Artflakes

As of now you can buy prints of my pictures at Artflakes.

I’m just getting started on this, so there are only a few offers at the moment. But there will be more.
If there is any picture you’re especially interested in – please let me know!

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Sandstone

I still want to show you my adventures with the apple bark.

I told you about making the pigments.
Now I tried to turn them into some watercolour paint.

The recipe itself is easy:

You take one part (e.g. one teaspoon) of gum arabic and two parts of destiled water (or water that had been boiling at some point in the past and is at room temperature now) and mix them together until it becomes a smooth, runny paste (not unlike batter for pancakes).
Then you take about one part of the pigment and stir it into the batter. You keep on stirring until all of the lumps are gone and it’s an a smooth paste (this time it’s more like thick batter for spaetzle). Maybe you have to add some more pigments, but thats ok.

So far the theory.
The reality looks like this

apple paint

It feels a bit like sandstone and it behaves like sandstone – meaning that it refuses to give away any colour.

Vegetale paint I’m not done with you yet!

Not good

I ran out of book before I ran out of week.

I planed to aquire new reading material at the weekend but I finished my book (first in a trilogy) today. And now I have two workdays still to go …

I tried reading some classical fantasy short stories by people like Lin Carter or Roger Zelazny, but .. that’s not really an option.

If don’t find anything readable soon, I’m going to be stuck with a book about vegetarian diet or maybe Erich Fromms ‚Die Kunst des Liebens‘ – not really easy listening reading.

ps. sorry for the bad english 🙁

Captain Jack

After spending one day in the presence of a whole horde of chirping sparrow families I just had no chance but to invite one of them into my home.

You will notice the cherry flowers on the bunch, which tells you that he lives here for some time now. I’m afraid I’m a bit behind schedule at the moment – some things just have to wait til they get told.

Prequel to ‚The Yet To Be Named Bathroom Project‘

Some of you may remember my my last, epic adventure with windowcolor?

Back in bavaria, I decorated my bedroom window.
Sounds boring …
But I didn’t do the usual little stars and flowers , no I didn’t – I did art noveau, and I did the whole window!

The pattern came from a art noveau pattern book and I modified it just a little bit to make it fit the frame. I did it in 8-10 pieces, the whole painting would have been imposible to insert into the window.

When we moved out I it too had to go.

window

window

With these pictures in mind, I leave you wondering what I’m planing to do to the bathroom … *muah-ha-ha*

Arabesque Flourish

A couple of weeks ago we finally went to the ‚Casa della Lindir‘ to fetch the origami picture I told you about.
It really is gorgeous! To think that it’s just one piece of paper … and these great columnlike, arabesquish … structures, reminding me above all of greek architecture … *sigh*

It’s hanging on our window now – it kept on falling down but it finally surrendered and remained fixed.

The passe-partout has a beautiful ruby colour, a bit like the one on this blog, only deeper.
I like how the light is shining through the paper, becoming this deep yellow shade – surrounded by ruby.

Here’s some details:

You can see the pre-folding lines. There all over the piece. Imagine the effort!

Once again: Thank you very much my dear!
I’m looking forward to the many more things you will create in the future!
Happy folding!

Return to ocre

It’s time for me to tell you what I did with all the apple-bark-paint-sites I was working on …

First for the sap.
You may remember this yellowish looks-like-egg-paint glas?

First of all I actually made some „Glue-size“ from it. I took a small strip of white linen and soaked it in the sap. After letting it go dry I repeated the process. And again. And …
I don’t remember exactly how often I did this, but I think it was about five times …

Now it looks this:

If soaked in water the paint should liquidate and be paintable againt. So much for theory, the practice is jet to come …

After this process there was still a lot of sap to go, so I poured it in another shell to let it go dry.

This is the sappy-sap,

and this ist the dried-sap.

It’s still very easy dissolvable and when painted still looks like this:

Next time wil be about the pigments.

Photo Contest

Some time ago I’ve told you about this ongoing photo contest hosted by the German Tolkien Society.
Now the voting is over and …

I’ve won!

Not the first prize, but a tolal two of the three second prizes, and I think that’s more than a good result.
Thanks to all of you who voted for me!

And for all the non-tolkien-people out there who are curious what I’m actually talking about – here are the two pictures I‘ve handed in:

Yavannas Garden

The Garden of Yavanna

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The Elves are fetching their Silver Lamps

Lindir, Ronja this one’s for both of you