Week 19’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was S- Spring.
Spring is my second favorite time of the year. Fall is my favorite. I have always grown Daffodils until we moved into this house five years ago. It’s a long story. Secretly, I can’t wait to move, but I digress.
On watercolor paper cut into playing card size, I started by using watercolor paints to color the general shape and location of the daffodils. Using gel pen and Jane Davenport’s Paint Over Pen white pen, I outlined and completed this card.
Week 18’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was R – Rocks and Roses.
The double weeks are harder for me to come up with a cohesive theme. So, I searched Bing Images and found a brick/block home with climbing roses. I have always loved the look rock houses. Thus the inspiration for this painting.
On watercolor paper, I used Elegant Writer to sketch in the house and windows and Inktense pencils for the roses, grass, sky and tree. I love the house and roses. The rest? Meh!
Week one of Thain in Vain and Drafty Devil bringing us the 13-Week Streak Summer Flash Fiction challenge. 500 words, one story using the prompt, enjoy!
The Whale Watchers
Sonja took Henry’s hand as they watched the Marina appear on the horizon.
“We’ll get it all straightened out.” Henry squeezed her hand.
With a trail of tears visible, Sonja shook her head, “I don’t see how.”
“I’m sorry, I wish. . .” Henry drifted off.
“Do you remember the words spoken as the giant hand. . . reached down. . .?” This time her voice faded.
The captain shook his head, “It plucked John off my boat as the voice stated, ‘Before you can wreak havoc.’”
Sonja glanced over at Joanna, John’s wife. John was her boss at Champion Medical Supply. The company had won this whale watching tour aboard the Helena because Champion’s Peg Bugloisi and Daniel Forman were the top salespeople of the Nitrile Brand wheelchairs in the tri-state area. Sonja and Henry filled in for Daniel and his wife when she went into labor six weeks early.
Peg and her husband were sitting with Joanna in the other corner. They had known each other since they attended Bossomwood Academy together.
They looked as shocked as Sonja felt. Turning she asked, “Captain Scott, do you think the Coast Guard will believe us?”
“As a Coast Guard retiree, I would like to think they would believe me.” He stroked his blond beard, “However, I think the truth is too bizarre to be believed.”
Looking around, everyone was shaking their head in agreement. Sonja asked, “What happens if we tell the truth?
“We are held as people of interest while they test us for drugs and other substances that can cause shared hallucinations,” Capt. Scott replied.
“Could we lie? What lie could save us?” Sonja pondered. Would the others corroborate the lie? It was in everyone’s best interest as none of them were guilty. Though only a few of them were good liars. Frequently, Sonja had to deal with unhappy customers because Peg and David would promise customers the impossible.
Staring at her feet, head hanging, and hand wringing, Sonja wanted land under her feet. What were they going to do? What would happen to them?
Sonja looked up. There behind Capt. Scott bearing down on the Helena was a waterspout.
“We are the Whale Watchers,” a voice boomed from the sky, “We made a mistake. Sorry, but you all must come with us now.”
Capt. Scott adjusted the course of the Helena. The waterspout adjusted as well.
When the spout was within a few hundred feet, Sonja yelled. “But I didn’t do anything.”
The air responded, “Should have been more mindful of the company you keep.”
Several hours later, The Daily News Reporter standing on the dock at the marina stated, “A rare phenomenon occurred near our shore today. The waterspout overcame the vessel Helena. Capt. Trevor Scott was spotted trying to out maneuver the freak of nature. Unfortunately, nothing of the boat has been located. All passengers are listed as missing as the rescue search continues through the night.”
Week 17’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was Q – Quote. Here are bubbles that I referred to during last week’s post, Peace. I found a quote I think it works really nicely with them for this week’s challenge.
“The ancestor of every action is thought.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Even in the simple action of blowing bubbles, you must have thought ahead to have the equipment available. After deciding where to blow the bubbles, then the action follows.
“The ancestor of every action is thought.” it’s a good quote for us to realize that we need to think about our actions and not act before contemplating the consequences of our actions.
Our world today is the most reactive I have ever seen. It’s a scary time to be alive. There have been a lot of those in history. As a fan of the Star Trek optimism, it feels like we are going backwards instead of forwards.
I just finished the card for week 15. Week 15’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was 0 – Obsession. While I had been posting the a few weeks behind. I got behind creating. I had a weekend off and hoped to get some time to work on my art, writing, poetry, and blog. Some creating done however not what I needed for here. There is always hope.
Artistically speaking, I am embarrassed by this creation. It was rushed and looks it. I couldn’t find my cards so I used a manila envelope cut down to size. I didn’t dry it enough or wait for it to dry after gluing on the magazine. It just went down hill from there. Sorry! I debated about making another and never letting this one see the light of day, but sometimes being vulnerable with our failures as well as our success helps us grow as people and artist.
This weeks topic obsession is one I didn’t want to face. I have more of obsessions than I care to admit. When I sat down, the truth crept into my creation. While this isn’t one of my favorite creations, I do feel that as much as I hate to face it, I am obsessed with my weight. Desperately trying to loose fifty pounds again.
What is your obsession? Are you in control or the obsession?
Week 14’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was N – Numbers. This week turned to the personal again. There are a lot of number cards that are inspired by a certain look. I love that look but wanted to go in a different direction because I didn’t want to feel like a copy cat. But else can you do with numbers?
There is a story behind the numbers in this card. Each three digit number represents a place we’ve lived. I am convinced that there is a move in my future. If you knew my circumstances, you would think I am crazy.
The longest I have lived in one home is thirteen years. Once during my childhood and once during my children’s childhood. What is the longest you have lived in one place?
My life is so busy right now. Trying to find time to create these cards and blogging about them constitutes almost all my free time.
But I love both. Thank you for checking in on my blog. I am no longer ahead in the creation of these cards and just waiting to post. I am behind on both, hoping that my schedule will open up allowing me to catch up.
Week 13’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was M – Me. This was a hard one for me. As I stated above my life is out-of-control. So, this card is about my faith carrying me.
Week 12’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was L – Lace. Oh no! What I am going to do do? Do I even have any lace in the house?
Looking around my house, I spied a small amount hanging from the collar of a dress, my latest thrift store find. The lace in places had become detached and I planned on removing it. Yeah, I could recycle.
Now for a theme, I’m not a lacy kind of “girl” anymore. I saw all kinds of neat wedding dress themed cards on our group. Some had lace stamps creating neat backgrounds. What to do???
When I scoured my house for lace, I found an envelope with old photos from my mother-in-law. I have been wanting to create a piece with old photos. So, I sat at my desk and ran with it. No old photos were harmed in the creation. I used a copy 😉
This piece ended up feeling very special as my mother-in-law is in failing health and she loved it.
Week 11’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was K – Kaleidoscope & Kaktus. It was a weird combination for me. At first I struggled with the spelling of Kaktus with a “K.”
However we are an international group and so many of the group are braving a second language, surely to goodness I can handle the unusual spelling of a common word.
Unable to find a creative connection between Kaleidoscope and kaktus, I stayed with just placing both on the card. I have been wanting to play in the sand. In my mind, cactus grow in sand.
I have collected sand from my vacations. The white white sand in project is from Destin, Florida and the yellowish sand is from Caseville, Michigan. I liked the way the white turned out better than the yellow.
I have also experimented with markers on printer photo paper. The Kaleidoscope and the Kaktus were created on this kind of paper. I really like the effects. Hoping to share in the future some of my other artwork created with markers and paint on photo paper.
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