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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

"T Stands For Teddy Sitting On Wood Platform" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

This is my summation of the past week:

Those are photos of Teddy that I took during our trip to Lonetown Marsh Sanctuary a few weeks ago.

I needed a ticket into this week's T-gathering, so here is Teddy with another magazine image showing drinks. Teddy said if you look closely above the "a" in Creative, you'll see a cocktail. This page highlighted Gloucester, MA as a fun destination.

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The weather was nice this past week. September is a pleasant time of year in the NYC, NJ, CT tri-state area.

I'm in the process of going through my UFO (UnFinished Objects & Projects) pile to complete them or throw them into the scrap heap.

I made some postcards: Blue Wizard, Rhinoceros, and Rhinoceros Evolution.

I made a Pear tag and matching postcard.

I made another decoupage wood box: Arcana Pentacle Raven.

I saw and reported a Canada Goose that is tagged as part of a bird migration tracking program. I didn't realize it at the time, but the bird had a US Federal leg band on, in addition to the more noticeable neck collar band.

I took some photos of the first indications of Fall: First Signs of Fall, Dragonfly, and Leaf on Water / Impressionist Painting. I also took a photo of the Full Moon.

This past week was the 18th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack. I went to the Connecticut 9/11 memorial location to spend some time in solitude there. I live in close proximity to Manhattan, where the World Trade Center Twin Towers used to be. As long as I am cognizant, I will never forget that day.

A few lesser known facts about 9/11/2001

Over the weekend, we watched North By Northwest (1959) (DVD), Skyline (2010) (DVD), Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2010) (DVD), It (1990) (DVD), Wicked Little Things (2006) (DVD), and Bay Coven (1987) (DVD).

Sunday, September 15, 2019

"Rhinoceros Evolution" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Evolution."

I went to the beat of my own drummer on this one. I have always loved rhinoceros. Despite their prehistoric resemblance, I think they are handsome animals. Their only predator is mankind, who will most likely cause their extinction. The words on this postcard are my own.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Full Moon Behind Trees - Photograph

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I took this photograph of the rising full moon last night. Unfortunately it was mostly obscured by trees.

Friday, September 13, 2019

"Arcana Pentacle Raven" - Wood Box

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I made another pentacle raven wood box, using a cigar box, similar to this design, this design and this design.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

I wanted to use an inkjet image transfer method, to transfer only the ink onto the gold painted wood box top, but the methods I used failed to work, so I ended up using my standard decoupage method.

These are the three transfer methods that didn't work, using the above design with a clear background, not the gold background used for the decoupage method:

1) Avery full sheet clear (transparent) mailing label page - I printed the image onto the clear mailing label side of the page, peeled off the backing, and placed the image sticky side down onto the lid. Despite using a brayer, the label had air bubbles and was opaque, not clear (when the package claimed it was clear).

2) Avery full sheet white mailing label page - I mirror image printed onto the white mailing label side of the page, but when I tried to remove the page, it adhered to the box top and peeled off the paint when I was able to pull it off.

3) Avery full sheet clear (transparent) mailing label page - I mirror image printed onto the clear mailing label side of the page, and the page successfully peeled off, but the ink on the box top ran / smeared, and some of the ink remained on the clear sheet, so it wasn't a 100% transfer. The ink smearing was so bad it was unusable.

So far, the best method to get a 100% ink transfer is still the Highline Guitars inkjet image transfer method, but it's not simple to do, and the crease lines for peeling off the label(s) appear as lines in the transferred image.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

"Rhinoceros" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Leaf on Water / Impressionist Painting - Photograph

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This is 1 of 3 posts of photographs that I took at Riverside Park in Fairfield, CT this past week.

I wanted my last post for today (9/11) to show something soothing. This photograph ended up looking like an Impressionist Painting, which is a direct result of the camera being digital. I didn't alter this photo. I found some solace in this picture's beauty on this tragic anniversary of the day that we were attacked.

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you're in the arms of the angels
may you find some comfort there

(in the arms of the) Angel - Sarah McLachlan

Dragonfly - Photograph

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This is 2 of 3 posts of photographs that I took at Riverside Park in Fairfield, CT this past week.