Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More Watermarking



Tee hee.. Next thing you know, that will be all over the internet as the term for watercoloring with markers - you heard it here first!!!



I really like this technique. It's very easy and fast.



I also have a confession to make. There are some colors that I just don't like. I have tried to like them, but I just don't. Like Beate and purple. Colors go deep into our brains and evoke some crazy prehistoric response that we can't control. At least that is what I tell myself every time I see Sage Shadow and Blush Blossom and Glorious Green. I can't change it. I'm too old.



And confession #2, sometimes I make things with these colors that make me shudder to give away to the assisted living center I teach classes at sometimes or whatever, just so I can use up the cardstock - I know other people don't feel the same way I do... But it never goes away! I swear I haven't bought sage shadow since 1992 and I still have oodles of it.



However, I see combinations sometimes that make me pause and wonder if I'm too "colorist". One of them is Sage Shadow and Blush Blossom - very pretty and soothing. Tonight I tried to step outside the comfort zone and see if I couldn't make it work. I think I got close anyway. It sure does look pretty with pink.



Hope you're having a good Wednesday. I'm sleepy already and it's only 7:30. I experienced a serious trauma at the mailbox today which might be the problem. I got my order from Starving Artistamps, and that means I got a key to one of the large boxes at my stupid group mailboxes inside my teeny mailbox that nothing fits in. So I stick the key in the big box, open the door, stick my hand it AT WHICH POINT 8000 VERY ANGRY RED WASPS FLY OUT AND TRY TO STING ME!!!!! I completely hurt my elbow twisting away while still holding the key to the box. The key is still in the box, as is my package, so I have to open it and try again. I open it and see that there is a HUGE wasp nest in the upper corner of this box by the door - OMG!!!! I bravely stick my hand in, actually touching a wasp that was crawling on the box, grab the box and run into the bushes, scraping myself all up. Mind you, I'm wearing a dress and inappropriate heels for wasp evasion. Holy cow am I PISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSED at this point.



Luckily, not stung, I drive back to my house and grap a sheet of summer sun, and write in very loud large letters an extremely angry note about the wasps and some thinly veiled suggestions about what to do with the nest on it with a sharpie, grab my packing tape and head back to tape the note on the box.



I'M STILL MAD! My dad broke his shoulder in an almost identical incident at his group mailbox.



IF I AM PAYING NEARLY 50 CENTS FOR YOU PEOPLE TO TAKE A LETTER FROM POINT A TO POINT B, AND YOU CAN'T EVEN BRING IT TO MY HOUSE ANY MORE, WHERE I WOULD BE HAPPY TO MAKE SURE THERE AREN'T ANY POISONOUS ANGRY BEESTS LURKING AROUND THE MAILBOX, THEN YOU D*** SURE BETTER TAKE CARE OF THAT LITTLE PROBLEM IN THE STUPID GROUP MAILBOX BEFORE I TAKE POSTAL TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Oh, I feel so much better now! ;)



One of the things I got in the box from Tracey was a Spica Glitter pen - WOWEEEEE!! It's really fabulous. It has a marker sort of tip like the fine end of the Stampin' Write Marker instead of the roller ball that the Sakura pen has, so it's just different. Gorgeous, very smooth application of super fine sparkle. I think you'll like it.



I also got a ton of new Basic Grey paper and some stamps that maybe I'll use for my Christmas cards - it's almost time to make those, you know!!! :)

Anyway, have a good night. :)

5 comments:

  1. Dear Ms. Blue,
    First, I'm glad you escaped being stung by the beests; that can be soooo painful (been there, done that.) I very much enjoyed your rant against the postal system! :)
    Your card created with watermarking(love the term as used in this context; I shall use it at every opportunity and give you the credit)is lovely. Adding pink to the Blush and Sage in this card worked very well.
    I understand what you mean about 'some' colors; I have an aversion to the primaries when used in combination -- they simply shock my system. I'm very fond of earth tones and muted colors, including Sage Shadow.
    Enjoy your new goodies. I'm sorry there was so much trauma involved with getting your hands on them.

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  2. WOW!! SO SCARY!!!! I can't believe you stuck your hand in there to get the box! I think I would've had to go home and arm myself with a can of Raid before I could even think about trying to retrieve the box. You are BRAVE, girl!

    The color I can't get my head around is Kraft. I've seen lovely things made with it, but I can't seem to get anything to look right with it, except black.

    I want to get my hands on one of those glitter pens. Any idea where I could do that locally--i.e. no online shipping? I"m so not a shopper.

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  3. OMG!! Wasps in the mailbox?? So very scary....seriously, every time we go to check the mail, Savi and Jaya dig around in those big boxes. GREAT.

    But I LOVE the watermarking! Darn it, now I need watercolor paper!

    My out color right now is apricot appeal. Nothing about it appeals to me! But I love me some sage shadow... :)

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  4. Oh. My. Goodness.

    I can't stand wasps, as I am very allergic to them. I got stung a couple of weeks back when I was waterproofing our fence and had to give myself a shot of epi. Not fun at all. I keep a couple of cans of wasp and hornet killer sitting on my deck at all times. I would have been mad too!

    On a brighter note, I love what you did with your card. I just finished teaching a class using that stamp set, but now am going to have to pull it out again to remake all the images with the watercolor paper and your "watermarking" technique.

    Thanks for sharing another beautiful creation with us Lydia!

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  5. Quite an adventure but at least you didn't get stung (pretty impressive there!!) and you have your package!... :-) See I must be paranoid, but I NEVER put my hand in the mailbox before looking inside first! ;-)

    As for color aversion, I hear you. For me I have a very hard time using the color yellow!...

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