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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Why I'm Refashioning My Wardrobe!

In December, a new-to-me foot doctor diagnosed me with drop foot. When I herniated a disc in my lower back several years ago, I was also  diagnosed with arthritis and chronic vertigo at the same time (read story here), I was told just after that I could develop drop foot, that it would be progressive and permanent from damaged nerves near my spine, however, the doctor I had then, did not tell me what to look for, so I had no idea when I was developing it. So between the last of  December 2015 until March of this year, I was getting fitted for a leg brace, new insoles and a shoe with a lift.
 
Hangar Orthotic Brace
Isn't it pretty? I was told by a friend  at church who had to wear a brace for a while after foot surgery that I would  need to wear my pants tucked into the brace to keep the top of the brace from rubbing my leg raw as I walked, so the day of my last fitting, I wore a pair of leggings. However, only having two pairs of leggings, and many other jersey and jean britches in my wardrobe, I discovered what worked and didn't. A couple of descriptions come to mind when describing what happens when wearing regular slacks -- "getting ready for high water on one side with a muffin top at the knee" or "poofy short golf pants." The brace cuff moves up and down with each step and the pant leg creeps up. My husband couldn't help but laugh the first time it happened as he walked over to help his damsel in distress yank them down. grin!
 
So I decided I needed more leggings, however, since our budget is on the lean side after brace (let me tell you, this brace was not cheap since it was custom fitted for my leg and our insurance deductible has not been met yet for the year), I spent some time shopping at 1/2 of 1/2, looking for leggings in my size (one navy pair haul), and  at Pinterest and Youtube looking for ideas of what I could wear with them on top.  I'm a BBW, want to be modestly dressed and I discovered that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the lagenlook fashion, but it's one thing to wear all those layers in the winter to stay warm, but we're coming into our summer season here where it is hot and humid and I have never handled the heat well, so I'm having to put on my thinking cap to have the layered look without the added clothing.
 
So I'm gonna share some tutorials I'll be using to refashion my wardrobe  and maybe it will help you too. I've got one outfit made so far and will be adding in more ideas and tips to this post so come back to see all the additional photos, tips, and tutorials.

ONE:
1st video: How to Wear Skinny Jeans and Leggings at 40, 50 and Beyond
 
2nd video: How to Alter Pants | Wide to Skinny Legs

Blog Tutorial: Refashion baggy yoga pants into svelte leggings tutorial
 
3rd video: DiY How To Make a Top from 2 Men's Shirts

 4th video: No-sew Infinity Scarf out of an old T-shirt  

 
So here's the aqua t-shirt infinity scarf I made out of the bottom of the shirt.  The top half of the t-shirt was made into a peplum shirt with the fabric that's underneath the scarf. I found 4 yards of the cotton material at the thrift store for about $4.00. I bought it because the flowers almost matched my t-shirt. Also the peachy colored leaves? reminded me of those molded, scented sawdust roses we used to get at touristy gift shops for one's dresser drawers. Remember those? As I stitched the fabric up, I noticed how transparent it was, not the modest look I was going for, so I cut the bottom off of a white stained t-shirt and made a sandwich of all three materials when I sewed the gathered peplum to the aqua shirt. It nicely hides my tummy skin and the stains don't show under the patterned fabric.  And I'll be using the white top part for another shirt.

Update: I wore this outfit Saturday because we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. After being married to my guy for some 30 years I can usually tell when he likes something and when he doesn't and he doesn't like this one.  I don't know whether it's the added peplum material or the design of the outfit, but he was fussing with it the whole time we were out. The newer material tends to bunch around my middle even though I've been using a  softener sheet in the dryer and he was yanking it down in back every time I got out of the car. The pants and shirt were given to me so the only money I've put into this outfit was the material and thread, say about $5.00. Being as how this outfit was my experiment (how many times did Edison have to try different filaments in order to get his light bulb to work?), I'm going to chalk this one up to experience and take it to the thrift store, giving me more room for clothes that will work for me. grin!
 
