Music May – Drowning in a Sea of Love

This is what happens once a month when the Baxter (or Norman) living room becomes a music hang-out. There have been as many as 8 of us, but this month we were 4 ~ me, Ray, Randy, and George. No matter the number, there always seems to be a flow to the selections people choose. I am sharing the plays as You Tube links although half of these we simply listened to on the turntable or CD or as mp3s.

Ray started out the night with Louie Louie written by Los Angeles based singer Richard Berry. (You can read Ray’s entire post about the song here.)

Louie Louie was released in 1957 on Flip Records (as a “B” side) by Richard Berry & the Pharaohs. The 1956 songs “El Loco Cha Cha” by Latin bandleader Rene Touzet and “Havana Moon” by Chuck Berry (no relation) were major influences.

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As play continued, Ray brought out his pic of Richard Berry and signed album, the trivia gained serendipitous wings.

Did you know: Richard Berry’s voice rings out on Etta James’ hit Roll with Me Henry? (That and the song Work with Me Annie by Hank Ballard and the Midnighter’s could be a post unto itself!)

Ray played Mary Lou by Young Jesse and Randy asked if he’d ever noticed that Young Jesse sang backup on Tell Me You Love Me on Berry’s Louie, Louie LP. Ray had not. (These two, I swear, they get excited like little kids! Keeps ’em healthy and happy!)

Ray treated us to a Mary Lou version by Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks 1959 and a live version by Frank Zappa & the Mother’s of Invention (helium anyone?!).

More trivia: If you are familiar the group called The Band from the late 1960s/early 70s, not Ronnie, but the best of the Hawks eventually formed that group in the late 1960s.

I imagine you could be familiar with Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon. Have you heard Desperado Under the Eaves? Randy shared it. Having lived in SO Cal, my ears pricked up at this lyric:

And if California slides into the ocean
Like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill

Randy likes amusing songs. Hence Stan Ridgeway’s Peg and Pete and MeToe ~ Zach Brown Band, and Girl in a Country Song ~ Maddie and Tae (True this.).

My hands-down fave play of the night, Sound of Silence as performed by Disturbed. (I might still be in shock that this was a pick from Ray, except how does one not like this song?) Lead singer David Draiman’s voice is amazing and if it does not give you chills please get someone to check your pulse quick!

On that heavy note, George shared a version of the Cranberries’ Zombie by Bad Wolves, you can hear how the orig lends itself to this darker version. Apparently sales proceeds from their version go to Dolores O’Riordan’s children.

George shared Skin by Rag n Bone Man, a song about holding on to someone when the love is gone or perhaps was not there in the first place.

He also shared  What a Shame by Shinedown with this lyric I loved, “There’s a touch of grey for every shade of blue…”

Playing off of my downed love theme or George’s chosen genre, Randy used one of his plays for Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart by Chris Cornell of Sound Garden fame.

Check out the instrument Luna Lee is playing. It is a Korean Guyaguen. I wonder if the Musical Instrument Museum has one.

Luna Lee’s Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/lunalee/overview

My theme for the night was drowned love. What songs come to your mind when you think of drowning in a sea of love? Maybe:

  • Sara ~ Stevie Nicks “…drownin’ in a sea of love, where everyone would love to drown…”
  • Sea of Love ~ Honeydrippers Theirs is the version I heard first in the mid 1980s. I am married to an early Rock and Roll historian and now know the original was by Phil Phillips, 1959.)
  • Beaches of Cheyenne ~ Garth Brooks
  • Bitter Green ~ Gordon Lightfoot “…some say he was a sailor who died away at sea…”
  • Venezuela ~ John Jacob Niles 1957 Rita Connolly’s version is the one I heard first and like the best but my fave by her is Ripples in the Rockpool.

In search of songs old, new, borrowed, and blue, I picked these for music night:

New to my ears:

Lost at Sea ~ SHEL (2014) Angelic harmonies from this group of sisters! I liked them so much I bought the digital download of their first – what do we call it now – LP? Ha!

Jackie ~ Sinead O’Connor (1988) Periodically I dive into the mountain of hitherto not listened to recordings we collected over the years. That’s where I found Jackie.

Drowning in a Sea of Love ~ Joe Simon (1969?)

Not new:

Capsized ~ You + Me (Rose Avenue LP 2014) This is P!ink singing with Dallas Green. Nice perk of star power – making a totally different type of album with a buddy. Ray and I played You + Me the song at our wedding.

