Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thursday Art Date: Texture


Hello Friends :)

Welcome to Thursday's Art Date, today our theme is Texture. I wasn't sure how to add texture to Bugs Bunny at first, then I figured I'd just make him hairier!  What did you come up with for this theme?


I haven't done an abstract painting in a while, so I decided to try to do one that showcased texture. I started off with drops of acrylic paint and my palette knife.


And it somehow turned into this! I sprinkled on some salt while the paint was wet.


As the salt and paint dried up, it left some really nice texture on the painting. This was fun to do! And so was my next project!!


I love doing paper maché and I decided to do my skeleton hands for this theme as well. Here's how I did it:


I had some bamboo sticks that I cut the size of my fingers. I marked out where the knuckles should be and carefully bent the sticks at those points - being careful not to break them off totally; I then wrapped tape around the knuckles. I took some spare yarn and wrapped the fingers, making sure to add extra yarn around the knuckles so the'd stand out more.


For the wrist bones, I wrapped a few bamboo sticks in parchment paper and cut each one in half so I'd have four bones. I used a glue gun to glue the fingers and thumbs together.


The next step was gluing the hands to the wrists and putting large pieces of masking tape around the "fleshy" part of the hands.


Paper maché was the next step. I put these in a sunny window so they dried within 24 hours. 


The last step was to paint them. I used black and grey, then a wash of brown and water to create the look of decaying hands. I'm having fun with them!




This is only one of many paper maché projects I have in mind for the next month or so!


A few foodie photos: I made some coleslaw on Sunday but didn't know what to serve with it. I had plenty of fresh veggies from the market so I made Open Faced Garden Veggie Sandwiches.


I'm really not a vegetable person, but these sandwiches are so delicious with a mix of eggplant, zucchini, tomato, onion and garlic!


And I wanted to show you my babies! I have NINE wheels of cheese aging right now! They are all smelling divine and changing colours as they age. I can't wait to try them! :)

See you on Sunday for my weekly food and pet post! 🐶🐶🐶🐱🐱🐱

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A drawing I made during last year's spring cleaning


September 26th: Next Thursday's theme is Mechanical. Click on the link for ideas and inspiration! Remember it's all about creating. You can showcase your paintings, drawings, photography, sculpting, baking, poetry...whatever you like! :)

Thursday Art Date With Rain. Click on the link for a description of the art date as well as a list of upcoming themes.

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42 comments:

baili said...

i loved the hairy face of bugs
looked superb
i think this idea was best for the theme specially when bugs is in :)

Oh dear can't tell you how these scary hands gave me shiver lol
i can smell the little very naughty Rain here :)))

the way you captured them with various pauses is truly taken me horror movies
though same hands with black and white looked friendly

if my younger son will read the method of making these he would love to make us frightened lol

Excellent job ,you rock :)

your sandwich look tempting indeed my friend ,i love veggies (now lol) so i will try them for sure
drawing is awesome :)

and yes the texture you created by beautiful abstract art is GORGEOUS!!!

i can see the snow falling over the fields of sunflower gently :)

wishing you best of luck for next ides for everything you are going to attempt :)
hugs! take lots of care !!!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Rain,

Excellent job with the texture theme! I love your paper mache skeleton hands!! Your images with the hands placed coming out of the oven and pot are my favorites. lol Good job! Your foodie shots look fabulous. You always make me so hungry. That cheese looks great! After the ready date, how is the shelf life determined? I'm sure you guy use it up fast since nearly every dish you make has cheese but we aren't big cheese eaters even though we love it. :) Thanks for hosting the artsy fun, my friend. Have a doodle-tastic day!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Those skeleton hands are wonderful! And I love the photos of them "around the house," LOL! And I've missed seeing your Bugs Bunny art!

wyomingheart said...

Coffee on the porch this fine morning!!! Love your cheese!!! There are two pumpkins about the size of a bowling ball now, and they are looking awesome! Have a great art day, and hope to catch up soon!

Christine said...

Great job showing all these texture pieces, my favourite is your palette knife abstract. Perfect colours for fall too. Yummy on the food photos. You are a creative in every way.

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

LOL, I thought the skeleton hands were real and I was wondering where you might have come across them. I watch enough mystery programs on TV to know that you would need to get the police involved if you dug up a skeleton in your yard, HA! You never cease to amaze me. I have done paper mache before, but not for years. I think I will revive the process ... it would be a great fun thing to do with my granddaughter. As for your food ... you do realize I am on a perpetual diet and your delicious food makes it hard for me to resist. Though I promise I would throw my diet to the wind if I were at your house for even a day. I love your texturized Bugs ... makes him look like his nerves are tingling which I am guessing, knowing Bugs, that it wouldn't be an unusual state. Have to run. Taking my dog to the vet (nothing serious). Will be back to check out everyone's textures :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

jaz@octoberfarm said...

those hands are too cool! aren't homemade decorations the best? that cheese is incredible. think of what that would cost to buy at a store! you are lucky you don't live by me because i would be "borrowing" a cup of cheese on a regular basis....hehehe!

Jenn said...

