Saturday, July 31, 2010

What to do with all those stubbies?! - colored pencil drawing in folded moleskine

Use them, of course!

drawing copyright 2010, Judith Nijholt-Strong
Stubbies and the Sharpener
colored pencil with pen& ink
Japanese Folded Moleskine

Over the many years of working with colored pencils, I have amassed quite a collection of "stubbies" - the short ends of used colored pencils (or any pencil, for that matter). I use them up, as far as I can.

When they get too short to sharpen in my electric sharpener, I'll either glue two ends together from the same color pencil so that they can still be run through an electric sharpener, or I'll use a pencil extender. When the short ends of the now joined *new* pencil get really too short, and no longer can go through my electric sharpener, I use my hand held sharpener (the one in the drawing above) which works just fine on the "stubbies".

photo copyright 2010, Judith Nijholt-Strong
My collection of Stubbies ( just some of them ... lol )

In the above photo, you can see where I've glued the ends together on some of the stubbies. You have to use the quick setting glue (2 minute kind, whatever brand, doesn't matter) and the ends do have to be flat for a good "fit". It works. I've never had any problems doing this and then you'll have a "fixed" pencil with enough length with which to comfortably draw and you can still use an electric sharpener (until it gets way too short).

My pencil extender (actually, I have two), which works well with colored pencils that do not have flat tops, is pictured in the glass jar on the upper right of the photo above.

Another good use of the short ends of colored pencils, and also graphite drawing pencils, is that they tuck neatly into a pocket or pouch for sketching/drawing outside (en plein air). Pop them into a bag, your pocket or a travelling pouch, along with a good hand held sharpener and you're good to go for a day out sketching/drawing.

Yes, I know there's someone who makes sculptures and earrings out of these things, but not me and not something I'd ever do (or wear...hahaha). I grew up with the old addage "waste not, want not" and so I use my cp's up to the last speck of color left in the wood! ;o)

doei (bye),

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Random Silliness: Cats in Utrecht, Netherlands

It's been awhile since I did a Random Silliness post, but these pics should rectify that oversight.
We were in Utrecht city center yesterday, a particularly beautiful day, when we came across some amusing sights ... of cats! :o)

An eyewear/opticians shop window, sporting "cats" in trendy eyeglasses ...

photo copyright 2010, Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Fashionable Cat Eyes"

Ok, I know they are not real cats, but this eyewear store, (on the Lijnmarkt), always has the coolest/funniest store window. To be honest, I've never been in the store, but I just love what they do with the front window. Always very clever and always makes me smile.

This calico cat, (a real one), seems to own this lighting store, also in Utrecht ...

photo copyright 2010, Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Napping on the Job"

The calico cat is always in that store, so it's either the security guard or it's the owner.

Just some random silliness for you. :o)))
tot ziens,

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Radishes! - colored pencil drawing and a simple recipe.


drawing copyright 2010 Judith Nijholt-Strong
Yum, Radishes!
5.½" square
colored pencils on drawing paper

On a hot summer's day, there's nothing like crisp, spicy, radishes to perk up you and your salad. :)

Here's a very simple radish salad recipe for you. I can't even remember where this recipe came from, maybe my mother or my grandmother, but I've been making it for years and years. I alter it from time to time trying different vinegars, or adding a different fresh herb to it and you can too - whatever suits your fancy, it's simple and delicious.

Simple Radish Salad with Honey Dressing
Serves 2

1 half of a large bunch of fresh radishes – washed and cut into thin slices.

For the Dressing:
2 scallions (spring onions) washed & coarsely chop ( both white and green parts)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon honey
½ teaspoon vinegar (cider, white wine or rice wine vinegar)

Mix together all of the ingredients for the dressing and pour over the sliced radishes.
Let sit for 20 minutes before serving.

Serving tip:

Can be eaten as is, or serve over a bed of mixed salad greens with slices of boiled egg for garnish.

That's as simple as it gets, but it's a yummy salad!

Oh yeah, almost forgot this part ...
For the colored pencil drawing of the radishes, (which were sitting on my desk), I used:
4Prismacolor, Lyra-Rembrandt Polycolor and Faber-Castell Polychromos regular colored pencils
4Fabriano Accademia drawing paper

tot ziens!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Pretty Peony - colored pencil drawing


drawing copyright © Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Pretty Peony
approx. 7 ¾" square
Colored Pencils on Stonehenge paper

Colored pencils used in this drawing were:
(all regular colored pencils, not watercolor)
4Faber-Castell Polychromos
4Lyra Rembrandt-Polycolor
4Talen's Van Gogh

4444 No black pencils were used in this piece.
The dark in the background is actually a deep, deep, dark green (showing a tad darker here than in real life, but only just) - created by layering magenta, true blue/phthalo blue, lemon yellow, canary yellow and magenta pencils. All other greens were created using only true blue/phthalo blue pencils and either lemon yellow (for the cooler leaves) or canary yellow pencils (for the warmer leaves) with touches of magenta where needed.

Call me "Ms. Mix-a-lot". ;o)

Along with mixing colors to achieve another color, I also mix & match brands of regular colored pencils all the time (oil-based and wax-based) - it works for me. I've never had a problem mixing brands in, oh gosh, 10 years of working with colored pencils.

And yes, that's my version of a peony - I do grow them in my garden. :o)
tot ziens
P.S. Happy 4th of July to my American cousins!


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