Tag Archive | River

Calla Lillies

Here’s another piece of traditional art! Today it’s Calla Lillies, which I happen to like quite a bit. Again, River provided the sketch, and I did the inking and coloring.

I’m much happier with how this one turned out, though I can’t put my finger on exactly why. Maybe because there’s more detail?

Detail pic. I stippled the spadices, but it doesn’t really show in the picture, does it? :’)

I’ve been trying to work on some more digital paintings as well, but I’ve run into the same problem River was struggling with–for some reason GIMP thinks I’m trying to use two tools, so it ends up switching between them very quickly and keeps leaving unsightly blobs everywhere. T-T It’s very frustrating. So I may have to stick with traditional art until I can figure out how to get rid of this glitch. Wish me luck!

~Cloud

Haiku. Just Because.

River came up to me today and said, “Let’s write haiku!”

So we wrote six haiku together, and split them up to post on our respective blogs.

Enjoy~!

Chocolate for a Valentine

Sweet dusky velvet

Cocoa, vanilla, and cream

Chocolate for you ❤

Flowers

If I had no words,

these would carry the message

I would send to you.

Breeze

Whispering secrets

Only trees will ever know

Laughing caresses

If you’re in the mood for poetry, why don’t you go check out River’s three as well?

~Cloud

Le Ball Masque–Maskless Face Decorating!

Hi!

This weeks theme is ‘Le Ball Masque’–but what do you do when you don’t want to, or can’t, wear a mask? The answer is simple, my friends…Face Painting!

Videos:

There are a bunch of YouTube videos about Face Painting–here are four that I thought were nice. 🙂

A cute and more unusual rendition of an angel look. 😀

Articles on Face Painting:

I also found several articles on face painting–even how to make your own face paint!

Here are some of the basics: http://www.wikihow.com/Face-Paint

And this one’s how to make your own: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Face-Paint

Tips on being a good face painter: http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Good-Face-Painter

And if you’re a parent and want to face paint your little ones, this article might help: http://www.wikihow.com/Face-Paint-Kids-for-Halloween

And if you ever need any inspiration, there are a ton of photos online. Simply look up ‘face painting’ or ‘face painting tutorial’ (seriously, there are some really cool ones for that search key) and you’re good to go!

Happy Painting, everyone!

~Cloud

Make your own Chocolate Spider!

Hello~

Today I will be showing you how to make a chocolate spider!

Chocolate Spider 1Behold, the chocolate spider! BWAHAHAHAHA–*ahem*

Step one: Melt some chocolate.

Step two: Spoon your melted chocolate into a plastic bag, then twist the top shut and snip the end off of the bag.

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Step Three: Lay some plastic wrap over a plate.

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Step Four: Take your piping bag of chocolate and pipe a large circle or oval for the spider’s body, and 10 V-shapes for the legs.

DSCI0844No, I have not forgotten that spiders only have eight legs–I’m giving you extras in case some break!

Step Five:  Pop your plate into the fridge until the chocolate is hard and can be peeled off of the plastic wrap. Then, take your left-over melted chocolate and start attaching the legs by piping a line of chocolate along one side of the oval, then adding a dab of chocolate on one end of the leg. Put the dry end against the line of chocolate you piped. You may need to add more chocolate on top to keep it steady.

DSCI0847Kindly ignore the chocolate butterflies. I had leftover chocolate.

Do this with eight legs, until it looks roughly like this:

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Step Six: Pop your spider back into the fridge to harden, and then you’re done~!

Make dozens and dozens of these, and you’ll have your own chocolate spider army at your disposal! 😀

Chocolate Spider 3Chocolate Spider 2Chocolate Spider 1Chocolate spiders! Chocolate spiders everywhere! 😮

Step Seven: (Optional) Eat the extra legs! And the spider too, if you want. 😉

Enjoy!

~Cloud

The Month-Long Halloween Extravaganza!–Spooky Soundtracks.

Hello again. This week, I’ll be covering…spooky soundtracks! And ways to hide your speakers for Halloween night, so that you can play eerie music around your house. Let’s start with that first, shall we?

In the bushes.

It may seem obvious, but one of the easiest places to hide your speakers is in your shrubbery. Simply place them somewhere out of easy view, plug them in, and presto!

On the roof.

This one’s a little less obvious. Okay, a lot less obvious. And it requires you being willing to clamber about on your roof. Anyway, either disguise your speakers with dark cloth, put them against the chimney, or something like that. Plug them in, start your music, and let it flow down to the unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. 😉

Hidden in the yard.

