water-based paint adventures

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:27 pm[personal profile] syntheid
syntheid: [Steven Universe] Lapis's cracked gem (not beyond repair)
I've been messing around with gouache and watercolor, trying to figure out how to use them, basically. So just been doing studies though I ... cannot find the original sources for the refs I used. Anyway. Actually kinda liked how these two turned out so. Enjoy I guess?


bridge in the forest, gouache

portrait of 'nuwa', watercolor
chomiji: A young girl, wearing a backward baseball cap, enjoys a classic book (Books - sk8r grrl)

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August 21st - Deadline for Stories
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New Atlantis Comic Series 2

Jun. 27th, 2017 09:29 pm[personal profile] esteefee
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Chuck and Walter having offworld adventures


Ronon is a troll as usual

How did I not know American Mythology released the first issue of the new series of Atlantis comics last month? I am not tapped in.  Here Chuck and Walter are trapped on an Earthquake planet having gate technician adventures!

The second series is called Hearts and Minds. (First edition print or with Premium Cover). It’s also available at ComiXology in digital.

If you haven’t read the first series, Back to Pegasus, I’d advise reading those three first, they are awesome. Lots of team!  Be careful buying because they have alternate covers, so it’s easy to accidentally buy dupes (but I love all the covers so I ended up buying dupes on purpose).

Please support so we get all three volumes of the second series!  Also, if you’re into SGU, they have the first comic of the series out, Back to Destiny, as well (print only).

[Art by Greg LaRocque. Colored by Gene Jimenez. Story by Mark L. Haynes and J.C. Vaghn]



dyeing stuff

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:43 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
I had another course today, but I was so tired that I don't think I retained too much. Fortunately we get the notes. I also failed to run an errand, so maybe I can do that on... Monday? Ugh. Not tomorrow, which will be way busy, and not on Friday when the university is closed (everyone else is taking the stat holiday for Canada day on Monday but the university is not, which means I am not either, because we follow their schedule). And next week I'm going camping! Which I hope will be fun :3 Nary and I are going - I need to start making a list of things we will need (like a battery operated air pump :p). We're also taking Jola, which will be an Interesting Adventure!

But I meant to write about dyeing, whoops! I asked for advice on the ravelry natural dyeing community and got some advice and two options for the cotton that didn't take. I re-scoured it (and really should have done the same with the linen, but I'll leave that for another time) by washing it on hot in the washer with just washing soda. Now I have two options: treat it as partly mordanted, and go the three step alum--> tannis --> alum method, or use aluminum acetate instead. I thiiiink I will go with option two, because it is faster (it doesn't take three days, or more be cause I don't actually have any tannin solution on hand), and I now own some :V I found out that one of the local-ish shops ( I buy online but it comes in like a day because they are in a nearby town) carries alllll kinds of dyeing things, including plant dyestuffs if I want to get into the exotics. They *also* had a book on local dye materials that was compiled by a spinning and weaving guild in the 80s, so score! I bought that, clearly. Its pretty thick and I can already see tat there is stuff that will be different from my experience, but it has a lot of useful info on *locally* available dye plants. So yes! super excited! I also bought some iron mordant...

Maybe I'll start some more stuff this weekend? It's a good season for it...

But now, bed!

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Jun. 27th, 2017 09:42 pm[personal profile] spoke
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The Exchange at Fic Corner is a gift exchange for fic based on children's and YA books and short stories from picture books to edgy teen novels. The FAQ can be found on Dreamwidth (and I think on LJ still).

So I had these dates ALL WRONG:

June 18th - June 27th - Sign-Ups
June 28th - Assignments Sent Out
August 21st - Deadline for Stories
August 28th - Collection Goes Live (Hmm, I need to ask the mod - it looks like they changed that date ... sometime the first week of September, at any rate)

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Good timing for a Yuletide warmup, perhaps?

neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
Sour Cherry Jam -- from Food in Jars: Preserving Food in Small Batches Year-Round by Marisa McClellan

Ingredients )

Directions )

Yield: 3 pint jars -- or 2 pint jars, 2 half-pint jars, 2 quarter-pint jars.
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Default)
Batard of sourdough, cheddar scone, lemon bite, 2 quarts of sour cherries, 2 quarts of red sweet cherries, 1 pint of yellow sweet cherries, 3lbs of blueberries, 2 pints of black raspberries, 1.5 lb rhubarb bag of spring mixed greens, pint of fingerling potatoes, spring cheese, mixed milk morbier cheese, 2 hardneck garlic bulbs, pint of apricots,
sheliak: A mermaid stares in fascination down a chasm in the ocean floor, through which an underwater city is visible. (trot)
I had trouble settling on which icons to submit to [community profile] icontalking's Icon Rainbow challenge, and I actually really like some of my "rejects." So here they all are! Since I made all but the first two using earlier icons of mine as bases, I'm including those too.

