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Happy Thursday!

Its not a special day is a Thursday, is it? I mean its too far away to look forward to the weekend, and it could still technically be “mid-week”, which is a bit tedious, so I’m wishing all who arrive here a Happy Thursday. 😀

So, what’s been going on…..well I made some art (always good, right?)

collage stickers

I’m not sure what to do with them now…..do they become stickers? or do I make a collage? I have no sticker paper so I thought of doing something nifty with double sided tape so that they could be applied only when required. Hmmm….but then a collage would be nice too. With added elements of course – these are just random with no connection.

Also, the last of my ink photos:

treeinkbowl

Now if such a thing exists as a circular picture frame, I would be very interested! I did look online, but everything is square – or a circle within a square. I would like a circle, with circle glass. Keeping on looking because I would love to frame this one! Its like a little tree world.

And finally….we went for a walk on a cold bleak day. It was raining and cold – typical Scottish weather…

bleak walk day

But we saw this

lucky memorial

Which seems to be a memorial to someone’s pet. I thought that was quite sweet. Especially the knitted flower toy lying on top….aww!

A bit of a hodge podge post today, but I’m determined to keep up with blogging, so it may be some quick little updates until I get settled into a schedule. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Macro ink & water (part2)

Yes, yes, I know….but c’mon, indulge me…..I’m back at college tomorrow (not that I will disappear again though!) but I’m having so much fun I just can’t wait to show you new ones, heh….I’ll stop after this I promise. I’m enthusiastic, what can I say!

redinkI managed to fix the background on this, which pleased me. Pumping up the contrast and colour is the answer, I found.

redink2As you can probably tell, this is a glass turned upside down (in the editing bit……I didn’t actually have the glass upside down while I was pouring ink and water all over the place!) I love how the curve of the glass kind of frames the shot…..as if its a tiny world all of its own inside.

redandblackThis turned out to be a fabulous shot (in my opinion anyway) The mix of red ink in the water, and the shot of black made this incredible glowy effect! Looks like a little guy struggling with an umbrella, hehe! Or a twisted mushroom…..?

redandblacktreemanAdding in more black gave this effect…..to me it looks like a little animal with a hat on, under a tree, what do you think?

setupFinally, the set up…..one glass, two lights, and white boards or paper at the bottom and back of the glass to reflect the light. I don’t use a flash. The little camera is on a little bendy tripod thing I got from the Poundshop, and I press the shutter at the same time as dropping the ink. Accidents happen – as you can see at the bottom right – oops! Anyway, that’s how I do it…..I read that oil or milk gives different effects, so I will try that sometime soon. 🙂

 

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Ink and water photography #2

Hello! Remember a while back (ok, a couple of years *ahem* gosh was it THAT long ago?) I did some ink and water photography well I had another little play today. And this result was the best one in a lot of attempts!

greenongreen inkThis was created by dropping blue and yellow ink in first, then dropping actual green ink on top of the mix. I think it turned out pretty neat!

Others I tried were alright as well – considering its been a couple of years since I did this. I don’t have photoshop, so I don’t know how to lighten the background  without it affecting the inky colours 😦

inkyblueThis is blue ink – looks a bit like some surreal landscape doesn’t it?

inkyblue2I really like the wispiness in this one – so delicate!

So yes, I’m going to play a bit more with this, its so much fun!  I should have posted a photo of my set up, with the lights and stuff……I will do that in the next post of this!

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Charity Shop Art Supply Haul

art supply haul

The original title of this post was “When the Universe says “OK then, you wanna make art? I’ll give you art stuff!” but that was too long, so I just said what it was.

I haven’t done any creating in so many months, that all my paint supplies have dried up more or less. So as I wandered round the shops thinking maybe I should get a couple of things, I went and said Hi to my charity shop people, as I am want to do – they know I like to recycle *ahem*. Right in the corner, on the floor was a pile of art stuff (bag and  glass jar not included but I bought them for pennies thinking the bag would make a great Art Bag, and the jar would be a fun thing just *because*)

Now the charity shops in my town are 1,2,3 shops, which means the majority of items are no more than £3 top price. Larger items are more expensive, but this little lot came to £9. I couldn’t believe it!

