Monday, December 19, 2016

Soy wax fun from Jane Dunnewold

I've been playing around with Jane Dunnewold's techniques for using soy wax since her book, Vibrant Color, came out.  The painful part was always making the soy wax paste that can be used for a big variety of surface design techniques, including silkscreening, my particular interest.

Well now, Jane has come out with 2 different packages of premade soy wax paste.  So if you've been wanting to try some of these things out, but didn't want to invest in all the equipment to do it yourself until you'd experimented a bit, here's your chance.  Order before Dec 31 and get free shipping and an ebook version of the book above.  I have no financial interest in her success, just another artist who loves her clarity in explaining things and shares some of her interests.

Order here:

I'll be experimenting in this area in the next few months, in and around getting ready to move to Bellingham, and of course, I'll share pictures of what I do.  Happy Holidays to all who are celebrating now!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

More news sources, from a different perspective

This is a more visual form with a different ranking of news sources.  Using this and the one I posted earlier makes it pretty easy to see what the unreliable sources are and what ones are generally reliable.  Here's the link to the source I got it from.

While I'm pretty happy with the credibility of my current news sources, I'm also using these rankings as a guide to where to go look for what the crazies will be talking up next.  Maybe then I'll be less taken by surprise.

Edit added 10:40am 12/14/16:  Right after I posted the above, I got this post from Steve Barnes about the possibility of being wrong and hoping for outcomes that are the best for all of us, not just what I think is best.  Thanks, Steve, well said.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Getting multiple news sources

I've always tried to read different perspectives because I don't think there's much of a chance that I know everything there is to know about any particular issue.  But with the massive increase in websites and blogs in addition to more traditional news sources, well, it's a bit overwhelming.  This graph gives me a starting place.  The author is clearly self-identified as conservative (their group blog Mitrailleuse is in the upper right quadrant) so I'd probably put some of these things in a slightly different place but I like the idea.

I got this from the website given under the graph and I repeat it here so it's super easy to find.

I'm sure I'll have some amusement in exploring things I don't normally read and it will certainly be informative.