Sunday, March 25, 2012

Some Journal Pages


 Once upon a time in February, I spent an evening working on a couple of journal pages.

I found a few drawings of some mushrooms that were inspirational.
I copied some of the sketches almost exactly, others I made up as I went along.
 
I actually learned a bit when I was making this journal page.

(but it was so long ago, I can't remember what!)
 



I decided to play with some ink I have in ink droppers for the next journal page.

I don't know why,  but I love working directly with the dropper in a jar of ink rather than using a paintbrush or something.

It's super soothing.

I was just playing around with this one, but think it's quite pretty.


That's all for now, folks!

Until next time......

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Witch Cupcakes with Creme de Menthe Butter Cream Frosting



About a month ago I asked my niece what kinda cake she wanted for her birthday.
(cuz I make the cakes)

After making some suggestions, (fairy, monsters, flowers), she said,
"I want a witch cake. With green skin,
a hat,
and a cart.
(aka a cape)

I went on an exhaustive search for some ideas on Pinterest and the world wide web,
I discovered there weren't that many ideas.

I also knew I didn't wanna bother with fondant.  It looks pretty, but lacks in the flavor department.

In the end, I just winged it. 

I made chocolate cupcakes and some homemade creme de menthe 
butter cream frosting.
(Which was the best icing I've ever made, 

in my not so humble opinion).

I used fruit roll ups for the capes, 

a dark chocolate fudge stripe cookie, frosting and a Hershey's Kiss for the hats,
and candy eyes I acquired from the local baking supplies shop.

(Where, I swear, being rude and exhibiting poor customer 
service skills is a prerequisite of all
applicants. 
Their tag line should be something like:
"Don't expect service with a smile."
 
Or!

"We may sell sweets, but the employees here are anything but!")

My niece, the birthday girl, helped me assemble the cupcakes.


But not before she ate half the capes.


In the end we had an army of edible witches.... 


The birthday girl liked making them, even if she didn't eat them.

(She really doesn't eat cake.
What kinda wacky kid doesn't eat cake? 
This one!)



Even Pop-Pop enjoyed the cupcakes
(Sans the cape.
He's of the generation that 

is freaked out by fruit roll ups)



Oh!  You want the recipe for the Creme de Menthe Buttercream frosting??
 
Ingredients:
4 sticks unsalted butter
6 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup creme de menthe
1/8 cup milk
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
 

Directions:  
Add butter and milk and mix with electric mixer.   
Slowly add powdered sugar by the cupful.  
Add the creme de menthe and peppermint extract until all is well blended.

**Note: If you want thicker frosting, add more powdered sugar.
If you want a mintier frosting, add more creme de menthe and/or peppermint extract.

Enjoy!



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Year's Resolution - Be More Intentional

Which includes being more intentional about pursuing the creation of art.  

Years ago I picked up a book called The Creative License by Danny Gregory.


Keeping true to my turtle-like form, I'm just now digging into it. 

If you're a little creatively rusty or never believed yourself to be a creative type,
(but feel the "ember," as he calls it, burning)
you really need to think about picking this book up and reading it. 
(and do what it says too).


The first part of the book I covered tonight directed me to draw a chair, mug, person and table, 
and I wasn't allowed to erase anything.

To remove the erasing temptation, I drew in some oil pastels:


It was actually a lot of fun.  

But now I must sleep. 

Will share more of my artsy fartsy adventures soon.  

I promise!