Friday, February 26, 2010
We've been housesitting for some friends for nearly three years while they serve a mission, and most of our belongings are in boxes. I looked into one box the other day, and this is what I found.
My favorite dishes are in pieces. My red bowl is broken to bits. I guess someone must have dropped the box at some point in our move. I loved those dishes. And especially that red bowl.
Make it a Wonderful Day!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I thought I'd describe our process a bit more on the monoprints. A mono print is a single print. The image is reversed from your original. We did these on the same day as our crayon prints, but both types of prints required supervison, so it really helped that I had helpers!
I had a monoprint station set up with two picture frames, brayers, and ink. The helper put a very thin layer of ink on the glass, rolling to an area large enough to accommodate the image. (In our case a CD-sized circle).
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
While some of my Art Club artists were making melted crayon prints, others were making monoprints. We used thrifted picture frames with glass, block printing ink, copy paper, and a brayer.
I'm on a circle kick, so we used the CD to trace around and cut out two circles. They were to draw two things that don't go together on one of them. Like a lightning bolt and a tennis shoe. A flower and a frying pan. The sillier the better.
One of my helpers, Robyn, came up with the idea of making a paper shield to keep the kids from getting ink on their hands while they traced their drawings to make their print. She cut out the circle in the middle of a full sheet of paper that had been folded in half. Once the ink was brayered onto the glass of the picture frame, the shield was placed, then the plain paper circle fit in the hole. Their drawing circle was placed on top for them to trace.
For some of my classes, we just used the smaller square frame and paper squares.
In the busy classrooms, I failed to get photos of their finished prints!
We also used thrifted rubber stamps to make a mini stamped mosaic as a "when-you-are-finished" piece. I brought one color of inkpad (black), a bunch of rubber stamps, and colored cardstock scrap. They were to choose three stamps, three colors of paper. Then they glued the repeated images to a background paper mosaic-style. Simple, but they really admired the artwork of the stamps.
So our printmaking unit included: Foam Plate Portraits, Mono Prints, Cooked Crayon Prints, and Rubber Stamp Mosaics. (And then it was on to pencil drawing! More about that next week!)
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
While not a new idea, this is a fun process for printmaking. The electric pan or griddle is heated to a low temperature after being covered with foil.
The artist draws with crayon on the warmed foil. (With lots of supervision and reminders not to touch the pan!!)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE CAKE
MIX: 2 C. Sugar 2 C. Flour and 1/2 tsp. Salt. Set aside.
MELT: 1C. Butter with 4 Tblsp. Cocoa
ADD: 1 C. Water. Bring to boil.
POUR: Over dry ingredients and mix.
ADD: 1/2 C. Sour Cream and mix.
ADD: 2 Eggs and 1 tsp. baking soda; mix.
POUR: Into greased and floured 9x13 pan
BAKE: In a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Cool
BOIL UNTIL BUBBLY: 1 C. Butter 6 Tblsp. Canned Milk and 4 Tblsp. cocoa
ADD: 1 pound Powdered Sugar and 1 tsp. Vanilla.
BEAT by hand or with electric mixer until smooth.
ADD: 1 C. Chopped Nuts
FROST: Cooled cake immediately with warm frosting.
Confession time: I've made this cake TONS of times with no problem. But this one baked unevenly, sinking in the middle. So cutting it into serving-sized pieces was a solution to a not so pretty cake! I didn't get a photo of it garnished with strawberries-but this looked a lot better than serving a crater cake in my old baking pan!
Oh, here's a little gift for Dave wrapped in paper I stamped with my carved eraser. So quick and easy!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
I made a batch of Lori's famous caramels. She shared her mom's recipe a few years back, and now it's a tradition for a few of us to get together at Christmas to make them. I decided that once a year just isn't often enough to enjoy these!
2 C. Brown sugar
1 C. Karo syrup
2 Cubes Butter
1 Can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter; add milk slowly. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Using candy thermometer, bring to softball stage, (or just barely past for a firmer caramel). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour quickly into a buttered 9x13 pan. Cool. Cut into small pieces and wrap with waxed paper, twisting each end to secure. (I cut the waxed paper into 4-inch squares. Shape the caramels as needed with your fingers.)
Even with all the tags and cards I made last weekend, I didn't have Valentine tags. So I carved a little heart stamp from an eraser using an xacto knife and a linoleum block carving tool.