Taubotne

Taubotne

Taubotne means Thanks or Thank You (informal version) in the language of the Nipmuc people. It is one of only a few words that I know in the language. It is one of only a few words that many people know in the language, because it is a language was once considered extinct – no one has spoken it fluently for many, many years. The Nipmuc Language reclamation project will change that. Now, the tribe is holding classes and workshops to revive the language of this place I call home. Though I’m not currently involved in this work, I find it to be equal parts fascinating and complex.

Taubotne

I’m not going to give a history lesson here, or dive too deeply into my feelings about the loss of an ancestral language, but I will give a shameless plug: I created an online exhibition a little over a year ago, titled “From English to Algonquian: Early New England Translations.” The exhibition explores several 17th century Algonquian-language texts (the Nipmuc people spoke a dialect of the Algonquian language) and how those texts are being used to revive native languages. In addition to the work happening in Nipmuc Country, this reclamation work is happening now among many other New England tribes, including the Wampanoag and Mohegan. Please check out the exhibition or other pages linked if you’re interested in knowing more.

Taubotne - Alphabet Soup

As for this card, I kept it pretty simple. First I did a simple watercolor wash and then used letter dies for the sentiment, cutting them from the panel and popping them up across the front of the card. I then stamped a simple thank you as a sub-sentiment to provide the English translation of taubotne.

Taubotne

I can’t wait to make more of these, using other words, very soon!

Taubotne

 

kimberly

One Layer Watercolor Thank You Card

Just a quick post today to share with you this one-layer thank you card I put together. I fell in love with this card I made not too long ago, and used that as inspiration for this one.
Thank you card

I used the outline flower image from the Beautiful Day stamp set and some masking paper, to create a focal point of layered flowers at the bottom right of my watercolor panel. I then added a whole lot of pink and purple-toned watercolor in several layers. I made sure that the highest saturation of color was focused on the flowers themselves, but that was about as fussy as I got with it.

Thank you card

When the panel was dry, I cut it down to 4.25″ x 5″ size using a stitched rectangle die. Then, I stamped my sentiment from the SSS Handwritten Floral Greetings set using Intense Black Ink (I also used this ink for stamping the flowers because it’s waterproof). At this point I realized I need to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the card, so I masked off my sentiment and added some black ink splatters here and there. I also used my Pico Embellisher in black to add some life back to the flower centers, which had gotten lost underneath all of the watercolor.

Thank you card

I hope everyone’s week is off to a wonderful start!

kimberly

Purple Watercolor Card + a Video!

It seemed to me that the first post after the name change should be a watercolor one, and I’ve had some requests to show a bit more of my water coloring process, too. I thought the best way to do that was to make another of my most favorite doodle buds watercolor cards and to capture a bit of the process in a video!

Watercolor doodle buds

I followed the same technique that I outlined in my previous post, stamping multiple images from the doodle buds set onto Canson Watercolor Paper and not worrying about making them off before I layered images on top of each other. Then I got out my Gansai Tambi watercolors.

Watercolor doodle buds

All the while, I had my camera and tripod set up on the top of my desk so that I could capture what I was doing. Basically, the video is evidence that I have a very disorganized and erratic way of stamping and painting (but I edited out most of those parts, haha). Once I was finished, I mounted my panel to an A2 card base and took some still shots. Then I got to editing the video…

Watercolor doodle buds

….And I basically had no idea what I was doing, which made me feel very un-hip! It took me quite a while to snip and rotate and condense everything into a video that is about one minute long. I also sped up the video quite a bit, to fit the bulk of the painting process in. And then I inadvertently ended up with a YouTube channel so that I could share the video here. Phew. Overall, I had fun making the video and I’m sure the whole process will get much less frustrating if I have a bit more practice. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Weekend!

Watercolor doodle buds

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Dragon’s Den

I recently discovered this really great nail wrap company called Scratch. The company partners with different artists each month, who design nail wraps that are almost always incredible. You can buy the wraps individually, or you can subscribe for a monthly mani box, which is what I decided to do (mostly because I wanted all the wraps ever). What’s nice about the monthly service is that you have the option to skip months if you decide that the featured designs just aren’t for you.

dragons den nail wraps

I’m waring the Dragon’s Den wraps that were a part of the October mani box. I love how fun and colorful these are. Even though these were part of a monthly box, you can still buy them individually from the Scratch website, too!

Dragons Den Nail Wraps from goscratchit.com

kimberly

 

p.s. This post was not sponsored in any way.

Midweek Manicure // Spring Thinking

As I was photographing my flowery, Springy nails last week, this was happening on the porch:

Snowy Porch

But, I’m happy to say that I think Spring is on its way now.

Purple Flowers Mani

I used:

  • Base Coat
  • Ulta – Snow White
  • Essie – Sand Tropez
  • Jafra – Raspberry
  • China Glaze – Tart-y for the Party
  • China Glaze – Re-fresh Mint
  • Tiny Round Silver Nail Studs from The Nail Room
  • Dotting Tool
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Top Coat

After a base coat on all nails, I painted two nails Snow White, and the rest Sand Tropez. I chose to add little purple flowers on the ring finger and thumb nail of each hand.

How to Paint Flowers

To create the flowers, I dropped a bit of Snow White, Raspberry and Tart-y for the Party on a piece of aluminum foil. I then used a dotting tool to swirl the colors together and then dotted the swirled colors on my nail in various places to make the flower pattern. Sometimes, I’d add a bit more of each color to each dot to make it more or less white, or more or less purple, depending. You can find various tutorials on youtube for this.

Floral Nails Detail

I then used a smaller dotting tool (you could also use a toothpick) to add little green “leaves” coming out from either side of each flower-dot. After it was all dry, I affixed a tiny silver stud to my index fingernail on each hand with a bit of topcoat, then added a coat of topcoat on all nails, and was finished!

Let’s not talk about how awful my cuticles are right now. Actually, maybe we should talk about it. I struggle. If anyone has any recommendations for cuticle repair, I’d love to hear them!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Studded

Admittedly the paint job on this one isn’t great. But if I wave my hands really fast you’d never notice.

Tart-y For the Party with Silver Studs

And I’m having fun gluing all kinds of stuff to my nails lately!

I used:

After two coats of Tart-y for the Party, I put a dab of nail glue along my my nail where I wanted to place the studs (in this case one at the base of the nail on my thumb and index fingers, and three along my ring fingers, from the base of the nail to the top).

Pastel Purple Mani with Studs

I topped it all off with a fast drying top coat. I’m loving the studded look, you might see more of them here in the very near future!

kimberly