Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Latest Greeting Card and the Aha! Moment

This is the card that I made using the failed background wash. The flowers are not painted. They're stamped.


My attempt at actually painting the flowers is on the bottom. Stamping was easier and looked better.

Here is my second try at making a "blended" background. Even though I wet the paper first, you can still see the separate sections. According to the tutorial, you shouldn't see any demarcations when done correctly. I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong.

I decided to try something else. Do you remember the whale video? Remember how the colors spread out and then kinda blended together? Try look. My colors didn't blend at all.  


I googled "watercolor not blending" or something like that and found this. It says that there is transparent watercolor paint and there is OPAQUE watercolor paint. Opaque paints don't mingle well. AHA!! No wonda!! My paint from Ross must be OPAQUE!

And so I dug this out. I actually bought it from Fisher the day that I got the paint brushes. It was on sale for half price . . . $13. I was saving it for . . . you know . . . when I get good. But looks like I'm gonna have to bust it open even though I'm still junk. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Art and Craft Scores at the Swap Meet

I got a few extra-good deals at the swap meet this past weekend. I went on both Saturday and Sunday. But let me tell you . . . the heat was brutal. I only lasted 1 1/2 hours on Sunday. I left at 9:30 a.m. and the thermometer on my dashboard said 98 degrees!!!

Yarn for my mom . . . $1 each!

These pens were in a ziploc . . . $1 for the whole bag. 

These were in the same bag, but were dried up so I tossed them.

10 cents each for these pens!! Surprised me because the seller is a regular there and is usually not cheap. He admitted that he had no clue on the value.

These stamp pads were 50 cents each. I already have choke pads, but I was thinking of experimenting with these to see if I could somehow use the ink to paint with.

Not real sure how I'm gonna use these but it was only $2, and the girl was really nice.

This set was $1. 

Here's my next project. It didn't come out as gradually blended as I had wanted. I think I was supposed to wet my paper first. Next time.

See the fan in the foreground? I got it awhile back. It's a small Vornado. The blades are made of fabric so if you accidentally touch it like I always do, it doesn't hurt. I think I paid $3 for it.  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jim Carrey: I Needed Color

I found this so interesting. I think art calms him. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Here's my second watercolor creation. It was pretty simple so I made ten of them and turned them into greeting cards. The paper that I'm using is not from the pad that I got at Walmart. It's from an old yellowed pad that I got at the swap meet for $2. I'm so chang that I don't wanna waste the good paper yet. 

You remember the Made in China brushes that I got from Fisher? I love them. 


This is where I got the idea from. Try check out the watercolor paint that the girl uses.  She says it's Winsor and Newton ($$$$) paint. It's so vibrant!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vegan Diet - Day 30

The lab results are in, and although the numbers are a bit better, they're not as spectacularly improved as I was expecting. In fact, my triglycerides went up by a lot and my good cholesterol went down. 

According to info that Leslie sent me, I probably needed to be exercising more, especially since I've been eating more carbs on this diet.

Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides. The triglycerides are stored in your fat cells. Later, hormones release triglycerides for energy between meals. If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, particularly "easy" calories like carbohydrates and fats, you may have high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia).


So, after a month of vegan eating, I think I'm gonna be lightening up a bit. Meat is still OUT. But donuts are IN.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Warning Signs - Juuuust In Case You Didn't Know

You know the Flash Flood Warnings that we get on the TV and radio? The one where the guy says, "Don't Drown"? That's what these remind me of.

Thanks for sharing Ross. I was ROFL. 

















Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Landon's Simple Vegan Broccoli Salad

Landon threw together broccoli, mac nuts, almonds, baby potatoes and vegennaise to make this. 


He seasoned it with this. It's from Ross and is one of Lan's favorite seasonings. He ran out awhile back and I'd been unable to find more. I just noticed it at Ross again recently, so I bought two bottles. It's around $4.00. 

And talking about simple dishes, here's what I made for my lunch 4 days in a row because that's the extent of MY skills. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I totally copied a painting off of Mindy Lacefield's site. It's supposed to be a giraffe, but mine looks like an alien. I'm gonna fuss with it more after it dries a bit. 


It's fun, but hard. I just have to remember to go with the flow and let things happen as they will.

Monday, August 14, 2017


I bought a few prints at the swap meet by Mindy Lacefield. I think I was first attracted by the color (plus the $1 price tag). I liked the prints because they're done kinda care-freely. 

This girl doesn't even have arms. And look at her legs. What kind of legs are those, anyway? But it's okay, yah. The artist just had fun.

And it's okay to have a colorful face on a big head. And a blue-dotted red wing.

Here's a tutorial by Mindy that I've been watching. She makes it look so easy . . . putting blobs together. I like the translucent nature of watercolor.

And so, I wanna try painting. I've been gathering a few supplies. 

Thanks to friend Fay I was able to find watercolor paints for cheap at Ross. They were $6.00. Friend Linda told me that I could find the watercolor pad at Walmart. It was $6.80, cheapest price compared to elsewhere, including Amazon. 

I didn't like Walmart's brushes, so I went to Hawaiian Graphics on Beretania. Holy Cow! So expensive! I checked out Ben Franklin. They had a not-bad selection of brushes, but somehow they were not what I wanted. 

My last hope was Fisher Hawaii. I went to the Mapunapuna branch. After looking and looking and looking I finally picked a 3-brush pack. It was around $14. But it's Made in China. Oh well.

Sorry, I no more any "artwork" to share yet. Still just watching YouTube tutorials.  Stay tuned . . .  but it might take me awhile . . . and no expect too much . . . 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Gardein Orange Chicken

Several people recommended the Gardein Orange Chicken from Costco so Wendell picked up a package on his recent visit there. 


This is what the package looks like. 

Lan added some asparagus to it. It was winnahs!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Scratch Kitchen & Meatery

Last Friday a bunch of us met up with Kat from Adventures in Japan for brunch at Scratch Kitchen & Meatery. I had a great time catching up with Kat and getting to know my crazy cousin V (actually my cousin's cousin).

I had a Yoga Bowl minus the egg. I liked it, but I was secretly jealous of V's Salmon Brunchwich and Mich's Eggs Benny.  

Yoga Bowl ($13).

Smoked Salmon Brunchwich ($13)

Low Country Eggs Benny ($13)

Milk and Cereal Pancake ($11)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Wendell's Surume Snack

Here's Wendell's latest favorite snack. 

I bought this at Keeaumoku market. It was on sale for around $15.  There are 3 squid in the pack.

Wendell brushes on a concoction of shoyu, mirin and tabasco sauce. 

I think he meant to do this first, but he forgot.

He broils it for "real short".  He said he doesn't like it too dry. 

Kona likes it too. He gets the tentacles.