Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Mt.Washington and Smile, Create Repeat art.

This will be my last post before Christmas so Merry Christmas if you celebrate Christmas and if you don't I hope you are enjoying the holoday season however you choose to celebrate (or not to celebrate). Anyway I wanted to share what I made with this months smile, create, repeate box.
This smile, create, repeat box was a fountain pen and a red brush pen.

a close up
My inspiration for this silly snowman was a day trip to Mt.washington where we fed the whiskey jacks. For anyone that doesn't know whiskey jacks are an alpine bird that for some reason has no fear of humans and will land on your hand to eat. Here are some pictures..
Here is my inspiration for the picture
Hello Jack!

They would cram so many peanuts in there mouths it was unbelievable. They would fly off and stash them somewhere I think and then come back for more.

a beak full of peanuts

Aaron getting swarmed

There were also squirrels which where a little hard to feed as the whiskey jacks could be a but aggressive toward anyone trying to get in on the food but we managed to get him a few nuts.

Anyway thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Camel Drawing and A Plant Watering System

I decided to take a little break from Christmas stuff and make something with the supplies I got in my most recent art snacks box...
Art Snacks supplies and the picture I made with them

and a close up
I started out not really having any idea what to draw so I flipped through a national geographic travel magazine and found this image that I liked...

 I mentioned in my last post that I made self watering thingys for a couple of my house plants here is the first one...
Self watering device made with a terracotta pot and a saucer which you glue together then seal with silicone.

then you bury it in your planter and pour the water in the hole in the bottom (top now) of the terracotta pot and the water slowly seeps through the terracotta to water your plant.

I got the idea for this a long time ago when I seen a video about ollas which I thought was really cool. There are some tutorials at the end of the video. The second one I made was a lot simpler and the method I think I would use in the future and it is...
seal the hole in the bottom of the pot with silicone and bury it in the soil then..
cover it with a small plate to prevent evaporation I like this better for 2 reasons first it's easier and second you can see when it needs to be refilled more easily. So far these seem to be working great.

  Well that's all for now thanks as always for stopping by and have a great day!


Monday, December 15, 2014

A Sock Snowman and Some Cute Cookies

   Hello there, well I haven't been posting a lot lately because most everything I've been working on has been Christmas gifts and I don't want to ruin the surprise for any of the girt recipients who might look at my blog every now and again. But I did make one thing I can post about, my Aunt hosted a ladies craft night yesterday evening where a bunch of gals got together and made sock snowmen. It was lot's of fun and there was lot's of laughter. Anyway here is my snowman...
These are very simple and fun to make and there are a lot of examples and tutorials online.
   Here are a few video tutorials just in case your interested
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmMAkhMLYrk
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apmzfte0BjE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXuQ2NEz2-s
 as you can see there are lots of different approached you can take to make one of these fellows you can go as simple or as complex as you like look this person even made Olaf from Frozen.
   I completely forget to get a photo of all the completed snowmen together but you get the idea.


I also just had to share these adorable barnyard cookies that I bought at the farmers market made by the same lady that made the sugar skull cookie I showed here..
I just love the local farmers market there are so many great people there. We actually currently have 2 in Port Alberni I usually only get to the one that's closest to my house. There are so many interesting tables there selling crafts, homemade bread and baked goods, homemade soap and shampoo bars, essential oils, honey and in the summer time local produce. The Cherry Creek Farmers market (the one I normally go to) has also acquired a mascot, a big old yellow lab shows up almost every Saturday to great everyone and see if he can get a few snacks, sometimes we even meet up on my way there and walk together.
   Anyways that's about all for the time being I'm trying out some homemade self watering thingys (come on spell check thingys is totally a word ha ha) that I think I'll share tomorrow as I need to take some pictures. So far they are working well though and if you have as many plants as I do anything that makes watering easier is always much appreciated.
  As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the holiday season in whatever way you choose to celebrate it!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pigment and Pallette Bumble Bee

Almost forgot to share what I made with the last Pigment and Pallet box.
I really like the print they sent very cool

and here are the contents of the box a black oil paint stick, yellow gauche, a whale tail paint brush and watercolor paper.

I used the gouache and oil paint along with 2 gauche paints out of my stash so I could create a lighter orangey yellow for the wings.
Anyway that's that I suppose have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Faux Agate Fail and 2 Cider Jug Lamps

I decided to try my hand at polymer clay the other day and decided to try this tutorial by the NerdECrafter to make faux agates, it went pretty well and I was really happy with how things where going then I baked them and well...


Ya I burned the crap out of them, do you know how bad burned polymer clay smells it's literally nauseating and it sticks around. It was pretty heartbreaking after I had spent so much time on these and polymer clay isn't cheap either but oh well these things happen. I do want to say that Jackie's instructions are correct and I did follow them but we have figured out that the thermostat in the oven is broken so it doesn't stop heating up when it reaches the right temperature. I have burned a few things recently when I was certain I followed the directions and the oven has been shutting itself off and flashing F1 at us so we figured out what was the problem and will have to get a new oven now. Anyway at least I know I can follow directions ha ha.
  So anyway onto a project that did turn out when we moved into our house there where some cider jugs in the crawl space which I knew right away I wanted to make into lamps and I have finally gotten around to doing it. My husband wanted to put christmas lights inside the jugs which I think added a really nice touch anyway here they are...
First with both the light bulb and LED's lit up
then just the LEDs
and the second one with blue LEDs
and just the LEDs
I drilled a hole in the bottom of the jug to run the cord through and if anyone wants to know how to drill glass let me know and I'll tell you what I have learned. Just so you know it's not hard but it takes forever and requires patience so it's probably not for everyone. Also there is always the chance your bottle will crack or break and it usually happens when your nearly done and have already spent a half hour (more or less depending on the glass) drilling. If you're still interested let me I'm certainly no expert but I've drilled a few holes in glass now and have learned a few things that I think are worth sharing.
   I also made some hanging planters for my kitchen apperently I haden't had enough drilling through things the take forever and a day this time I chose potttery, which is a bit easier and less likely to break but still takes a long time. Anyway here they are...

I picked up these pots at the dollar store and drilled 3 holes in each of them (I keep wanting to spell hole wole today for some reason) then I used some big jump rings I got at a garage sale to loop through the holes and attached one foot lengths of chain then added an S ring at the top of the 3 chains to hold them together and hang the the pots by. I really don't know of I would do this again it took such a long time to drill the holes I don't think I ever want to drill glass or pottery again ha ha.
 Anyway as always thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

642 things to draw #2

Here are some more pages from my 642 things to draw book..
A Knot, An old Key and a submarine. My octopus reminds me of Dr.Zoidbeg from Futurama.


The milky way definatly my least favorite so far ha ha this did not turn out how I was imagining it at all. Oh well failure is an inevitable part of art and life to for that matter.

I'm really happy with this page a mosquito, a fruit cocktail, a peg leg and a spigot. I used my Derwent Graphitint pencils which I just love to add the bits of color.

A roller coaster.
Those are the pages I've completed recently I hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by.