It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Monday, July 22, 2013

Two pencil exercise

Perfect timing for a two pencil exercise this week Laura!
I have been taking beginning calligraphy (only two lessons in) and we have been
using two pencils to practice until we got comfortable with the angle of the pencils.
So here is my wibbly wobbly contribution.
Hopefully next time you see my printing you will see an improvement.
Thank you, Laura for another fun and challenging challenge.

I had to share some of the current beauty on my lanai.
These are dendrobium orchids, the kind you sometimes find on your plate
in restaurants.  Mine are all in bloom and quite spectacular right now.

Friday, July 12, 2013

What is "yupo"?

Several have asked me what yupo is.
It is a plastic sheet of paper.  There are several ideas for it's use on line.
I have been preparing it with alcohol.  I spray it on and rub it around to remove any oil.

Then I give it a coat of matte medium
I use a Walmart paint roller to apply the matte medium
The next step is to apply Halloween children's spider web.
I secure the webbing with T pins pushed into the cardboard that the paper is attached to.
The thinner you pull the webbing, the more interesting the end result.
I then spray this with water so the webbing adheres to the paper.
Then I use Dick Blick liquid watercolor to spray the paper.
The paper must remain flat until it is dry and then you remove the webbing.
Every page is a surprise.

If I want to paint on it, I spray it with a fixative.
Give it a coat of matte medium and then paint.
In this case I used liquid acrylics for the base and then regular acrylics.
I think it makes an interesting background.
What are your thoughts and/or questions?
Happy PPF

Monday, July 8, 2013

Diva Challene #126...AMAZING!

One hundred twenty six challenges!
Wow, Laura!
That is amazing.  It is amazing you are still coming up with new and brilliant
ideas every week.
It is amazing that we are all still here with new friends every week.
It is just AMAZING!
Way to go girl!

This week's challenge was to use a stencil or something similar as a string.
I have used a Balzer Design stencil of flowers.
Now I am wishing I had used it with paint first and then tangled.
Oh time.

It has been hot and steamy in Florida.  So hot in fact that Harley
begs to go in the pool.
He will fetch his ball all afternoon before finally tiring
and getting out.