Friday, August 23, 2013


I put some of Karma's plastic strips and her new jacket string out on the porch.  She parks herself on top of them and snoozes on them.  It's the little things in life that bring such joy.
I have a big thing bringing me joy!  That's a six inch ruler! 
I now have a GalaxySIII--so thin! 
Leah is so patient.  They were here till around 11pm on a work night--and all we did all night was deal with the new phone.  It was a silly time.  I have proof.  No clue why these little videos that went to DropBox dance about while they wait...or if I did this right and this will even work...but here is some silliness.  Let me know if these work, okay?  
Testing!  Testing!  

Dagan was later dozing in my chair and Leah was still filling my head with so much information I fear quite a goodly sum has fallen out my ears.  But I do want to learn how to take pictures with this phone.  My other phone took pictures but it was quite the process for me to get them into my computer.  Now I am hooked up to this thing called DropBox and they are automatically in there--on my computer!  
Oh, and I can take several photos in sequence--a rapid fire click-click-click.  I think there are something like eight of them--and then I can pick the ones I want to keep and delete the rest.  Sounds like a great plan for capturing a moving cat.  Well, not that Miss Karma moves a lot, but...what a world!!  
I can share pictures and videos with Dagan and Leah on DropBox, I guess.  Goodness!  I just have to learn all these various steps and remember them--LOL!
Meanwhile...back at the ranch...
I was following the Wild Winds Workshop and did some stenciling and then stamping.
Covered the whole thing with gesso.
Then misted it with apple and patina Glimmer Mists.
Sprinkled a little copper drips and drops on it...
...and this is what I have so far.
I think this might qualify for "abstract" over at APR (Artist's Playroom) for this week.  I haven't been over there for way too long, too.  You can go here and see what other people did for abstract this week. 
I was supposed to add more layers.  Truth is--I hate this student grade 90# watercolor paper.  I should know better.  I've been using 140# paper for a couple decades.  I honestly do know better.  Guess I forgot why I hate the thin WC paper and thought I could get away with it in these journals (and save some money) because I just planned to play and goof around in them doing mixed media.  Not working so far.  It buckles terribly and is bleeding through to the back side. AWK!
I think I'm just going to experiment on a few more pages--prime with gesso and use acrylics and see how that goes.  If worse comes to worse, I can always dismantle the journals I made with the #90 paper and refill them with better artist grade paper.  I can save all the 90# for making collage paper or card fronts or something.  
The more I think about it...maybe I should just go find one of the journals I made with the student grade 140# paper (different brand)--just bite the bullet and find out how that works with watercolors and layering.  *sigh*  Because I may just have to dismantle all five of them!  I'd really only be out time and the waxed thread.  The paper won't go to waste.
You really can't scrimp on supplies.
That's it from Fargo for today.  Let me know if the crazy dancing videos even worked, okay?  Or are they moving and dancing for you as they sit in wait?  (Very annoying, if you ask me.)  See you again soon.  :):)
Apparently the videos are not working and are just the dancing little series of photos and nothing happens when you click play.  I watched them download on blogger and it took a long time--but--no videos.  Just this strange jerky mess.  I guess you can't get videos directly from DropBox?  I don't know what I'm doing.  *sigh*  I'll have to deal with this later.  Regardless...
Happy Friday, folks!
"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."


Anonymous said...

They're working just fine--have fun!!

TexWisGirl said...

the videos / slide-shows are playing automatically, i think. when i click on the arrow to play they don't play, though. they're definitely 'dancing' around.

i like my samsung galaxy phone - it's an older model but i like the photos it takes.

Janie Junebug said...

I don't know how to get videos and photos from my phone onto the computer. Brad at the AT&T store attempted to teach me, to no avail. I love the way cats will lie down on top of something that makes them happy.


Sherry Ellis said...

The videos are playing automatically. I usually don't know what I'm doing most of the time, so don't worry. I'm sure you'll figure it out eventually. I like your papers!

Shelly said...

Love the new phone, and its slim size! They are smarter than the computers that sent the first men to the moon.

Love the pics of sweet Karma- she and her toys are so cute!

Furry Bottoms said...

I've never heard of DropBox! I'll have to check that out. But how exciting for you-- a new era for you in the technology sense!

Im looking forward to Karma videos!

Neesie said...

I'm so glad I don't have to give you the bad news that your video's aren't working...well not for me anyway.
I've been working with my Dropbox but I'm still getting used to it ;D
It's great that we are keeping up, or should I say trying to keep up with all that's out there.
Maybe we should take a leaf out of Karma's book...a few simple things sitting enjoying the sun ~ Happy Days!
Enjoy :D xoxo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I don't even own a cell phone, but like what you tried in Drop Box. If you don't try, you don't get anywhere.

I only bought a few sheets of 140 lb wc paper and that was because the person whose art I was making, requested it. Everything else has always been 90 lb. I must not mind a few buckles because it tends to flatten out in the end.

Have a super weekend.

Carol said...

Love your new phone!!! I'm sure you'll get the hang of it eventually :) I'm going to have to replace mine soon and I'm thinking of a Galaxy ..I just hate the thought of learning how to use a new phone :( The pages look great♥

GrandmaG said...

Oh, I feel your pain! I'm probably the most tech savvy among my peers, which is very sad. Because I feel I know squat! And every time there's something new to learn, I just groan while my son and son-in-law get giddy with excitement. My only advise is to be patient with yourself and don't tackle any of it when you're tired! :)

Darla said...

I'm about a week behind with my visit but I've enjoyed going back to read everything. Great new phone, nice looking new table and narrow shelf, looks like you are getting well organized. Watercolor paper can be tricky to work with depending on how wet you work. I like your color choices though.


Deb J. in Utah said...

I still have an old phones NOT a smart phone and I almost never use it for pictures. Don't want to go to the extra expense of a smart phone right now. I have heard from several people (old people like me) that there is a learning curve with them...hope you figure everything out and enjoy the new phone! I love the picture of Karma laying on her "treasures." You journals are very creative. I always enjoy seeing what you have been working on. Have a great week.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I don't have a cell phone at all, so none of my phones will take a picture, let alone a video. Matter of fact, one of the phones in my office is an old (circa '30s maybe) half-ton rotary dial.

I wasn't able to make the videos play, but that could have been an ESO problem on this end. (Equipment Superior to Operator)

Intense Guy said...

I'm sticking to my wired in phone with the "hold the speaker" in your ear thingy...

:) New tech frightens me - someday I'm going to wake up and not have a clue and know for sure I'm old.

Dee said...

Dear Rita, I have so much trouble with technology. My camera is an really OLD digital and I can't easily at all get photos from camera to computer. So my niece has loaned me her much newer camera because she takes all her pictures now on her phone.

So I'm hoping that I can easily get photos from camera to computer. I'm hoping you can figure out phone and photos and videos etc. I know that when we learn things we don't know we are branching our dendrites and that's wonderful for us. So let's keep "truckin'"

By the way, your finished art is gorgeous. I mean that. It's so evocative. Peace.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the world of the smartphone!

Your stencilling work is fabulous.

AliceKay said...

Have fun with your new GalaxySlll. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it the more you use it.

My phone takes pictures and video. I've taken pictures with it and have texted sone pictures to friends, but I've never tried the video (that i can recall).

Far Side of Fifty said...

I like your paper Rita! Very pretty! Hot here week we will be cooler. Miss Karma is soaking up that heat:)

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

Your work is so inspiring! You take so many creative's a joy to watch and see what you come up with!