It’s Only a Paper Moon ~ an ATC painted for World Watercolour Month

Hello again!  Happy Sunday.  I hope that I find you in full health and ready for a bright day filled with some smiles and a little love wherever you happen to be.

I’m still dedicated to the World Watercolour Month Challenge, (as you can see) and I’m here with another little ATC moonlight painting, only this time it’s shining over the sea.

Before I began I knew  I wanted to paint:- a moon, the sea and a wee little sail boat/dinghy bobbing on the ocean.  So I had a plan.

As I painted, the fabulous song from ‘Paper Moon’ came back to me and I ended up singing to myself.  It seemed like the perfect title to use for this post, so I did use it. As you can see!  lol.

Not sure if many of you remember ‘Paper Moon’ – both the film and the made for TV programme.  It starred Ryan and Tatum O-Neale, and even though I was just a little child, I can remember how much I loved watching it.  I’d never seen anyone doing any of the things this father and daughter team did …  and it totally fascinated me.  It didn’t encourage me to try to do things like they did, I just found them both so lovable and funny and loved their love for each other.

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Ry “It’s Only a Paper Moon”  .  .  .   an ATC for #WorldWatercolorMonth

The above photograph was taken with just the over-head lights to light it. So it just looks like a moon looking out over the sea, painted using regular water-colour paints.

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‘It’s Only a Paper Moon’  . . .   an ATC for #WorldWatercolorMonth

However … when you add more lighting, the moon begins to glow.  This is down to me using some Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry water-colour paints, in ‘White Gold’ for the moon, and ‘Blue Gold’ for the glow off the lamp which is hanging on the mast of the little boat bobbing on the ocean.

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A tiny section of the painting: ‘It’s Only a Paper Moon’  . . .   an ATC for #WorldWatercolorMonth, painted by Cobwebs of The Cobweborium Emporium.

The above close up of the boat shows that the boat is actually sailing away from you in the painting.  You’re looking at the back of the boat nearest to you.  It also shows the little lamp which has been hung up on the mast of the little sailboat.

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‘It’s Only a Paper Moon’  . . .   an ATC for #WorldWatercolorMonth

Finally, I placed a mount around the painted (and dried) ATC of  ‘It’s Only a Paper Moon’ in order to frame the painting properly and draw the eye into it.

I really enjoyed painting this one.  It was lots of fun and such a happy subject matter.  Loved it.

And … because I have the song ‘Paper Moon’ buzzing around my brain now, I felt it was only proper to share  (as good friends do) so I visited You Tube and got the song just for you.  See how much I care about you?  🙂   It’s only 2minutes and 37seconds long.   You can thank me later.  😊

 

Well … all that’s left for me to say now is …    and that’s all there was to it!  🤣  LOL

Have a truly blessed rest of your Sunday.  Thank you so much for coming and sharing a coffee with me.  It means more than you’ll ever know, so thank you.

Sending love, from me here in my corner, to you there in yours  ~

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Just Watching the Water! ~ an ATC/ACEO – painted for World Watercolour Month

One of my most favourite pastimes is to drive to a particular car park in Dorset, where I can park right by the edge of the sea.  It’s just behind a low wall.  If I get out of my car and walk a few feet to the wall then it’s down a few steps and I’m on the beach.  When the tide comes in it comes right up to the wall.  Only ever coming over the top of the wall when there is a particularly bad storm.

I don’t care what the weather is … it can be full sunshine or persisting down with rain …  I’m happy to sit with the window down a little so that I can hear and smell the sea, and just listen.  I don’t need to talk and I don’t need a radio to entertain me.  The most noise I need is the sea, doing what the sea does naturally.  I love to watch the water.  To be at peace and at one with that magnificent force of nature that the sea is.

SOooo many brain cobwebs can be blown away by a visit to the sea.  I can sit there for quite some time before I eventually say goodbye to it and start my car up to drive home.  But …  as I leave I have always found that I have this sense of inner peace and the knowledge that whatever happens, everything is alright with my world.

I visited the sea yesterday . . .  