So much going on in one post, Bugs Bunny, cheese, zombie hands! Love it! I do love the texture in that painting!

Azka Kamil said...

awesome article..
thank for your sharing

Jenn Jilks said...

You are so talented! Your art, your culinary skills... much fun!

Fundy Blue said...

Great texture creations, Rain! Bugs Bunny looks really fuzzy, and those paper maché hands are crazy! I used to do paper maché with my school kiddos some years ~ usually dinosaurs. Love the salty orange abstract too! Have a great weekend with Alex and the four-footed ones!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Creepy hands and just in time for Halloween, Rain, and placing them around was such fun to see. I especially liked the photo with hands in the pot and on the stove. The food, as always, made me hungry and that cheese is looking good.

Sam I Am...... said...

You are so talented and what I like about you is that you do "big rocks first" which I have a problem with thus I don't always get to what I would like to do. But, I am doing better! I love your abstract and your "Bugs with texture" is awesome. Those hands are super scary and I love how you staged them!
Look at your cheese!?!?!? You are the cheese Queen! A great thing to use coleslaw for is on top of a pulled pork sandwich. It is a really tasty combo. I can't eat them apart anymore. Have a great weekend!

Betty said...

your art is always fun, I love the hands - great for Halloween!
Impressed with the cheese!

Sandi said...

Eeewww, skeleton hands! 😱

Ha ha...I forgot Wilma vacuumed with a wooly mammoth!

Rain said...

Thanks Baili :) Yes, my naughty side is coming out as we get closer and closer to Halloween! Alex said we should put the skeleton hands on the car coming out of the trunk and drive around the village lol. I wish I loved veggies, but I have such a hard time digesting them so I avoid them. But that sandwich was so good and I had no trouble eating it!

Rain said...

Thanks Cathy :) The hands are fun to play with! :) The cheese...well, it's true that we do eat it fast. But as for the shelf life, I can't answer that. Basically I know from experience that, if sealed properly, cheese can last a LONG time, we're talking up to a year for store bought stuff. Basically I go by sight, smell and taste. Sorry I can't be more specific!

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :) Bugs missed you too! ;)

Rain said...

Thanks Dino :) I can't wait to taste the cheese! And I'm very envious of your pumpkins!!

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) The painting was fun, I had no clue what I was doing lol.

Rain said...

Thanks Andrea :) Oh ha ha ha...I think I'd flip out if I found skeleton hands in my backyard!! :) I think you should revive the paper mache art! It's so much fun and you can create so many things. I hope your dog is okay. xx

Rain said...

Thanks Joyce :) I laughed so hard at your comment, I never thought of borrowing a cup of cheese before hee hee! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Jenn :)

Rain said...

Thanks Azka :)

Rain said...

Thanks Jenn (Jilks) :)

Rain said...

Thanks Louise :) I love the idea of paper mache dinosaurs!

Rain said...

Thanks Dorothy :) I'm having fun building up to Halloween, I have so many ideas for the paper mache if I can find the time!

Rain said...

Thanks Sam :) Ha! The cheese Queen! I love that! Let's keep that title on hold until I actually taste some of that cheese!!

Rain said...

Thanks Betty :)

Rain said...

Ha, yes Sandi, and that wooly mammoth always had a smart comment didn't he? :)

NanaDiana said...

I love all your artwork! I used to do some paper mache but haven't done it in years. Those hands are just fascinating and what a clever way to do them. It's always fun to pop in here. xo Diana

laurie said...

I have missed taking part Rain but I am back and will join next week, beautiful work as always and such yummy food, you are an amazing cook and those hands!! Even I can see with my wobbly eyes how creepy they are!! I love love love them, I have had to change my blog address, started over but I hope you find me through my profile,

Rain said...

Thanks Diana :) Paper mache is so much fun, and so inexpensive! Thanks for dropping in! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Laurie :) So nice to hear from you! I found your new blog!! I know, the hands are creepy, I love that lol! I'm glad to hear you'll be back next Thursday! :)

Pam said...

Love the looks of that open face sandwich. YUMMY....Bugs is amazing. Great job. Salt, never added that to my paintings but I might have to give that a try. But those HANDS....oh my gosh, I love it. I love the fun you have had with it. That would have been one of those great things to get Alex with...

Rain said...

Thanks Pam :) I knew you'd love the hands!!! I thought about putting them in places to scare him, but I wouldn't want that to come back to me lol...

Lowcarb team member said...

Your skeleton hands are BRILLIANT!

Your cheeses look delicious … and I'm sure I can smell them through the internet! If only!!!

All the best Jan

Rain said...

Thanks Jan :) The hands are so much fun to play with! And yes, that cheese smells DIVINE!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

You are fantastic Rain!! I love your skeleton hands coming out of everything! LOL! Well done on making them and I love bugs too! Your abstract with salt is so cool! Big Hugs!

Rain said...

Thanks Stacy :) I'm having so much fun with the hands!!! :)

sandy said...

this is SO creative. Amazing really. love those hands ....

Stefanie said...

I love how the salt reacted with your paint. I've seen pins on that technique. Your paper mache hands are awesome! Perfect for October.