Do you have a song in your collection that reminds you of spring?
Of birds, and flowers and life and hope?
For me ‚The Secret Language of Birds‘ does the job.
It’s from a solo album (with the same titel) of Ian Anderson the frontman of the famous Jethro Tull.
It’s one of those make-do pictures.
The wall next to our dishwasher got a few stains.
Our previous tennant had painted the wall yellow so there was no way of mending it without painting the whole side of the kitchen anew.
I went looking for the old wall paint I used years ago (because it’s waterproof) and guess what! It’s still OK after 10 years!
We had some latex paint too but sadly not the colourless variety.
As you may remember I had a vaguely similar problem in my old flat.
As you may remember I came up with this solution
This time I made every stain into a flower (because it’s springtime), and then I made some more flowers, and some dots and finally – because I couldn’t help myself – a good deal more dots.
I like it.
What do you want me to paint next?
I thought about doing more Tolkien.
Also and there’s an ugly mirror in the bathroom which needs attention.
And I’d like some Futurama somewhere …
And some Dr. Who!
I think I’ve made some pigments. May as well be dirt, I’m not sure.
Remember the colour-sap?
I carefully added a few teaspoons of soda-water (sodium carbonate and water) to the sap. The Book said to use only a few drops but I ended using up about half a cup.
The sap begun to foam, which it should.
After vigorous stirring, the foam was sifted through a thin cloth.
A layer of … foamy, muddy, greasy stuff remained and was stored in the sun to dry.
Now it looks like this, and it should be pigment.
Also it should be yellow.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not really impressed.
Nevertheless I will consult The Book and try to make watercolours out of it. One can never have enough ochre.
The remaining liquid seems to be also a kind of ochre.
and when painted and dried looks like this:
I don’t know what to do with it.
Maybe I’ll add some gum arabic to make ink.
Or I’ll concentrate it further to make these shell-thingies again.
Or I soak some tissue to make „Glue-size“ (the german term is „Tüchleinfarbe“)
So much possibilities!
What do you thing?