I’d been grocery shopping.  NOT my favourite thing to do.  All that time choosing, shopping popping things in the basket.  Then taking it out of the basket, putting it onto the conveyor belt.  Then putting it in a shopping bag, then bringing it home, then unpacking it … and for what?  It all gets eaten and I have to do it all over again!  Dogs Sake!  It’s about time they banned shopping and just chose healthy stuff for us to eat with recipes on cards, (so that we knew what we were supposed to make with the purple sprouting Gourd-like Carbeet Skins) and just charged us a fee for the pleasure.

Actually … better still… let’s all just stop eating.  Yes!  They could invent something that would replace eating and keep us all slim and shapely so that we all look exactly the same on the beach!  PERFECT IDEA!

But anyway (sigh… I do seem to keep wandering off the subject today)  … we’re here to look at a little  painting.

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A little ATC which measures 2.5inches by 3.5inches, painted with watercolours on 140lb  Watercolour paper.

It’s not a painting of an area where I live, but just an idea of a fabulous place to perhaps live and see the view of from your kitchen window.  Cooo … wouldn’t that be a great place to live?  Perhaps an old cottage built from stone.  With deep, thick walls so that the windows could all have window seats built into them.  Gingham curtains.  Thick Pine table tops, and ….  oh heck!  I’ve gone off on one now!  tsk tsk.

Back to the topic Cobs… 

I really loved painting this little ATC for World Watercolour Month Challenge.  It just seemed to paint itself.

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And that … is all there was to it!

Thank you so much for sharing some time with me.  I love to see you.  I did ask this last week, and I’m going to ask again …  Are you joining in with the World Watercolour Month?  If you are and I don’t know about it, please give me a bit of a poke with the end of your pen and show me where I should go and see your wondrous creations.  I’d SO enjoy seeing what you’ve painted – or coloured with watercolour pencils.

Thank you for coming.  Love seeing you.  Have a truly blessed day!

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Rodney Rooster – 4th ATC/ACEO – painted for World Watercolour Month

Did you know that this year, 2017, is the Chinese year of the Rooster?   It began on January 28th, 2017 and lasts till February 15th, 2018.   The Rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign.

So … what else could I paint for World Watercolour Month but … a Rooster!  Rodney Rooster in fact.

When I paint an ATC (ACEO) I cut a piece of watercolour card bigger than the required size – this is because the size, (2.5″ x 3.5″) is a little small to hold, and you don’t have any ‘spare room’ to hold onto the piece.  So I will measure and draw out the exact size of the ATC, but then cut the watercolour card bigger, so that I have places to hold onto the bit of watercolour card, without getting my thumb prints all over the places I’ve painted.  BUT …  doing this can sometimes be my downfall...  as it was with Rodney the Rooster here.

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Rodney Rooster – a hand painted ATC/ACEO #WorldWatercolorMonth

The above photograph shows Rodney the Rooster painted on a piece of watercolour card, which I cut a little bigger than the required 2.5″x 3.5″.  But if you look carefully at the photograph, you can see that I measured and drew in the ‘box’ of the exact size of an ATC, so that I wouldn’t paint any of the details outside the required size.  All well and good so far.

Once I’ve finished painting, and the paint is fully dry, I then cut the ATC’s to the correct size and all’s well in ATC land.  BUT … can you spot where, in my gung-ho state of  ‘lets get this painted’  I made one of the mistakes I am sometimes known to make?

I painted to the size of the ATC …. rather than paint  within  that size.  I’ve mentioned in previous posts about ATC’s,  that I love to ‘frame’ my ATC’s/ACEO’s with a mount – and even sometimes frame them behind glass (raised up off the painting to safeguard the painted picture), and because of this, I have my mounts cut to just a tiny bit smaller than the required mount size, so that everything tucks nicely behind that tidy mount.  And that normally works perfectly,  [sigh] …  but not today.

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Rodney Rooster ….  was too big for his boots …. or rather, just a tiny bit big for his mount!

Today I had obviously left my brain on the pillow when I got out of bed this morning.

I had a choice.  I could either hide a bit of his beak behind one side of the mount.  Or hide some of the ends of his feathers on his tail.  Neither was acceptable.  So … I went with choice three…  I used a heavyweight textured paper mount which was cut to the exact size of an ATC/ACEO so that none of his feathers were hidden.  Problem solved.

 

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I prefer the wider mount (the blue one) – but needs must.

