Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I had moved a few clumps but even so these are happily spreading all over and their upgrade is welcome.
Speaking of up grades, I am using Windows XP and I've been wondering what I should be doing. I see that my emails in Outlook Express are becoming questionable. I am getting a lot of new e-mails that have already come in and sometimes even for the third time. ??? When I began blogging I set up a gmail account and it has really become my primary account. I not sure the Rooster wants to give ellendacoop as his email addy so I might need to make a new family account and move those who do use Outlook over.
About six months ago we bought a laptop that was on sale. It has Windows 8 on it and I have it in the sewing room and play music and my workshop dvd's on it. There is no Internet access in that room. The home computer worked fine so ... if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But now XP is broke. :( It looks like time to learn Windows 8 and how to let my fingers walk all over the mouse pad. :O
I could put my old Photoshop Elements 10 program on the laptop. I can get another Dummy book and start all over with the program which won't be hard 'cause I have forgotten everything. :) I do need to get some photos spiffed up for my Mother, May I project. I am also noticing that my old camera is taking an awful lot of blurry pictures. I am hoping to wait till fall to upgrade the camera and after I have a better understanding of how I'll be using Photoshop. But in the meantime...
"This book is meant to help guide you toward your own kind of understanding about your art. Yes, there are techniques and there are projects to refine your skills. But there is more than that. I can teach you techniques until the cows come home, but I am doing you a disservice if I don't help nudge you toward assimilating these new skills into your personal vision.
Intentional printing is about slowing down and looking beyond the mechanics of how to print pattern on fabric. It's about discovering your intention toward your art by slowing down, getting to know what you love, and embracing the techniques that you learn to create your own art. It is permission to go inward and focus on the aspects of your art that speak your truth the closest."
Interestingly, my last sketchbook class teacher is all about- slow down! :O
The good news is that I am somewhat moving in that direction already but it is good to have that reminder.
The monthly wall hangings are a certain size and are my interpretation of the month. If I haven't the right fabric I try to just get what I need. ahem
I am a technique junkie but the focus on Lutradur this month is geared toward making my memory box on mothers and daughters and only four specific techniques. Deadlines are wonderful! :)
The DYLP helps me try things in one specific journal.
The finished project a week keeps me scrambling to get something done.
The bad news is that I am a tad exuberant.
So here I am already to gather up print materials and yardage and PLAY! And she says what...
"I only print fabric when I am making a project. What? Let me say it again: I only print fabric when I am making a project. I save every bit of leftovers for collages and other projects, but to keep my resources, time, and stash in line, I work with a purpose."
Lynn has figured out her own preferred colours and imagery. Then she has a plan for what she calls Quiet Layered Printing and another for Intense Layered Printing. Intentional! And might I also add, Brilliant!
So the final upgrade will be cataloguing my preferred colours of which I am steadily gaining an understanding. I once read a home dec lady who said that we each need our own personal colour palette. This is a bit contrary to earlier advice that said buy everything, especially uglies which will force you to grow. Good grief, life is too short to overcome a shelf full of camouflage khakies . I say two FQ's will do and only one shelf of the interestings! ;^)
Then I need to isolate the shapes and images that I gravitate to. I like sketchy circles, not thick donuts. That in itself is a serious demarcation line. I'm learning I like the fine outline in rubber stamps so I won't be buying those solid guys. I also really like stencil masks and will look for more of those as opposed to the more common stencils. It is a good and purposeful start.