Ghosts of Cape Horn ~ Gordon Lightfoot Lesser-known than the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Brandy ~ Looking Glass (1972) As often as I have sung along with this classic tune, I had paid no attention to who performed it. Now I grew up in the 1970s so the clothing, ahem, style, is not unfamiliar but lead singer Elliot Lurie needed to take a cue from his bandmate and at least wear bell bottom jeans. The song still gets 5 stars, but maybe satisfying my curiosity as to the singers was not the best idea.

The rest of the evening’s playlist (not including the 30 or so songs Randy could not get to!):

Burnout ~ Midland

Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne, performed by Joan Baez (I admit, I did not get to this one.)

Simple Man ~ Shinedown (originally by Lynyrd Skynyrd)

68 year old sings ACDCs Highway to Hell omg, I hope I am still rockin’ at 68, 78, 88, 98, 108 LOL

After Insanity (guitar play by Sophie Lloyd)

Havana ~ Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug a thug – her parents must be so proud. LOL

Just a Gigolo ~ Dave TV Version (I didn’t play the one by Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie but it is quite the contrast!)

Kelly Clarkson and Jimmie Fallon Duets

Somewhere in Brooklyn ~Bruno Mars

How ’bout you? I was inspired by my friend Gwen’s post to go with the groove and link up all my notes.

Do you still have 45s? albums? CDs? Have you graduated to streaming? Ever just sit and listen to music at home for the sheer joy of it?

A brief history of the song “Louie Louie”

By Ray Baxter

This iconic song was written by Los Angeles based singer Richard Berry. It was released in 1957 on Flip Records (as a “B” side) by Richard Berry & the Pharaohs.

The 1956 songs “El Loco Cha Cha” by Latin bandleader Rene Touzet and “Havana Moon” by Chuck Berry (no relation) were major influences.

“Louie Louie” became very popular in Washington state with many local bands performing it live. Two bands to actually rerecord it in 1961 were Little Bill & the Bluenotes on Topaz records, and Rockin’ Robin Roberts & the Wailers (nothing to do with Bob Marley’s group); it was this latter version where the arrangement was dramatically changed from Berry’s original. Then in April 1963 within a week of each other, two local bands from Portland, Oregon also recorded “Louie Louie;” they were Paul Revere & the Raiders and The Kingsmen.

The most popular version is the Kingsmen’s recording, and it is likely the result of the supposed “dirty lyrics” that caused an uptick in sales. An official investigation was started by the FBI, but nothing was found regarding the lyrics; interestingly at the 54 second mark the drummer curses when dropping a drumstick but this the FBI did not take note of. The actual lyrics (on next page) are quite simple and tell the story of a Jamaican sailor returning home to see his love interest. The sailor is chatting with a bartender whose name is Louie.

There are numerous musical mistakes made by Jack Ely (lead singer of the Kingsmen) and my friend and R&R historian Randy Hill told me the following:

“The Kingsmen recorded in Portland at 10:00 on a Saturday morning in 1963. The studio was actually normally a musical theater setting. The Kingsmen’s manager wanted to get a “live” feel, so he had the recording engineer raise the mic far off the stage floor. Jack Ely stood in the middle of the musicians. He was kinda sick (not drunk) that morning, plus he had braces on his teeth. Add to this the fact that he had to lean back and yell up at the mic, and you can see how everything came out slurred.

The first take was supposed to be a sound check. The drummer yelled “fxxx” shortly into the song, although it’s unintelligible. Ely came in too soon after the break and started over. Ely’s yelling “Let’s give it to ’em” and “Let’s move on outta here” supposedly came from the Wailers. Anyway, the Kingsmen were aghast that their manager wanted to release the mic check as the record. They begged him to let them do the song again, hut he was adamant that this had the raw sound he had hoped to get. The rest is history.”

Richard Berry sold the rights to most of his music (including “Louie Louie”) in 1959 for $750 to finance his upcoming wedding. Despite all the success of his signature song, during much of his adult life he saw no benefit. But then with the help of an attorney Richard was able to reclaim the rights to his song and received in 1992 his first royalty check for $2 million. Sadly, less than five years later in January 1997 he died at the age of 61 due to heart failure.

By some counts there are more than 1600 released versions of “Louie Louie” making it one of the most recorded Rock & Roll songs ever.

My Mom’s Pizza + a few more recipes

Today I woke up and decided to make my mom’s recipe for pizza for dinner.

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One has to make dough first and it’s not like any pizza anyone else in the world ever probably eats, unless someone out there still has the 4th Ward Relief Society’s Cookbook they complied as a fundraiser in the mid-1980s – straight from the days when Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup was a pantry staple.