Lesson learned?  I doubt it.  I’m a total numbskull and I’ve done it before so I’ve no doubt I’ll do it again  (and again! lol).

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But y’know …  maybe I like him without a mount at all.  Ahh, Cobs…   it’s just an ATC/ACEO ….  not World Peace!  Stop fretting.

Thank you so much for coming and allowing me to introduce you to Rodney.  Mr. Cobs is going to have a surprise when he reads this blog post on Thursday morning . . . .  he thought I’d said that I’d painted  “a cockle”.  Bless his bad hearing.  Always thinking of food is perhaps more like the problem!  LOL

Have a truly blessed Thursday.  Be good to yourself.

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I’m a LITTLE Teapot! 3rd ATC/ACEO painted for World Watercolour Month

And she is!  LITTLE, I mean.  The Teapot is a LITTLE teapot.  Painted on 140lb watercolour paper cut to just  2.5″x 3.5″,  and using watercolour paints

This is an ATC/ACEO hand painted for World Watercolour Month – which runs for all of July.  (you can find out more about this, here:-  Doodlewash<— click – and it will open up in a new page for you).

Painting a watercolour for World Watercolour Month doesn’t mean you have to paint on such a small size as I’ve done here.  You can join in and paint in any size you feel like and on anything you’d like to.  So if you want to paint the empty cereal pack, then go ahead!  But do test your water colours on the medium you’d like to use, to ensure that the effect you get is the one you want.

I chose to paint ATC‘s (Artist Trading Card)/ACEO‘s (Art Card Originals and Editions) just for the extra challenge, and because I rather enjoy creating on a small-scale.

The only ‘rule’ for painting or creating an ATC or an ACEO is the size must be no bigger or smaller 2.5″x 3.5″ inches.

Because I know that when you’re sitting on your side of the screen it can be difficult to imagine the size of an ATC I thought I’d take a couple of photos which would give you a rough idea about how small an ATC actually is.  This first photograph shows the painted Teapot next to a regular sized pen….

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Shown next to an ordinary, regular sized pen so that you can see the actual size of the little painting.

…and this next photo shows the card next to a regular sized ‘business card’…

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shown along with a ‘business card’  for size.

This is my 3rd hand painted ATC/ACEO  for  World Watercolour Month –  if you’ve missed the first two you can find them here—> ATC’s & ACEO’s  – You can scroll down the page when it loads, to find even more!

If you fancy having a ‘go’ at painting a watercolour, or two, you can buy a box of watercolours, (here in the UK)  at ‘The Works’ –  who sell a box of Boldmere watercolours  – 12 tubes of different colours, in a box, for just £3.00.  They also sell brushes, watercolour paper, watercolour pencils,  and other various arty items. Outside the UK I’m afraid I’m of no help as I don’t have knowledge of your art supplies stores.

Well, today (Tuesday) has been a beautiful day – not too hot, but warm, with a gentle suggestion of breeze.  And, as the sun shone, we were at Little Cobs School Sports Day!  I had such a good time watching him running, and joining in with all the races – from the bean bag on top of your head race – and the ‘Up and Under’ race – throwing the javelin (a long foam tube with ‘flights’ at one end — no one could get injured by these javelins!) – to the final race of running from one end to the other of the little field.

Having Cerebral Palsy, we knew Little Cobs wasn’t going to be the fastest runner, but he was most certainly the most ‘tried and succeeded, in a joyful manner‘  winner!

We’d never been to school Sports day before.  It was a joy to see how many people (mummies and daddies) knew Little Cobs by name, and when they spoke his name it was always spoken with a warm affection.  And even when he came last in some races, all the mummies and daddies hung about at the finish line and cheered him on and clapped loudly for him when he finally finished.  So heartwarming, and I was so, so thankful to them.  Such beautiful people.

Today has been a total joy and a day of making memories with our fabulous Grandson.  When we had a picnic on the field (along with all the other parents and grandparents and their little ones),  he was so full of happy bubbles that he wuffed his picnic lunch down and joined some other children in his class, doing the running races all over again – only this time,  ‘free-style’.  I worried that there’d be a collision – but thankfully they managed to avoid each other really well!  LOL.

May your own day today be a good one.  May the sun shine warmly upon you, and may someone smile in such a way that you feel the warmth behind it.

