CD Scratch Art

CD Scratch Art

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If you are like me you have an abundance of CDs.  There was a time when you got all sorts of them with free programs, or you have a lot of old ones from computer storage.  I’m a saver, and have a big box full of them.  I’m always trying to use them in whimsical craft projects.

The latest idea I tried was scratch art.  I remember doing this type of craft years and years ago in public school.  You coloured a sheet of paper in all different colours and then coloured the whole thing over in black.  With the end of a pin you scratched away your picture.  It was messy then and this craft is still messy.   If you can do this project outside that would really help with the clean up as it can get to be messy once you start scratching.

The first job is to paint the CD on the shiny side.  Black seems to be the popular colour but you could try any dark shade you wish. The shiny part of the cd shows up really well against black. You also need to gather up some tools (small screw driver, pins, nail file or anything with a sharp end) for scratching and a pencil to draw your design.

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Try to get the paint as smooth as you can.  I found it best to go round and round to follow the CD.  Leave it to dry.

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With the pencil lightly draw on a pattern and then with a scratching tool being to carefully scratch away the paint.  This is the part to do outside as the bits of black paint get everywhere.  The shiny part of the CD starts to show through and depending on the light it will look different colours.

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This is another design I did.  I already had 2 CDs glued together from another project so I used that one with a different design on each side.  Here are both sides.

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A hole was drilled at the top and three holes at the bottom.  I didn’t want the holes filling up with paint so drilled them after the project was complete.  The top for hanging and the bottom for decoration.  I used fishing line and some beads that match the colours when the sun shines on the cd.

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how to do scratch art on a cd at craftygardener.ca

It’s on a plant hanger on my front patio and the breeze makes it twirl so you can see both sides.

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I’m sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party , Handmade Monday and To Grandma’s House We Go

Crafts with old cds and records

Partial Albino Grackle

Partial Albino Grackle

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We had a rare visitor to the flat feeder August 10, 2018 –  a partial albino grackle or a leucistic grackle.  Thanks to help from an online friend Elaine, some bird forums, and internet searches we were able to correctly identify this bird.

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The head of a grackle is usually all bluish, but this one has white features throughout.

craftygardener.ca - a partial albino grackle

The eye has the same yellowish circle with the black pupil.

craftygardener.ca - a partial albino grackle

You can see similar features to the common grackle – the longish tail, sturdy beak, and long legs.

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Here are a few more shots as it moved to different locations on the flat feeder.  You can see the bluish/blackish tint on some of its feathers.

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My husband snapped these photos through the window.  We are hoping to see it again at the feeders.

Here is a grackle photo taken a year or so ago for comparison.

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I’m sharing with Wild Bird WednesdayI’d Rather B Birdin’ and Saturday’s Critters.  I’ve been missing from these link ups for a few weeks as I’ve had knee replacement surgery.  Things are progressing really well and I’ll soon be back to taking lots of feathered friend photos.

F for Four O’clocks

F for Four O’clocks

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4 o’clocks or Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis jalapa is an annual plant where I live in Canada.  The blooms of many colours usually open in the late afternoon, all night and close up the following morning.  The plant likes full sun and grows just under 1 meter in height.  I’m Canadian zone 5b which is the equivalent of USDA zone 4b.  In warmer climate zones this plant can be grown as a perennial.  I need to dig the root each year and save it in a cool, dark place so that it can be planted the following spring.

seeds and seedlings

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4 oclock seedlings

Sow seeds outside in spring after the last frost.  Plant 1/4 inch or about 75 mm deep and approximately 2.5 cm or 1 linch apart.  Cover with soil and gently pat down.  Seeds can germinate in about 5 to 10 days.  Thin when seedlings are about 2.5 cm tall.  Plants like a sunny location but will grow in poor soil.  If you prefer you can start the seeds inside about 4 to 6 weeks before planting outside.

