Cindy's Country Mix

do it yourself projects, watercolor


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Zebra

I spent the morning painting on my notebook.  And I finished it!   Zebras are a beautiful creation and I am glad I made that choice.

notebookFinishedBack

When I painted the under coat for the larger zebra stripes, I gradated the color to make it more interesting.  What do you think?  Do you like the subject and color choices?

notebookFinishedFront

Yup the new looks much greater than the old!

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Progress

Today, I spent a few hours working on the design for my notebook project.  I thought awhile about what to paint on it.  Deciding on a zebra profile, I got out my Sharpie marker and sketched in a basic design.  I applied two coats of blue for the background allowing it to dry in between coats.  I am using Daler Rowney Titanium White, and Winsor & Newton Ultramarine Blue, with Delta Ceramcoat Textile Medium added. The medium keeps the paint flexible on fabric  after it dries.

zebra sketch

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Organizing

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Why am I organizing AGAIN?  Because, I keep acquiring more stuff and more stuff!  I find it difficult to throw things away, but I’m not a hoarder by any means.

My daughter-in-law gave me six Martha Stewart Living Magazines.  I love Living!  They were issues January through July of 2012.  I spent some time this afternoon leafing through them and tearing out all the interesting data that I wanted.  Then I tossed the magazines and placed all the papers on my desk.  My desk is not usually messy, but during organization it becomes so.

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I found a pretty file box complete with six pretty file folders at our local thrift store.  I am going to use it for this project.  Soon my desk will be tidy once again.  I had a little help from a friend as you can see.

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Are you an organized person?  I have, twice, attended seminars by Emily Barnes.  Wow, is that a blast from the past for you?  It should be.  I don’t see her around much anymore, but she certainly was a major helper in my life.  She has written books on how to get organized that are wonderful.  Amazon carries some of her books.  My favorite is More Hours in My Day.

Also, I found an old notebook that I used to have as an organizer.  It’s pretty UGLY!  And you KNOW I just have to beautify it.  That will be tomorrow’s project.

notebookBeforeFront   notebookBeforeBack  Front and back sides are shown here.  This notebook is full sized and will soon be lovely.  Come back tomorrow to see how it looks.

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Die Cut Fun

My daughter was given a Cricut Expressions die cut machine.  Boy, are we having fun creating with it. I am here visiting her for a week and we spent a couple of days cutting great designs. Along with the cutting machine came eight cartridges! I cut a few shapes to take home with me for use on my roadtrip scrapbook that is waiting to be made.

I, my daughter, and three grandchildren made personal notebooks. This is mine.

Cindy’s Notebook