I have these books from the library and I am really enjoying them.
Husbands that Cook is full of interesting, delicious but accessible vegetarian recipes. I have already made the one pot pasta which was a family hit, even with the teens! I am looking forward to making more from the list of potential family dinners I have got from this great book.
Zen Camera is one I first spotted at the library in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY. Yes I am the person who visits the library wherever I go! Once I got home I borrowed it from my library, it is full of ideas and tips which are doable and inspiring.
Everyday Watercolor I have only flipped through, but I can already see lots of ideas and creative tips for using watercolor paints, I can’t wait to get my brushes out and have a go at some of the ideas in here.
What books are you liking now? I always like to see what people are reading, both fiction and non-fiction.
Happy Thursday x
Pages 1-10 of this year’s 100 project from my corner of the universe, one tenth of the way in!
100 days of creating with blue.
So far I have painted flowers, collaged, cut paper and made a terrible selfie! I am enjoying it and I am also allowing myself to work ahead, if the mood strikes I will make a page so that I can have some in my pocket as back up for days when I don’t make my blue page.
If you want to follow on Instagram, my hashtag is 100daysofcreatingwithblue
Are you doing the 100 day project? What are you doing?
Happy Wednesday x
I have tried ink on water marbling and it was ok but nothing spectacular, quite pale colours and I didn’t get great results. Of course I most likely used the wrong ink and almost certainly an inefficient technique, but in the back of my mind I wanted to have another go as I love the effects of marbled paper.
I saw a suminagashi class on Skillshare and it looked doable as I had all of the ingredients so I gave it a go.
Tomoe River paper
Top Strathmore mixed media, bottom Stonehenge warm white.
Strathmore mixed media (front)
Strathmore mixed media paper (back).
I like that this technique is fairly unpredictable but not totally. Having said that, the final photo is the back of one of the prints and I really like how the ink has swished onto the back of the paper and created a very unpredictable effect.
I used Strathmore mixed media paper which was very white and smooth, Stonehenge warm white paper with a slight texture and Tomoe River paper which is thin smooth and will still withstand the printing and rinsing of suminagashi very well.
Of all the papers I think the Strathmore mixed media worked best as it seemed to give the cleanest prints with nice strong lines. I am always amazed at how much wet you can throw at Tomoe River paper and it still comes out smiling!
I am looking forward to having another go, maybe with some coloured ink and on a warm sunny day so that I can hang my prints onto the washing line to dry!
Happy Monday x
‘The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry’ to quote Mr Robert Burns.
My plans for the 100 day project were not really that well laid if I am honest and they have not gone far awry, they have just moved a little bit and changed a little bit.
I still plan to do the project and I am enthusiastic to begin on Tues April 2nd, I have merely changed my mind.
I gathered some blue supplies for something else and I had a flashback to each time I think that a project all in blues would be a nice thing to do. I have thought about this many times and done it no times, so I thought the 100 day project would be an ideal opportunity to make a lovely blue project.
So, for the 100 day project 2019 I intend to be creative each day using blue. Blue media, blue substrate, maybe even photographing or sketching a blue something.
I haven’t decided on a hashtag yet (apparently decisions are not my strongest point at the minute), but it will be one of these. Which should I use?
100 days of blue creativity
100 days of creating in blue
100 days of creating with blue
So I am in, I am ready and I will try and make a hashtag decision and stick to it!
Happy Thursday x
PS ‘100 days of blue creativity’ sounds a bit saucy, so that one is out!! Ha ha ha ha ha.
What to do when you can literally do anything, for 100 days? I have been deciding what to do for this year’s 100 day Project.
100 yoga poses?
100 found poems?
100 altered playing cards?
100 altered vintage photos?
These are some of the ideas which have swum in and out of my mind, I decided found poems might be boring after about 27 and I did playing cards a few years ago.
I enjoyed the cards project best out of all of my 100 day collections, so I decided to use them again but with other ephemera. ‘100 altered vintage pieces of ephemera’ will be my 100 day project for 2019. I can use playing cards, flash cards, book pages, book covers, rolodex cards, business cards, library catalogue cards, vintage photos et al.
I will allow myself to sketch on, paint on, collage on, stamp on and cut up the ephemera of the day. I will mark make, write words, splash ink and stick down stuff!
In 100 days I should have a nice collection.
Are you doing the 100 day project this year? What are you doing? Or are you still deciding?
Happy Tuesday x