TWO:
 

Blog Tutorial: Asymmetrical T-shirt sides
I measured the width of my cut-off T-shirt from side seam to side seam, then doubled that measurement for the amount of material I needed for the gathered "skirt" front of my shirt and did that again for the back part. I didn't make a pattern for the handkerchief hem side, but just folded my material in half that I wanted use for the sides, added 5 inches to the center of the piece and cut to that point. Then I sewed all the pieces together to make the continuous peplum "skirt", gathered at the top, and sewed it to the shirt. 
One thing I especially like about the lagenlook style is that it focuses on long lines because it's slimming, so it's perfect for us dumpy people. That's why I chose to piece together the skirt in long stripes and added the sides in a dark color, but you'll notice I have a piece of my favorite black and white check; I couldn't leave it out! I'll be wearing this shirt with black leggings.

Update: I've worn this shirt once or twice and the handkerchief hem at the two side corners are beginning to curl up, so thought a weight might keep them from doing that. I went to Wal-Mart and I found various fishing sinker weights in different designs in the sporting department, but liked these as there was a "loop" I could use to stitch it to the underside of the hem and they were only a dollar in cost for a package of six. So far, so good! 

 
 THREE:

When I began looking into the lagenlook style, I knew I had some dresses that might work. I inherited some clothing when my aunt passed away, but I haven't worn the dresses for awhile because hose in my size was so dear, so I dug them out and started pairing them with a pair of black leggings that I do have.  I found the infinity jersey scarf and the two necklaces at a thrift store.  I didn't pay more than $3.00 apiece for the scarf or any of the necklaces and I looked for the longest ones they had. Which necklace do you like the best on the orange floral dress on the right? I tried several different necklaces, but thought the ones matching the leggings' color looked best.
 
5th video: How to sew a Mini Tissue Pocket Holder (I'm gonna make one for my purse and several for gifts out of my fabric scraps.)

  
 
FOUR:
 
I've been looking at my shirts and some of  them are getting rather shabby looking, so when I ran across this video, I thought aha! I know what I can do with the odds and ends I cut off  my refashioned tops and other t-shirts that's more fit for the rag bag than on me -- make something! So I'm going to roll up balls of t-shirt yarn as I go, then I'll share with you what I make with them, so come back!
 


6th video: How to make t-shirt yarn by Alma Stoller  (I like how she stretches the fabric so that it curls before rolling it into a ball).
 
7th video: Joining Fabric Strips without Sewing (Oops! I thought sure I had cut the beginning strip off correctly, but alas, the strips came off in circles. Here's a video to fix that by joining the strips together using this method, but first snip the circles that fall off in one place to make long strips).


Monday, May 2, 2016

A Babe is Born

My mother has been digging in her archives at home and found a couple of poems that I wrote when I was a teenager.
I began writing simple 4 line poems after studying poetry in Mrs. Harryman's 6th grade English class. She was one of my favorite elementary schoolteachers. I don't know what she saw in me, but she encouraged me to continue writing, so I grabbed a blank book and began to fill it with quotes, poetry I liked, and my scribbles.
Just so you know, the poem below does not come from experience. As a married adult, we lost a much wanted child through miscarriage and I experienced an entirely different emotion from the one I had imagined in this poem. As a young person, I liked to read and often experimented with thoughts I gathered along the way in poetry form whether as free verse, such as the one below, or in rhyme.
 
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A Babe is Born
By Dolores J. O'Neal-Rush.
 
A babe is born
In a cabin of the wilderness.
A midwife is bustling about
The fire under the mantle is crackling
The babe is in the mother's arms.
 
Babe's pang of hunger cries,
Mother whispers hush!
Babe's against thy mother's breast,
Pain is lessened next.
 
Babe's ill,
Coughing and choking,
They do all they can.
He took his last breath,
His suffering is over.
 
Thy mother is weeping softly
The tears of joy,
She is glad for him
Babe is in a better place
Far above.
 