From left to right:

1) glass mason type jar with lid for straw. 2) (Unused) Wooden art box containing 5 watercolour tubes of paint, a watercolour pad, section for paintbrushes, and a pull out easel type thing. 3) (Unused) Set of 51 oil pastels……not a brand name, but brand new! 4) Small box of 12 brand new and unused soft chalk pastels 5) Pack of 6 brand new unused tubes of watercolour paint 6) A pink (!) canvas bag with sections, pockets and pouches that I intend to use for Art supplies and finally in the centre 7) Brand new and unused (well I had a play with it this morning so I guess its used now, heh!) set of unbranded half pan watercolours.

I am so very grateful to have stumbled upon these riches, and I deeply appreciate whoever decided to donate them all instead of selling them. I said to the checkout person when I was buying them “Oh I shall paint you some small cards and you can sell them here for charity!” and they looked at me and said “Well, we can sell anything you know….”

Not sure what he meant by that, but hey, I’m going to have fun with this lot! 🙂

Photography

A Wee Wood Walk

elfcup-mushrooms.jpgI went for a little walk in the woods today, just for a couple of hours before the deluge of rain descended as promised! (Funny how the weather people are always correct with the bad weather, never the good!) My camera also died on me – my fault for grabbing it to take with me, without checking the battery life. Anyway…..these tiny mushrooms are called “Elfcup Mushrooms” and can grow quite large. They are also edible in very small amounts, although I don’t think they taste of much. These ones shown above were the size of a penny.

heron wood otter wood

This beautiful carved seat with the heron at one end, and the otter at the other, impressed me no end! Such carving skill. It was too wet to sit on, so I just admired it.

Tree TangleThis is a tangle of trees…..when I saw it, it reminded me of something from a horror movie, so I put a filter on it to try and express that. Looks kindof creepy!

And at this point my camera died, so I trudged home in the rain and mud, quite happy nonetheless.

 

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Well long time no updates! :)

*Bustles in and starts brushing off cobwebs*

monster say hi

Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, its me!! Hello, how ARE you all? I had no idea so much time had gone by…..well, I kindof did in a periphery vision sort of way, and I always meant to get here and let you all know that I hadn’t died, but…..life got in the way.

Lemme catch you up – have you got some tea? here I’ll put the kettle on and clear a space for you to sit.

winterweeds

So….college, well I’m still there. Working hard and still enjoying it. Some people have left the course for some reason, but we are at the end of block 2, about to begin block 3, which is the last bit before finishing up in June, so I figured I may as well see it out, heh! I have a placement coming up so that’s good. The age thing that I was worried about at the start of the course – well, no need for that. Everyone gets on, and that’s nice. Its hard work, to be honest, and this is why I basically left the internet….staring at a computer all day, and then doing the same at night is no good, and headaches happened, and all sorts, so I tried to give myself a break. I did no creating at all, which by Christmas, left me feeling quite stressed. All work and no play, etc.

Family stuff happened too which wasn’t great and I decided to get my foot off the pedal so to speak and get some fun back into my life!

cornerroomofdoom

 

So I cleaned up the Room of Doom (again), and tried some photography, just to get back in the swing….then I did a bit of painting and began to relax. So now I am on half term break (which makes me sound about 5 years old!) and I thought finally I will get back in touch with you all.

So yes, feel free to say hi if you are still blogging, and I will go check out the changes that may or may not have been going on here in the last 6 months! 🙂

Education

First week of college……!

 

alex-harvey-44062(I love this picture – not mine, but it sums up how I’m feeling! Source)

Hello everybody! Well I seem to have survived a rather busy week, and to be honest I’m still processing it.

