Storing Up Cakes For the Future : Mixed Media Painting
Books and Milk
I find myself struggling to make time for the things I want to accomplish. Motivation disappears after a morning of dealing with my sweet and sassy 3 year old. These days she keeps me busy with all sorts of things, one of which includes reading That’s Not a Hippopotamus! many times over throughout the day. I even have the various voices down to a science. It is the most adorable book and if you are looking for a great read, try this one out.
A few more books that I have been enjoying as of late are these cookbooks. I don’t have a lot of time to experiment in the kitchen but I dream of all the delicious foods I could make one day when I am swimming in free time.
Momofuku Milk Bar is a book full of desserts and interesting recipes from a New York City dessert bar. The Birthday Cake looks like something I want to try for sure.
Orange Blossom & Honey is full of pictures of colorful foods and landscapes of the the Souks. I love reading about Moroccan culture and this book is just beautiful! I will probably never make any of the recipes as I don’t have Saffron in my pantry but it is eye candy for sure.
Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes has a lot of yummy cakes/cheesecakes based off of favorite drinks such as Orange and Cream or The Root Beer Float. The techniques are clearly explained with picture tutorials. Everyday cakes made fancy! I can’t wait to try some of them.
Creating the Painting
About a year ago, I started this little painting on a piece of tissue paper backed by white cardstock. I got to this point and then put it in a drawer. I haven’t had hardly any craft time as of late and today I had a few hours so I decided to work on this piece.
I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish chalk paints for the entire painting. The stencil is the Face Map Front Version 2 by StencilGirl. I stenciled it using Distress Ink and then the magic happens when the paints are added in layers.
Many times, I reworked the ears, eyes and mouth. I can’t say that I am happy with the mouth and the eyes but somethings are best left alone. I have learned that reworking things too many times can be the ruin of a painting so I decided to call it a day. Perhaps another day I will brave and give it another go.
I am joining the T ladies a bit late this week but I still made it! Our host is Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Today my tea is a homemade Vanilla Chai tea. I made it, trying to replicate a vanilla chai that I had tasted while we lived in New York. Mine is tasty but made with a little too much black pepper. It irritates my belly if I drink it in excess. Perhaps in the future I will give it another go and get a better result.
Happy Tea Day,