Babe was dressed in the finest calico they had,
They laid him under the willow tree by
a softly, spoken stream.
They erected a simple, wooden cross,
For they could not afford a stone.
There he sleeps.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Paper Postcard Unit Study

Update: I'm resurrecting this old homeschool unit study as I learned that a postcard show will be coming to our area  June 24 and 25, 2016. Click here for more details!

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Our son needed a community service project to do. As I didn’t drive and he wasn’t of age, yet, to obtain his student driving permit, I scouted around to find something he could do from home. I devised a Paper Postcard Unit Study (ie card ministry) after a little study of my own. He read about the beginning of writing, the postal service and in addition, studied art history. And created art postcards weekly for a period of about 6 months to mail to church members and his youth group.
 
We came up with several techniques that could be used to make his art postcards. Note that postal regulations have changed - art cards must be flat to send by regular postcard rates; bumpy cards must pay extra postage. These were some of the techniques he employed to design his cards with: applique, blow markers (watercolor markers - like air brushing), calligraphy, collage (magazine cutouts, stickers, etc.), color me (black & white), comic drawing, construction -- paper engineering, crayon rubbings, crosswords or word puzzles, glitter, graphing, ink blotting, mosaic (bits of colored paper), painting, pen & ink drawing, pressed flowers, rubber stamping, scratch pictures, silhouettes, spin painting, sponging, stenciling, stickers, watercolor (be sure to spray w/ a fixative), string or marble painting, and so on.

To get started in a similar study, see my unit study below:

Vocabulary:
acid-free, advertising cards, artist, comic, commemorative, ephemera, First Class Mail, lithography, linen, mechanical cards, note, novelty, paper engineering, photo-chrome printing, postmark, postal stationery, postcard, stamp, topical, viewcards

Related Scripture for Memorization/Penmanship Practice:
Exodus 31:18; Exodus 32:15-16; 2 Kings 19:14; 2 Chronicles 2: 11; Esther 9:30; Psalm 119:103; Proverbs 15:30 & 16:24; Proverbs 25: 11, 25; Ecclesiastes 12:10; Isaiah 52:7; John 1:1; Acts 15: 30-31; 2 Corinthians 3:2-3; 2 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:15 & 3:17; and 2 John :12.

May Read About:
Read an encyclopedia or books on advertising cards, the alphabet, biographies of cardmakers/illustrators (Sam Butcher, Betsy Clark, Mary Engelbreit, Kate Greenaway, Bessie Pease Gutman, Holly Hobbie, Charlotte Spiers), cachets, card companies (Ambassador, Gibson, or Hallmark Cards), card poets/verse (Helen Steiner Rice); Christmas cards, ink, mailboxes, Mother’s/Father’s Day, parchment, paper, papyrus, pencils, pens, Pony Express, postcards, postmarks, the postal service, printing, printing companies (Currier & Ives), rubber, rubber stamping, stamp collecting, trading cards, Valentine cards, vintage postcard collections & value guides, woodblock printing, writing, and so forth.

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln had a copy book or scrapbook in which he kept sayings/quotes/poems that he liked? Did you know he wrote three poems?

