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Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Paper Scavenger Hunt

I'm finally inspired to make some glue-book pages in my Documented Faith-book, so I'm going to be scouting around for images and words to fill the pages. I have a list here of things I'll be collecting. Hopefully I'll find enough to fill one page apiece!

In 2015 I challenged myself to look for Bits and Pieces of paper that I could use for artist trading cards and I found quite a bit in my home and craft barn that I'm still using from, however, the stash is getting low, so I've decided to challenge myself to find more, but not just in my house and craft barn, but to see what I can find outside of my home.

Just like last time, I'll describe what I find from time to time, for one month. If you have followed me in the past, I like long posts, so come back to see what I've added to this one from time to time. If you would like to follow along and challenge yourself to see what you can find, list in the comments below the paper ephemera you found (be nice, no nudes or profanity please. I keep a family rated blog). The prize will be your collection of images and words that you've collected during your own scavenger hunt!

I've been watching many videos of glue-book collectors on YouTube and have some idea of the things they have been using to cut images from, so one of the first things I've done is order travel brochures from here and here  for inspirational themed places! I know about a few since I've written biographies about the people who lived or created them here.

Next I took a plastic shopping bag and went around my house, picking up paper items to put into it. I especially raided my husband's pile of stuff he pulls from his pocket at night and never throws away. I would have enough to do a two page spread (or more) if I used what I found there, but since I'm looking for specific kinds of things, I might not. So anyway, I'll be going through this sack, cropping and stuffing things into my Faith-book sleeves that have already been prepared to receive them.

1.) Tonight, my goodie bag holds Cracker Barrel sacks my husband has been saving for me as I like the graphics on the outside; crinkled tissue paper from Christmas gifts that I've been saving for gelli-prints; a gold envelope; a Formica sample; a quarterly school district newsletter (good for both images and words for my word-bank); a Hershey's cookie sack; some prescription paper (good to use in place of text paper from books in mixed media projects); an old Christmas gift sack with deer on it; a coloring book page; 3 instruction sheets from Papa Murphy's Pizza (more text paper); packaging from crafting goodies with the price tags still on them; a package of Christian art gifts (magnetic bookmarks) with the UPC code still on it; receipts galore from my husband's stash (the question is, will any of them be from a Christian bookstore? nope); illustrated notebook page; some small calendar pages from 2015 (imagine that/smile); a security envelope; several address labels (two  qualifies with a candy cane and a heart on them); notes from girlfriends on pretty stationary (one qualifies for scripture & flowers of the Bible); some business cards (but not any from the places I want); 4 Bob's Red Mill oatmeal lids & vacuum seals; 1 cherry tomato vacuum seal (I thought these would make nice little tea bag folded type origami flowers if you had enough); and odds and ends of stickers from the store.

Until next time. . .

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Recipe: No-Glue Playdough "Slime"

Slime is popular again and I've watched several tutorial videos that use ingredients that aren't safe for toddlers. Tiny ones often experiment with taste and textures of objects they are playing with by putting it into their mouths.  I'm resurrecting a old play-dough recipe I used to make for my kids in Sunday School that looks very similar to the opaque slime, but won't hurt your child should they try to eat it.  

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You will need:

1 cup white flour
¼ cup salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar
Mix these ingredients in a medium saucepan on the stove.

Then add the following items:
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoon food coloring.


(Note: Children older than ten years of age can cook this recipe for their younger siblings with adult supervision.)

Stir while cooking over medium heat (three to five minutes). When it forms a ball in the center, turn out, it will look like a terrible mess and you'll think it isn't cooking right, but just keep stirring. Knead on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes Add 1 to 2 drops of wintergreen extract and a tiny amount of paste food coloring at this time, if you want a good smelling colored playdough. Knead until well mixed. This playdough will keep for quite a while if stored in an airtight container. When it begins to dry out, add a few drops of water in container before storing to regain softness.

(Note: I have used an empty and washed plastic margarine tub with a  lid to store playdough in. It remains good for about 6 months.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

!!! Let the 30-Day Coloring Challenge Continue !!!

DAY 16: (Continued from this post) Can you believe it? We're half-way through November! As I was going through some files on this computer, I found a list of quotes I discovered while reading through 10 years of Stephanie Ackerman's blogging. One is apropos for this challenge, so here 'tis:
A quote from First for Women magazine:

"According to British researchers, doodling and coloring instantly revs mental energy, concentration and focus by 29 percent. And all the study subjects did to get that brain boost was shade in shapes for 2 1/2 minutes. The precise, repetitive motion stimulates the brain's alertness center."
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I used both coloring and water-coloring pencils on this sheet. I used coloring pencils where I wanted solid color and the water-coloring pencils on the inside where I wanted diffused color. I was able to layer the two water-color greens, one on top of each other. The lighter tint first and then near the stripes, a darker band for shading. Then when I got near the end of coloring, I decided to add in the doodle dangles. The stars are a little wonky, but I expect I'll get better at drawing them with practice, huh? grin!

DAY 17: 
I did the same with this one -- colored pencils around the outside edges of the frame and water-color pencils on the inside. We went to the KC Zoo today 😊 , so I'm late getting my coloring done for today.

DAY 18: Today is all colored pencils.
DAY 19:
I used a Sharpie white pen in addition to colored pencils today to restore some "lost" details that were hidden by the black colored pencil.


DAY 20:

 my coloring is at the end. fell and broke right hand, gash over right eye glued together and glasses broken. thankful right eye ok as far as I know. will miss my coloring :( will be in splint until Christmas so happy holidays you  all!