Monday, April 23, 2012
TED, Timers, and Tons of pictures.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become even broader.
I had a terrible time picking a video because I love them all, so I closed my eyes and randomly picked one. And she was fascinating! The talks run about 18-20 minutes usually. If you don't want to listen to this young lady, pick something that would interest you more and give TED a listen. Maybe, like myself, you will sign up to be notified of new video talks. Whether they are talking about science, inventions, philosophy, new gadgets...I always find myself riveted.
Yes, tons of pictures today.
The dark sky...
...that would break up...
...to give us glimpses of blue sky this weekend.
Timers. You know how I have to set my timers for an hour so I don't overdo...well, timers were going off all weekend--LOL! I have one by the loveseat, one on the art table, and one on the craft table. I was going to dive back into Cathy Johnson's watercolor workshop again but nothing was working right. I was trying to just copy her hanging bell example (because I couldn't think of anything different to do on my own--sad, but true).
You know how sometimes you go to do something and your hands don't work right and everything misses the mark? Awk!
The timer went off. Whew! Done with that exercise. So I went to sit and rest my back...thinking about the next thing to play with--watercolor pencils.
Timer went off. Rest time over. Back to art.
I gathered up my watercolor pencils and crayons--and, since my hands didn't seem to be cooperating, I thought--maybe I'll make color charts! I've wanted to do that. My hands don't have to be having a good day...so that was the plan.
The front stack are the three watercolor pencil sets and the back stack are the three watercolor crayon sets.
You may remember that this Cretacolor set was the big set of 72 I got on sale about ten years ago and was afraid to use until this year.
I sat and organized these by the color number on the pencils.
Then my Staedtler Karat Aquarell set of 24 I've had maybe around 20 years.
When you only use them for coloring in small areas on cards they last a long time.
The Caran D'Ache set of 12 metallic pencils.
Not much of a shimmer, so have barely used these at all.
Then the watercolor crayons. Another big set of 84 Caran D'Ache Neocolor II that I got on sale about the same time as the big set of watercolor pencils...and was afraid to use because they were too nice.
I think I finally broke them out, too, a couple years ago. Note: you have to keep in mind that I was buying up supplies for decades when I had no time to use them. I just knew some day I would finally be able to get to them and be thrilled I had them. I was right. ;) Not in the way I expected, but I am thrilled to have them and so glad I have been collecting these goodies for so long.
My older set of 24 Lyra Aquacolors I've had so long I don't remember when I bought them...
...and the wrappers started to fall off so I striped them all clean of paper. I know it doesn't look like it from the picture but I have used these a lot! I would color in rubber stamps with a waterbrush. You just rub the waterbrush on the crayon and then paint away.
I had picked this small set of 10 Caran D'Ache metallic Neocolor I crayons years ago at a Michael's, I believe.
The small tin got stuck away and I never used them.
All day Saturday timers were going off and I was working on making charts of rectangles...
...and coloring in about a third on the left side.
Timers and rulers and pencils and a Micron pen and white eraser...I got the watercolor pencils set charts done and colored: Cretacolor...
...Staedtler and Caran D'Ache metallic.
Timers and breaks and watercolor crayons: Caran D'Ache Neocolor II...
...Lyra and Caran D'Ache Neocolor I metallics.
The timers were beeping...the breaks got longer...until I finally stopped about 11:30pm.
Sunday was the fun part! Adding the water. I moved to the craft table and dug in!
Cretacolor. The big set of watercolor pencils didn't melt as easily with the application of the wet brush...
...as the smaller old Staedtler set did. The Caran D'Ache metallics were about like the Cretacolors. Okay, but didn't dissolve quickly.
We did get some sunshine on Sunday. Karma soaked up some rays on the porch...but it was too chilly to sprawl. ;)
Timers and even longer breaks on Sunday. (After doing so much on Saturday my back and shoulders weren't in the best mood--LOL!) Moved on to the watercolor crayons. Caran D'Ache Neocolor IIs--some dissolved quicker than others, but they were not as creamy as...
...my old Lyras! And do you notice anything? ROFL! Never assume and read the packaging. The Caran D'Ache Neocolor I metallic crayons...well, I went to wet them and nothing happened at all. Ahem. They are wax pastels!! LOLOL! So funny! Just because they were the same company and in crayon form...never assume. Still makes me giggle.
Anyways, that's it for today. But I did finish the color charts this weekend. At least I did something and got to play, even if I didn't do much with Cathy's class...still! LOL!
May this be a special week!! :):)
"Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle."