5/4/2017

My girlfriend convinced me that today was a great day to try to go outside and attend a church rummage sale that we’ve always liked going to.  It’s a church that’s primarily older people, and they always have a really great bake sale, so you know where I spent my time.  My girlfriend buys clothes for all of her grandkids, so she spent her time looking at clothes.  My ankle was starting to swell from standing on concrete, so I put my time into baked goods, where I would get the most bang for my buck (so to speak.)  Rich always loves it when I come home with a bunch of sweets, and this was no exception.

There were stacks of stamping magazines from 1998-2004, and if I had felt better, I might have spent some time looking at them to see if there were any techniques that would be fun to resurrect.  Sadly though, the baked goods won this battle.  My girlfriend shopped and I sat with my foot propped up eating cookies.  It sounds ugly, and it probably was, but I was bored and cookies always make me happy.

When I got home, I decided to learn about mixing watercolors.  I have a set of 24 Koi watercolors, but I think any would do.  I wanted to know if I mix two colors, what will I get.  I know certain colors give me mud, but I thought it would be fun to see what other mixes will make.  So I made a grid and started swatching.  I’m only about half way through the project, and got tired of doing it and was trying to do it with my foot propped, so it was a slow and tedious project.  I think tomorrow will be the perfect day to finish it.

I found a watercolor picture in a consignment store and would like to try the technique, but in a much smaller version.  It was a bird, but the bird is only a pen outline, then inside, the artist watercolored small flowers, leaves, berries, to fill in the bird.  It was really lovely and even if I can’t watercolor it, I should be able to use my peg stamps for the same technique.  The only really difficult part will be drawing the outline of the bird.  I’m not sure if I can make it small enough to turn it into a card, but it would be nifty if I could.  I have stamp set called “A Little Birdie Told Me” that has some cute bird sentiments and they would work perfectly with the drawing.  Let’s hope I can make it.

Cross your fingers, we could be in for a bumpy ride.

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