Saturday, July 17, 2010
Karma slept in the heat all afternoon on the porch next to her cat grass--hehe!
Beautiful "looking" day yesterday, but hot.
Supposed to be even hotter today--90s--with scattered thunderstorms. But right now we have blue sky and lots of white clouds here.
Karma--hidden behind the cat grass planter--hehe! You can see she likes to pull some of the grass out by the roots. I have noticed that since I haven't been trimming the grass it is doing much better for a longer period of time. I was always cutting it down a couple of inches and drying it to use in handmade paper. Guess I should leave it alone--hehe!
I got out the watercolor block again yesterday--just really restless. Don't have to concentrate too hard to play with abstract bookmarks--something I could do to help take my mind off the annoying mouth pain. Made this one with Winsor Newton paints. I was surprised at how it turned out when dry because it looks so rich with dark red and deep yellow color here.
Used the scrunched up saran wrap and left it to dry.
I have another watercolor block that's a little larger and I decided to use that one, too. Used Maimeri Blu paints and splattered Dr. Martin's (calligraphy colors) copperplate gold all over it...
...scrunched up saran wrap (my favorite method) and left it to dry overnight, too.
This morning I was surprised at how the Winsor Newton faded down to more of a pink and most of the yellow was kind of taken over by the pink. Interesting!
The Maimeri Blu paints retained their color better. Looked better dry than wet--hehe!
I hadn't used the Dr. Martin's copperplate gold before and it is nice and shimmery. Acts more like an acrylic, but I liked the effect.
Watercolors are so interesting to me because they do shift and change and move. They all fade, but some brands do keep their color better than others. I know I will go back and look at these pictures later and compare all my brands. This is a fun experiment--and I'm making bookmarks at the same time--tada! Always lifts my spirits.
Meanwhile...just hanging in here. Discovered that taking the pain pills again gave me diarrhea! Talk about an "Aha Moment"!! Here all along they have added to the IBS problem! Wow! Therefore--I haven't taken a pain pill since Thursday--and have been a bit more mouth miserable, shall we say. Only a couple more days... :)
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body."