Thing-A-Day #15 & 16 -Masking Pen Watercolors

Today’s project was a couple days in the making. I ordered a Molotow Masking Pen and it arrived earlier this week and I couldn’t wait to try it. There are a large number of videos of people using masking liquid to do their lettering and then watercoloring over it. After the paint dries you simple rub the blue masking liquid off revealing the white paper below. Simple! Wrong.


Here was the first attempt. I was so excited and then once it was dry I COULD NOT remove the masking fluid. In spots where I was able, the paper was tearing, dyed blue and not creating clean lines. Incredibly disappointing.

So I went about searching the internet for troubleshooting tips and was unable to find anything useful. So, if you find this blog because you had problems removing masking fluid – here’s the solution: BUY BETTER PAPER.

I made an assumption that this was the case, as I was using only 90lb. paper. So I bought 140lb. paper and kept my fingers crossed that it would solve the problem.

As my grandpa pointed out, this is not perfect calligraphy – I just simply free handed it super quickly for the test. More complex designs to come. But most importantly, it rubbed right off. All those videos weren’t lying (I was fairly convince it was a giant conspiracy for a moment).



Thing-A-Day #14 – A Little Holiday Baking

I decided to take a break from all the crafting and do a little baking for my creative activity today. I have to give myself credit, because for the first time ever I saw one of those clever  videos on Facebook that shows someone cooking in fast forward AND instead of just thinking “that looks delicious, I should make that” and never doing anything about it – I MADE IT!

I’m not particularly fond of Valentine’s Day, but when I saw the video for Cherry Bread by Tastes of Lizzy T, it seemed appropriate to bake for the day. The recipe was easy to follow,  and all went well (minus the discovery that there was no more baking powder in the house that lead to a mid-mix grocery run). I will say the glaze is almost more of a frosting, and it makes about twice what you need, but it’s delicious so I’m not mad at that.

I clearly do not have a future in food photography, so please excuse the poor photographic evidence of my attempt. The rivers of glaze made it all the messier to try to capture, so for good pictures go to her blog.


Messy but delicious!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Thing-A-Day #12 & 13 -Glass Necklaces

I spent most of the day yesterday with my father celebrating his birthday. We had a great day, including genealogy research and adventures to find the old family homestead.

When I returned home I worked on attaching my watercolor pieces to glass in order to make them into pendants. I continued working on that today – and here is the progress. They are still a work in progress, and because it is a new method I haven’t perfected them yet.


I look forward to posting the finished necklaces soon!

Thing-A-Day #10 & 11 – Adventures in Watercolors

Please excuse me for not posting yesterday – but I was confident that world didn’t need another picture of my slow going cross stitch. I have gotten some questions about the full quote though. Here it is:


The version I am stitching has an ellipsis between “garden patch” and “to know.” I did not know the full quote until now, and I’m in favor of the modification.

Tonight I experimented with watercolors for the first time since my Crayola set in grade school. The main goal was to create color variations, gradients, ombres, that could be used under glass for necklace pendants. In the photo below you see my first attempts, as well as the rectangle of glass that will be used to fashion them into wearable art (fingers crossed).

While I was at it, I couldn’t resist trying brush calligraphy with watercolors since I’ve run across so much of it while learning brush pen calligraphy. I need a better brush, or one of the brush pens with the water in the base, AND a lot of practice – but I was pretty happy with my first attempt.


Thing-A-Day #8 – One Stitch at a Time

I’m under the weather and spent most of the day in bed cuddling with my dog. But I crawled out of bed long enough to pick up one of my oldest WIPs (Work in Progress).

I didn’t get much accomplished today, but that’s because this is a deceptively slow project. I honestly can’t even tell you how many years ago I started it or how many times I’ve put it down in favor of other projects. I’m actually surprised it hasn’t been featured on here before.


It’s a giant Emerson quote, meant to be professionally framed and placed in my office – but I’m coming to terms with the fact that it might never be done. It’s about half finished at this point, which is actually a triumph itself.