Friday, December 31, 2021

VIDEO: Dry Embossed Freehand Texture + New Year's Wishes

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What are your New Year's traditions, if you can even believe that it's here already? We do the very traditional (for here anyway) blackeyed peas for luck and greens for prosperity. My issue with this has always been that I LOATHE blackeyed peas, despite my love for most beans and peas. My sister solved this in the late 1900s, saving me from gagging down a single blackeyed pea every New Year's by inventing peaxté - a faux pate made from blackeyed peas and other things - recipe at the end of this post. We eat that on crackers with a chiffonade of whatever greens we are growing this time of year. I harvested some chard from her house and I also have two different kinds of sorrel out back. You make a little nest of the greens on a cracker, and put the peaxté on top. It's quite delicious - like an upscale bean dip. I made that yesterday so it could rest in the fridge and I'll bring some to my mom today. Other traditions around the world are fun - I was reading up on them yesterday. In some countries they believe eating round foods is lucky - think citrus, etc. I could make that work with cucumbers for sure. Technically the peaxté is round if you eat it on the right cracker. In Brazil, people wear white for luck. In Demnark, they smash dishes on the doorstep - that might just be drunk people and not so much for luck. In the sweetest tradition, farmers in Belgium wish a happy new year to each one of their farm animals! One Colombian tradition has people grabbing an empty suitcase and running at top speed around the block to guarantee they will travel in the new year - maybe we need to do that to get rid of the rona! In MY homeland in upstate New York, you can buy these little peppermint pigs that you smash with a hammer at New Year's. They are quite delicious, the little pig shards. They are closed for the year, but you can find them next year at Japan has a beautiful tradition I might adopt this year - eating long noodles for longevity - with all manner of symbolic toppings that are really sweet. I always have soba noodles - I adore them - so I might do this on New Year's day in addition to the peaxté. They also ring a bell 108 times, which I find fascinating, as that number is a magical one in lots of ways, not the least of which is the number of stitches on a baseball.

Anyway - whatever you decide to do, I hope it's fun, peaceful and lucky! What I do NOT do is resolutions - because that's just a lot of pressure. I prefer sort of daily resolutions, honestly - today I'll do my laundry! Today I'll make art! That kind of thing. Then I don't disappoint myself with some year long checklist I probably won't pull off - it's good to know yourself!

Now because goldfish are considered to bring luck and prosperity - I'm bringing you a goldfish today and a fun video for altering your stamp images with dry embossing. 

Here are the supplies I used to create this fun mixed media tag:

To create the tag, I sprayed the sprays onto my craft mat and smooshed the tag into them. Then I spattered them with the same colors. I collaged the rice paper and gel print onto the tag, and added the fishy and the sentiment sticker. The black dots I made with black glue, which makes PERFECT round, shiny dots.

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Here is the video for the scale texture you see - it's such an easy and fun technique!

Goldfish Stamps
[ ELH | SSS | ALTN ]
Goldfish dies
[ ELH | SSS ]
Sticky quotes
[ JGG ]
Stylus & paint dot set
[ BLIC ]
Matte medium
[ BLIC ]
Silicone spatula
Black glue
[ SSS ]
Fuchsia spray
[ JGG ]
Turquoise Spray
[ JGG ]
White spray
[ JGG ]
Tim Holtz Tags
[ CST | ACH ]
Warm Whites Rice Paper
[ JGG ]
Bristol Smooth
[ BLIC ]
Hot press WC paper
[ BLIC ] McGill Paper Blossoms...

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On to FOOD!

Now my sister does something different every year with the peaxté, and she's not big on writing things down, but I pinned her down in 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2020 for how she made it, and this year I made the 2012 version - so here it is with my edits. It's delicious. 

1 tsp-ish bacon grease, or you can cook bacon as described below

1/2 large sweet onion, finely chopped

1/4 tsp. cumin

2 chile pequins, smashed to dust - I grow these, so any chile pepper you have is fine

1 can black eyed peas

1/2 can navy beans (I did about 3/4 can)

Bay leaf

2 fresh sage leaves

2 sprigs of fresh thyme

1drop liquid smoke

1 tsp. salt (I use Redmond Real Salt, which is less salty, so adjust for your salt)

Fresh ground pepper


Cook bacon and remove it from pan, or just add bacon grease to a pan. Add onion and pequins and put in oven at 350 for 20 minutes - I used a la creuset with a lid - but stir every 5 minutes or so.


Rinse and drain the peas and soak in boiling hot water with a TBS of baking soda. Rinse and drain a can of navy beans.


Remove pan and put on stove top on medium.


Add bay leaf and sage to hot pan. Add ground black pepper, salt, 1/4 tsp cumin, add navy beans, liquid smoke and a splash of white wine and a squeeze of lemon (optional).


Rinse and drain peas and add to pan, cooking until very soft - about 20 - 30 minutes. If you need to add a little water, that's fine - I lowered the heat after adding it to the stove.


When done, blend with a stick blender or hand mixer. Put in a mason jar, and squish all the air out, and seal the top with parchment paper, waxed paper or cling wrap. The next day, serve on a cracker on top of a chiffonade of your favorite greens for good luck!

Happy New Year!!


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