In my search for a new art journal over the weeked I came to the conclusion that my checkbook and my wants just don't agree right now. I found an awesome Global Arts Matierials Watercolor book, in 9 x 12, but it was near $40. Not gonna happen right now. So I dug in my stash and came up with this:
It's an old 12 x 12 (larger than I wanted, but free) K & Company vintage style album. I will be personalizing the cover and back. It's full of pages already. Not the heavyweight I want, but strong enough. The pages took a few coats of Gesso fairly well. So for the time being it'll do.
In my getting caught up on my blog reading, I found this tutorial by Carla Sonheim on Abstracted Flowers Painting. It looked a fun way to start the new art journal. However it didn't take long for me to take off in my own direction. This is where I ended up on Sunday. Not in love, but getting there. It was much too flat for me.
This is where I ended up last night. Still not finished, but I'm liking it much better. It's feeling much more me. I'll keep you posted on the progress.
I finished up "Curiosity" late last week. Here's the sneak peek before it was finished.
If you'd like to see how it ended up you can head over to my Mischievous Creations Facebook page and check it out. I'm hoping to have it listed on Etsy tomorrow or the next day. Right now it's hanging in my dining room where I can see it from the kitchen table. I think I'm in love. I typically leave new pieces hanging around for a few days and can tell if it was a hit or miss if it starts getting on my nerves. This one is not nerving me at all. It's facinating to me. I love it.
I've been taking my preview pics on my Thunderbolt HTC cell using the Retro Camera App for Android. It was a free download and you get to choose between 6 vintage cameras, which technically is 6 different effects. Some of the effects also include a color or black and white option. I love it. I used the pinhole camera option for the photos in this post.
I also wanted to share this recipe for Pasta Puttanesca from the Pioneer Woman. We tried this for dinner last night. Sorry no pics, I didn't even think about sharing until this morning. :) Anyway, anchovies don't fly at my house and you can't buy pitted assorted olives in my town. So instead of anchovies I threw in some polish kielbasa and bought a jar of spanish olives without pimentos, that I had to pit myself. Not much fun and it took me about 15 minutes to pit them. Annoying, but worth it in the end. I did however make way too much spaghetti, which I used instead of bucatini, you can't buy that here either. And maybe it's the same thing as spaghetti, I don't know. Looked the same to me so I didn't worry about it. Don't overdo on the pasta. It takes away from the flavor. Next time we try this I'm also going to use butter instead of olive oil and serve it up like spaghetti just so all the yumminess of the sauce stays right on top. If you decide to give it a whirl let me know what ya think.