Monday, March 09, 2015


I still haven't done anything with the Rooster diecut. I think I have a tickling of an idea. Maybe.

I have been prowling the web for some inspiration.
As usual, I always end up off topic and spend time that I don't have on subjects that, though fascinating, are not productive. I am, however, starting to learn a little about myself.

I must be the only person in the world that abhors the sweetened shortening that is laughingly called frosting inside of an Oreo cookie. Most people twist them apart and lick the filling before eating the cookie.
I twist them apart and scrape off the filling before eating the cookie.

I don't dislike any color. I do have some I like better than others, but I can't think of one with which I could not work.

I can only think of two or three foods that I will not eat...period. I can think of just a few more that I would prefer not to eat. I am still searching for a good meatloaf recipe, so if you have one, send it my way. A little jalapeno or habanero sauce will fix most things...except meatloaf.

I really enjoy cooking. I am surprised at how many don't and at how many don't know how. Maybe it's because I like to eat.

I find housework satisfying, but only when I am in the mood. Then I like to clean from top to bottom and bottom to top. Otherwise, I find it an annoying distraction and just something that has to be done.

I love graffiti! I fully understand that it can be unsightly in some places and costly to remove, but the talent that is displayed is usually amazing; the colors stupendous. I love it when an area is zoned graffiti safe.

I told you I was badly veering off subject.

To get back on track, I took a scanned image of the actual colored rooster and created an image of an old cafe sign painted on a brick wall.

While the rooster is a scanned image of my hand colored design, everything else has been digitally created.
A cafe called the Chicken Shack doesn't exist in Fort Worth as far as I know.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Work in Progress

I'm still playing with the Spectrum Noir markers.

The trend for marker coloring in the craft world, as I see it, leans more to stylistic florals or cutesy animals and figures oftentimes with huge eyes...Manga style. They are cute and I certainly have a place for them in my crafting. In fact, I purchased a book on how to draw them. Just haven't gotten around to it yet. If I was selling my stuff, that would be top priority on my list. Cute sells.

But, I'm not!

Those that know me well, know that I love chickens. So, what better subject for me to draw and color than a rooster.
I began with a line drawing created in a vector drawing program. I use Xara. I started using it years ago so that I could draw line drawings that could be scaled easily and printed without jagged lines. I wrote "how to paint" pattern packets for the hobby ceramic industry. Who wants to purchase patterns with jagged lines?

I exported the line drawing to a format that is compatible with Make-the-Cut, my preferred software for my Blackcat Cougar. Did I mention that I was going to cut this out? I am. I am just not too sure what I am going to do with it after that. Thus the "work in progress".

I printed the drawing from Make-the-Cut onto cardstock that is optimal for marker drawing.
The inside detail lines are very faint because I did not want them to show through the markers. I also digitally painted the eye because I did not want to deal with something that small. The darker outside edge is just to demonstrate where the cutter will cut the design.

I colored it with the markers.
All I have to do is put it in my Blackcat Cougar, line up the registration marks, and cut it out. Can you see where I colored outside the lines and put little dots in areas that I didn't want to color? I don't have to worry about that because that will all be cut away. How cool is that?

I did some very minor detailing with a Razor Point II Pilot pen and splattered his chest with some thinned down acrylic paint and a toothbrush.
Now to decide what to do with him. I'm tempted to re-work the line drawing a little and color him again, but he'll do for now.