Paraphernalia

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Didn’t get ready today to show you a full version of my pigment experiment as planned, as I’ve had other things to attend to. So I thought I’d show you my latest finding, a book press which I thought could help me get water out of new paper sheets, rather than stacking cinderblocks on the floor. One way of tackling multiple projects could be doing so as efficiently as possible!

Before (from the ad) and after photos:

I’m hoping I can keep new rust off without having to paint, but we’ll see what happens in winter. I can’t work with this in my studio, too much water involved, and really, no space, as it’s too heavy for me to lift. So I’ll be using a horse box which has drains in the floor.

Some of you may remember my little cheap, plastic greenhouse which collapsed multiple times in between being rebuilt in different incarnations. It so happens the parts have yet again found new purpose to prevent my entire floor being covered in wet coffee filters for weeks on end – just close the lid and put it away wherever:

I don’t hoard stuff for no good purpose, but with so much storage space I do resent throwing away everything in the name of minimalism, only to buy it again later. Quite often I dig into a stack of boards or extra table legs* and find just what I need to build something – such as one piece of old laminated counter top from the kitchen which will now be perfect for the book press to sit on. So my workspaces aren’t shiny and instagram worthy, but at least I’m not sitting around waiting for such a place to happen to me before I start doing things.


*Ok, so we don’t actually have a stack of spare table legs, but I could have used a set for putting under the book press!

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More on local art supplies

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During an investigation into using dry pigments and beeswax for painting rather than oilpaints, which I’m not enjoying, I’d been reading about making lake pigments and thought it would be fun to give it a try. These are pigments from plants as opposed to rock/earth/metal based colours, and since I already had some remedies as well as dried plant materials for dyeing wool, it wasn’t too much trouble to give it a try.

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Constant focus change

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Wax on Wood


Last week I mentioned the absurdity of a health challenged person embarking on time consuming physical tasks such as gathering natural malerials, making paper, prepping and studying new branches of the art tree, and it surprised me that nobody mentioned “productive procrastination” aka Resistance. (dah-dah-DAAAAA)

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Micro foraging for art supplies

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It hasn’t rained here in 3 months and has been unusually hot too, so most blooming things are over and done with if they have even survived. I’m glad I didn’t make a dye garden this year, as the cost of watering would have been massive.

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Loosen up your painting style

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New class by Tara Leaver – check it out if you want to get more playful with your art.

I’ve participated in another of her courses and keep returning for inspiration, as you have unlimited access once you buy it. The Charcoal class is on my list too! Well, right now I’m just waffling through life, but eventually I hope/expect to find a way back to myself and the studio.

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How To Go Viral

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A very timely post on many levels, one of them being how I’m not really posting here at the moment.

I have been instagramming a bit, so you could always scoot over there to have a look, you can view and comment even on a PC.

Anyway, I recommend Sarah’s list on how to “go viral” (it may not be what you think it is). This was my favourite of her suggestions and wise words:

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