Interesting Books:
1. Addressing for Automation: A Study Guide (Grades 5-8) (free from US Postal Service)
2. A History of Valentines. By Ruth Webb Lee. New York; 1952.
3. Ambassador of Sunshine. (abt. Helen Steiner Rice 1900-1981). By Ronald Pollitt & Virginia Wiltsie. Published: 1994. OR: In the Vineyard of the Lord. By Helen Steiner Rice as told to Fred Bauer. 1979.
4. Art Postcard Books from Dover Publications, Inc., 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501-3582
5. Bessie Pease Gutmann: over 50 Years of Published Art. By Karen Choppa. 1998
6. Centennial Handbook of the First Issue Postal Card. By Charles A. Fricke. 1973.
7. Child-Size Masterpieces.(series) By Aline D.Wolf (curriculum using Art postcards)
8. Gift of a Letter. By Alexandra Stoddard. 1990.
9. Holy Cards. by Barbara Calaman & Sandra Dipasqua. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2004.
10. Mailbox Ministry: Greeting Cards that Share the Faith. Sue Banker. Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, NY; 2009.
11. Mail Memories: a Pictorial Guide to Postcard Collecting. By John M. Kaduck. 1971
12. Mary Engelbreit: The Art and the Artist. By Patrick Regan (b. 1952 - ?)1996.
13. Postcard Collector Annual: Commemorating 100 Years of the Postcard. By Deborah Lengkeek.
1993
14. The Alphabet Makers, by Hyatt Moore, The Museum of the Alphabet, Waxhaw, NC, 1991
15. The Complete Guide to Greeting Card Design & Illustration. By Eva Szela. North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH; 1994.
16. The Encyclopedia of Antique Postcards. By Susan Brown Nicholson. 1994.
17. The History of the Christmas Card. By George Buday. Omnigraphics, Detroit, MI.; 1992.
18. The Picture Postcard & Its Origins. By Frank Staff. 1967.
19. The Rubber Stamp Album. By Joni K. Miller & Lowry Thompson. Workman Pub., 1978.
20. The Scrapbook in American Life. By Patricia P. Buckler, Katherine Ott, & Susan Tucker.
21. The Trade Card in Nineteenth-Century America. By Robert Jay. University of Missouri Press; Columbia; 1987.
22. The United States Postal Service: An American History (1775-2002) (free from US Postal Service)
23. Valentines: A Loving Remembrance. By Jean P. Favalora. Lark Books, 1995.
24. When You Care Enough. By J. C. Hall. (1891-1982). Published: 1979, reprinted 1992
25. Here Lies Kansas City: A Collection of Our City’s Notables and Their Final Resting Places. By Wilda Sandy. 1984. (Joyce C. Hall (1891-1982) of Hallmark Cards).
26. Splitcoast Stampers Postal Poetry Thread
27. Philatelic Genealogy

Field Trips:
1. Greeting Card or Printing Companies:
* Hallmark’s Visitor’s Center, Crown Center, Kansas City, MO.
* Mary Engelbreit, St. Louis, MO.
2. Gift, Card, Rubber Stamping, Scrapbook, and Stationery Shops
3. Postal Museums Collections
* National Postal Museum at the Smithsonian 
4. Post Offices
5. University Libraries and Archives (Post Card and Letter Collections)

Holiday:
National Postcard Week = first week in May.

Timeline:
3000 BC = Courier Runners
1500 = Semite Clay Tablets
1000 = Phoenician Alphabet
190 = Parchment & Egyptian Papyrus
50 = Cuttlefish Ink
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105 A.D = Chinese Paper
500 = Chinese/Japanese Stencil
635 = Quill Pen
740 = Wood Block Printing
1040 = Movable type printing
1400s = European Woodblock Printed Cards
1450 = Gutenberg Printing Press
1466 = Master E.S. from Strasbourg New Year Greeting Card
1565 = pencils
1639 = US Post
1683 = London Penny Post
1690 = 1st US Paper Mill, Germantown, PA.
1700s = Engraved or woodcut printed advertising cards; Rubber Eraser
1775 = Benjamin Franklin, printer & 1st US Postmaster General
1792 = Color printing
1799 = Scraps (die-cut glossy printed paper images)
1829 = Harvey/Thompson Anniversary card
1834-1896 = William Morris design era
1839 = Goodyear's Vulcanized rubber
1840 = Postage stamp; Sunday School Scriptural text & reward cards
1841 = Crayon By Currier & Ives
1843 = Lithograph Printed Cards
1851 = Warren de la Rue (1815-1889) invented envelope-making machine
1856 = Chemical dyes
1858 = Street Letter Boxes
1860 = Pony Express
1861 = Brass US revenue mechanical wheel hand stamp; Lipman postcard; 1 cent postal rate
1862 = Printed playing cards; Mourning Cards by L. Prang & Co.
1873 = 1st shipment of rubber stamps from US to Peru; 1st US Postal Cards; typewriter
1875 = Louis Prang's US Cards
1884 = Excelsior Stamp Pad; fountain pen
1890 = Sign Markers (alphabet stamps)
1893 to 1918 = Postcard's highlight era
1900s = Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Wildlife Trading Cards
1902 = Kodak Photograph Cards
1911 = First Marking-device Trade Convention, Chicago, IL.
1911 = Marking Device Association
1912 = Kewpie postcards by Rose O'Neill
1918 = Air Mail
1928 = Voter stamped hands
1930s = Louis Waynai's hand-stamped Bible
1938 = Bethlehem, PA. Christmas postal cachet
1950s = Correspondence Art; Xerox Photocopy
1953 = White House Christmas Cards
1958 = Dial-a-Phrase stamps
1963 = Zip Codes
1967 = Polymer clear stamps
1972 = All Night Media
1974 = Hero Arts
1974 = International Stamp-Art Exhibit, Paris
1977 = Rubberstampede
1979 = Dee Gruenig/Posh Home Parties
1983 = Posh Impressions Rubber Stamp Store

