Plate Lunch Birthday Card.

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My significant other is half Filipino-Hawaiian, and unhealthily obsessed with Spam musubi. I am a Jewish vegan. Yeah. I know. Life is weird. Anyway! Since a Hawaiian birthday vacation wasn’t in the budget this year, there’s no way on earth I’m touching Spam, but I love drawing cute food – Mr. Musubi and all his plate lunch pals were born. Aren’t they cute?

For this card, I kept it simple. I used a 5×7″ piece of watercolor paper. Nothing fancy – it’s from a pad of Strathmore that I got on sale and just cut down to size. I didn’t even use a paper trimmer, just a ruler and a craft knife. I sketched out my design with a Sakura Pigma Micron 01. To color, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink squidged onto an acrylic block and thinned out with water. The brush I used was just an inexpensive synthetic #2 round from a multi-pack.

My admittedly pathetic brush lettering was done with Faber-Castell PITT artist pens in indanthrene blue and deep scarlet red. I really stink at brush lettering. I love how it looks, I’m pleased that it’s so on trend right now… but I just can’t get the hang of it, regardless of how much I practice. Whatever. I don’t let my own ineptitude prevent me from doing things.

There you have it – a simple and inexpensive birthday card. I used really basic supplies, a limited palette… nothing fancy. I know it’s easy to get intimidated out of creating when you see all these super fancy cards and projects featuring long product/supply lists. Use what you have and make something! Anything. Just create. It’s good for the soul. Is this the fanciest card ever? Nope. Am I particularly skilled at drawing/painting? Hardly! Could I have made this with plain white cardstock, some colored pencils and a Bic pen? Yep.

Hope you enjoyed meeting Mr. Musubi and friends, and that this simple sketchy card inspires you to make a personalized card for someone you care about.

P.S. I know poi isn’t traditionally part of a plate lunch, but it’s pretty and purple. So there.

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Happy Mail Monday #1

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I received wonderful mail today from Zum Gali Gali. I stumbled upon their company a few weeks ago, and was super stoked to find such quality rubber stamps – and lots of awesome Judaica designs. I have visions of Rosh Hashanah and super inky fingers. I’ll be sharing some projects featuring these designs soon.

Art is fun – especially when it’s nerdy.

I enjoy making stuff. I like when I look down and see my fingers covered with paint and ink. I know there are millions of sites dedicated to arts and crafts, but this is my own little corner of the innerwebs dedicated to arting and crafting on the cheap, in nerdy style.

I’ll be sharing some nifty stuff soon, so you should watch this space. It does tricks.