25x Land of Oz )
10x The Sea Fairies )

NO excuse

Jun. 25th, 2017 11:53 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
For leaving this until the last minute :p

I got 2/3 things on my to do list done - the raspberries weren't quite ripe, but I got my Nigerian food and I did a bit more writing. And there was game, and I got some answers/options for what to do with my cotton yarn.

As far as it being a successful weekend, I can't remember anything that I am supposed to do next week at work, so I think that is a win!

And now - goodnight!

Good but busy day

Jun. 24th, 2017 11:44 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
The new raid system in Pokemon is up and working, and I got to try it out today! I did two raids, because that's how many passes I had, and solo'd them both. After you beat the raid boss, you have a chance to catch it, and I caught the first (a Magmar, meh) but not the second (a Croconaw), which ate about half my raspberries and then ran away, the little jerk! I am enjoying the new features and the nicer weather, anyway.

And the weather has been nice the past day and a bit, but generally all over the place! Today was just about a perfect temperature and sunny, but then we had a thunderstorm in the afternoon and then it cleared up again and is nice. My windows are open, even! And the actual raspberries in the park are juuuuust about ready to start picking. The mulberries are go as well, so I'm going to try and start collecting some of them for dyeing. And maybe eating? I don't find them especially tasty but they're okay... assuming they're the same here as in Texas, anyway.

There was an international food festival this weekend! I went downtown with Longpig and the Eldest and met another friend there. We wandered and munched (I had some plantains and a really damned good bifana and a churro and a rib and some Nigerian hibiscus drink I forget the name of. Zobo, thank you google! There was a lot of other stuff around but I want to go back to the Nigerian table tomorrow if I can - everything there looked amazing but I was already full by that point :(

I also bought pants! There is apparently a Canadian company called SweetLegs that does really nice leggings, and there was a woman there selling them, and they were black with skulls on, and they fit and were super comfy and soft, so sold! And the people Longpig bought her "harem"-style pants from last year at a different festival were there, so I got a pair in black because I have been envying them for ages. So I am probably set for pants forever now :p

After that I napped for a good chunk of the afternoon, then started a pirate story for that anthology, then cooked some steak on the bbq. It mostly turned out really well, I think, though the coal distribution was a little uneven and cramped, so it cold have been better. The story is, well, started anyway. I have some ideas for it but am still figuring out how to pull them all together. I also need to read some more early 18th century stuff because my voice is off. I mean I don't want to completely write in that style because no one wants that, but I want enough turns of phrase to be suggestive without all the run on sentences and random Capitalization and such.

Tomorrow I have game, but in the evening, so I think my priorities are going to be writing, eating (if I can make it back to the food festiva), and fruit gathering. Om nom nom!

ETA: And then I stayed up until 1:30 making a minecraft ship because reasons???
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
Sweet Cherry Ketchup/BBQ Sauce -- from Saveur, 28 August 2013

Ingredients )


Instructions )

Yield 3 to 4 half-pint jars; I got 3 half-pint jars and 1 quarter-pint jar today. [personal profile] ellen_fremedon informs me that this is excellent on tofu as well as meat.
neotoma: Roadrunner fetish goes "beep beep!' (roadrunner)
Spanakopita, roasted olive bun, mixed herb bread, beet confit, pita, fresh fettuccine, spinach & cheese ravioli, eggplant ragu, quart of Mocha Moo, pint of cheese curds, spinach empanada, bluefish empanada, 2 bottles of hickory vinegar (made from shagbark hickory, the same source for hickory syrup).

I'm going to make Sweet Cherry ketchup this afternoon; I've got a six-at-a-time cherry pitter to help with that. Hopefully, the hickory vinegar will give is a nice finish that will make it into an interesting barbecue sauce.

Today

Jun. 24th, 2017 12:11 am[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
Today was a mixed bag. The strawberries I bought were crappy (sour, watery, and/or overripe), but they had cheap brownie bites at loblaws.

I managed to Do Things at work and not just waste time terribly, but I didn't get all the things I wanted to done, and I am still having trouble making myself work.

The weather was shitty - rainy and humid followed by warm and humid.

After dinner was just an awful stress pile and I'm still grumpy despite leaving the house for a bit.

I went to the mall and didn't buy too much ridiculous crap. I did get a birthday present for Nugsy, which was the goal.

I am trying to think of an idea for a pirate and ghost story anthology (submission deadline is July 7), which you might think would be second nature, but I'm getting bogged down in historical acts and I haven't even thought of a good idea yet :p

Probably at least part of my grumpyness is impending bees. also my tiredness. Time for bed I guess.

