Whew, the holidays threw me for a loop! Â Hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We went to Illinois to see my family and had a great time! Â I was remiss in my photo taking, but I drew a lot. 🙂 Â All my daily sketches are onÂ instagram.
This month up until Christmas, I am doing an Advent Challenge put together by Faye Brown Designs.Â Every day (in place of my daily sketches) I do an illustration inspired by her prompt. Â At first I wasn’t going to do one every day, but so far, I’ve done seven, so that’s seven for seven! Â Â They are all made digitally, and it is the first time I’m actually painting with digital brushes. Â I boughtÂ these amazing brushes you from Kyle T. Webster for Photoshop, and they’ve really changed the way I work. Â They are SOOO much better than the ones that come with Photoshop. There is no comparison. Â Here is a nice review of them in Wired Magazine. Â He is an amazing illustrator and he started making brushes for himself. Â When he started selling them, he made a bucketful of money because they are so awesome.
The illustrations I’m makingÂ Â take a lot longer than my 30 minute paintings – sometimes an hour to two hours! Â So it’s kind of a heavy load to carry… But I’m having so much fun with these brushes and Â at the end of the challenge, I’ll have 25 designs (if I can maintain the pace) to choose from to make into some greeting cards. Â 🙂 Wish me luck!
Here are some of my favorites so far:
To see more daily, I’ll be posting at: Â http://instagram.com/melissaiwai1/
I’ll leave you with a quick recipe I made up for a high fiber high protein low sugar snack. Â I love Kashi cereals, and I had a coupon which I used to buy a box of Kashi GoLean Crunch cereal. Â These crunchy treats satisfy my craving for a crunchy sweet chocolate snack, but are packed with fiber and protein without artificial ingredients. Â 🙂
Kashi Healthy Treats
1 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped finely
2 teaspoons coconut oil
stevia or other sweetener to taste
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 Â cup Kashi GoLean Crunch Cereal or other Kashi cereal
1. Â Melt chocolate and coconut oil together in a medium sized bowl in the microwave at 30 second intervals until melted.
2. Â Stir in stevia and peanut butter until combined. Â Add cereal and coat evenly.
3. Â Line a large plate or baking sheet with parchment paper. Â Make six balls of cereal mixture and arrange on plate.
4. Â Chill for about an hour until set.
Makes six treats.
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