|can't look (2014) #fromthelandofdragons|
|can't look (2014) #fromthelandofdragons|
|'casted sun rise . . . .'|
|'one if these things is not like the others . . . '|
|'top of the morning' . . . '|
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being. Miriam Makeba
Research shows the presence of women raise the standards of ethical behavior and lowers corruption. Hillary ClintonIn fact I was so moved that I m going to make a pillowcase dress (or more) and send it off, and/or host a dress making party!! But for now cheer, cheer to Lillian Weber!!
a weekly drawing challenge sponsored by Illustration Age, where every Friday a new topic is posted and illustrators from around the globe have one week to come up with their own unique interpretation and share it on the IF home page.
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"By suspending Rice for two games, a lighter sentence than players who smoke marijuana receive, the NFL’s leadership is sending a terrible message that violence against women doesn’t matter to the league."For many years I have been reluctant to be too political here, on my blog. I appreciate that my work in has a political bent, especially in terms of the feminine experience. However I have shied away from posting anything too controversial, too radical, I have restrained myself from truly expressing my feelings but today I was pushed to far . . .
|'in memory of . . . '|
|By Sarah Baker, in response to the Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby.|
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What message is that sending out into the world??? It is worst to smoke marijuana than to beat a woman unconscious?!?!?All of the above issues are high voltage topics and with many layers, they are not black and white. In Ray Rice's case it is reported that both Rice and Palmer attacked each other and both were charged, although the charges against Palmer were dropped. So Palmer wasn't completely innocent in this incident nor is she to blame for what happened to her (as some have insinuated).
|Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested over the weekend for allegedly getting into a physical fight with his fiancee at an Atlantic City casino. Pictured about in March 2013 with long-time girlfriend Janay Palmer and their daughter Rayven|
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2560994/Baltimore-Ravens-running-Ray-Rice-arrested-getting-physical-fight-fiancee-Atlantic-City-casino.html#ixzz38y8wA51k
Also, this case involved the word, birth control, which is such a minefield of emotion and religious zeal that it clouds the waters of any clear discussion of the facts. I have watched as well educated people turn this subject into the dos and don't of unwanted pregnancies - NOT THE POINT!!!
“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.”
― Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
|photo by maureen gormley|
U 2 can make one of these!!!
examples of different types of recycled cardboard
Use any cardboard that you have around the house. Just not too thick so that it is hard to cut.
Position template on cardboard
Then hold template in place, trace and then cut out
cardboard bird and template
The inside of security envelope - wonderful patterns!!
pages from old white pages, the comics, magazines or sheet music. Also I went to the dump and found old cookbooks, poetry books and nursery rhymes, giving their pages one more life.
Whatever paper you choose you will use it to 'paper mache' around your bird's body. This will give the bird a little more strength and cover any graphics that maybe on the cardboard. This will also give the birds a consistent look when they are together.
Whatever paper you pick tear it into small pieces. so whatever is on the paper becomes more of a pattern than readable text.
For paper mache you need a thin paste - I recommend either the traditional paste of flour and water with a little salt or wallpaper paste or a white glue like Elmer's watered down. This is not an exact science, find a consistency that you are comfortable to work with. Just not too watery or the paper will not stick.
You will want to cover your work space - here I used a cut open brown paper bag.
Now you can attach the pieces, covering the entire bird
For curves and corners, like the tail, you can cut the paper and fold it over in sections.
Arrows (hopefully u can see them:) point to places that I cut into the paper
then fold sections over.
The phonebook pages had these page marker which I cut out and added to the bird as graphic accents.
Once your bird is entirely covered you can hang it to dry. If you can't hang it just let it dry flat but turn it occasionally so that is does not stick to paper - you can lay the wet bird on aluminum or wax paper.
If the cardboard you use has folds . .
Reinforce the folds with smaller flat pieces of cardboard on both sides of fold. Staple the pieces over the fold.
You will be covering the birds with paper mache so the bumps and staples won't show and the bird will be more stronger. Once reinforced, paper mache away!!!
make your wing 3" - 31/2" wide. The length can wary according to your paper but it would be good to be at least 10" long. (You can get a set of wings out of one piece of 81/2" x 11" paper.)
When you start to put your poetry/blessing onto the wing - leave about 3" blank at the top of the wing.
Here I copied an Emily Dickerson poem with a black pen.
What you put on the wings is up to you. These birds will be carrying blessings, prayers and words of the heart. The wings are a place where your creative self can take flight, the sky is the limit!!!
After writing the poem I trimmed the bottom of the wing to suggest flight.
you need 2 wings, the same size and you will trim the bottoms as I did in this photo.
then line them up together with the text facing each other
insert the top of the bird body in between the wings, so the underside of the wings is showing.
you don't want to go to far into the bird's body, just enough so that the wings will attached to the body.
make sure that the wings are lined up - this will ensure that when you staple on the wings that you will be stapling both wings
Take your staple from the bottom of the bird body and staple the wings. You will need a regular stapler into which you can fit the bird's body, not a small one.
you want to staple both sides of the wings - front and back with one staple if possible.
I use three staples to attach entire wings.