I'd rather sleep

Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:06 am[personal profile] elanya
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Yesterday when I realized at almost midnight that I hadn't made a daily Post, my reaction was as above. It still is this morning, if I'm being honest, but is no longer an option. So instead, I'm bundled up in my rain gear on the bus towards work. I don't have any cash, so before I go buy strawberries I need to go to Loblaws and buy something to get some cash back. At least a chocolate croissant, probably a fruit smoothie, and maybe some tea, since I haven't had and today and my work stash is empty of caffeinated kinds. Then market strawberries, the other bus to work. I need to do better there, and be more self driven. I have plans and ideas, I just need to follow through

Definitely caffeine first, though.

Chill

Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:01 am[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
So much time on my hands that I almost forgot an entry!

I had a super chill evening. I submitted the wiki entry after talking over more stuff with a co-contributor, and having a related LARP geekout about my favourite underworld deity. I got to cheer-read other people's fic. Life is good!

Tomorrow is going to be kind of hectic at work, because there is a lot of stuff going on, but also kind of not, because almost none of it is actually 'stuff I need to do'.

And then knitting! But maybe dinner with a friend I haven't seen in ages first? We shall see :)

Reading Wednesday

Jun. 21st, 2017 09:33 pm[personal profile] chomiji
chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

I finished All the Birds in the Sky. It wasn't bad, but it just sort of ended: too much build up, not enough resolution. And now I'm annoyed by the title, because although it sounds really nifty, it doesn't have all that much to do with the story. This is not going to be my top vote for best novel, I'm afraid.

Also in Hugo reading, I read through Ursula Le Guin's Words Are My Matter, a collection of recent short non-fiction pieces. I love Le Guin as an essayist, and the first part of the book contains some good examples. But the back half-and-a-bit is introductions to books and book reviews, and I found those less interesting. A number of them were for non-genre literary or magical realism works that didn't sound as though they'd appeal to me. She did mention a couple of Western (as in, Western U.S.) novels that I might want to look up, which I will mention here partially for my own reference: Crazy Weather by Charles McNichols and The Jump-Off Creek and The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss. Also, although Perdido Street Station pretty much put me off China Mielville for life, her review of Embassytown is making me reconsider.

Overall, unless the rest of the Related Works are very mediocre, I don't think this will be my top pick in that category.

I have just started Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, which is short-listed for Best Novel. A number of the readers on File 770 had trouble with this book, but I'm not finding it problematic thus far. Possibly the fact that I actually like Anthony Burgess' A Dead Man in Deptford (link goes to Kirkus review), which was also purposefully written in the style of an earlier era, has something to do with this. I'll have to see where the book goes, of course.

Finally, I'll be re-reading some of Fruits Basket, Because Reasons. Does anyone recall the number of the exact volume in which Machi shows up? It's when she wrecks the student council room, if the Wikia is to be believed.

Just a Tuesday

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:28 pm[personal profile] elanya
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I had the billing this afternoon - I had to leave super early to get there on time because buses (and I also I wanted to get lunch first), and then my class was out an an awkward time - 3:30, and it is a 40 min-ish trip back to work... And then I leave at 4:50 anyway. So I just went downtown and ran a few errands, then went home and had a nap (or at least a lie down).

It was super nice all day, and pissed rain as I was starting to take the dogs out, of course. It didn't thunder, though, so they were okay with it.

I have a different training tomorrow, though it is basically in the same place, so I will probably just do the same thing.

I did some wrangling this evening,so that I wouldn't just get sucked into the hole that is tumblr, and then watched the last episode of American Gods and worked on some knitting. I still don't have the mental energy, or inspiration, for writing. It isn't that I don't have ideas, I just don't have any that are really grabbing me right now. Maybe it is bees? Probably at least some of it is bees.

Ahh well - the Raksura exchange reveals tomorrow and I am excited to read things! I'm a little disappointed that I didn't manage any treats, but I think I just need a break.

What a wonderful world

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:22 pm[personal profile] playswithworms
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Raks Geek - bellydancing Wookiee! And the rest of their playlist is fun, too - dancing Tardis, Klingon vs. Federation belly dance off, fire-twirling Rey, hee!

Busy busy!

Jun. 20th, 2017 12:04 am[personal profile] elanya
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Billing training tomorrow, finally!

Maybe getting an answer about my farm from the last LARP game is imminent! I think I am nearly done with the wiki article!

Wednesday I am going pokehunting (probably) and Thursday I have knitting!I don't remember if I have anything going on on this weekend, at least. How did I get so busy? Man. Oh I guess I might have Diablotin if we can figure out when a good alternate time would be!

I feel like I had another thing, bu I can't remember what now :p Ahh well, I should be home early tomorrow, anyway, because of the training.
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