If you have a patch of dirt in your yard that you don’t mind digging up, you might find this one fun. Dig a hole big enough for your speakers and lay them in, music side up. Take a piece of cloth as close to the color of your dirt as possible and lay it over your speakers, then sprinkle a thin layer of dirt on top to disguise it all. Enjoy!

Inside your Jack-o-lantern.

This thought came to me in a flash of orange earlier. 😉 When you carve your jack-o-lantern, put your speakers inside, with the plug going out of one of the carvings to be plugged in.

And now, we go forward to a place of monsters and creepily classical music…

The Hall of Halloween Music!

The Phantom of the Opera Overture.

Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor

In the Hall of the Mountain King

One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater

The Monster Mash.

The Addams’ Family Theme Song

Bonus points if you guys own an organ (or a keyboard with an organ setting. That would work too.) and play The Phantom of the Opera or Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor on your organ. 😀 If you do, please post a link in the comments below!

~Cloud

The Month-Long Halloween Extravaganza!–Jack of the lantern strikes again!

Jack-o-lanterns–everyone’s favorite orange faces. 😉 However, jack-o-lanterns don’t need to be carved from only pumpkins! In fact, the custom began in Scotland and Ireland, with the people carving not pumpkins, but turnips and potatoes! You don’t see a turnip jack-o-lantern very often in the U.S.A, though. And jack-o-lanterns have a myth surrounding them, about a man named ‘Stingy Jack’. As the story goes, Stingy Jack tricked the Devil into promising to never take his soul. When he passed on, he couldn’t go to heaven, because he had led a rather unsavory life, but, true to his word, the Devil refused to let him into hell, so he couldn’t go there either. When Jack protested that he had nowhere to go, and not even a light to see by, the Devil mockingly tossed him a burning coal from his fire. Jack carved out a turnip and put the coal inside to make a lantern to light his way.

And thus, the jack-o-lantern was born!

With all the creativity people have, the jack-o-lanterns are no longer simply faces; they can be dragons, houses, a silhouette against the moon–anything! Which brings us to the next part of my post…*cue dramatic music*

The Awesome Pumpkins Gallery!

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(Photo credit: http://www.geek.com/geek-cetera/r2-d2-gets-the-jack-o-lantern-treatment-for-halloween-1290537/)

This is one labor-intensive pumpkin. Look at all the details!

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(Photo credit: http://blog.costumenation.com/general/how-to-pick-the-perfect-halloween-pumpkin-for-carving/)

You know what they say about black cats… 😉

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(Photo credit: http://blog.costumenation.com/general/how-to-pick-the-perfect-halloween-pumpkin-for-carving/)

Carving this must have required a good bit of skill!

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(Photo Credit: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~jdigney/pumpkin.html)

A Haunted House…*spooky music plays*

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(Photo Credit: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~jdigney/pumpkin.html)

A Phoenix! 😀

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(Photo Credit: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~jdigney/pumpkin.html)

Neat pumpkin, eh?

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(Photo Credit: http://chocolatecake-men.blogspot.com/2012_10_01_archive.html)

Amazing. Just…amazing.

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(Photo Credit: http://chocolatecake-men.blogspot.com/2012_10_01_archive.html)

This one’s really pretty!

Amazing Jack O Lantern Ideas

(Photo Credit: http://bonasty.com/cool-jack-o-lantern-ideas-for-halloween-decoration/amazing-jack-o-lantern-ideas/)

It’s a dragon. A Dragon. ‘Nuff said.

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(Photo Credit: http://artofbonsai.org/galleries/halloween07.php)

Pretty…

(Photo Credit: http://paper-bob-omb.deviantart.com/art/Pikachu-Jack-o-Lantern-1-265828294)

D’aww…it’s so cute~!

Well, that about wraps up this post. I hope you all enjoyed it! Don’t forget to stop by Koko’s Blog on Friday for the next post in the Month-Long Halloween Extravaganza!

~Cloud

The Month-Long Halloween Extravaganza~!

Hi, guys!

You may have noticed that I changed my theme again–this time, to Strange Little Town, to get into the mood of Halloween!

Speaking of Halloween, some friends and I are doing something special this year–a month-long Halloween Extravaganza! Every week in October, we’ll be posting something Halloween-y on our blogs. And we are…

River of Strike a Spark

Koko of Lollipops and Rainbows

And, of course, me!

The theme of the posts will change every week, so you never know what will be next. It should be fun, and I hope you all will join us for it!

The Extravaganza will begin on Tuesday, October 1st, over on River’s blog–be sure to check it out!

~Cloud.