Today was my watercolor card class. Technically it was more watercolor than card. I started at the beginning showing them how to make a value chart, which is very important if you want to learn how to make washes of a color.
From there we worked on using very light colors to indicate petals in the background versus dark colors of petals in the foreground… Like these corn flowers…
They did very well actually I think sometimes explanations help even more than showing someone how to do it. The why behind it is very important. So we had a corn flower day. A great activity for an overcast day.
I was supposed to get my hair cut today but the mean boss overworked my hairdresser and we had to postpone. He had her moving furniture! Don’t get me started…So, I took matters into my own hands (with my hair that is) and didn’t do too bad of a job. But I’ll let her clean it up tomorrow lol
Afterwards I met a friend for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. We get together every other week wherever the margaritas are cheap. 😉 I like this particular restaurant The staff is friendly and the food is good.
This particular time, since I have been collecting things to put in art journals, I happen to notice the wrapper around their silverware had chili peppers on it. I didn’t notice in time to keep mine in one piece It accidentally ripped in half. But I did notice people at the table across from us had theirs still intact. Yep you guessed it, I asked them if they would give me their wrappers. And they did! And hearing what I was going to do with it the people in the next booth behind us got up and came over and offered theirs as well.
Wasn’t that nice?! People can be so friendly I have found that more and more since this terrible covid situation. My only hope is that people continue to be as friendly caring and considerate as we have learned to be in the past year.
I can’t wait to get home and get these little beauties fastened into my art journal!
OH.. PS – I also kept the (Clean) foil wrapper they had put around my tortillas to keep them warm… that will make a nice shiny something in an art journal as well!
If you are an art journaler, what is one of the strangest things you have put in your art journal?
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My how things can change in a day. The paper I used turned out to be much thinner than I realized. It’s watercolor paper but a much lesser grade than I normally use. When you are putting a lot of liquid down you want the paper to be able to hold it. These papers leaked through to the table I was working on. Fortunately I keep a plastic cover on the table just for this reason.
So, to remind you from whence it came, here is the 1st layer’s photo from Thursday evening…
I worked on all 3 of these yesterday but only photographed 2 of them.The third one was off on a different table drying… Here are those 2….
Indeed… What a difference a day makes…I actually hate that I’m going to cut them up!! But that is what they were planned for so I’m sure it will be fine.
I worked feverishly to get something up on Redbubble for the month of February… I was short sitedly thinking Valentine’s Day! But somewhere along the way, someone mentioned to me… “You know, February is Heart Month, you don’t have to rush!”
Heart Month… ahh yes – the month we remind others (and ourselves) to take care of their hearts! a time when the nation spotlights heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans. (not Covid) President Lyndon Johnson declared it Heart Month in 1964.
Did you know… 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease annually?
Did you know... The first Friday of American Heart Month, was also National Wear Red Day as part of the AHA’s Go Red for Women initiative. (Maybe we should change it to Every Friday in February!?)
Then I realized this painting-turned-print is not only a “heart related” piece, but a love related. Reaching for Love is one of the best things we can do – all year round – ! Everyone wants to feel loved, so let’s do something this month to let those in our lives KNOW they are loved. maybe we could even do something for our ‘neighbors’ to let THEM know they are loved. (or at least cared about)
…so it’s well time it makes it way to the Redbubble crowd so we can obtain products adorned with it. And it you really must have the original, well that is in my studio and will be posted on my website this afternoon under the Art Store (originals).
Remember to celebrate Heart Month, ALL Month, and ALL Year long!