While most people are familiar with the Grinch, they are unaware of the Daily December beasts that inhabit the North Pole. These critturs hibernate all year long, except for one day. A different beast wakens each day in December, and runs frantically about the workshops and factories, honking or hooting or chirping. By this means, the elves always know what day of the month it is when they see or hear the Daily beast.
As you might imagine, pictures or photos of the beasts are rare, but I managed to do some sketches of them (don’t ask when or how!) and I’m sharing a few with the world at large.
Daily December Crittur #1 makes a panting noise, and his feet pound the ground like someone beating on a bongo drum. Pant-a pant. Bomp-bomp-bomp. Pant-a-pan. Bomp-bomp-bomp!
You know all those annoying polictical flyers we received in the mail during the political campaign? I’ve been priming them with gesso. I added alcohol ink, drop by drop, to 6 flyers of different size, plus a bookmark or two, and then burnished them with a slightly wet rag. Once satisfied with color and texture, I folded each in half and sewed them together with a pamphlet stitch to make myself a journal.
I set that aside, and stamped each and every number from the Plate1430! from Viva Las VegaStamps! onto a sheet of Kromecote. I cut each number out, and added miracle tape to both sides. After I adhered a number to one page of my journal, I sprinkled it with Micro Marbles, which toned down the bright white of the Kromecoat, and made it glow.
Then I used my Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush White to rough out each beast. I used the blotches and drips where the Alcohol Ink had run to guide me in drawing my critturs. The fun of this journal was that each beast spreads out to the pages around it and becomes part of the next beast. I used Tim Holtz Distress markers for the outlines and a bit of additional color for shading and the Santa hats.
Supplies: Viva Las Vegastamps! Daily December Plate (I couldn’t find it on the site for some reason)
8 Mail flyer cards
Ranger Alcohol Ink-Wild Plum, Stream, Terra Cotta, Meadow, Ginger, Oregano, Currant, Caramel, Bottle
Micro Marbles-Glass Apple Green, Glass Orange, Glass Aquamarine
Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush White
These critturs were numbered using the Daily December The basic idea for the journal came from an exercise in Carla Sonheim’s ‘Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals’.
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