Monday, February 22, 2010

Homespun Knitting

Hi friends! I hope that you had a nice weekend. Ward, Wally, the Beav and I had a great day yesterday walking around the Capitol Hill neighborhood and eating brunch in our favorite little hangout there. The temps were creeping up toward 50 degrees, and after the winter we've had, that felt downright tropical! Of course, we're still dodging snowbanks all over the place (and the subsequent puddles), but the sun felt so nice yesterday that it was hard to even care.

I stumbled across a tote bag the other day that had my favorite knitting needles and a half finished scarf in it. Given that I don't even remember starting the scarf, it's relatively safe to say that it's been a while since I sat down to knit. I really consider knitting to be my 'hobby' at this point in my life, so I need to make some time to dedicate to it. (While it's difficult to call the paper crafting my job -even though it is - I tend to call it my hobby gone wild. Don't get me wrong, I'm the luckiest person I know having a job that thoroughly brings joy to my life. LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY!)

So, in honor of my neglected hobby, I created this sweet card from Lockhart's Basket of Yarn image. I colored the image with Copics, but afterwards I wasn't happy with the basket. To remedy it, I went back over it with a Prismacolor pencil and colored in the parts that looked streaky to me. This is a great tip to keep in mind - there's nothing that says you can't use colored pencils with your markers! And the pencils can really help correct any parts of the markers that are just a bit too far gone.

I did add a little Distress ink on top of the image when I was done - the white cardstock was a little too stark in comparison to the patterned papers (Jenni Bowlin and A Muse gingham). I really love the homespun feel it ended up having.

I hope your Monday goes off without a hitch! Be well.

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