Originally published on blog: Jan 3, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Two Artist Trading Cards

 
These are two artist trading cards I made to swap for ATC club today at Ink, Paper, Rubber in Overland Park, Kansas today. My sweet hubby bought a good buy on a group of faux Mary stamps and two Mary Engelbreit rubber stamps from eBay for me recently. Our theme was "vintage" or "nostalgic" and Mary's cute stamps fit right in with the "nostalgic" theme.  I colored them in using my new pastel Marvy-Uchida markers I recently purchased with a 50% off coupon at Joann's on the first layer and the second layer was coloring pencils. Then I added washi tape to the edges.
Our jam theme was blue and brown.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Week Three of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

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Day 16: Kathy's Colored Pencil Bear


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Day 17: Kathy's Sweet Birdie Background Card

 
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Day 18:  Kathy's Video

I did this all in watercolor using markers and a water pen.


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Day 19: Kathy's video on Coloring Melody (and showing a cute screen door die
which is no longer being made -- phooey!)
 
 Click on photos to enlarge to see details.

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Day 20: Kathy's Mermaid Card

I had a lot of background to cover, so used yellow watercolor today and a flat bristled
water brush to cover in the large areas, then used the smaller tipped water brush
to add in the color around the lettering. The other colors were marker ink that I scribbled
out on a white ceramic tile that I'm using as a palette and 1 drop of water.


I'm whittling down my stack of divider covers for my faith-book binder.
I'm following Stephanie Ackerman's Documented Faith.

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Day 21: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!


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Day 22: Kathy's Joyous Snowman!


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Day 23: Kathy's Razzle Dazzle Card

I added something different to this coloring sheet as I was looking
through some of Mary Engelbreit's illustrations for another project,
I found that it looked like she had stamped solid stamps
on some of her backgrounds, so I took a small heart stamp and
colored it in with a Marvy brush marker and stamped it several times on my green
background. I also added dots to the letters
and made the blue tablecloth a plaid one.


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Day 24: Kathy has a couple of fun cards on her site today!

 
 
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Day 25: Kathy's Easter Basket Card

 I think I forgot to mention that these coloring sheets are the size of standard
sheets of copy paper -- 8.5 x 11 inches and they are from
Mary Engelbreit's new coloring book that I received for my birthday
which is really close to Christmas.


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Day 26: Another video & fairy card by Kathy!

This was a tough sheet to water-color as the leaves and branches were intertwined
and small. I've got three more dividers to make for my Documented Faith-book
and then I will be done! Yippee!
 
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Day 27: Kathy's Healthy Eating Resolutions

Today was an off day for me.  I was just not feeling it.
The more I added to this page, the worse it got.
I'm sure Mary Engelbreit has had off days too, when nothing seemed to go right,
but I'm adding this to prove I worked on something.


