Monday, April 27, 2009

Duck Tales

My dad loved going out to Mott Lake to feed the ducks. He would take a couple of dollars and purchase that horrible stale cheese popcorn you could buy by the plastic-bag-filled pound at some local Stop and Rob and drive out to the lake north east of Flint and just stroll up and down the beach or dock and throw popcorn to the ducks. He loved watching them dive and act goofy and he waved off the sea gulls or whatever those flying vultures are that hang around parking lots or picnic areas. The day of his funeral 14 years ago, I left the church and drove out alone to the lake with my own bag of nasty cheese popcorn (I always suspected he ate his share of that crap, something I was NOT going to do). I told my dad I would always feed the birds for him-even if it was only as far as my back yard. And so I have.

This card was stamped on some water color paper but I didn't use watercolors. I used my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol to blend the colors to make a feathery look. I did my usual layering for the center highlighting. The base card is actually two pieces. The creamy white is a shimmery card stock that you can zoom in on. For the back, I cut it an extra inch tall and folded that inch over to make a flap. The card stock I used was two sided with one being a deep red and the other side being the same burgundy as the first layer under the duck. If you open this card, the inside is burgundy. I punched holes thru the flap and the top of the white card and tied this sisal into a bow to anchor it.

I will have more cards using the watercolor paper/Prismacolor coloring in upcoming days. I can't say I was particularly pleased with the results but wanted to play as I watched the Pistons implode. I have now freed up many hours a week to devote to my other teams and interests. So come back later this week for more results of my frustration. I am now rooting for Denver where Chauncey is playing like an MVP. Good luck Mile High City. You got a good man in many ways.


  1. Very pretty card and memory Jan!

  2. Gorgeous coloring Jan... sweet memories of your daddy!!


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