I was late the first day, haha!

Class starts at 9am sharp, so from easy going mornings of pottering around, I’m now throwing myself out the door at 08:30 to run down to college, after feeding and walking the dog, doing laundry, making lunches for myself and hubby, getting ready etc. Its a bit of a culture shock, lemme tell ya! As I scuttled down the road, I did a mental check of omg-I-didn’t-shut-the-window-have-I-switched-the-iron-off-I-can’t-find-my-keys-I-bet-I-left-them-in-the-door!

First day I walked into a packed lecture hall, scanning faces to see if there was anyone my age that I could sit with. Nope! So I squeezed in between two young’uns as the lecturer was going through the induction. Then we were split into our respective classes and led off to the rooms. My group was led by a lovely lady, who waved her arms around like an overly excited air hostess as she pointed out places of interest:

“Ladies loo’s over there…….canteen down that corridor…….library up those stairs” she trilled, swooping her arms around. My head felt like it was going to spin off, haha!

So, in class we spent the first days doing those terrible ice breaking exercises where you have to introduce yourself and say something interesting that begins with the first letter of your name. (This is so everyone gets to know you and remembers you – just for reference, I like cartwheels, camping, and cake….)

As an introvert though, I am finding the combined information overload/meeting new people situation really overwhelming, and at break times and lunch, I like to sit by myself in the classroom. I read a book and drink coffee/or cucumber water (new discovery, its amazing!) and just chill. I’ll probably get the reputation as an anti social weirdo, but for now it suits me. After a few weeks of adjustment, I’ll probably integrate more – the classmates are all very nice, and we do talk to each other, but only to discuss classwork. I don’t have the conversation that would remotely interest a twenty something who has boyfriend drama and parties hard! Its quite odd, because when I was at Uni, I really immersed myself in all aspects of student life (I mean joining groups and activities, NOT partying, haha!) I chatted with literally everybody I met, and found Uni life quite exciting. Now I’m older though, I’m focused more on just doing what I need to do, and consider my life away from college as my “real” life – does that make sense? I don’t define myself as a student like I did before……I’m more like “I do this and that, oh, and I also go to college” Quite interesting from a psychological perspective.

Needless to say I haven’t picked up a paintbrush all week, which bothers me. This first weekend is being spent catching up on all the chores I missed, so I doubt I’ll paint today. It will take time to get used to the new routine, I’m aware of that, but I just thought I would check in with some thoughts of the first week.

Next week is “specialist programs and terminology”, which sounds so much…..fun….! I found an old android phone in the junk drawer, and I’m using that for my “productivity apps” (yes, I am that much of a geek). I have my timetable on it, and to-do lists, along with habit trackers and timers, so that I keep focused on my schedule and not wander off to the Room of Doom to doodle! I tried customising some folders to use, but decided they weren’t professional looking, so went out and bought some “proper” stationery to use in college.

Kinda wish I was doing an art course now, haha!

Anyway, that’s it for now. I will try and pop in during the week to post something colourful, because creativity is (another word beginning with C!) relaxing and I feel I’m just running on adrenaline right now. But overall, the work is fine, the people are nice, and I think its going to be a good year! 🙂

Education

College tomorrow!

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(Not my photo. I have art books, not academic ones, ha! – source here: Redd Angelo)

So tomorrow I start college. Just for reference if you are not familiar with the education system here in the UK – College is a level of study before University. I think some colleges are degree accredited now, but for simplicity, we have 3 levels of college courses, and then 3 or 4 years of University, depending on the course. Then you have Masters courses which can be 1 or 2 years, and PHD’s…… So from age 5, when primary school starts, you could theoretically spend the next twenty years in full time education, if you so chose to do so……sounds fun, huh? 🙂

Of course, due to my “arse from elbow” (Scottish term for back to front) way of living, I stuttered and stumbled through my young years of education, worked for a while, then went to college and University in my thirties – having children and moving house several times, along the way. Having finally got my degree, I became very ill for a few years which pretty much put me back to square one as far as work went, because not having any recent activity on paper didn’t really go down well with potential employers!

