I don’t normally pay much attention to my blog stats, but I noticed today that the little counter in the bottom right is reporting over 100,000 visitors to my website! Â And Google Analytics confirms it: over 103,000 unique visitors since October 2009, resulting in about 375,000 pageviews. Â That’s worth some champagne!
Meanwhile, I’ve decided to dedicate some time this weekend to surface design. Â I have Â too many faaaaaabulous toys I haven’t played with yet! Â In particular, I want to get to know my Thermofax machine. Â I bought mine more or less on impulse – I had been idly searching for one for several months, but they cost anywhere from $800-1000, and I wasn’t ready to shell out that kind of money. Â Then one came up on Craigslist for a mere $500 – half the going rate! – and I leaped into the car, drove like a maniac to the tattoo shop in San Francisco that was selling it, and carted my prize away.
And it’s basically sat there sad and lonely since I got it, primarily because I’ve been focused on Autumn Splendor. Â It might actually have been useful for Autumn Splendor, but being under deadline, I didn’t have time to learn how to use it. Â So now it’s time to remedy that, pull it out from under the sewing table, and learn how to use it. Â Play time!
At the same time, of Â course, I might as well learn how to mix up acrylic paints from scratch. Â I have the liquid pigment concentrates from ProChem, and acrylic medium to mix them with; Mike also has some wonderful pigments from Sinopia, which I could try as well. Â I could have a lot of fun with acrylic paint and a couple of Thermofax screens…
…Of course, there’s also possibilities with thickened dye. Â Or discharge paste. Â Or…um, actually, rather a lot of “or”. Â Wild possibilities, y’know?
And since I have no Major Projects on hand, I think I’m going to spend at least one day playing with surface design techniques. Â It will be outdoors, messy, and fun!
An idea I am percolating: order a dozen T-shirts from Dharma Trading Co (which is having a sale on top of their already rock-bottom prices!) and go nuts with surface design. Â My T-shirt collection is gradually getting threadbare, so it would be handy to have more clothes to wear; and at only $2.69 apiece, that’s even cheaper than a thrift store! Â I can work less expensively on T-shirts than on any woven fabric, and I might even get something wearable as a result!
Of course working on T-shirts isn’t the same as working on woven fabric (knitted fabric behaves differently), but it would be a fun way to play with surface design while producing something possibly useful. Â I rather think I’ll do it.
And….drum roll please….all our contingencies on the house have CLEARED! Â The inspections all came out fine, and we got the loan approval this morning. Â The tenant still needs time to move out, but that’s IT! Â Escrow is scheduled to close on May 4.