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Day 28: "It's All About You" featured coloring

I decided that I needed lighter colored watercolors,
so we visited a new Hobby Lobby in the town south of us
and I looked high and low for a paint set with pastel colors
and finally found one by Sargent Art,
however, I'm not sure I like them. The cakes dry super fast,
so I had trouble keeping them moist. And I think of watercolor being
translucent and these were opaque,
with a gritty texture like chalk when they dried. We will see how they work
with colored pencils over the top.

 
 
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Day 29: Two Videos from Kathy

I struggled with coloring this. The chalky paint covered over some of the
lines, so I had to go back over the lines with a fine-line Sharpie.
The colored pencils did not want to layer very well, so I really
had to burnish it to get it to stick. I'm not at all pleased with
how the girl turned out. And the black lettering is covering over
some uglies underneath. sigh!

 

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Last Day of Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge :
Kathy's gorgeous butterfly card + video

 
Have you ever been so mad you want to cry?
Well, I'm that mad.
The luck page has had a couple of days to dry
and I worked on coloring it in with my colored pencils like always,
but noticed when I took the eraser to a small mistake, oh, oh,
the paint disappeared and I wasn't erasing that hard. It crumbled into dust
and the white paper showed underneath. I continued anyway, got it all colored in,
and got it ready to attach it to my divider to mat it and the double-face tape
on one corner snagged the divider paper too early and you know,
you have to catch it quick before it gets bonded to the paper, so I went to roll it back
and put it down correctly, and wiped almost all the coloring off that corner.
If I had known that watercolor paint was going to crumble away like that I
would have used spray fixative before coloring it in with the pencils, however, I didn't
know and hadn't had that trouble before with my other cheapie watercolor paints
 and therefore had to fix the smudged letters.
So then, I wasn't sure how fixative would work on waxy colored pencils,
so I decided to laminate
the page after I carefully matted the rest of the divider.
It got stuck in the laminator.
Now, mind you, this is my last coloring project for the challenge
and my last divider for my Documented Faith notebook
and would you believe what it says? It's almost laughable, but not quite.
I'm uploading it anyway to prove all what I say is true.
 
 
 And by the way, I'm not recommending that "paint" to anyone,
especially not to kids or adults with allergies to dust or asthma, like me. 
I bought that 24 cake count tray of watercolor chalk
in the fine art paint department of Hobby Lobby --
all I got to say is, if Hobby Lobby wants to continue selling it,
it should be sold in the kid's section with a warning label --
"Persons with allergies take note: This paint turns to dust when dry.
It is not a permanent coloring agent."
 
The end! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Second Week of the 30-Day Coloring Challenge

 
Here's a second page of Mary Engelbreit's coloring book.
I don't know if you can see it, but I love the texture of the marker this time
as I swirled it  around in circles to color in the background.
Click on pic to enlarge for comparison between today's photo
and tomorrow's when you come back to see it.
Tomorrow I will add in shading with a colored pencil.
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Day 9: Kathy's Baby Card

I colored this blind, that is,
although I own about 65 books + by Mary Engelbreit,
I didn't find this illustration in any of my collection
to study and color by, so I added in the shading by the seat of my pants!
Oh, and that's washi tape around the edges.
I attached it to my February divider in my Documented Faith binder.
I will laminate it at the end of the month as I want to use the
other side as a bulletin board to tape quotes, notes, and stuff to it.

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Day 10:  Another Baby Card of Kathy's

 
Some of these Mary Engelbreit illustrations for her coloring book
must have been created for a later calendar which I don't have.
So again I'm coloring blind, because I don't know what colors
this illustration was originally, so I'm coloring it my own.
I got to the very last thing -- coloring the sky --
and I had to give my baby blue marker the last rites
'cause it dead -- no more ink.
So then it became a mad scrabble to find something
I could use -- and my baby blue ink pad also got the last rites --
and the next shade darker was used like a watercolor.
My water pen came out to play and I got the job done.
I don't know if you can tell, near the tail, I had a little disaster of too much water,
then I remembered the little trick that Stephanie Ackerman recommends
and that is to pounce a folded paper towel on the bubble of paint to
soak up some of the excess. It didn't quite get it all, which I tried to fix
with the white galaxy marker. Come back tomorrow to see the transformation
with the dry coloring pencil shading.
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Day 11: Kathy's Celebrate Card

It's all in the layering!

 
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Day 12: Kathy's Out of this World Card

Today I decided, since I didn't have anything but an inkpad to color sky,
I'd experiment using inkpads to "watercolor" today's new coloring sheet.
You need flexible inkpad lids to squeeze the inkpad and lid together.
I added 3 drops of water to the ink in the lid and stirred it up
to make my watercolor "paint" until. . .
I ran out of inkpad colors. sigh!
I had to break out the big Marvy brush markers for the rest of the colors,
but the ink in them also became watercolor paint.
You only need to add 1 or 2 drops of water to make it paint
on your palette.
Remember, your "paint" will lighten up some as it dries.

 
The paper is lightweight printer paper, so you can't scrub it like watercolor paper.
You can only go over it once or twice before it starts pilling.
It also wrinkled a bit. I should tape it to my table with painter's tape
before I watercolor it like my mother does -- she's a watercolor artist.
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Day 13:  Kathy's Accents on Roses

 
I don't think this counts as coloring since I water-colored the
heart paper used inside this Valentine on Day 7,
however I was crafting as I had an ATC club meeting to attend the
next day. Our theme was "dreams" and I also wanted to give the gals in our
group a Valentine, so I combine the two ideas.
The white punched heart insert is an idea I believe I got from Jennifer McGuire.
And the flip-flops represent feet -- you can talk the talk and never reach your dreams
or you can put feet on your dreams and walk the walk.

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Day 14:  Congrats to all that made Kathy's Coloring List today!

I think I need to take lessons in coloring from some of those people who made Kathy's list. Wow! However, I know I am improving!
I didn't really color today in ATC club, however, we made the usual jam,
which means, everybody donates three cards in the colors pre-selected,
in this case, lavender and pink. Then three people add stuff to those
three cards. After the third person works on one card, it is put into a pile
and when all cards are finished, there is are three drawings for the cards and we each
get to select one three times. The top two I worked on and the bottom one was
just plain pretty!

 
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Day 15: Kathy's coloring tutorial (orchids)

 
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 Update: Continue with the third week of the 30-Day Coloring Challenge here. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Kathy Raccoosin's 4th 30-Day Coloring Challenge

Begins February 1, 2016
And I'm joining her for the 2nd time!
 
 
She's gonna be giving goodies away and, weekly, will be
 showcasing a coloring project that catches her eye --
So get those coloring books together you got for Christmas -- I received three! --
(By all means, you may pre-stamp or use computer printed digital images too.) 
plus organize your supplies -- that means -- 
crayons, markers, paints, pencils, watercolors, etc.
whatever coloring mediums you own,
And  join us for some coloring "spa" therapy every day for 30-days!

P.S. Before I forget, you'll need to read
 this stuff you need to know before you begin! !

And please use the hash tag #TheDailyMarker30Day
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Day 1: Kathy's Cute Card

Kathy compiled all her markers together into a 3-tier cart
that she purchased at Ikea which reminded me of
a 3-tier wire mesh cart on wheels that
I was using out on the front porch for plants.
However, being as how it is winter here,
I walked quickly to the porch,
pulled all the pots out of it
and scrubbed it down in the shower.
She also had cute little fabric sacks that she put all her markers in
and I was going to make some too until
I discovered my sewing machine wasn't working -- sigh! --
so anyway, I took a photo of all my coloring
pencils, so I won't have marker envy from you,
but coloring pencil envy! grin!

