When you are from Louisiana, but don’t currently live in Louisiana, and King Cake Season rolls around you need a King Cake. You have two options available for your King Cake need: 1) Spend $50 to have one ship to you. Oh, they are so good, it may be worth it. Or, 2) Make your own King Cake. I decided to make my own.
Below is my recipe for a King Cake:
A large cookie sheet
A heavy stand mixer with a dough hook. (A hand mixture will work but will take a lot more work.)
A serving platter large enough to hold the King Cake. (I buy the 14″ round cake boards made from cardboard)
All Purpose Flour
1 cup of Butter – room temperature; 1/4 cup of butter melted
Egg – room temperature
Hot Water (that is why you need the Candy Thermometer)
Powder Sugar (just in case)
Mam Papaul’s King Cake Mix – Yes, I just buy the mix directly from the company. It comes with everything you need; cake mix, filing, icing, colored sugar, and plastic baby.
Follow the directions on the back of the box. You could try just using the bag method, but I had the bag break during the kneading process and had to switch to the hand mixer. That was a lot of work. I now use my stand mixer.
The extra flour is for light dusting during the rolling and shaping stage. If you add too much water to the icing, you can thicken it up by adding some extra powder sugar and stirring well.
Over the summer, I decided to stain and paint some of the wood items that was in my to do pile. I purchased the box from Walmart. It was stained with Minwax Red Mahoney. I sprayed the entire box with Minwax Polyurethane because if I made a mistake on painting the box, the paint would not soaked into the wood and I could wipe the paint off before it dried. I painted the box using chalk paint.
I did not paint the inside of the box. It was stained and sealed using polyurethane.
In 2020, I haven’t painted much, nor have I drawn much. Most of my time being creative was spent in Tinkercad. I used Tinkercad to create a replicate of the Houmas House. I have created many building for my Railroad Town. Other designers are asking “How?” or “Teach me!” Since it is Christmas Time, I decided to provide instructions on how I created a Christmas Tree using Tinkercad. The instructions on instructable: https://www.instructables.com/Designing-a-Christmas-Tree-With-Tinkercad/. Or you can watch the video:
Yes, I also created an angel to go on top of the tree.
You need to watch to video to see how I created the Angel.
These painting were done on 14 inch canvases. I like how the green and yellows break through the paintings. The mixture for all the colors were the same: 1 part acrylic paint, 2 parts Floetrol, 1/10th water, 2 drops silicon.
These fluid paintings were done on 14″ canvases. Many different colors were used to create these. The mixture for all the colors were the same: 1 part acrylic paint, 2 parts Floetrol, 1/10th water, 2 drops silicon.
I been wanting to create some Acrylic Pour Coasters for a while. I purchased 4″ wood tiles from Michael’s and they traveled with me in my car for several months before a was able to work on them.
First, I applied white Gesso to both sides of the wood tile. I mixed the paint in squeeze bottles. The colors I used were pink, purple, grayish blue, light pink, light purple, green and white. I love pinks and blues.
I let the tiles cure for about a month while I was out of town again. I cleaned the tiles with a mixture of Dawn and water, which I keep in a spray bottle. A few weeks later when I got up the courage to apply resin, I poured resin over the coasters.
The tiles did not come out perfect, but it wasn’t a failure either. The tray to hold the tiles was purchased from Hobby Lobby. I stained the inside of the box and two sides. The other two sides I applied Gesso and did a pour on the sides.
I did not pour the inside of the tray, instead I cut out some white polymer clay and did a pour on top of the clay when I poured the tray sides. After I cleaned the tray, I glued the clay to the bottom and applied several coats of varnish.
I glued cork to the back of each coaster using wood glue. Below are the results.
This is my first attempt at pouring paint over four objects at the same time. I found cheap sandstone coaster, shown below, at the Dollar General store and thought they would be perfect for my first attempt.
I put a piece of parchment paper on the back of the coaster and taped the edges.
I applied two coats of primer, and lightly sanded the coasters after the primer dried. The holders were a stack of four craft sticks held together with the weaving loom rubber bands.
I let my sister pick the colors. She likes purple/blues with green accents. Yes, I use cheap Walmart brand bags, the ones that are almost impossible to get open, to let the paint drip on.
Lastly, it came time to put resin over the coasters. These are the tips I learned while researching how to apply resin (because I have never been very successful):
Clean the painting of any oily substance. I let the coaster dry for at least a week, then sprayed the coaster with a mixture of Dawn and water. I let them sit for a minute and gently wiped them off with a paper towel and let dry for another week.
Seal the painting, because canvas breath and can cause air bubbles in the resin. I seal the coasters with polyurethane and let dry for another week.
Pour resin in temperatures above 70 degrees.
Use torch to remove bubbles.
Cover the work with a box while it dries.
I mixed and poured the resin over the coasters, spread it out with a plastic paint scraper, and removed the air bubble with a heat gun. Yes, I know a torch is recommended. But, while researching torches I scared me that I may burn down the house if the torch did not fully extinguish. So, I was very carefully to keep the heat gun cord and my hair out of the resin. The coasters were covered and let dry for 24 hours.
I must be crazy for drawing so many lines on a page and than coloring them. And, on top of it all, doing two drawings. I must be crazy. However, they were so much fun.
That is probably another rule of Art of Concentration – have fun. Enjoy what you are doing.
The Art of Concentration rules are:
Draw lines on a page. Circles, squares, squiggly lines, it does not matter.
Color every other section. Start anywhere. Use any color.
If you desire, use multiple colors. Sections of the same color can not touch.
The first drawing was a small drawing. It has a simple flower in the middle with a bunch of lines going through it.
There are some many colors that could be added to this line drawing. The first example started out as a simple black and white, but I could not leave it as that. The gray background the flower jump off the page.
The colored version is very busy, it draws your eye all around the drawing. It reminds me of a out country kitchen pattern.
Below is the hand drawing of the x-treme flower. It was done on a Studio Series Artist tile with Faber Castell Pitt Pens and Crayola markers.
Even though this Mandala started out as a sketch, I thought I could not do it justice on paper, so I put it in Corel Draw, increase the size to 8.5″ squared, and drew circles to the extreme.
From the center, a beautiful flower appeared. There are so many way this could be colored, so many possibilities. After creating a bitmap and using Microsoft Paint to color it, below is the results at my first attempt to color the Mandala. The black background made the color more vibrant.
PDF versions of the today’s line drawings are available on the Coloring Page for downloading. Starting with today, I will put the newest drawings at the top of the page.