Three Little Fish – Illustration Friday

Prompt: Aquatic

Materials: smooth Bristol ATC, marker, colored pencil

I started by making the water in the background using my markers and some colorless blender solution that I flicked at it with a paintbrush. Then I decided it needed some fish, so I drew them on top of the marker with my colored pencils.

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Let’s Hit The Beach (And Aquarium)

Though it was two separate days.

Tuesday, after I got off work, we decided to hit the beach. You know, considering I’ve lived on the coast for almost six years now and can count the number of times I’ve been to the beach on one hand, we thought it was a necessary vacation activity. That and we were very pale:

Of course, being summer it was quite crowded, as were the roads to and from Santa Monica. So we thought we’d take Sunset back to the valley and avoid major traffic. Bad idea, because we missed the announcement that the break in the water main at UCLA had closed Sunset. We ended up traveling through UCLA, and even heavier traffic. But we eventually got home and got some pizza, just added a bit of sightseeing to our trip.

The next day we went to the Aquarium of the Pacific. And for lunch stopped at the Bubba Gump restaurant located across the driveway…Anyway, here are lots of pictures:


These are jellyfish sharing a tank with a tiny octopus through the magic of TV reflections.


Sea dragons and sea horses.


Soon-to-be baby sharks, still in their eggs with windows added.

Birds, for some reason.


Not-so-camera-shy penguins.


And lots of jellyfish, other fish, and shrimp.

I’ve put all 286 photos into a nice little Google+ Photo Album if you’d like to see more of the sea creatures we encountered. Tomorrow, The Getty Center.

Love Fishes, A Valentine Paper Craft

These started out as Valentines for our friends at church, but I got a late start and they weren’t ready in time. Instead, we ended up giving them to our neighbors, plus I sent one to the recipient of the Soft Kitty and gave one to the little boy I watch currently.

These fish are made completely of paper hearts. I used those raised sticker hearts for the eyes and lips. The templates for the paper hearts came from the original Valentine craft on Family.com. I chose to use card stock instead of the other scrapbook papers to make these cards a little sturdier.

I marked them all with recipients’ names on the opposite side before they were attached to their corresponding presents.

I really like all the ideas on Family.com, even though they are mainly directed at people with young children. My mom and I especially enjoy the plethora of Phineas and Ferb coloring sheets and craft ideas.

What is your favorite place to find inspiration for your craft projects and presents?