As I pulled the cookie sheet out of the drawer to prep it for the dough I realized mom probably made it on a cookie sheet because she did not have a pizza pan. (Guess we ate so much Organ Stop Pizza there was never a need.)

Oh, yeah. And tomorrow is Mother’s Day.

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Between that date on the calendar and a slight case of the monthly blues, NOW I know why I am mixing up and rolling out dough. (Hey Angel Peggy! I am tempted to drive to town and buy pecans to make Mexican Wedding Cookies, but your cookies were extraordinary.)

Bread is one of my favorite words.

Fresh from the oven bread is hands-down, over any sweet treat, my favorite thing to eat.

It is comfort and home, mother and love.

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Making bread makes me cry and makes me happy.

She was perfectly imperfect. When we didn’t see eye to eye it was startling and we had to work to get back to moving forward. I never felt unloved.

Jean mothered everyone!

To all of my friends who are aching for just one more moment of mothering or chance to express thanks – I feel you. Here’s a song link to Ed Sheeran’s song Supermarket.

To all of my friends who missed mothering, I truly wish I could somehow gift you a day of my mom’s abundant care.

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Oh! If you wish to try a pizza that is not a pizza, here’s the recipe for dough and all the things mom and I made with with it:

Carol’s Mom’s Rolls

Jean Jennings lived to be 92 years old. She was my mom and my grandma coz she adopted me. This recipe and my love for her go hand in hand. When I was a child, Mom would bake these rolls in pie tins then have me deliver to her friends around the neighborhood.

Rolls

Add to one cup warm water in a large bowl:

An egg, a jigger or two of oil,

a pinch of salt,

sugar to taste (1/3 cup) and

one packet of Fleishman’s yeast.

Stir briefly with a fork.

Let sit until bubbly.

Mix in 3 ½ cups of flour until ball of dough forms.

Knead on a floured sheet of canvas fabric.

Let rise in bowl, covered with a towel, until double.

Knead, (punch out bubbles), roll out to about a ½ inch thick, then cut rolls and place rolls in pie tins or on cookie sheet.

Let rise until double.

Bake at 350 until tops are golden.

Butter tops.

Don’t eat them all before dinner!

 

My translation

In a large bowl mix:

One cup warm water (I find that bottled water interacts consistently with the yeast.)

One large or extra large egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil (Note that at some point in her later years she swears that she uses the white Crisco that comes in bars, but Carol swears this is absolutely not the recipe she learned.)

1 teaspoon salt (If you used a mineralized salt which I have discovered tastes better, the minerals can color the rolls if you are not adding spices.)

1/4 cup oil

1/3 cup sugar

One packet of yeast

Stir with a fork and let sit for about 10 minutes until bubbly.

Then, gradually add in at least 3 maybe 3 1/2 cups of sifted flour as you stir/knead to form ball of dough. (If you use a big enough bowl you do not need to turn it onto the counter—it can rise in the bowl.)

Let ball of dough raise for a couple of hours until it about doubles in size.

Tear ball of dough in half. Knead air bubbles out then roll out on lightly floured counter top to about a half an inch high. Cut out rolls.

Place them on a pan with sides barely touching. Let them raise until about double again. Bake at 350 degrees F until tops are golden brown—about 12 minutes.

 

Hot Dog Things:

Make hot dog things by slicing a Kosher hot dog not quite fully through the center and stuffing with diced green chili and cheddar cheese before wrapping in dough.

Place rolls on pan with ends barely touching and let raise again until double.

Hot dogs things need a 400 degree oven and a little longer than rolls to cook.

Butter tops.

Try not to eat them all, rolls or hot dog things, until dinner or wherever you are taking them. Great camping food for the road trip.

 

Carol’s roll variations:

  • Olive oil—used as a replacement for vegetable oil. Your dough will be heavier and take longer to raise.
  • Crushed garlic and/or other dried spices—yummy! Goes with olive oil. Add to during initial mix.
  • Grated cheese—I add maybe a half a cup during initial mix.
  • More sugar—sweeter rolls.
  • You can get them to raise faster on a cold day in the kitchen by pre-heating the oven and letting the dough rise on top of the stove.
  • I made them once adding yogurt and chopped fresh mint leaves. If you try this, you will need t adjust the flour up and the water down.
  • Virginia, a woman I worked with, used milk instead of water in her rolls. I have never tried that recipe modification, but her rolls were yummy.

