Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday playing around and vegetarian restaurant fare

I started the day by getting out my Golden Fluid Acrylics, a small UM rubber stamp, an old kid's tire I was going to use for texture, an old credit/store card, and a sheet of 12 X 12 heavy paper.

It was about that time I changed my direction and decided to pull out some magazine images and have a go at a technique I've been wanting to try for awhile.

I had trouble standing on my step stool, holding my "grabber" in one hand, and taking this photo in the other. I never did get a good photo of the Nevr-Dull, the tin to the left of the "grabber."

Nevr-Dull is a wadding that is impregnated with a polish and is used to clean all types of metals, including copper, something I have a great deal of in my house. However, I heard (or possibly read) that it could be used on magazine images to remove the luster. So I decided to give it a try.

I began by lightening a few of the images, then got out my star and large hole punchinella (sequin waste) and rubbed them in various spots on the images.

When I was satisfied with the papers I had dulled (an oxymoron, if I ever heard one), I glued them to the scrapbook page.

My friend Sally and I were going to lunch, but I still had a couple of hours to kill, so decided to visit the basement while the glue dried.

You can see I still have not finished this room. I truly need to get my bottom in gear and get this area cleaned before winter, since this is where I plan to spend most of my time when the weather turns cold. I gave myself an hour, but fiddled around putting minutia away, since all the "big stuff" was in place.

I didn't get very far in that hour (actually slightly more than an hour), but needed to leave time to work on my collage upstairs and get ready for lunch. Hopefully, I will find time to finish cleaning and putting everything away in the next few days.

When I returned to my main floor craft area, I trimmed the edges of the page,

then used the last of my Golden gold fluid acrylic. I got way too much gold on this piece, so

before the fluid acrylic dried, I cleaned some of it away using two wet wipes. It was now nearly time to leave for a late lunch with Sally.

For the past several weeks, Sally has picked the restaurant and this time I picked Le Monde, a Mediterranean style restaurant.

I knew I could definitely get true vegetarian food here!

Our meal began with these wonderful sweet biscuits.

Sally and I both had the special, which was quiche and fattoush, a Lebanese salad that includes pita chips, feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, mint, cucumbers, olives, and of course, lettuce. Sally had spinach quiche and I had broccoli. We exchanged a couple of bites of each others' quiche. I actually preferred mine because I thought the spinach quiche was tasteless. One thing I admit, it was quite colorful.

I'm not a fan of vinegar and oil dressing, so I forgot to ask for dry salad. I wiped as much of the dressing away as I could. Other than not caring for the dressing, this was a delicious meal. Even Sally liked it, but said she was still hungry when we finished our meal. Looks like next time we'll go back to those stick-to-your-ribs meals Sally prefers. I hope your weekend was great and you made art in one form or another.

15 thoughtful remarks:

Dianne said...

I have not heard of Nevr-Dull before. That's pretty cool stuff! It will be fun to see your finished piece...and it is never dull visiting you at your wonderful blog! (couldn't resist)

KatzElbows said...

It's like reading a brilliant book, only to discover some one tore out the last chapter. What happened next? Did you finish it? Is it cool? I need to know!

Robin Panzer Art said...

Those Sweet Biscuits look amazing!

Unknown said...

MMMMmm salad and quiche. Sounds about perfect to me. I like the sequin effect on the collage.♥♥♥

Unknown said...

That sound's like my kind of lunch- I think I could live on salad and quiche! Your collage is lookin' good too!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Nevr-dull is not a product I've seen before, but since I have copper bottom pots and copper jewelry, I may search it out.

The meal did look colorful even if it wasn't too filling!

~*~Patty S said...

Your vegie meal looks and sounds just perfect to me...yummm!

Love what you've started with the Nevr-dull...I don't think I could play with it indoors because of the smell...
I could not help but giggle that you probably would not be able to work in my art space...yours is so neat and tidy...

creative chaos reigns here...that's how I roll ;)

voodoo vixen said...

I think you should take turn about on choosing the restaurants... I like your choice this trip and that salad looks yummylicious!! (and feeling full is not a nice feeling... I like to think I could have dessert if necessary)!! Love the way your page is going... could have done with some of your artyness whilst making Donna's art journal!! I wonder if Nevr Dull is equivalent to Brasso? It's a metal cleaner and I know I have some at home under the sink... ;)

Debrina said...

Wow art and wow food, Elizabeth!

Anonymous said...

Nevr-dull is a new to me product. I'll have to see if I can find some. I like the way your piece is looking.

Darla (I seem to be back to being Anon to post)


Marilyn J. Rock said...

Oh; the food looks and sounds yummy! Fabulous! And; your Nevr Dull project - just fantastic. We did a lot, of that, in Katie Kendrick's class and I just love it for collage! Love what you are doing....and your art area - is looking great! xxoo

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Sounds like the restaurant is a fusion of Greek and Arabic food. Traditional fatoush doesn't have feta, but a Greek salad would. I love feta cheese and make lots of salads with chopped veges, chickpeas and feta thrown. I always use olive oil and lemon -- we can get the best olive oil here which makes all the difference in the taste. I'm vegetarian so definitely would much prefer your meal than anything that sticks to my ribs. :) Have a great week. Tammy

Diane said...

Oooh--my kind of meal--the kind that looks so pretty--it makes you hungry.
I think I might have to try this technique with the Nevr Dull--great collage page.

Hettienne Grobler said...

Ooh you make me so envious with this post. We have been vegetarian for many years and our choice of food here in sunny SA is very limited!

JoZart Designs said...

Oooh, that lunch would have been perfect for me. Here in England it is hard to get a dressing with a salad but I do like to have it on the side and put on the amount I prefer.
At home I tend to use just a splash of high quality balsamic vinegar... less calories!
JoZarty x