Sonntag, 25. Juni 2017

Acrylic Painting

Arabian Stallion

This is from an old photo of *Mirage, a stallion imported from the dessert to America around the turn of the last century. He became a foundation sire of the breed. He was in my Arabian gelding's pedigree, too.

I have some plans underway, and this is part of it, so this painting is a departure from the watercolors I have been doing. (Last night had computer maintenance going on and other things so no post yesterday and this is posted via i-pad.) 

This is the second iteration, revised from from some inaccurate proportions.
The following is the third version, and final, with head accoutrements.
The whole work was done in ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, and white, with a touch of metallic silver on the chain.
The lighting difference is from outside to inside.


Blessings on your Sunday. 

Freitag, 23. Juni 2017

One More To Go

A Little Owl

One more door needs a design. This was today's drawing, to get put on the door.....soon, maybe.

Assignment: find the differences between this version and the next. It got some additions for finishing.

Ready for laser - Sperlingskauz.
in German, owls have various names, depending on their size and shape. Not just "barn owl and great horned owl and  snowy owl," but names that mean owl but are more specific: Uhu for big "horned"owls, Kauz for small round-headed owls, and Eule (from which we get our English word) for the others.

And all these scribbles make an owl.

After the weekend, Maria's kitchen should look different, and we will try to share pictures, if someone remembers a camera.

Donnerstag, 22. Juni 2017

Maria's kitchen cupboard doors

Maria had a friend redo the kitchen in her chalet, except for the cupboard doors. She chose five local animals to be lasered onto the doors by Florian.

Red deer

Red fox


Kinglet and chickadee
Trial pieces

The cone was the first practice with the laser machine.
The little birds were done with a woodburning tool to try out the concept of added paint washes.

We decided we liked the paint washes, so the doors were enhanced accordingly.

Mittwoch, 21. Juni 2017

Mother Galaxy

The Hand that rocks the Cradle
Is The Hand That Rules The World

Blessings on the hand of women! 
Angels guard its strength and grace, 
In the palace, cottage, hovel, 
Oh, no matter where the place; 
Would that never storms assailed it, 
Rainbows ever gently curled; 
For the hand that rocks the cradle 
Is the hand that rules the world. 

Infancy's the tender fountain, 
Power may with beauty flow, 
Mother's first to guide the streamlets,
From them souls unresting grow-- 
Grow on for the good or evil, 
Sunshine streamed or evil hurled; 
For the hand that rocks the cradle 
Is the hand that rules the world. 

Woman, how divine your mission 
Here upon our natal sod! 
Keep, oh, keep the young heart open 
Always to the breath of God! 
All true trophies of the ages 
Are from mother-love impearled; 
For the hand that rocks the cradle 
Is the hand that rules the world. 

Blessings on the hand of women! 
Fathers, sons, and daughters cry, 
And the sacred song is mingled 
With the worship in the sky-- 
Mingles where no tempest darkens, 
Rainbows evermore are hurled; 
For the hand that rocks the cradle 
Is the hand that rules the world. 

--William Ross Wallace

Dienstag, 20. Juni 2017

Father's Day Quick Sketches

I haven't much to show you this week, except if you'd care to apply your precious eyeballs to my quick pen sketches on Father's Day things...

XD Hope all the dads you know had a great day!

Samstag, 17. Juni 2017

Not Accessible

Away and Filled

No posts from me recently, if any one was wondering, because I was hither and yon, and now my computer space is in a delicate operation. 

I had to wait a few minutes for something the other day, so started this flower, from a picture Mary shared. My flowers are gorgeous now, but painting time is not forthcoming.

This post is done on the I- Pad, so I am restricted in capabilities.

The second picture is one of  the Peach Chutneys I made today. Join us for dinner after church tomorrow to try it.



Blessings on your weekend.

Donnerstag, 15. Juni 2017

More Galaxies

I've been keeping up with the galaxy watercolor challenge.  The one above is a Shakespeare quote.

For the above, I combined challenges.  The prompt for the galaxy one was "red and yellow" and another was "sun", so I couldn't resist putting those together.  With some Victor Hugo, of course.

This poem always makes us laugh:

Scintillate, scintillate, globule vivific!
In vain do I ponder thy nature specific--
Precariously poised in the ether capacious,
Closely resembling a gem carbonaceous;
Scintillate, scintillate, globule vivific,
In vain do I ponder thy nature specific!

Pleeeeease tell me you get it...

The above prompt was "metallics" and I do not have a fancy metallic watercolor palette that is so popular right now (sooo expensive!), so I used some mica shimmer powders that I have.  It was hard to control, and was drying too fast, so I didn't get it blended quite right, but it was fun to play with.

And then, sometimes, there are good ideas (well, that's questionable) that go bad.

This one just kept getting worse.  It was my first try for the "metallic" prompt, and I did a blue galaxy, then tried to layer it with acrylics and make it into a mixed media piece.  I used some texture paste that I tried to write on when it dried... and it is just awful in so many ways.  Messy, sloppy, and poorly laid out.  Oh well-- win some, loose some.  Most mixed media artists would probably just say it needs more layers... lots more layers... like to cover it all up, I'm thinking.

And today's prompt was "circle" and I was trying to be creative, but... meh.  Not really the effect I was going for.  Not enough luminescence, too much "mud".  I really should not have used staining pigments for this, and should have worked wetter for more blending.  It's been really hot here and I'm noticing my watercolor dries super fast and it's been hard to get dark and blendy at the same time.

