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Monday, August 21, 2006

Oopsies!

You know how proud I was of that knuck? Well, it turns out I made a mistake. Two mistakes, actually. I finished the other knuck, realized that I missed a couple repeat rows. I thought it was no big deal, because I thought I made the same mistake on the first one, and it fit anyway. Well I did infact skip the repeat rows, but I also somehow managed to do something really weird to the thumb gusset, so they're not the same. Actually, if you look at my previous post, you'll see that my decrease rows are angling the wrong way. I must have put my stitch markers in the wrong place, but really, I have no idea what I did.

Sigh. So I'll be undoing the thumb gusset on both knucks so they will both be correct. And the same, hopefully.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Knuck-a-long!

I don't post about knitting much here, but I actually knit a lot. In progress at the moment I am working on a Clapotis ... I swear I must be the last internet-savvy knitter on the planet to make one. Little did I know it would be about the most boring project EVER. I live for dropping those stitches. I'm not even halfway done and it's been sitting around for months, save for the hour or so I can muster up the patience to plug through another 12 rows.

Anyway, onto the knucks.


I'm so very proud of myself. I thought the pattern would be way harder than it is. It's actually really fun! I'll try to knit the other glove over the weekend, and then do the cuffs on both. You can see the bright teal ball in the corner. I think I will do some stripey business with it but I haven't decided exactly what my plan is. And then maybe go back and do a little embroidery on the top, too? They are going to be very bright and obnoxious. I figure, hey, I totally learned how to knit GLOVES! I want people to notice!

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Friday, July 28, 2006

ATCs

Here are my completed ATCs for the Glitter ATC swap. I did a series created from sketches made for a larger watercolor painting I'm working on.


And the backs! Complete with my self-portrait and cutie-cozy envelopes.


Thanks Glitterati! It was lots of fun!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Illustration Friday: Clean



Anyway. This is inspired by my bathroom tile (which is, of course, pristine at all times), sparkling with lemony freshness!

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Fun with Watercolor!

Wow I was re-reading my blog and not only am I ashamed that I've lapsed in posting, but I can't believe I haven't totally swooned about the new Moleskine Watercolor notebooks! I have to restrain myself from waxing poetic about my love of all things Moleskine, and just stick to the Watercolor notebook for the moment.

Usually I woork on good old Arches 140 cold press. It is the best, but you really can't beat the Moleskine for portability. And now I can have all my watercolor sketches neatly together rather than in little shards pinned to my board and falling on the floor in my studio. I'm also interested in trying to do some polaroid transfers on the MW, but I don't have any film at the moment.

The Mini-Review:
As much as I love the Moleskine sketchbooks, they are pretty crappy for painting. The journals are way too thin take anythng harsher than a delicate pen, and the sketchbook pages don't take water well at all. The Moleskine is definately less toothy than the Arches cold press, but this actually works out fine, since I have found that it's a little less fussy to draw on since the page is so small. I was a little worried that with the buckling, the pages would pop right off the perferation. This didn't happen; they're in there nice and snug. There is still some buckling of course, but I can't say I care really since I am one of those lazy artists who never bothers to stretch her watercolor paper anyway. It really takes the paint nicely and dries quickly enough to make sketching on the go a breeze!

The images:

On the fourth of July, my hubs and I went to Longwood Gardens. It was almost a no-go because of some vicious thunderstorms, but it turned out to be a beautiful day.


Just a quick sketch of the caladium growing in my patio garden.

Now I talk about pencils:
The Longwood Gardens sketch was done in the larger Moleskine with some student-grade Faber-Castell WC pencils, which I admittedly bought because: 1. I wasn't that into watercolor at the time and didn't want to cough up a pile of money and 2. I liked the metal tin they came in. After playing in my new book, it was immediately obvious that I needed better pencils. As you can see, the colors are a little cartoon-ish. Unfortunately, this is not just a problem with the pigment, but with the pencil itself. It really moved around when I wet it at first (creating really nice washes, actually), but when it dried, the initial layer was utterly unworkable, and it seemed to sort of seal the paper to make it virtually impossible to layer more color. Anyway, I still really enjoyed sketching at Longwood Gardens.

The caladium was done in the pocket sized Moleskine with my brand spankin' new Prismacolor WC pencils. These were immediately better to work with because I not only had more colors, but I had them in the familiar Prismacolor hues that I already know from the regular colored pencils. As you can see, the Primsacolors are way more saturated than the Faber-Castells. I have way more control over layering with these. The Prismacolors draw more like an actual colored pencil, even a little greasy, and I had to work a little to get a wash. This worked to my advantage, and I was able to build up color much better. Also, by wetting the paper first, I could get fantastic boldness and detail out of the pencils.

So now I have my Prismacolors in my old Faber-Castell case, and also carry a waterbrush and I'm ready for watercoloring all over town! What fun!

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Monday, July 03, 2006

Illustration Friday: Sticky

Friday, June 30, 2006

ATC Envelope Template

I just joined an Artist Trading Card swap with the wonderful girls at Glitter

In the spirit of craftiness, I came up with an ATC Envelope template so each card can travel safely in its own special wrapper. The dotted lines should be a roomy 2.75" x 3.75" to provide ample space for your card, so be sure to turn off the page scaling in the print options so that it will print correctly.

Download the template in PDF format!

Have fun and email me if you'd like to swap cards!

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