Wednesday, October 29 at Craftcast, this will be live. You will receive a free copy of the video OR you can purchase the video alone after the event. I'm thrilled to share this class online at such a reasonable cost ($39.95).
Playing with lettering is fun and easier than you think! It's like drawing and doodling with forms you are very familiar with. Jenny Doh's book Creative Lettering (link below) was my source of inspiration.
Use words and thoughts that are meaningful to you. I worked on Strathmore Bristol. Use a pencil to sketch out the words then go over them with pen. You can erase any mess ups, just draw lightly! I used Pitt Pen markers and Tombow's for color - any markers would do.
Here's the link for Jenny's book which is great for beginners. Like Zentangle, Lettering is something you can easily begin with a minimum of fuss. Brainstorm some words and phrases and keep that list handy while you lay out your page. It's really easy to make a spelling error (*ahem).
And yes, it's time for a soup recipe. The weather was cold and very rainy here today and Minestrone entered my mind. My original Minestra is a two day affair but this needed to be quicker. It was so delicious that I need to get it down on paper.
This makes a nice big pot - plenty for 8 (enough for the three of us for 2 dinners, a couple of lunches). Prep time is about 40 minutes Cooking time is at least an hour
About 1/2 lb of any kind of beef, cut into small pieces 1 onion, diced 1 big leek, diced 3 carrots, diced Olive Oil 1 bunch of swiss chard 1 small can diced tomatoes 2 qts chicken or beef stock salt, pepper, thyme Parmegianno-Reg, grated and rind 1 can chick peas 1/2 cup of Orzo (or other small pasta)
4 shallots, cut in half polar-wise and sliced
Saute the beef in olive oil. Remove from pan
Diced and drop the onions, leeks and carrots (in that order). Let them saute till tender Add about 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp of thyme (to taste) I considered adding red pepper flakes at this point.
Return the beef to the pot along with Stock, Tomatos, Chick Peas, Swiss Chard and Parm rind
Simmer about an hour or so.
Add the orzo in the last 20 minutes (or so).
I sauteed the sliced shallots in olive oil for a good 20 minutes or so and used that as a garnish. It was worth the bit of extra trouble. It added a nice sweetness to the soup and an extra texture.
Serve with parm atop.
Heaven. It was worth the wait. Whatever is in your fridge or to your taste works here. The proportions of liquids to solids should remain the same. It's a nice hearty soup.
All of this week and next work continues on taping both the Flag Book class and Mixed Media Watercolor, so I'm in the studio in the mornings and writing, editing and uploading videos through the evenings.
Here are a couple of sneaky peeks ...
Just after this shot, I knocked over the red paste. Crime scene photos were skipped.
This is a simple little idea. I used materials that were available to me: A piece of watercolor paper with a salt resist technique and a photocopied piece of crayon resist paper.
More supplies: Glue Pen (Martha Stewart), a Brilliance stamp pad, gray brush pen, small alphabet stamp set, scissors, gel pen. I think that was it. Oh: a pencil and a piece of that clay that sticks things temporarily to a wall. (You'll see.)
Cardstock and a tag from one of the SMASH tag books. You may want some of those adhesive foamy things. I just used my glue gun! BAM :)
and let us commence with the card
So not too much stuff that you need to have. I could have made a coulple of these with the white and kraft card stock. I'm sure you have plenty of scraps around to make something like this.
Have a great weekend. I'm heading up to Stamford for Art Is You. My eyes are a bunch better and my energy is slowly returning. Love you guys! Don't forget to "like" my vid at YouTube. Every thumbs up helps to support me.
I'm happy to be teaming up with Alison Lee of CRAFTCAST to present a wonderful online class experience. This will be a live class on October 29, 2014 at 8-9:30 pm, (EST). There will be a forum so you can participate with your classmates and ask questions. As the pre-taped video rolls, I will explain and Alison (and you!) will ask questions and inspire us all :)
In this class:
Learn to make paste paper, super fun and easy Create decorative papers for the covers of the book, using fine bookbinding technique Create the spine for the book Learn additional paper crafting ideas to use for the flags in your book
Come away with solid instruction to create a beautiful Flag Book for yourself.
Register and read more at Craftcast, here. $39.95. I hope you'll join us!