 

Cinnamon Rolls

Grandma Jean used to bake cinnamon rolls in a deep iron pan with honey and pecans at the bottom (I believe you would need to add butter so that they would not stick).

I have tried but never duplicated the flavor of what is hardwired in my taste buds and memory. This is close….

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Filling
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Flatten and shape the dough until it’s a 9 X 14 inch rectangle. Sprinkle the surface with the filling mixture, leaving a 1/2 inch border.

Tightly roll the dough using the 14 inch side. Cut into 8 pieces and place swirl side up in the baking pan. Start by placing one in the middle and then surround the center roll with the remaining rolls. Brush with 2 tbsp melted butter.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Cream cheese frosting

Combine with a whisk:

For the icing
3 tbsp cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp buttermilk
1 cup powdered sugar

Spoon over top of rolls and you are ready to serve!

 

Grandma Jean’s Pizza

Roll dough out on a cookie sheet.

Mix together I can cream of mushroom soup, one can of tomato soup and two cans of diced green chilies. Spread mixture evenly across dough.

Brown a pound of hamburger and spread it across dough.

Dice onions to taste and sprinkle across dough.

Top with cheese.

Bake at 425 degrees until pizza crust is a golden brown (about 20 mins)

 

Stenciled Bottle Cover & Card

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Welcome to my spot on the hop between StencilGirl Products’ and Lindy’s Stamp Gang creative teams! I am happy you’ve taken the time to stop by.

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The whole cover shimmers in natural light. The human eye sees it. My camera does not.

I chose an unusual substrate for this project. A neoprene bottle cover.  I bought the bottle with the cover a couple summers ago because it had a speaker in the neoprene cover & the batteries were included. Geek out! I put it in the cabinet and forgot all about it until…

My husband threw out the bottle and the cover. Oh no! Must rescue.

Me to hubby: “Did you even try the speaker?”

My hubby: “No. It was just a cheap gimmick. You’re not pulling it out of the trash, are you?”

Me: (Eye roll.) “I am. I wonder if I can stencil on it?”

Hubby: (Big sigh.) “It’s trash.”

Me, in my office a few minutes later, speaker hooked to my phone, David Bowie singing “Nature Boy”, talking to myself: “The sound is truly weak. But I CAN stencil on the case AND the bottle has nice lines plus a clear space. I can soak off the label and stencil a new one.”

Here’s my process:

What stencil shall I choose? Sacred Feminine by Carol Wiebe. The minute I saw this stencil I knew I had to have it – look at all the interesting elements!

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I thought it would be easiest to stencil with the cover still on the bottle. I chose to use acrylic instead of fabric paint because it’s not ever going to be washed. The speaker is sewn in, so it must remain as is.

Step 1: Mask off bottle neck. Gesso the bottle around the speaker – oh my, was that white line ever convenient! Let dry. Apply another coat of gesso.

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Step 2: I opted for a sprayed background created with Smokey Sapphire and Crow’s Nest Copper Moon Shadow Mists. These are walnut inks with mica in them.

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I sprayed on top of an open art journal so I have pages started for later.

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Step 3: Tape around goddess so she stays in place. I balanced the bottle on the inside of my roll of masking tape as I applied a coat of silver and then a combo of navy blue, silver and white. I had to do some awkward maneuvering for her gown because of the speaker and I was afraid it would not turn out on a curved surface, but it did!

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Step 4: I used black paint and a thin paintbrush to paint in the line detail.

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I also made a matching card using the Moon Mists and Organic Roots 1 Small Stencil, also by Carol Wiebe.

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Tips: After you spray through the stencil, flip it onto a journal page and you’ll get interesting prints and drips. Then you can use us your extra paint too!

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This was my first time using walnut-based ink sprays and I just couldn’t stop. (Sprays over over black.)

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Wishing you a shimmery, magical, stencil filled day,

Carol

p.s. I hope you will take the time to check out all the other amazing projects in the hop and comment to enter the contest.

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to Lindy’s Gang
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, April 24th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Lindy’s Gang’s Facebook page on Wednesday, April 25.

