Book shelf pt.2

Patience dear Lindir, patience.

I’m not at work today, I’m sorting out the books.

And because I love doing it, I’m building stacks.

That’s SF and childrens stories

That is no stack. Also it’s mainly fantasy and tolkien.

And that is the non-fiction part. The highest stacks are science, plants and art. No, we are not pedictable, aren’t we?

Sunflowers

A bunch of sunflowers.

The petals of a bunch of sunflowers in a pot.

The petals of a bunch of sunflowers with water and alum in a pot cooking slowly.

The petals of a bunch of sunflowers with water and alum in a pot cooking slowly, giving only marginal colour.

The petals of a bunch of sunflowers with water and alum in a pot, giving a bit more colour after more cooking.

The sap of a bunch of sunflowers after much cooking and adding some hydrous clay

The hydrous clay sap of a bunch of sunflowers after much cooking and dehydrating.

The dried hydrous clay sap of a bunch of sunflowers wayting for me to find me mortar and pestle.

Geranium pt. 2

I told you about the red geranium paint I brewed.

After the shell experience there were about 100-150 ml of the stuff still to go.

I put it back in the pot (including the crystals at the bottom) and let it boil (the crysals dissolved rather quickly). Then I added 2 teaspoons of aluminium hydroxide, also known as hydrous clay (Tonerdehydrat). The clay is supposed to absorb the red dye.

Which it did, I think.

Now all of the water has to go.
For four days now the stuff is standing in a water bath. The first day went pretty well, I was at home all the time and could regulate the heat.
Now I’m working again and there are only the evenings to heat the water.

I’m to impatient for this kind of stuff!

Origami …

… is not good for me.

Sadly not in the oh-my-god-I’m-so-obsessed-I-hardly-do-anything-other-than kind of way.

Sometimes I have trouble with my right hand. Some kind of chronic sinew irritation …
I’ve long hesitated but in the end I had to admit: folding makes it worse.

So that’s it folks. At least for the near future I really should restrain from doing to much paperwork.

And then we will see…

coming home

After a weekend of beeing away from reality, having fun, making plans and not beeing trown out of the ICE-train, I’ve returned home to find my geranium shell – which was well-filled when I left – looking like this:

It’s hardly surprising, considering that the plant sap consists of 99,9% water …

Neither it’s completely dried.

I think I could sink all the sap in the shell – but I won’t!
Instead I will use the rest for the pigment.

Wish me luck!