Be a blessing in someone elses life.  Make them an unexpected cup of tea/coffee.  Give someone a card just to say ‘Hello’ and make them smile.  Write a little message on a post it note and stick it to their computer/desk/mug!   Thank someone properly.  Go the extra mile and make someone feel that they matter.  Just make someone feel like they count.

Your smile might be the only good thing they’ve had to smile about all day.  Be a blessing.

Thank you so much for coming.  I love to see you here.

Have a truly blessed day.  Squidges from me here in my corner, to you there in yours.

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Petunia Piggy – ATC/ACEO No.2 – for World Watercolour Month

In case any of you missed yesterdays post, July is World Watercolour Month.  You can find out more about this, here:-   Doodlewash   <—click.  The challenge is to paint a watercolour a day for the month of July.  Now I know I won’t be able to paint a watercolour every day, but I’m going to try my hardest to paint as many days as possible and share them on the blog here.

Yesterday was a pot of Auriculas. Today is the turn of …  Petunia Pig.

Petunia is a folky sort of girl,Gloucestershire Old Spot (a pedigree pig) –  who has a love of grass and any thing she can eat in order to keep her fine figure.

Petunia with her brothers and sisters and mummy

Petunia, with all her brothers and sisters, and her mummy.

Aw, enough of me waffling.  I shall share Petunia with you …  She’s painted in watercolours, on 140lb watercolour paper,  and she’s in ATC/ACEO size – so just 2.5″ x 3.5″.

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No longer the baby … she’s a big girl now.  😀

Hope your Sunday was peaceful and that you found something to smile about.  Have a lovely rest of your day!

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Auriculas – ATC/ACEO – because July is World Watercolour Month

I found out, from my dear blogging pal,  (click—>) Tom,  that July is World Watercolour Month.  I didn’t know this, so I clicked the link in his blog which told me all about it.  The link took me to a fabulous blog called  Doodlewash(<—-click) and I thought:-   if Tom could do this, (as much as he could)  then perhaps I should have a go at this (as much as I could).  Now I know I won’t be able to do a watercolour every day, but I will try as hard as possible to do one on as many days as I can.

I painted my first one late on Saturday evening, so July 1st.  But … I didn’t get to post it till now, and here in the UK it’s now gone midnight, so I’m already behind in effect as far as my clock is concerned.  But I know it’s still the 1st of July somewhere in the world so I’m going to pretend that I got this first one in on time.  😉

Auriculas are one of my most favourite flowers.  You can grow them in hundreds of different colours, (I might be slightly exaggerating the amount of colours there)  and they’re such adorable, friendly looking little things and I just love them.  They’re Primulas, but with personality!

So anyhoo … I thought ‘d take the challenge, but I would take it one step further.  I’d paint in ATC/ACEO size.  2.5″ x 3.5″.  I’m nothing if not daft.   I had Little Cobs with me all day Saturday, and once he’d gone home I thought I’d get into the craft room and paint.  There I was, totally worn out, with two pots of water,  trying to find my favourite little brushes, and …. let’s not forget …. the wonky eye!  ….  and I thought this was a great time to try to paint??.  Did someone say mad?

A tiny bit of watercolour art sized at two and a half inches wide ….

…  by three and a half inches tall.

Painted using Reeves Watercolours – which I’ve had since dirt was invented.

I used 5 different colours:  Permanent Green Light;  Sap Green;  Colbolt Blue Hue;  Medium Yellow;  Chinese White (Zinc),  and painted on  140lb Water Colour Paper.

I love putting my ATC/ACEO’s behind a mount,  as the mount can bring everything together, and makes the painting more ‘tidy’ …. so I thought I’d try different colours to see which I liked best ….  a Blue mount?…

…  hmm.. the blue is quite nice.  How about a creamy white ……

….  ah now that looks  ‘clean’ and kind of smart.  Hmm… what about a Green mount  . . .

. . .   oooOOOOooo!  …. yes, I think I rather like the green frame around it.  It kind of has a conversation going on with the leaves, while the flowers just do what they’re supposed to do: look pretty.

What about you?  What do you think?  Which mount do you prefer?  … do tell!

