I spent some time sketching the amazing origami on Gilad's Origami Page. It's crazy how skillful the folders are. I especially liked the nuns, graceful and simple in black and white. Copying the proportions, I made sketches that are way better than my actual sketches, because someone else had already worked out what to do.
Monday, August 27, 2012
On Saturday I took the subway to the National Postal Museum. It's in a beautiful tall, stone building, but I didn't really take photos because there was no natural light. The current exhibit shows artifacts and mail from the Hindenburg and the Titanic.
The NPS puts on an event called "Build a Topical Stamp Collection" where you get to dig through plastic tubs of donated stamps and pick out six to take home. It was amazingly fun to see and hold all the tiny art from the whole past century and all over the world. Casey doesn't care for collecting things but he actually enjoyed it because he loves nations and the world. Still, he only found four stamps that he wanted so I got to pick two extra.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Casey got a rainbow letter on origami paper, and I got excited and made a bunch of watercolor rainbows.
The inspiration, on origami paper
Envelope chain lined with business reply envelopes
Accordion folded envelope chain rainbow
Misting envelopes before applying paint gives a nice effect, and is easier than cleaning off dried-on salt.
Friday, August 10, 2012
I tried a couple of tricks you can only do with watercolors, and it came out pretty cool. The texture is from throwing salt on the wet watercolor, and the resist is from putting rubber cement on one layer of watercolor, letting it dry, putting on a contrasting color, and rubbing off the cement.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
I used to feel so bad for people who don't live near an ichibankan, who have to pay ebay $5 for food picks shaped like pandas, and now I'm one of them. Of course we stocked up at the Union City Daiso before we left California, but I didn't understand what it would be like out here. I didn't realize it was the Oregon Trail so I only bought one.
Casey takes his $1.50, 100ml box to work every day, and the lid cracked and a latch snapped off. I think we got a good amount of use out of it, but there's no way to get another. All of my boxes are sized for toddler or lady appetites so he's using the biggest intact box, which is shaped like a strawberry. It's aggressively cute, but it is hard to pack because foods aren't that shape and the top layer is very shallow.
The latches also snapped off of my Daiso bento box before I used it very much, but I don't blame them because we were using it to hold a pound of butter that kept melting and hardening in the trunk and while it was melted we opened it and butter got in the gasket and latches and made it super hard to close. So that was more our fault.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Today I was going to study kanji all day long. I did a great job until my internet broke. I was so wiped out that I just took a nap. Even thought it was only noon. So, the highlight of my day was getting! the! mail!