 
Last time I began the coloring challenge with a Stephanie Ackerman digi
and this time around I began with it again, however,
I purchased two white pens, a Sakura Gelly Roll (38) pen
and an American Crafts Galaxy Marker (#62122 white).
The gelly roll pen doesn't always work over the waxy coloring pencil,
so the marker comes in handy for that.
One draw-back is the larger tip though.
 
click to enlarge if needed

I didn't look at my coloring of this digi from the last challenge,
however, I believe it is much improved.
I've been studying shadow placement,
watching copic marker and
coloring pencil videos since the last challenge. 
I also used three shades of each color as well as using an eraser
and the white pen for highlights.
So what do you think compared to last time?
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Day 2: Kathy's Birthday Card

I was surprised by the blog hop today so thought I might make a
quick card instead of the coloring page I had planned for today.
The flower is my own doodle. I traced around two round things
from my kitchen on printer paper, made two leaves,
 and colored it all in with colored pencils.


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Day 3: Kathy's Mouse Card

I wanted to try something new and that is to color a coloring page
(Mary Engelbreit; received for Christmas) in marker
first, then go over it the next day in colored pencils for the shading.
So here's my coloring page in markers -- you need to use long strokes with
brush markers to get a smooth finish -- however,
I discovered some of my markers are drying up.
They are the first set of Stampin' Up marker colors.
I got them for half-price, because I purchased them used.
The seller wanted the new colors and her husband wouldn't let her
buy a new set until she sold her old set, so I got a bargain,
cause I've had them for years! grin!
I like Kathy's idea of buying markers every time
she receives a  50% off coupon in the mail.
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I follow Stephanie Ackerman's Documented Faith 2016
and the coloring page is to decorate January's
divider page in my faith-book binder.
I want to get it laminated so it's a little studier and to keep it clean.  
Here is it after I added in the coloring pencil
over the marker ink. The black washi tape is where
the tab is located at. All of it didn't fit into my scanner bed.
 

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Day 5: Power Poppy
 
Anybody remember the scratch pictures we made in elementary
school art classes? Well, last night I found a book on clearance
at a used book store on how to make them
and I decided to try my hand at it again.
 
1. You cover a piece of smooth white cardstock, cut down into the size you need, 
with a heavy coat of crayons in multiple colors. Make any design you like.
 
2. Then completely cover the colorful background with a heavy coat of black crayon.
It said you could also cover the background with black paint, but that you had to find a paint that would work well as some are harder to scratch through than others.
 
3. After the background is completely covered with black, then use a tool to scratch the surface. They suggested taking a dowel rod the size of a pencil in circumference and sharpen one end in a pencil sharpener, which I did. I have a jar of 12" dowel rods I bought at Walmart some time ago. Or you can use a fork, anything with a sharp point on the end.
 
4. You can design your own picture or they suggested using a stencil to scratch through the black crayon or paint to the rainbow colors underneath. And to protect the surface, from stray scratches or ground in crayon crumbs, lay a piece of paper on top under your working hand. I also added in a sentiment.
 
5. They said to protect the surface of the scratched picture, cover the surface with clear packing tape. Be sure to gently whisk off crayon crumbs, or you will have bumps in your tape. It was fun to do and I may have to make another.
   Here's my card:
 
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 Day 6: Lasting Hearts
 
You know when you don't like something, right?
I don't like this card, but I'm making myself post it anyway.
It's not the fault of the digi from Highlander Celtic Stamps,
but the cardmaker. I bombed today --
however, I did apply color.
 
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Congrats everybody!
 
Stephanie Ackerman inspired these painted hearts.
I used my Stargazers by US Art Quest Watercolor Palette
(10 Pearlescent & Metallic Colors),
my water brush, and my pinkie (to prop my hand up from touching painted surface)
while I painted forward and backward commas to make the hearts.
I painted 4 sheets.
 

 
 Update: Continue with the second week of the 30-Day Coloring Challenge here.