Pretty Paper

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine has been really nice and it was such a welcome relief after our crazy week with the termites. Luckily it seems we caught the problem early enough but of course the adventure didn’t stop there. Mid week when the temperature was getting pretty hot here we turned on the AC and only hot air was blowing. Oh my goodness! Luckily it was just a wire that needed to be fixed and it was still under warranty but still. Just having to deal with that is no fun.

What was a ton of fun though was going to my paper marbling class on Saturday. This was a class through the Austin Book Arts Center (fabulous place). I had done paper marbling quite a few years ago and while some of the stuff I remembered, I feel like I got a lot more information in this class and I was totally into it.

I did better marbling smaller pieces as it’s just easier to handle but I was happy with some of my larger pieces too. The largest being approximately 9 x 14 inches. I tried some metallic inks, marbling on cloth and marbling on different types of pieces of paper. I have to say I really liked the results on the small piece of muslin cloth.

We learned to make a stone pattern, which is the most basic, a gel-git, a peacock and a nonpareil. We had plenty of time to play and I actually enjoyed pulling a second piece of paper after the initial piece. Normally, paper marbling is like a monoprint – one time print, but going through a second time was fun too as you could pick up a softer image. It wouldn’t be nearly the same but you could definitely find some surprises.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with all of my pieces yet but there are two that I could definitely see as book covers and many others for my art journaling.

I apologize for being absent from blogland but hopefully I’ll be getting back in the swing of things soon. What did you do this weekend?

Catching Up

We had a good weekend only to find out on Sunday that we had a termite problem in our house. Eek. So needless to say the week has been focused on getting this issue resolved and I am tired. Can you believe that last night I woke up at 1:15 a.m. and actually started getting ready for work? I totally thought it was time to get going. I need a vacation!

Unfortunately no vacation for now but I shouldn’t complain so much as I did make it out to my book group meeting yesterday. We had a great time even though most of us were not that keen on The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I personally liked her first book better. Anyway, I’m looking forward to our next month’s selection which is The Dry by Jane Harper.

Sorry for the short post but I want to relax and hopefully get a good night’s sleep tonight. I hope you are having a good week!

Happiness Is…

I have a serious case of Spring Fever friends. Not only that but with the recent change to daylight savings time I feel like I’ve been dragging all week. So nothing to do but focus on good stuff so here are some things that are bringing me joy.

Wildflowers – I hate having a commute but I have to say when I start to see the bluebonnets and indian paintbrush it definitely makes me smile. I can’t wait to go check out the Wildflower Center gardens soon.

Tea – I don’t drink tea as much as coffee but lately I’ve really been into this white chocolate mocha black tea. It is delicious and gives me an added caffeine boost in the morning. I don’t add any sugar or milk to it.

New music – I’m really enjoying the latest Hermosa Ingrata by Juanes. Love listening to some good music on my commute. Or NPR… Thank goodness for NPR.

A good hand cream. My hands can get dry pretty quickly and I’ve found that this cream feels light and yet really moisturizes. I only use it during the day though because although the scent isn’t over powering I still prefer something unscented.

Paper marbling. I’ve done this before but it’s been a while so I have signed up for a class. Can’t wait!

Finally, if you are also suffering from spring fever and don’t have the attention span for long stories how about checking out some of these books that you can finish in a day.

What about you? Tell me what you are enjoying lately. Hope you have a super weekend. My number one goal this weekend is to catch up on sleep.