I found myself in mid-life, with health issues, no job, no recent education, and an old degree which said I was fairly clever if I put my mind to it. So feeling a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of another possible 25+ years of pottering around, I decided to start over.

I’m so grateful that I live in a place where education is available for all (especially women) at any age, and indeed it can be a lifelong journey if you choose to make it so…..just look at these people who are getting degrees . And here’s me worrying about being a couple years shy of…well, I was feeling a little old, but hey…..

(I also just found this which records the youngest people ever to graduate)

This course I’m doing only lasts a year, and its an Admin based course so when I finish I can go and work in a hospital or somesuch. Together with my degree, I could progress into a job involving some sort of therapy, which interests me a lot, because I love helping people. But I’m not getting ahead of myself just yet….I still need to figure out important things like what to wear, where the canteen is, and how many books are allowed to be checked out of the library – I do love a good library!

I’ll still be doing creative things of course, so anyone who is following along for arty farty stuff will continue to see odd art experiments – because its what I do and I can’t stop, ha! However, there will be more lifestyle posts on here, just as a record of what’s going on “moving forward” (gah, I loathe that phrase but its the first one that popped into my head!)

If you are reading this on my actual site, and not the Reading List, then you will see I made some little changes regarding the theme. This was pure accident – I was messing around, not realising WordPress had “retired” the pretty and arty theme I have been using for the last 2 years (almost 2 years). So I couldn’t get it back even if I wanted to, and therefore had to go with something more current. I suppose the blog could do with freshening up, but still…Grrrrr!

Right, well…I’ll let you know how tomorrow goes. Bye for now! 🙂

Photography

The Old Fire Station

oldfirestation

Just look at this gorgeous building close to my house (on the dog walking route). It was an old fire station, built in 1897 and used right up until 1973. After it was no longer required, it was left to go to rack and ruin. Parts fell away leaving the sides exposed to the elements, pigeons made it their home (as did a few homeless people), and plants grew out of the windows. Now, after many months of scaffolding and building works, it has been renovated into flats, and cleaned up again.

I love that it has been rescued, but I do wish that some old buildings could be given back to the community for everyone to use, instead of turning everything into housing……but that’s just me and my idealistic world, haha!

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Rambling bits and bobs.

So hello! How are you all? I’m having a really good day today – one of those “high energy” days when the sun shines, you fling open the windows thinking its going to be a fabulous day.

My dog has other ideas though……

molly1

She is a bit of a lazy bones when its warm. In fact she doesn’t like going out when its wet either, so…..its hard work being a dog.

I haven’t been doing much creating of late……trying to get the Room of Doom straightened out and decluttered for college has taken up most of my time. Being ruthless with “my stuff” is a terrible ordeal. Its something that requires a constant stream of “Do I need this? Will it come in useful? Why haven’t I used it then”? questions. I have already dispatched 14 wallpaper sample books to the recycling (which gets picked up tomorrow – and no I won’t be fetching them back beforehand – although I did think about it)

I have been watching some minimalist videos on YouTube and feeling all inspired. So I tackled a room and decorated it in a neutral palette…..

vintage room

This does have a vintage filter on it, but basically its all browns and creams. I had a mad idea to use up some samples in a patchwork design on one wall……and I don’t like it now. In fact I’m not sure I like the room (its a tiny bedroom that was my daughters)Do you see the button lamp I glued up from ages ago? And that Bureau was a gift from hubby about 7 years ago – I adore bureaus.

Only have a couple of weeks to go before college starts. They want a photo of me for my college card, and no matter how many times I send one to them, it gets rejected for one reason or another! I’m no good at selfies, haha!

So I hope you are all well. Bye for now 🙂