Blog Hop Order:

April 18
Mary Beth Shaw
Gwen Lafleur
Mary C. Nasser
Debi Adams
Tina Walker
Kate Palmer
Cindy Wille
Natalie May
Pascale Bernard
Anat Weksler
Bertheas Peggy aka Nirvana
Elena Martynova

April 19
Belen Sotelo
Cindy Gilstrap
Kiala Givehand
Torrie Gass
Janet Joehlin
Valerie Ouellet
Aga Baraniak
Sivan Amedi
Aleksandra Mihelič
Joanna Marquet
Phoebe Tonosaki
Caroline Parent

April 20
Carol Baxter
Sandee Setliff
Karen Gaunt
Louise Nelson
Sherry Canino
Kerry Fellowes
Yulianna Efremova
Kasia Bogatko-Skoczypiec
Olga Bielska
Olga Ravenskaya

 

Stenciled and Etched!

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Welcome to my stop on day 3 of StencilGirl’s 3 day blog hop with etchall.

I made a sweet candle holder with Cat Kerr’s Play Every Day Swing Stencil.

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I etched a mirror with Gwen Lafleur’s Art Deco Sun Medallion Corner Stencil.

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I love Gwen’s Art Decor Stencil Line because it reminds me of the walking into the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood for the first time in 1986 surrounded by the fabulous black, white, and glass decor.

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Just imagine an entire wall of these tiles!

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I had a lot of fun using etchall and the srpay to discover how much patience it takes to etch glass on a curved surface.

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The stencil is held in place with etchall Repositioning Stencil Spray. I like that etchall is a reusable product. Follow manufacturer directions and put the excess back in the bottle.

Here is my etched, glass-painted, collaged mixed media paintbrush jar. (The paint brushes were a thrift shop score!)

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(At the time of writing this post, I have yet to see what everyone has made , but I hear someone used slate in their project!) Go find our who and check out all the other cool projects in the hop and comment to enter the contest.

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One lucky winner will receive an etchall® Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit,
reposition/reuse stencil spray
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and etchall’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 21.

Blog Hop Order:

March 14
Mary Beth Shaw
Gwen Lafleur
Mary C. Nasser
Debi Adams
Tina Walker
Cindi McGee
Nadine Carlier
Joe Rotella

March 15
Belen Sotelo
Cindy Gilstrap
Kiala Givehand
Janet Joehlin
Anita Scroggins
Erin Reed
Candy Rosenberg
Susie Bentz

March 16
Carol Baxter  Thanks for being here!
Sandee Setliff
Louise Nelson
Terry Ricioli
Christie Troxell
Steph Ackerman
Julie McGuffee

Storming the Castle

I like flying pigs because they are full of whimsy and possibilities and permission to fly into something new.

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Kristie Taylor gave me the idea for the inked background and awhile back I saw a Graphics Fairy post by Heather that looked interesting, but I wanted to try it brighter.

The flying pig caused me to use waaaaay more artsy crafty goodies than normal.

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The crosshatch portion of the large stencil from Mary Beth Shaw’s Private Collection 16.2 for April 2016 StencilClub

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Once Upon a Time Stencil by Carolyn Dube

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Large Feelin’ Groovy Stencil from Jessica Sporn’s April 2015 StencilClub set.

Mixed Media Paper and Deli Sheets

Staz-On Inks – Claret, Gothic Purple, Blue Hawaii, Orange Zest, Emerald City, Midnight Blue, and Glaze-On

1 flying pig, 1 fairy in the moon, 1 bird wearing a bonnet fussy cut from my stash of scrapbook paper – Graphics 45

Acrylic Paints – black, grey, yellow, pink, Translucent Pearl – Paper Artsy

Distress Crayons -Salty Ocean, Lucky Clover, Wildflower Violet, Squeezed Lemonade

Baby Oil, Sponges and Sponge Brush, Paper Towels, Heat Tool, Scissors

Process:

  1. Ink the background landscape on mixed media paper.
  2. Stencil castle and flowers on individual sheets of deli paper. Let dry. Tip: It helps to line up the deli paper and stencil with the landscape on the bottom.
  3. Apply baby oil to all three sheets and the pig. I just did the front sides. Tip: hold the mixed media paper to a light source to make sure it is not blotchy. It is greasy and  looks like this: wierd-face-in-layer.jpg
  4. Use crayons to add a little more definition to landscaper and blend with finger. 20180219_192140.jpg
  5. Let papers dry a couple hours or overnight.
  6. Trim layers.
  7. Place a scrap sheet under the project and apply Glaze-On between the layers – it works as a glue. (I bet good ol’ Modge Podge would work too.) Let project sit under a couple of heavy books overnight.
  8. Pearlize the top layer, add pig, bird, and fairy. I bent the wings a little so they’d stand out)
  9. Hit project with a heat gun to dry. Trim project from scrapsheet.

 

Shall I frame it or glue it into my art journal?

