So I have six Betta's on their way come tomorrow from Martias Pham on facebook. He's a wonderful US breeder down in Texas! I did the BOGO sale last week for HM's so I have 4 HM's from that and then an HMPK the next day and then the poor guy had some family issues and had to delay shipping but he gave us a free fish of our pick for the delay! He's absolutely wonderful to work with and I highly recommend him and his fish! The free fishy is a marble metallic MG-ish HM boy and he's super cute! I'll have photos of them once I get them on Wednesday and let them settle a bit!
I also found a half-giant MG PK at my PetCo yesterday. I was trying to say no but no one's shown a large Betta at the shows before so I knew I had to get him. I can always sell him afterwards of course. Until I pick a favorite or two, all betta's will be sold except the Black Copper I have coming.
So I'm currently pet sitting for my aunt who has a Black Lab (Alex), 3 cats (Snickers, Midnight, and Coconut - for those who have been around for two years, Coconut was one of the kittens I fostered from the stray), and a fish. It's a baby Betta that was in a 1 gallon >.< She wants it to grow up but doesn't quite understand it all. So I upgraded her to a 2.5 minibow led since PetSmart is having a big sale on their tanks and it was half off! 20 bucks, okay! So I used the same gravel but the biggest thing was it has a filter now. I gave her one of my Hydor 25W heaters too and some of my old silk plants. She's got a Mystery snail already and three lovely Marimo's which have been thriving somehow. The tank is near sunlight so it does get that which is how they were growing. But now it's got the light and I'm setting it up on a timer as well so she doesn't have to worry about it.
The snail is covered in algae too lol
But he's doing well
3rd one is on the other side. This is in the new tank
All the plants were mine but she had the ornament and the 3 moss balls. Much more suitable for a betta at least. Not perfect but better. She no longer hides so much but she is having issues with her fins and clamping, likely due to water quality.
I also painted the back black to help keep the sunlight out so much and causing algae spikes. I did make a cute little swirl to let in very minimal light and keep it interesting.
My new half-giant
Chilling in the 2.5 for the night before I took him home this morning
His dorsal is glorious!
Showing off size. Not a true fair comparison but the copper is closer to the front making him seem bigger than he is.
A partial flare to the side!
The copper likes to build nests lol
Renegade and his marbling progress
Ambulia is melting surprisingly. Not sure if it likes the Excel or if it's just the water itself. Grass seems fine so far (crosses fingers) I hope it stays fine!
I accidentally killed Render too
He was in there but I didn't acclimate him. The biggest issue was that I used totally new water on this tank and with my pH being so low and no GH or KH, it fluctuates like crazy and I was hoping that he'd be okay with it. It's my fault and I do feel bad but I'm not stressed or anything, just kind of sucks is all. I knew it too.
My dutura's are growing like crazy! Just over week three now!
And with my diligent watering of mom's garden, I've been able to get the grass to grow twice the amount! I try to water twice daily if possible, once in morning and once in evening. Sometimes it's only once.
Week and a half ago
Portulaca which is a succulent plant! We have lots of these and they bloom like crazy! I'm also harvesting seeds from them in hopes to grow them next season!
My Dahlia ^_^
Also a plant we were given for free on the verge of death and I brought it back to life ^_^
Trimming and deadheading are your best friends along with daily watering!
This is Alex! 3 year old Black Lab who is lazy and a wonderful cuddler!
I was also playing around with watercolor pencils today! We have our County Fair coming up in two weeks and for the last eight years or so I've always said I'd enter something but I never did! This year will be the year that I do finally! lol
This was my second one but I like the other one better show I'll show you reverse lol.
I learned a lot through these two. This one is better in technique but the other one is more like my typical style.
Start with the pencil sketches. Leave white spaces so that you can push the colors around once it comes time to add water!
I also made a mistake and made the cow body much too large so I covered it up with a fence post lol, thankfully it was only a few lines and an easy coverup!
Water added! Things I learned:
1. Leave white space to allow colors to be pushed around.
2. Don't layer too much pencil, in most cases "More is less", too much pigment causes block shapes unless you want that.
3. More water on the brush creates a thin wash and get's rid of hard lines.
4. Less water on the brush creates thin lines, good for detail.
5. Do lines first with water and let dry.
6. Do shadows second and let dry to allow the "water" color type shapes to appear versus allowing everything to mix.
7. Do light colors last and always leave white.
8. Mistakes are fairly easy to cover up or "erase" with using lots of water to smooth out the pigment.
9. Each pencil pigment is different. Light Blue barely washes out and feels more like a regular colored pencil. Red and orange on the other hand are heavy and thick pigment. A little line of orange will go a LONG way whereas the blue won't.
(Lighting isn't very good here,it's much more vibrant I promise)
This was my Rhode Island Red rooster that I started with to try out the pencils. I almost didn't fit the image in even though I tried to plan it out lol. But you can see here where I layering too much pencil on in the red sections and didn't allow much room to push the color around to create a wash. But, through that, I believe it still came out well! Both images function within themselves so I'm not worried.
Filling out the color
The beak, the red, and the eye have all been washed with water since the first image. It is smoother than the pencil lines as you can see. It's also more vibrant when you add the water.