Happy Tuesday! Hope you are having a lovely day. We are enjoying a week – a whole week!!! – of nice, sunny, dry weather so I am trying to make the most of it by being outside as much as possible and get also getting some vitamin D!
Today’s Art . . .
For today’s art I am sharing the page I made for Day 7 of my #eotcartjournalaugust prompt which was YELLOW. I am not a huge lover of yellow in things (including flowers, I rarely buy yellow anything) but I do acknowledge that it is such a happy, joyful, sunny colour. It’s just not my favourite colour. So just to torture myself I covered the whole page with yellow neocolours. The page on the left is the Day 6 prompt, and the page on the right is the start of the Day 7 prompt – yellow.
Then I left it overnight while I pondered how to proceed. In the morning, I decided to turn it into a sunflower. It was not supposed to fill the whole page but I’m glad that it did in the end. I got a bit carried away drawing petals, first with a black fineliner pen, and then adding more depth with black and brown Polychromos pencils.
I used some lyrics from the famous Coldplay song which is of course called – Yellow!
Day 6 and 7 both finished.
T Stands For . . .
While I was drawing the above sunflower, I had a companion who was enjoying the warmth from the sun shining into that room. It was Miss Lily getting her dose of early morning Vitamin D.
And I was also getting my early morning dose of decaf… but not from the expensive coffee machine!!! This coffee came from the inexpensive, and very old Cafetiere (aka French Press) which actually has a broken spout as I managed to crack it on a tap while washing it sometime last year.
So why am I using this old broken coffee making device? Well the fancy new expensive one, has to be cleaned internally once a month or so. This was the first time I was doing it, and it had to be dismantled, cleaned and then left to air dry before it can be reassembled. (Air drying took three days FYI.) It was a bit of a faff, and next time it is due to be cleaned it will need even more faffing about, because there is “Phillips grease” that has to be purchased so you can grease the internal workings, and “Phillips coffee oil tablets” that also have to be added to the cleaning process to get rid of excess oil from the coffee beans.
BTW did I mention it comes with a water filter like those water jugs? More faff, more expense and not necessary IMO. Before setting it up, you have to test your water with the strips provided, testing for Ph, water hardness etc. Our water is some of the best in the UK, so we don’t need a filter, we don’t have hard water. After testing the water, you had to match the strip result against the chart for the level of redness indicating how bad the water was. Our strip was green, no red, just saying. So we are not using the filter! But if we continue to use the coffee machine then we may have to invest in these coffee oil remover tablets and the grease *rolls eyes* but meantime, I’m enjoying the delicious – possibly better – tasting coffee from the old, broken Cafetiere, to which I can add cardamom which is my favourite way to drink coffee. I can’t add cardamom to the new machine as it would clog up the grinder.
If you’re at all interested in seeing what else I’ve been making since last Tuesday, have a look at these blog posts from the last week…
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
Try it on Tuesday – Summer Blooms – sunflowers!
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