Friday, May 27, 2016

MONOPRINT TAGS, CURIOSITY STREAM & WEEKEND PLANS

So, yesterday I showed you how I did with monoprinting for the first time.   I know that you can reprint over monoprints and I will try that this weekend but these are the four tags that I have completed.   I liked the designs so well, that I decided not to add anything to them except for the first one...


I want to try different mediums this weekend to see how they print. I forgot how much fun it is to just experiment with no plans.

The weather is just beautiful here.   Sunny, breezy, warm and not too humid.   We were scheduled for thunderstorms this afternoon but none showed up.   It's Fleet Week here and I hope to get some pictures of the boats but it will have to wait until they leave.   I missed them coming into the harbor.

Question:   Have you heard of Curiosity Stream?   I hadn't until I saw an ad about it on Facebook.  It's sounds great.   The creator of The Discovery Channel is the one who created this product.   It's a channel of non-fiction documentaries.  The cost is $2.99 for regular streaming and $5.99 for HD streaming per month.   You can get it on Rocu, your computer, a smart phone, etc.   I've been tempted to check it out.   You can try it for free for 30 days and there is no contract so you can cancel at any time.  By the way, I have no affiliation with this product.   I'll let you know what I think of it.

My weekend plans are mostly full of errands on Saturday but that's it.   The rest of the weekend is free and I intend on just plain enjoying it.  Sunday and Monday will be days full of whatever I want to do...not anything that I have to do.

I hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Weekend and forgets about their 'to-do' list.   Spend this weekend just plain enjoying yourself, your family and your friends.

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Talk to you after the holiday weekend...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

MONOPRINTING FOR THE FIRST TIME

This week's theme for the art tag challenge is monoprinting. I have never tried it before but since I had all the supplies, why not.

The Gelli Plate come in several sizes.  These are the two I have. They're really a piece of rubber like substance about 1/2 inch thick. You can also make your own gelatin print pad at home. Check out this YouTube video for instructions.  Or, you can use a piece of plexiglass.

I had two brayers.   I used the small one to spread the paint and the larger one to actually print. In other words, I used it over the piece of paper to print.

I used Liquitex Basic acrylic paint mostly.   I did try some acrylic craft paint but it didn't work out as well.

So, first you squirt some paint on the gelli pad...

Then spread it evenly with a brayer...

I used several things to make a design like a comb, a stylus, and paper heart cut out and placed on the gelli pad directly on the paint to block.   Check out all these designs...


Here are some close-ups...



I also cleaned off the brayer on clean sheets...

This is the first time I have tried monoprinting and it was a lot of fun. I know I will be continuing to experiment with this technique.

It was a nice warm day today and very sunny.  I moved my car once again to the other side.  Why do I change my parking space so frequently? So I have a place to park on alternate days of the week days which around here are Thursdays and Fridays.

Can you believe that the end of May is at hand? Wow, if summer goes this fast, I had better get busy on my holiday gifts!!!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

RAMBLINGS AND PHOTOS


Have you ever had one of those days that seemed to fly by and, well, your not sure where the time went?  Well, after my video visit with friends this morning, the day just seemed to fritter by... lots of little errands like moving the car, walking to the corner grocery store, feeding the pets.


And, of course, the puzzle.  I was so close that I couldn't just leave it at my usual 15-20 pieces a day.   Here it is...
Now I have to find 30 hidden items.   Most of them are easy but there are six that I haven't found yet. May have to enlist some family help with those pesky little things!!!!

By the way, I still have lots of photos to share so I will do so again throughout this post...


Do you know what the number one conservation issue is?   It's water!   Water!   I guess because I am surrounded by so much water - New York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean - I never really thought about the fact that potable water is, in fact, in decline.

My family who live in the west tell me that the big fights are all over water.  Who gets to use it and for what.  California for growing or ranchers for cattle in the southwest.  And the fact is that there is less and less to use.

I have also read that as the weather warms from Global Warming, the sea water is encroaching in the water table in Florida.   Guess where a lot of our fruits and vegetables are grown in the United States? California and Florida.   Interesting.


So, today was warm.   I think it made it to 90 in Manhattan.   It's the first day that I actually felt warm when I walked to the corner grocery store which was really nice.   I had all the windows open so my apartment was very comfortable.   However, I heard a lot of ac's going.   Guess it's time to take my out and at least dust it off!


Have you seen the video on Facebook that shows how to make big puffy stars out of seven bags, some stick glue and a few minutes.   Neatest thing I have ever seen.   If you haven't check it out here.


Well, that's all for tonight.   I will leave you with one more photo...


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