of watercolor paper. I wanted to see if I could print something using my Epson printer onto the paper then watercolor it without the ink spreading when I added water.
Below is like the original file that I printed (I closed it without saving it so I had to recreate it to share with you) Everything but the text was added by hand:
The large font is one I have available under the "My Font Store" in the menu above called MFH Stitches. (the "e" is different now because after I saw it printed on my original I decided to change it).
You are welcome to download the black and white version as soon as I can figure out how to do it! I use to use Google Docs but I don't think that exists anymore??? All I could find was Picasa so I downloaded that and it has been loading every picture on my PC forever now!!! I have 1000s!!! I'm hoping it will also help me see what I have where. We shall see! You can try right clicking and saving it that way, I'm just not sure of the .dpi.