Monthly Archives: May 2018

Memorial Day Watercolor

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For Easter, my BFF gave me a watercolor of two cute chicks in a square frame with a mat opening of 6″ x 6″.  We decided that I could replace the chick pic with seasonal art of my own design. So using mixed media paper, cheap watercolors, and a white Gelly Roll pen, here’s my product. I think I’ll leave it on my table from Memorial Day weekend until the Fourth of July. Go, USA!

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Grandchildren are one of the gifts that make Mother’s Day so special. My oldest grandson Michael will be finishing eleventh grade next week. It’s hard to believe he’s old enough to be a high school senior!

Dan the Man recently found this recipe that Michael wrote ten years ago. We originally thought we should frame it and give it to Michael. But to heck with that — I didn’t want to let it go. So today I got it framed to hang in my kitchen. Enjoy Michael’s recipe for chocolate brownies!

Mixed Media Using an Old Road Map

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I’m back to blogging after a restorative long weekend with girlfriends in Hot Springs, AR. It’s amazing what good friends, a little wine, a few adventures, and lots of laughter can do! Today’s post shares how friends Martha, Kathy, and I started with old road maps, acrylic paints, and Gelli Plates to create crap art, and how we used creativity and other products to turn our crapsmanship into craftsmanship.

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This project was inspired by an article in an old issue of Craft, Paper, Scissors about using old road maps to create wrapping paper. The idea was to use the Gelli Plate, paint, and stencils to stamp great designs onto a large map. You can see Kathy’s attempt above. It’s colorful but unimpressive. Kathy’s was the best design on the three of ours, so you can imagine what Martha’s and mine looked like!

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Not wanting to give up too soon, we got out assorted stamps and stamp pads. In the photo above, you can see Martha’s crap improving as she adds layers of design. We also tried stamping some more paint on to the map with household items such as corks and bottle tops. The photo below shows my almost-completed work …

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…and this last photo shows my end product.

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I like it so much, I’m not yet willing to cut it up and wrap it around a gift. So I’m hoarding it in my Finished Projects stash, just waiting for the right use.