After many months of avoiding it, I finally got back to working on the mural. I picked up four more sample jars of paint- green, yellow, brown and a bluish white- and a couple narrow rollers.
I have a lot more do to but I'm pleased to be making some progress after months of inactivity. No particular area is "done" since I prefer to build it all up together. I'm trying to treat this like any other painting and stick to the "techniques" I'm already familiar with. You know, except for the fact that my canvas is 10 feet across, my paint brushes are huge (or paint rollers) and my paint comes out of jars and gallon buckets rather than tubes. So far so good!
My Halloween greetings come a day late, but they'll have to do since I want to share this years pumpkins anyway. Nils and I stuck to our strengths and worked on both of them together. Nils drew, and I carved (not that I consider pumpkin carving one of my "strengths", but I'm pretty good with fiddly details). As I hollowed out a couple pumpkins, Nils went to work drawing up a few furry friends to trace onto our pumpkins- Qwerty, our cat, and a corgi (because I have a wee obsession with the wee dogs.)
Nils drew these guys so I could carve them. Although he managed to simplify the shapes a whole lot, I still had my work cut out for me. (Heh.. cut out for me. I'm hilarious.)
I traced the images right off the laptop screen (high tech) and shaded the areas to cut out. I taped the paper onto the pumpkin and poked holes along the outlines. From there I just cut out the shapes, careful not to put too much pressure on the delicate parts, and put them outside to light up our front door.
Here they are lined up with Q's squid! I'll have to follow her lead and try out some shading like that next year.
This year we celebrated by throwing an All Hallows Eve Eve party. I'll have to collect some of the recipes that people made because the potluck dinner was amazing. Vegetable orzo, pumpkin sage gnocchi, and apple squash pizza, among many other delicious creations. I hope you all had a Happy Halloween!
Two weeks ago Q, Nils and I went on a whirlwind trip to attend the wedding of a dear friend. When Q and I first heard that the wedding was Steampunk themed, we immediately started putting costumes together for the occasion. I've made a number of
posts in the past on various parts of the outfit,
like here (the
start), here (jacket
progress), here (skirt
progress), here (dying
fabric), here (Nerf
gun), here (hats/hair
things) and here (finishing touches). It's a long story, I know. Ready for some silly pictures?
When it was all said and done I made a fully lined jacket, an over skirt, an under skirt, a bustle, a set of pockets, a holster, a belt for the holster, a headband, and a scarab pin. I also modified a blouse and dyed some things brown along the way. Phew!
The jacket, skirts and bustle are a part of the Burda
7880 "Historic Dress 1888" pattern.
I knew it would be too warm to wear the jacket the whole
night so I made sure the blouse fit nicely and the costume looked OK
without the jacket on. I took in the sides of the blouse and fixed up
the over sized sleeves.