Last year I got some established roots from Veseys.  I had read about the tuberous roots but never seen any.  These tubers can be dug and replanted the following year, which is what I did.

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Here are a couple of the tubs that I planted up on May 3, 2013 of this year.

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After growing the plants this way I don’t think I will go back to growing from seed again.
All photos of the blooms were taken in 2012.
I didn’t get the roots potted up till early June last year and they quickly started to grow.  They bloomed from the beginning of August and in a variety of colours.
A wonderful surprise was a multi coloured one.  I was out early in the morning to capture some photos of this beauty.
As the bloom finishes a little pod appears.

Be sure to leave it on the plant till it dries out and opens up.  Inside you will find a little seed just waiting for you to pluck out.  Plants can self seed, but not always,  if you let the seeds drop.

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I had tied a bit of yarn around each plant last year… the colour of the yarn depicted the colour of the bloom.  Because no matter how much I tell myself I will remember what colour of plant is in what pot, I don’t always remember.

As I gather the seeds I pop them into an egg carton.  The top  and bottom row in the above photo has each section labelled with a colour of the 4 o’clock seeds.

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When the seeds were all dry they were stored in paper envelops all ready for seed swapping, gifting to friends or planting another year.

Printable seed packetseed label

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This year I have 3 big pots right by the kitchen door and the blooms are visible whether I’m inside or outside.  Because of my knee surgery I haven’t spent a lot of time working in the garden, but I can still enjoy it from the deck.

ABC Wednesday is up to F.  F for four o’clocks.

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Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

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A few years ago I was given a cutting from a Rose of Sharon bush and this year it is finally big enough to bloom.  And not just one or two blooms but it is going to have lots of blooms.  The photo on the left was taken at the beginning of the growing season in 2017 and the one beside it was taken in August 2018.

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Now in 2018 it is taller and fuller and has buds on it. It blooms on growth of the current year.  Pruning is done in late fall after leaves drop.  When new growth appears in spring you can take cuttings and propogate new shrubs.

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On August 7, 2018 I was thrilled to look out the window and see three of the buds open.  The yellow blooms are heliopsis.

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Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus syriacus can grow 8 to 10 feet tall.  The shrub prefers full sun and well drained soil and it is a late summer bloomer.  It is slow to leaf out in the spring.   This year there has been very little rain and I don’t water that part of the garden so it is doing really well.

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I’m looking forward to seeing more of the buds open.

It has been 4 weeks since my knee surgery and I’m starting to venture out in the garden more.  Hubby has been watering the veggies and we have had a good crop of beans, potatoes and tomatoes.  I have neglected by garden updates this year, but hopefully now I’ll get back into checking the gardens out and documenting the plants with my camera.  I’ve also been neglecting my website, but I’m feeling much better and will try to post on a more regular basis.

Stained Glass Keychimes

Stained Glass Keychimes

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I’ve been making garden whimsy with old cd’s for a long time.  One o the first things I made was some key chimes.

key chimes made with 2 old cds, fishing line and old keys

Unfortunately the old cds and the weather aren’t good companions and the shine of the cd starts to wear away.  The keys get all twirled together and after awhile it gets hard to untangle the fishing line.  So it was time to repair and upcycle the key chimes once again.

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The old key chime was made of 2 cds glued together, keys and fishing line.  This time I used one of the stained glass cds that I recently made.  Check here to see how I made them using an old cd and some stained glass paint.

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The first thing was to drill some holes in the stained glass cd.  I waited till after it was painted to drill the holes, else they would of been covered over with paint.  There is one hole at the top for hanging and 7 at the bottom to fastening the old keys on.  Fishing line is used for hanging and fastening on the keys.

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I looks lovely on a hook in one of the big hosta pots by the front entrance.

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The plant poke is made of a styrofoam ball and push pins.  Check here to make your own.

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Other chimes I’ve made for the garden:

Crafts with old cds and records

I’m sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party , Handmade Monday and To Grandma’s House We Go

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