Evan was watching me this time and wanted to try his own.  It is fun to make art with the kids, even if a galaxy Venn diagram wasn't the best thing I ever came up with!

Dienstag, 13. Juni 2017

Pac-Man Bracelet How-to

Friendship bracelet making is so much fun. My only regret is that I didn't discover this absorbing craft until I was already an adult. haha.

Okay, so this pattern is the most difficult I've done so far, but it was SO WORTH IT and I think it turned out pretty well! However, if you are just starting out, I suggest you try a little less complicated design, such as the traditional diagonal or chevron ones. This post is mainly going to just be showing you what I did to get this bracelet, but if it inspires you to try the craft out for yourself, that would be totally awesome! The more, the merrier, they say, right? :D

I found my Pac-Man pattern chart on Pinterest. If you want to really get into this, I seriously recommend checking out what is available on that site! <3 I have a whole board full of friendship bracelet designs I've saved to do sometime.

(p.s. I apologize for the bad lighting. I usually did this project after work... like 10-12 at night...)

So, some "basics" notes:


Every dot of the pattern on the chart is a double knot. You make the double knots with two right knots, two left knots, or one of each, as your design calls for.

TIP: Make sure you keep the string that you are knotting AROUND taut -- if you leave it too loose while you tighten the knot, you may end up reversing the color of the knot (totally not speaking from experience, of course, lol). In the pictures below, the yellow string is being knotted around the black one; you'll want to keep the string there as straight as possible -- without yanking the whole project free of whatever you're using to hold/clip it down. XD

"right knot" (looks kind of like a 4)
"left knot" (looks kind of like a backward 4)

Things you will need:


Scissors, something to hold your project (a clip board works fabulously for this), different colors of braiding string (I also use embroidery thread -- works pretty well!), and two hands. XD

Step 1: Measure your string and cut it.

Check your pattern to see how many of each of the colors you will need to cut. Always err on the side of too much when deciding how long to make the strings. I can't tell you how many times I've been saddened by an almost-complete bracelet that ran out of road, haha!

The length I cut for this bracelet was about 3'8", but I had a few inches left over when I was done.

Step 2: Get started.

I ran out of black in the type of string I was cutting for the project, so I used a piece of embroidery thread -- see how it's kind of strandy?
Once you have all of your strings together, tie the ends in an overhand knot. If you'd like to make my favorite slidy-closure (explained near the end of this post), tie another overhand knot about 2" below the first one. (My knotting board thing here has inches marked along the side, and I never even noticed before this project, haha!)

Clip, or otherwise secure, your knotted end to your work surface, and separate your strands according to your chosen pattern.

Step 3: Start knotting!

In the beginning, it's extra important to be patient and keep track of where your strings are, because all the newly-made knots like to clump together toward the last big overhand knot you made. Go slowly, and check with your pattern to make the first few rows.

see how it's kind of bunching, up toward the clip?

but then it gets straighter

what fun!

(Don't worry if your knots don't "dance" [as my sister referred once to even, pretty knots] at first -- believe me, my first few projects were NOT pretty, but as you get the hang of keeping the tension and stuff, you WILL get better! :D)

Step 4: Keep going!


Once your first rows stop bunching, it will be much easier to see where you are as you work your way down. As you get further along, check the length of the finished part of the bracelet against your wrist to make sure you do not make the bracelet too big. You will want to leave a little extra room for more overhand knots and your slidy-closure -- I left about an inch of space with mine.

Step 5: Finish the pattern!

You should be able to kind of gauge when you want to stop double-knotting your pattern. After the last row, take the bracelet off your work surface and tie off the bottom with an overhand knot. For the slidy-closure, tie another overhand knot 2" below it, like you did when you started.

Step 6: Make a slidy-closure (optional)

I love how this type of closure makes the bracelet adjustable, and so easy to take on and off. (I can't wear bracelets at work)

You will want to line up the two ends of your bracelet like so:

Take another length of the same type of string you used for your project. You won't need more than a foot, and you can usually just use an leftover piece from when you cut the ends of the strings when you were done knotting. You will want to loop this string around the back of both ends as shown:

Then you do a little bit of cobra knotting.  I did about four sets of these knots, but you can do more or less if you want.

this is a two-part knot, also -- first part

and the second goes the opposite direction

When you're done cobra knotting, pull both ends of that string together and tie an overhand knot. I usually like to make my knot off to the side, because I think it looks neater, but you can pretty much knot it wherever you want to. Once you're sure this is secure, you can cut the string.


You have a fabulous new accessory that you made all by yourself. I am personally addicted to this craft. If you get carried away and make more bracelets than you could ever wear, I hope you have as generous and appreciative siblings or friends as I do, whom you can make presents of the bracelets to. Haha! XD (Boys can wear them, too!)(AND MAKE THEM)

Well, I hope that was fun to read at least! It was kind of fun to write. :) I love converting people to my favorite crafts when I can, haha!

If you have any questions, please let me know! I am not online here more than once a week usually, so check back for answers after a while. :)

I hope you will try this kind of bracelet-making if you never have before, or that you will try it again if you have in the past! It's so much fun, and I'd absolutely love to see your creations!

Montag, 12. Juni 2017

"Creepy Baby"

Not So Very

Too much time later, this is what it is. My children said, "That is a creepy baby, Mom," to which one appended, "But I like it," and another said unmentionables. The class directions are to do the painting of this sort, then make a soft doll from the figure. I think I will like the last part, but this painting did not go well.

On to other stuff.