Hello, friends. How has your week been going? I have a new video tutorial to share today, and it features a few of the several fantastic mediums that are available in Scraps of Darkness’ November 2013 Kit. Mists, paints and pastes are like liquid gold to me, so I was especially excited to open this month’s package, which is chock full of the aforementioned yummies.
The act of opening this kit was somewhat bittersweet for me. With a heavy heart, I will tell you that this is the last kit that I will be working with as an Educator with Scraps of Darkness. This kit club really suits me to a T, and it was incredibly difficult for me to say goodbye. But as you may know, I have a few professional ideas in the works as I move forward in my crafting career, and I must carve out some time to realize those dreams.
About the video. While prepping walls for painting, I made several stops at the hardware store. On one of those trips, I picked up a small paint roller and had some fun using it with the paints and pastes included in November’s kit.
I can imagine this technique put to beautiful use with plain white paint on a kraft background to achieve the impression of snow and trees. I would also love it with a pure gold paint for beautifully festive texture. In fact, I just may give those colors a try as the holidays roll in and I want to wrap gifts fast but add a unique touch. I am also thinking that it would be spectacular on a small accent wall in my home – perhaps a nook in my studio!!! This technique gives ridiculously fast results and was a really liberating exercise to conduct after a long stretch of terribly non-existent mojo.
In this video, I used several products from Viva Decor that were part of the kit, as well as a bit of Lumiere paint from Jacquard. All the details are provided in the video.
I used some of this yummy crunchy upcycled paper bag in my December Daily. Throughout this month, you will see more pages from it as well as the cover. My intention is that this book will document the little details of the life I share with my guy, things that might seem mundane to others but which are absolutely precious to me. I promised that I would give an explanation for the title to this December Daily entry here on the blog…
So, I was a bit hesitant to start a December Daily, since what I’ve seen online is very much about how everyone’s kids experience this special month. But I decided that mine will be more of a diary of little bits, celebrating a month in the lovely life I share with my man and our furry babies. For December 2nd, I chose to document how our day began – hubbie woke up a bit grumpy, complaining that he had slept terribly because our Cocker Spaniel, Mabu, refused get out of DH’s spot in the bed, and I had hogged all the blankets. I pointed out that he could have easily lured Mabu to another spot with treats, that he could have woken me up and asked for some covers, just as I will often nudge him during the night asking him to turn on his side so that he doesn’t snore as loudly :-). I journaled about the endearing grump in a fold out portion of the page.
While crafting this page, I recalled a dream hubbie had a few years ago when we were dating and doing the long-distance thing between Los Angeles and San Jose. In his dream, a large Greek man – a muscular body-builder type with thick, black, wavy hair – was trying to woo me away from DH. Turned out his name was Mabu! We joked that the man’s full name was Mabufolos Dogopolis and shared a hearty laugh over it. It’s funny how things change – now that we are married, dynamics have shifted in our human/furry family. Mabu adores his Daddy so much that as part of his daily ritual, he will, slowly and lovingly, lick DH all over his bald head. I will watch and comment on how dang cute that is, and also feel just a teensy weensy bit jealous, because it is a behavior my furry boy has never shown with me. I’m not alpha
That’s it for today – if you’ve never done this before, I hope you get a chance to try this easy technique out. It’s really fun, and I promise, you will be “mmm mmm mmm” – ing and “ooh ooh ooh” – ing the whole time!