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- On Sunday, I took a class called Spontaneous Collage.
- Art journal page on purple.
- And a page about having a summer cold (click the photo to embiggen) – details about what I used to make the page here:
- Because of said summer cold, linkity’s going to be a bit brief today – my brain is mush.
- New releases: Fiction Vixen (romance), Smart Bitches (romance), Dear Author (romance), Gizmodo (fantasy & scifi), and Tor.com (PNR)
- “19 rad bookcases“.
Think, Make, Learn, Do
- If you’ve ever been curious about the Minnesota State Fair… (You can find MANY more photos from the State Fair by scrolling around on stuffaboutminnesota.)
- What did London’s homeless take photos of when given free cameras? (via may1girl)
- Art journal resources masterpost. And how to get past that first blank page when you start.
- Simple animations for learning calculus.
- Animation about how smart dolphins are.
- The weather statement that changed weather statements forever.
- Go take the xkcd survey for arbitrary science!
- Sweet corn risotto.
- Sausage and zucchini soup.
- Brown rice bowl with lentils, carmelized onions, and fried egg.
- Three-ingredient chocolate cake for one.
- Glazed vanilla bean doughnuts.
- Zucchini lime scones.
- Spaghetti pie.
- Spiralized raw zucchini pasta in curry cream sauce.
- Colonel Chris Hadfield paper doll. Scientist paper dolls.
- Many, many movie characters edited together into a single scene.
- Animation of the Pluto flyby.
- Back to the Future in 1:21 minutes.
- Short film about a young Carl Sagan.
- Kaleidoscope of butterflies.
- Linkity from kmkat.
Cool or Wha…?
- The X-Files Theme played in major key.
- Very realistic looking wee unicorn. (via urrone)
- See Japan from a cat’s point-of-view.
- Yikes – The Simpsons had an episode about a Trump presidency in 2000.
- A choose-your-own-adventure called You Are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse!
- No one can actually walk on these, can they?!
- Clown Motel. (via mental_floss)
- Not a clock for an arachnaphobe.
Colored Pencil Collage: Nature Drawing and Painting for Mixed Media by Kelly Hoernig. The title choice is interesting – the author does use colored pencils in her collage work, but not really more than any other element she used. Anyway. I think this is a good book for getting the feel of how to work collages in layers and (at a high level) how collage artists might use gesso, matte medium, ephemera, etc. However, this isn’t a book I’ll buy to have on hand for reference or inspiration, either. YMMV.
Art Journal Courage: Fearless Mixed Media Techniques for Journaling Bravely by Dina Wakley. Lot of skimming through this one – I did make notes on some of the supplies and techniques she used, but her style involves a lot of faces (not what I’m interested in including in my journal) and, apparently, using orange and fuchsia over and over and over.
Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books by Karen Dinino & Linda Woods. Although the writing style is Very! Exuberant!, I did get a few good ideas from this one. There were also things I didn’t connect with at all, like the whole Personal Palette concept. Please note that the authors have a fairly minimalist style in terms of art journaling.
Journal Revolution: Rise Up and Create Art Journals, Personal Manifestos and Other Artistic Insurrections by Karen Dinino & Linda Woods. The writing style got to me a lot more in this one, especially with the strained “revolution” theme the authors were trying to use. All of that made it nearly impossible to sort out the few actually useful and interesting tidbits.
“Clean foot, clean foot, I’m going to have such a clean, clean foot!” -Mayhem