I have to admit that this really was a bit of a challenge, as I couldn’t get any detail into the flowers, but (even with the wonky eye – which is on the mend by the way – thank you for all your good wishes and prayers) … I was kind of happy with what it turned out like.  It’s SUCH a long time since I played with watercolours, and I’d forgotten how sweet they are.

Well…  here where I am, (in the UK)  it’s now half an hour into the new day of Sunday … so Happy Sunday!

May this new day bring you hope to your heart, and love into your life.

Please, whatever you’re doing today, . . .   please be the reason someone else smiles today.  It will take very little effort from you, and I promise you that it will be so very worth the effort.  Make someone smile today.

Sending special Sunday squidges your way ~

 

 

Just the two of us ~ ‘appley ever after!

These ATC’s  which I’m about to share, weren’t actually what I was going to post about today,  but the painting I was going to share has gone missing.  I remember putting it somewhere safe, so that I could take photo’s of it once I’d finished making the card I was working on. Do you think I can remember where the safe place was?  Not on your nelly!

So … filling in for the missing bit of art, are two ATC’s/ACEO’s which I painted a little while ago.  I have photos, but didn’t realise until I looked at them to pop the photos on this post, how grainy and fuzzy they are.  I asked Mr.C if he thought that the photo’s were good enough to post on the blog here, and he said  yes, ‘course they are!… so we’ll blame him.

(Please note…  I didn’t say it was his fault.   I said we’ll blame him.  BIG difference.)   😀

These were ‘two of a kind’  ATC’s – both hand painted by me and meant to be together as a pair.  You see …  this first one is called: Just the Two of Us ~ what a pear!’

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ATC/ACEO – mounted and framed.  The painting is called ‘Just the Two of Us ~ what a pear!’

Sorry the grainy images.  I’m not sure what happened – maybe I shook the camera or possibly had it on the wrong setting … I have no idea.
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ATC/ACEO hand painted by Cobwebs.  The painting is called:  ‘Just the Two of Us ~ what a pear!’

The slightly wonky left hand side of the pot was intentional.  The painting represents how the life of two people (the pears in this case), grow together, but they don’t crowd each other  … and they make their home in a slightly wonky pot which tells the story of how life isn’t as perfect as we’d perhaps like it to be, but we make the best of what we have and what is just a ‘wonky’ pot to some,  is a really pretty home of fabulousness to others.

Life isn’t perfect,  and neither is the wonky pot.  But it’s still fabulous – just like life in general when you think about it.

The second of these ATC/ACEO’s,which is the other half of the pair of paintings,  –  is called:  ‘Appley Ever After!’

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ATC/ACEO – mounted and framed.  The painting is called ‘Appley Ever After

This painting is of a round Topiary Tree, complete with 6 Apples .  A family of Apples living  ‘Appley Ever After‘.

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ATC/ACEO hand painted by Cobwebs.  The painting is called:  ‘Appley Ever After’!

It speaks for itself in the title …   the ‘family’ of apples could be a couple and their four children, or just a couple with their parents and in-laws  …  there are more ways than one to make a family.  But they all lived  Appley Ever After’!

I mounted and framed these two paintings and put them for sale …  and was thrilled, from the top of my head down to my wriggly toes that they both sold within a couple of days!  I wondered if the lady buyer was going to give them as a gift (maybe a wedding present, as they’d ‘fit the bill’ – so to speak) or if she was keeping them, and she told me she wanted to keep them and hang them in her own home.  I felt so honoured.

At the top of this post I’ve made a white ‘card’ which gives you the measurement of an ATC/ACEO. This size doesn’t differ.  You aren’t allowed to go above this size.  Now I actually measured this out and made it exactly as you see in the photo …  but I know that WordPress  will re-size images sometimes, so if you get a rule or measuring tape, you’ll be able to judge if it’s showing up at the right size.  If it isn’t … just look on your rule/measuring tap to actually be able to visualise how small an ATC really is.

I would love you to have a go at one.  You don’t have to paint …  you can do practically anything on a bit of card, paper, Watercolour paper, board, wood, …. anything!

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Ok…. I’ve yacked long enough,  so I’ll shut up and let you finish your coffee in peace.

Thank you so much for coming and having a coffee moment with me.  🙂

Sending squidges and love to you in your corner, from me in mine.  ❤ 

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