I had fun with this project and while I am glad I tried it, it did feel a bit too messy for my tastes. I think I prefer the outcome of beeswax and (be still my heart) actual encaustics. Still, I would hate to waste the baby oil.

It was almost my castle on the lake.

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Betcha Ed Sheeran never saw a flying pig watching the sunset over the castle on the hill!

Carol

 

Four Calling Birds Envelope and a Somewhat Out-There Christmas Card

Welcome to my spot on the

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Let’s dive right in!

Does it bother you, all the advertising we still get send via USPS? Toyota must have truly wanted me to buy another car since the dealer spent bucks on a 10×13 inch red cloth envelope! I saved it to put a stencil on it.

I left the mailer inside in case some of gesso bled through as I was covering the writing. It took 2 coats. I was PATIENT this time and let the one side dry, then painted a green telephone handset and cord (good grief are these phones vintage yet?) to cover the bit of writing on the other side, and a pine tree top at the opposite end for my birds to perch on.

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You’ll need stencils with birds so you can stack ‘em facing different ways. I used Gwen Lafleurs’s Cardinal for the base, Mary Beth Shaw’s Scandinavian (that’s what I am calling it) bird from her Stencil Club set next, then 2 little birds by Cathy Nichols—one from StencilClub, one from Peace.

Back to the envelope side with lots of gesso. I stenciled holly in the corners and stenciled “4” as a “2”. The post office elves will need to hand cancel this envelope. (They did not stencil perfectly – my sponge was too wet – but they’ll do.)

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Guess what fits pretty perfectly as an upcycled card in my big recycled envelope? StencilGirl’s large stencil mailer. (Ok, I had to trim it a little!)

Now I must admit, because I coordinated our hop, I saw what the team made first and in one of the thumbnails I, being a sound-minded and certifiable science fiction fan, saw a UFO and a little heart bodied alien sailing down. Thank you Torrie Gass, I could not get the image out of my head all this past week! Peace is a cool stencil! That top ornament looks like a little hot air balloon, there seems to be a paw print, an accordion heart, to say nothing of the flowers, feathers, leaves and sweet bird.

Back to my over-sized card: I covered the front of the mailer with ephemera papers then washed the front in hues of blue (Paper Artsy Glass Blue and Frosting Glaze) atop the small Windswept Tree stencil by Cathy Taylor—little aliens needed a place to land!

On my card, it has just begun to snow, courtesy of Night Sky Mini stencil by Lesley Riley.

I stenciled the alien ship with Gold All Purpose Ink.

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The little alien parachutists did not look quite so much like the vision in my head, so I made them alien comets (aka snow beings) and gave them bodies with a couple other parts of the Peace stencil  using green and red and white acrylic paint. I embellished the snow beings and their ship with a white Uniball pen. 

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It was at this point that I went back and embellished feathers, feet, and eyes on the 4 calling birds.

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See, I digress… 

Christmas is coming,

the goose is getting fat,

please to put a penny in the old—

Oh! We aren’t caroling yet? But I like caroling.

Fa la la la la—

The backside of my card, you ask? Scrapbook paper from my stash and my name and date. Unexciting.

Interior? I drew a line in pencil and stenciled Vintage Ornaments all the way across the top. Then I drew on them a bit with Inktense pencils. (Seriously, I think these would look great along the top of gift bags too!)

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I used Mary Nasser’s Longitude and Go Your Own Way, plus the teardrop from the small Vintage Camper Trailer  stencils for the “from our home to yours” message then embellished using paint, pencils and pens where needed.

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Ten! I think this is the most stencils I have ever used in one project. More stencils = fun choices!

Click to discover more Christmas and Hanukkah and patterned stencils for your holiday projects!

May you sing outside the box this Christmas and may snow beings bearing stencils carol in your head! Carol

But wait! There’s more!

Speaking of hopping, if you have landed here first somehow, be sure to check out the rest of the StencilGirl Creative Team Holiday projects and, if you like the ideas, we’d love it if you shared our hop with your friends!

Comment by midnight CST in the USA on November 8th and we’ll randomly choose a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate winner. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook Page on November 9th.

Here are links to all the fantastic, magic, merry, holiday projects:

Karen Gaunt

Tina Walker

Torrie Gass

Cindy Gilstrap

Sherry Canino

Sandee Setliff

Kiala Givehand

Janet Joehlin

Belen Sotelo

Louise Nelson

Debi Adams

Carol Baxter  (You are here.)

Wishing you happiness!