So I decided to add a slosh of watercolor to that linoprint I've been fiddling with... didn't work out exactly as I'd hoped but of course it never does πŸ˜…

Still, I think the colors add a lil bit of life to it so I'm happy. T'was a fun experiment to spend the morning on.

WOOHOO! I DIDN'T COMPLETELY MESS IT UP!!

I had to quit for a few days because holy mother of OW, RSI and neck pain from sitting badly while carving.

But today I was able to get back to it, spent a few hrs hunched + wincing, and got the dang thang done at last.

Thing about lino printing, you're never sure how it'll turn out til it turns out; I spent most of the time fretting that i'd done a buggerup.

...I think it turned out ok 😁

AAAAAAAAAAAAH!

The sunflower experiment is officially a success!

Last year I bought some seeds for my itty bitty balcony garden and on a whim I got some red-gold sunflower seeds, because pretty. Stuck 'em in a nice big pot of poop-dirt and hoped for the best.

I wasn't sure if it'd work in a pot, if the pot was big enough, held enough water, if the wind would blow it all over, and so on and so on.

Seems it did - this morning, I got mah first lil bloom 😊 🌻🌻🌻

The other day I mentioned I was in the mood for printmaking. 'Tis been a crummy week for time, so I only got down to the business of carving today.

Haven't made too many awful whoopsies or stabbed myself yet, so I'd say it's going well thus far πŸ˜… Have to stop for tonight, though; my hand is gone all achy and pins-&-needles-y and the nib of the knife has left a sore imprint on my index finger. More carving tomorrow yet -_- Here's hoping the print'll work πŸ™

Welp, it's been a tedious day.

so I'mma pour me a drink, watch Jurassic Park (the good one) and draw a chubby dragon.

✊

Oh, and while I've got my art brain on, here's a fella I finally decided I'm done with. Decided to leave his mane rough'n'shaggy, in part out of laziness, in part out of the fact that I don't want to wait a week (or more, thanks to summer humidity) every time I add a new slop of colour.

So: Have a rainbow lion :D

For the last two days my brain has been muttering "lino lino lino lino lino lino lino lino lino lino lino lino lino PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT PRINT..."

I think I want to maybe do a little printmaking.

Haven't done it for YEARS. Still got all my old tools but... the last time I took it seriously, it gave me a damn migraine. Because I'm silly and wanted to do a suuuper detailed gorilla. Gotta keep it a bit more simple this time, methinks.

So a week or two ago I lost the stylus for my wacom tablet. Luckily I had a suuuper old spare, so I've still been able to do digital stuff.

But still... I wanted to find the one I lost. Searched every drawer, every inch of desk space, every pen cup, the drawers by the printer, the bookshelves, the gap between the desk and shelves, on and on and on. SEVERAL TIMES OVER.

Today I found it. Sitting in its holder. NEXT TO THE TABLET. STARING SMUGLY AT ME WITH ITS WHOLE SMUG PEN SELF.

GAH

Today, for no reason whatsoever, other than the fact that I've never made a rainbow cake, and that I wanted to make a rainbow cake, well, I made a freakin' rainbow cake.

Food colouring and sweets were the devil in my house growing up. You'd get shamed, badly, for liking either. I was once told that cola was brown because it was coloured with cockroach crap, for example.

But screw all that noise, I'm an adult, and I just made me some goddamn 🌈 πŸŽ‚

I

HAVE CREATED

LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFE!!!!

*dramatic thunderclap*

...okay, I didn't create life so much as shoved some seeds into poop-rich soil and hoped, but still. I just found my first flower. I am LOVING the colour - marigolds are typically straight orange or yellow. This ruffled red-gold is just... dang. I'm a proud plant mama.

(back to art soon; it's been a busy few weeks, but today I got my art room all neat, tidy & set up for painting again so... soooon :D)

My dad dropped by today.

He brought with him a big jar of just-harvested honey and a big sack of soil (well, composted horse/goat/alpaca crap and grass cuttings), and he left with a big batch of my pork baos and potato croquettes.

Now I'm sitting in my little city apartment, a big plastic tub of poop in my living room, a dozen or so itty bitty seedlings chilling in their new poop soil, and I'mma eat ice cream and watch star trek.

Some days life is just oddly nice.

While I'm on a tear about my ridiculous gardening obsession, does anyone have a that calls for a full metric butt-ton of chives?

I'm harvesting right now (at 3.40am, I have a problem) and this whole shrub is gettin' chopped. I've left it too long and it's full of dead leaves; it'll bounce back right away because garlic chives are IMMORTAL AND EVERGROWING.

Right now the best I can do is sprinkle it over a stir fry and mash some into bread dough. I'll never use all of this. Ideas?

And to think, before christmas I was laughing at my dad for having sofas for his goat and sheep. I spent a weekend building a bench and a triangular table out of scraps specifically so my herbs would have somewhere nice to sit.

But... I mean...

PLANTS.

Just LOOK at this pretty little shit:

And the thing is, I don't have room for all this. I don't have a garden. I have a small concrete balcony that's already close to capacity (not visible: one massive aloe, several other seedling pots, a habanero chilli tree, 2 marigolds, and 2 huge pots with baby sunflowers because I saw red sunflower seeds on ebay and swooned... also some indoor plants/cacti. Soon, there's gonna be a dozen more.

Oh yea, that blue bench? I built it. For my plants. Because PLANTS, DAMMIT.

I mean LOOK at this shit. I planted these a week ago and woke up this morning to find they'd broken the soil and it's like receiving a second round of christmas presents.

The first round was buying myself chilli seeds on ebay.

And this is only going to hurt me in the long run. Because these are freakin' NAGA chillies, aka "SWEET HOLY OW WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO YOURSELF", coming in at 1.2 million scovilles on the heat scale. I read that fact, grinned stupidly, and clicked "buy it now"...

Right. That's it. I have an addiction. I've spent more time than I'd care to admit browsing eBay and googling for local stores that I can visit to further my habit. I've sunk more money than my budget allows into equipment. I've checked the postal tracker 2 times today because a package is late.

The package is seeds. Not weed seeds. Lettuce seeds. Not the devil's lettuce, just... regular lettuce. And daisies. And pansies. And basil. Ooh yeah, baby, I'mma grow SO MUCH STUFF.

Greetings all!

Back online after a little while away. Went to visit mah dad and then to mah mumsie, and when I got back a few days ago I found someone had broken in, nicked some stuff, and stomped on my PC 😐

So... yeah... been in a grump.

But today I got a message that my Dorset Naga chilli seeds had been delivered (I get sad at Xmas so I got silly on ebay; buying seeds for my wee balcony garden is becoming addiction) So I've been playing in the dirt making plant babies.

Less grumpy now.

ASK NOT FOR WHOM THE FROG POSES.

IT POSES FOR THEE.

4/4

Oh, you thought that was the end?

I mentioned that there was a *pile* of little dollar-store stocking stuffers, right? Turns out something was lurking in the deep, dark depths of the pile.

BAM.

THREE sexy frogs.

...

WHY DO I HAVE THREE SEXY FROGS?

It's a collection now.

This is going to continue. I feel it in my bones. Every birthday, every christmas, every valentines day... BAM. SURPRISE SEXY FROG. It will never end.

LOOK UPON MY SEXY, SEXY FROGS, YE MIGHTY, AND DESPAIR.

3/?

...but that's not all.

See, this is not the first frog my mother has bought me. For my birthday last year?

OTHER SEXY FROG. NOW I GOT TWO SEXY FROGS, Y'ALL.

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