Friday, September 20, 2013
Feels wonderful to have been busy creating this week! I forgot to take a before picture of the Zendala Dare template for this week, so I borrowed it off of Erin's blog over at The Bright Owl.
Back to doing my own thing...
...with nothing but dots, circles, straight lines, and a couple curls with a pop of color. So relaxing!! I thought it looked kind of lacy.
And this is a two birds with one stone happy coincidence--for both Jennifer's Artist's Playroom over at Just Add Water, Silly and the next workshop I started of the 21 Secrets Workshops. Jennifer's challenge this week was your favorite color or colors. I don't really have one because I like them all, so I thought the rainbows were appropriate. ;)
This next workshop is called Games Journalers Play and in this one we make our own deck of prompt cards in a tin. I already had a generic Altoids tin...but what to make the cards out of?
Scrounging through my stuff, I found a couple of bristol ATC cards--20 in a pack. (Never did get into making ATCs.) I ruined one trying to cut it down to the right size, but figured it out and cut them all down.
Then rounded the corners with a corner punch...
...and ended up with 39 cards.
How to decorate them?
You know I would want them to basically all be the same like a real deck of cards, right? I came up with the rainbow idea using my Lyra crayons. Of course, I wanted them to be as even as possible...
...so I made a guide I could use to double-check.
Even practiced on some of the removed strips as to how to blend them. A damp brush with plain water worked the best. I know--I am so anal.
Then I started in...assembly-line fashion, as I am wont to do. Also had a small bucket with a damp washcloth to clean my fingers on the right there.
As you can imagine, this took me a lot of my time sessions!
Ended up wrapping the crayons in pieces of paper towel because I took off all the wrappings long ago...but I've never held one crayon for this long and they (unlike M&Ms) melt in your hand--LOL!
But I finally finished this step. They are all colored and ready for a damp brush...one color stripe at a time. Perfect activity to do while watching TV (some program that doesn't require my full attention, of course) or listening to an audio book.
Once these are all blended then I will see how messy the white sides are. They will probably need a coat of gesso. Next I will glue or tape on the prompts to the white side. I printed off the two lists she gave us, picked out 39 of the prompts that I liked the best, and cut them out.
I think that's all I am going to do to the side with the prompts--we'll see. Last step on the cards will be to seal both sides with a liquid sealer of some kind--some mod podge, gel medium or something along those lines. Then if I want to decorate the tin, I can. Not sure I want to, though, because I'm really not sure if I will use these much and I might want to use the tin for something else later on, you know? We'll see.
I'm having a good time on these dark, damp days. It was 51 degrees when I got up this morning and it's been drizzling away. I have been at the art table or writing letters and haven't cracked a book open yet this week! That tall stack of library books is calling me--and I need to give my back a break today after all that coloring, anyways. I am so grateful my body has been in a cooperative mood lately and hope to put a dent in the prompt cards over the weekend. Time will tell. ;)
I hope you have a really good time this weekend...no matter the weather, no matter what bumps in your road. :) :)
"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."