Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Well, it's T Stands for Tuesday over at Elizabeth's. Over my way--T stands for Starbuck's Verona coffee black and testing acrylics on the cheap watercolor paper.
You may remember the art journals I made a little while back.
The two smallest ones have 90# Dick Blick student grade watercolor paper. The next largest two have 90# cheaper Bienfang watercolor paper. The large one has cheaper 140# Bienfang watercolor paper.
I really don't want to take any of these apart if I don't have to, right? I figured I would try the DB WC paper with gesso and acrylics and see how it held up. They're all cold pressed so they have a texture, but the Dick Blick has a deeper, bumpier texture...
...than the Bienfang.
So the Bienfang should be easier to hand write or draw on with ink (for possible sketch journals) or to use with drier mediums in general.
The only one I would dare actually use for my watercolor backgrounds (I do tend to be quite the juicy watercolorist--lol!) would be the giant one. So, I got out a few craft acrylics and tested out the DB WC journal. I coated the pages with gesso and let it dry. Then I, quite literally, scraped some colors about in patches and let that dry.
Finally I scraped another layer of gesso on top of that.
Discovered that the pages held up very well with acrylics and didn't even buckle or curl much at all...unlike when I used watercolors...which is funny because it's watercolor paper. I wasn't trying to make anything--just test the paper. It is okay for acrylics. Don't have to take the journals apart. But that means I am going to have to learn how to use acrylics--LOL!
I had my first bread disaster. Tried to make this Italian herb bread and it stuck to the top of the bread machine.
Topless, but it was still edible. What a mess to clean up!! I don't know if it was that I didn't measure properly or what the deal was, but it rose too high. I was getting a little casual, shall we say. (Not used to measuring that carefully when I cook and bake normally.) Will have to measure very exactly in the future, I guess.
I saw these two guys go pick up a couch that was left by the dumpster.
Yup--they took it with them. Could have been theirs in the first place and they changed their minds, I suppose. I only gets bits and pieces of Karma's Cat TV programs--LOL! Even though I was sitting by the window writing a letter, I never noticed them until they were making a ton of noise moving the washer and dryer. People do come and go here all the time, after all.
I did notice the truckbed then, though! Filled up with toys! (And, no--that's not from the garage you saw recently because that lady had boys and this lady definitely has girls.) I wondered how they weren't going to lose some toys out of the back? But they weren't driving very far because...
...they were back shortly for another load.
Tons of little girl things!
Here they both were...nervous about moving...
...and wanting daddy, I assume.
They were sweet girls. Later, they ran around and hugged all the people who'd been helping them move goodbye...and they all drove off in many vehicles that were also packed up. Was a nice day to move, but HOT! Has been in the 90s for days and supposed to stay like this all week...with occasional scattered showers. We had rain briefly yesterday, but mostly the thunder was off in the distance.
And what has Miss Karma been up to?
Soaking up the 90s.
I don't know how she can stand it?!
Caroline comes this afternoon. I've started the Call The Midwife trilogy of books now. Been slowly writing letters. Just haven't been up to much because you just hate to move. When it is this hot and humid my wall AC unit just can't keep up. Running it on high day and night keeps it in the mid to upper 70s in here (76 in here when I got up), but you can sweat just sitting because there's no way it can remove all that humidity. Makes it harder to sleep well and I'm up and down all night long. It actually feels a good ten degrees cooler when I go downstairs to check the mail. Yup--heat rises. So, I feel sorry for Caroline having to clean in here today. Dagan and Leah and I were all sweating just putting up that shelf last week.
Later in the day, as it gets hotter...I will have ice water or a cold smoothie. Ahhh! So glad I bought a new blender! Stay cool! See you tomorrow. :)
"You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose."