My sister’s birthday just passed and I want to make her a belated something. She’s a second grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the mother of two gregarious affectionate children—a five year old and an eight year old. Her professional and domestic domains are Germ Central. Runny noses, sticky paws, slobbery kisses. No wonder whenever we talk, she’s almost always “getting over a cold.”
Which gets me to thinking…
The Challenge: my apples. Baking is out. They’re not just bruised but nearly rotten. I’d neglected them and they’ve turned on me. Gone bad. Ah, but I have a plan for my rotten little apples. Our intern at work told me about Johnny Appleseed Stamps: cut an apple in half, dunk it in paint, and voila! An apple stamp.
Working in book publishing, I’m certainly a nerd for words and living in Williamsburg Brooklyn, I’m surrounded by artists. I channel their spirit and, being my mother’s daughter, I improvise.
So what’s my plan? Johnny Rotten Appleseed Stamped Stationery Cards. The text? Familiar apple sayings. And since I’d be using black paint, there’d be a hint of the macabre!
So what’s in my arsenal? After some mulling over, I decide against dunking (too much paint, too messy) and instead use an old paint brush. So I use: a rotten apple cut in half with a knife on a cutting board, paper towels to wipe my fingers, black latex paint, paint brush, white paper, black sharpie, scissors.
My first attempts turn into rorschach-like blobs. Too much paint (I seem to recall one of my fellow crafters experiencing something similar while stenciling). But with less paint, I’m pleasantly surprised by the outcome. The indented core has left a somewhat sweet heart-shaped center and within a few minutes, the paint dries and I’m able to start designing.
I think I did alright with the rotten apple and black paint. Less than 45 minutes start to finish. I hope my sister likes them!
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