Monday, September 28, 2020

The Wedding Gift - The Process, Part 2


Last week, I couldn't find the color and gold test strip, and while cleaning I found it in a pile. Ta Da!

Second time was a charm with the lettering. I managed to keep my paw out of the ink. The piece was lettered with Moon Palace Sumi ink using a 2mm. or maybe a 2.5 mm Brause nib. The lettering is Uncial commonly called Celtic.

Outlines for the Versal letters and the vine were done using a .01 Micron Pigma Pen. 

After the ink was thoroughly dry and all pencil guidelines erased, it was time to gild. I had a bottle of Roberson's Gold Size. When I opened the jar, it had a faint whiff of vinegar so I wasn't sure if the bottle had gone off. It was suggested to me to try a test, if the gold stuck then it was probably okay to use. As a fall back, I would use Jerry's Pink Stuff as the base. (Jerry's Pink Stuff is no fail and has a shelf life of 10 years). Jerry's Pink Stuff is thin and flat where other bases like the Roberson's or Instacoll give the illusion of dimension. The square in the test sample worked.

My friend and colleague, Langley (BC, Canada) had gifted me with these small brushes used to paint designs for fingernail art. The bristles are stiff and give a nice, crisp line with the gilding goop.

So I was able to apply the gold size. It's a mustard yellow so you can see where to gild. I worked from right to left so I wouldn't put my hand in the goop. I also used some scrap paper to mask off the area to be gilded so the gold size wouldn't drip on areas where I didn't want it.

When the goop was thoroughly dry, which took forever because it was so humid, I was able to lay the gold. I had cut small squares of 23K gold leaf to minimize wastage

After the gold was applied, I used a soft, fluffy brush (a Crayola kid brush!) to remove the excess gold.

A second layer of gold was applied. No goop involved with this step as the gold will adhere to itself. Then the gold was burnished through a sheet of glassine using an agate burnisher.

After the gold leaf was applied, little dots in the vine design were painted with shell gold. The acrylic bridge allows me to rest my hand/wrist while I paint without,  you in the cheap seats know the answer: putting my paw on the paper and wet paint.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

How Does Your Garden Grow?


Progress on the greenhouse

Brilliant poison ivy across the street where the mailboxes used to be.

Fiery maple

X marks the bug

Fragrant goldenrod buzzing with honeybees

Hopefully, Heavenly Blue Morning Glory buds

Reggie's morning glory seeds not quite ready to harvest

Some bunny loves the petunia seeds.

Autumnal equinox and the tree on the weather station turned yellow.

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order my favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

The Natural (1984) Robert (Be Still My πŸ’™) Redford

If you haven't seen this movie, you might be able to find a free version on YouTube.

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

 Five good things that happened this week.

1. Got a phone call from The Brother. Lots of laughs.

2. Celebrated the Autumnal Equinox and 271 days until the Summer Solstice

3. In a pile, I found a scrap of paper I was looking for

4. Watched Part 1 of "The Story of the Alphabet" on Nova

5. After running errands, we stopped for take-out at The 99.

How was your week?

Thursday, September 24, 2020

For The Hitchhikers

 I haven't posted the 42s in a while. I don't seem to find the number when I'm out and about. I only see it while sitting at my computer. Are you able to spot the number 42 when you're away from your computer?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

T Stands for Carrot Cake Breakfast Shake


Once again, I'm trying to drop a few pounds. Baking during Massachusetts' Stay at Home Advisory during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic was too tasty. 

This recipe for a Carrot Cake Breakfast Shake comes from a 12 Week Metabolic Meal Plan.

Ingredients for One Serving:

1 serving protein powder or vanilla powdered shake mix
1 carrot, chopped (I used a handful of baby carrots)

1/4 skin on apple (I can't stand recipes that use only a small portion of a fruit or veg. What do you do with the other 3/4 because apples aren't low carb? So I used 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)

1/2 cup of unsweetened, non-dairy milk. (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
4 ice cubes
1 T. chia seeds
1 T. orange zest (I used Orange Peel from the spice cabinet)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Optional: 1 T. chopped walnuts
                1 T. unsweetened coconut flakes

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend. Use a little water to adjust the thickness if necessary.