Scarecrow Mason Jar
Cinnamon Spice Caramel Apple Popcorn with Felt Apple Tag
Cinnamon Spice Caramel Apple Popcorn
- Bare Dried Apples - Fuji and Reds (1/2 cup)
- brown sugar (2 T)
- cinnamon (1 tsp)
- nutmeg (dash)
- buttered popcorn (10 cups)
- Wilton Salted Caramel Candy Melts (2 oz.)
Felt Apple Tag
Ellia at 12
Andrei at 15
Colorful Me, Inspired by Andy Warhol
50 State Album: Minnesota (#41) and Wisconsin (#42)
Graffiti Name Art
Documenting our US Travel (and How to Make a GIF)
In the Style of El Greco, from "Discovering Great Artists"
The authors have divided the many projects into four categories: Long, Long Ago (Renaissance and Post-Renaissance); Sunny and Free (Impressionists and Postimpressionists); Wild and Wacky (Expressionists, Abstract, Abstract Expressionists, Cubists, Dadaists, and Surrealists); and Art Today, Every Way (Pop, Op, Modern, Photojournalists, and Children's Book Illustrators). There are 15-20 artists and projects they inspire in each category. Each includes handy icons to show the difficulty level, prep time, media used, and artist style. Even if you never made any of the projects, this book provides an outstanding summary of the major artists in each style.
Caprese Salad in a Sourdough Bread Bowl
One of my absolute favorite things about summer is eating homegrown tomatoes right off the vine, still warm from the sun, juicy, and full of flavor. We planted four varieties of tomatoes this year and I used some of each to make my take on a caprese salad, served in a mini sourdough bread bowl. It was the perfect summer meal.
Dimensional Fall Tree (Experimenting with Piping Flour-Thickened Paint)
A large number of the crafts I make could start with the introduction, "So I had this idea and wanted to see what would happen if..." In this case, I wanted to see if I could thicken inexpensive acrylic paint with flour*, then pipe it onto a canvas as if it were frosting. It didn't quite work as I'd hoped, but I'm happy with the end result. And it was a lot of fun to make!
Drawing Myself as a Duolingo Character
This week, I hit a 600-day streak learning Spanish on Duolingo. To mark the occasion, I decided to draw myself as a Duolingo character. I found an image of the Duolingo characters and identified their distinctive characteristics: rounded geometric shapes, unrealistic proportions, large eyes, teardrop noses, bright colors, minimal details, and disembodied feet on a white background.
Then I used those traits to draw myself in the Duolingo style. This was my first draft.
The next category says that all Duolingo characters must be designed with a flat perspective. I'm fine there. I didn't use shadows, so that's ok too. Then we get to color. There is a recommended color palette that I didn't follow, along with suggestions to be playful and vibrant while avoiding using too many colors. The final guideline is about floating accents. I only floated the feet, so I'm fine there. As I was looking closer at the characters, I realized my eyes were wrong. So I fixed those and made a bunch of changes to the colors, bringing me to....