Archive

Monthly Archives: October 2011

I have been driven to create another silkscreen. Today’s is inspired by my stepfather’s idea for a t-shirt that my brother made years ago. It’s a red t-shirt that says “yellow” on it. It makes my scratch my head and chuckle. So I thought of how weird a word could I put under or over a cat? Hmmmm… “elephant”! A co-worker had a good idea for another word, so that may be coming up soon. (I’m exposing my odd sense of humor here. Are you running away screaming yet? Hee hee.) This didn’t dry as fast as I wanted, so no inking tonight.

20111030-203206.jpg

A closeup so you can see the dried glue and the screen.

20111030-203249.jpg

Here’s a link to the first video in a series about how to make a silkscreen.  This is the method I used for this and the previous silkscreen.

And the chihuahua foster dog is doing well. Look, you can’t count every single rib anymore! Can’t wait until his rescue group finds him a home. He’s a lot of work. And he is super cute and fun while he’s with us, though.

20111030-203455.jpg
Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Advertisements

I’m so busy at work, I am slowing down the creativity project a little to keep myself healthy and keep the project enjoyable for me. I probably will not continue to post “day off” every time I take a day off, but the cat project will continue.

Thank you for your time!

I did work a few minutes on an upcoming project, but nothing to post tonight. Still working on the work-create-sleep balance in my life. Work has been taking up more than its fare share lately. So I’m desperately looking forward to a full night’s sleep tonight. Debating if I need to add another day off in my “cat week” or if I need to do more planning for “quick cats.” Balancing an intense job and this creative project is a big challenge for me and I definitely don’t have it down yet. Still a good challenge for me.

Hope you are all well =^.^=

I bought jewelry findings meant for use with clay, a few weeks ago. I had the idea of painting a cat of my own and pouring resin to finish them off. So tonight I painted some cats for this project. I will collect a few other things before I mix and pour resin, so they are actually waiting for finalization. My original plan had been to do these with oil paints, but my lungs were so reactive for days after the last oil paint, I didn’t want to use them again with the house all closed up now. So I broke out my as yet unused watercolor tubes. The colors were wonderfully saturated and bright compared to the cakes I was using.  While I don’t love these earrings as they are, I will let them percolate in my mind for a while before I figure out what I want them to look like so that I’d actually wear them.  Although I am NO fashion queen, I am ridiculously picky about what I will and won’t wear. So this project may undergo a redo in the future.  We’ll see.  I did have fun painting all the little silhouettes.  I started out with just one shape (in the blue circles on the right) and then got more confident to paint more of a variety. My idea was to have really bright paints for the earrings and I liked the idea of a little cat silhouette, but I’m not sure they work together quite as I wanted.

The blue paint is darker in real life, so you can’t actually see some of the cats when the blue is dark in the center. So I learned I needed to lighten the center of the circle to see the cat better.And I trimmed out two cats and placed them in the findings. Ready for resin (or for me to redo them…)Have a lovely evening!  And thank you for taking the time to visit my cats. :)

The assignment I chose to follow today from Noah Scalin’s “365: A Daily Creativity Journal” was to make something that is not normally cute and cuddly into something that is. I thought about this challenge for days, originally envisioning a hunched, hissing, black cat made into a little (“cute & cuddly”) felt doll. But it seemed kinda predictable. There are items like that in all our local stores with Halloween approaching. Then it popped into my head as an image: a swiping paw with sharp claws extended (definitely not cute or cuddly)… made into a “doll.” It’s funny that my hubby came to me a little later that day with the same idea. I started the project at work during a break, and finished it at home after midnight. And I was lucky enough to have my lap kept warm by a chihuahua puppy at the beginning and a cat at the end of the project.

20111026-005830.jpg

20111026-005843.jpg I was much happier with sewing on the details (in this case, footpads) first rather than gluing them or adding them later as I did with the other felt projects. The foot did look so cute and cuddly as I sewed the pink pads on the black felt, I was actually a little startled at how (relatively) aggressive it looked once I started adding the nails.

Hope you have a lovely day!

Hug a cat… with caution! (hee hee)

Long day. Quick cat. I used peppercorns because their slightly irregular shapes stops them from rolling away, but they are nicely even and predictably shaped. And they’re good company to salty cat.

20111024-224543.jpg

20111024-224604.jpg I put them in a tiny dish my mom brought me from France.

20111024-224816.jpg If you know how to speak French, what does that bottle say translated into English? “Pimentez votre cuisine.” I love languages but French is beyond me!

20111024-224852.jpg