So I had this pack of canvases just laying around, as you do…

So. It’s cold as hell and I got bored. I had this 6 pack of 8″x10″ canvases and was wondering… “What’s my name look like in Gallifreyan?” This was the result.


My name in Gallifreyan.

So then I said, “Well, that barely fits the canvas all by itself. Best add some lines. Make it look funky.” So I did that and moved onto another picture.

And with the new picture I said to myself, “Wonder what my husband’s name looks like in Gallifreyan?” and so I plugged his first name into the generator and copied it out onto another canvas. But then I looked at it and went “There’s all this white space off to the side. Best add some lines like I id to mine and make it look funky. And after I did that I still was not satisfied. It looked… off. So then I thought, “Hey, he likes Iron Man. Let’s give him some Iron Man.” Because at some point while drawing I subconsciously decided this was going to be a gift for my husband apparently. And after doing a bit of Googling on the old Google I found some arc reactor clip-art that was easy to draw out. And so this final product was born.


Husband’s name n Gallifreyan.

But then I looked at mine and went…. “Now that’s just bland as hell.” And added in two things from stuff I enjoy. The Deathly Hallows symbol from Harry Potter, and the Dragon Power Coin from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. And then just for shits and giggles, I added the number 42 (Not pictured in my picture above though because I added it after the picture was taken.


Left to right/bottom: Dot Guy (H2G2G), TARDIS (Doctor Who), The Guide (H2G2G), A Scutter (Red Dwarf)

Well, then since I was on a roll, I decided to keep drawing. I mean, I had 4 more canvases left over and these things have been sitting in my house for about 5 months or so now. I did two more. The first is another fandom one that focuses primarily on the sci-fi things I enjoy. Doctor Who, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Red Dwarf.

The second one was inspired by a series of videos by Youtube personality Markiplier. The videos were a 4 part story called “Who Killed Markiplier?” and were shot in First Person perspective. It’s really cool and gives some origins of 2 of the characters that he plays in different spoofs, skits, and such.

These are all rough sketches on canvas at the moment, but will be finished off over the next week or two. I want to do all of them as mixed media using yarn, paint (both acrylic and watercolor), embroidery thread, and tissue paper. Its been a long time since I’ve done actual art stuff and with my birthday coming up next week I really want to get SOMETHING done as a sort-of gift to myself. The one with my name in Gallifreyan will be going on my awesome stuff wall behind my desk, while the others… who knows. Maybe I’ll find a way to ship off my Markiplier one to the man himself once it’s finished and dried. I hope to post pictures of the finished products before the last day of the month, but don’t hold me to that!


Who Killed Markiplier? – I call them Warfball and Darkball

Ah, Knitting.

win_20161211_14_56_53_proA few weeks ago, the day before Thanksgiving, I bought a pair of circular knitting needles on Amazon. They finally arrived on Sunday (love you, special USPS Christmas holiday extended package delivery services!). They are size 15US (10mm) and 47″ long tip to tip (120cm). I needed a set that big and so long because I am knitting a blanket for my bed, which is a full-size. I have only made one this size once before, and i was a gift for a friend. Based on how long it took me last time, I’m expecting to work on this for approximately 3 months. This is if I spend 2-4 hours a day on it. Because some days I’ve got a lot to do, I’m trying to put in as much time as I can on it from the start. So far I’ve got about 12 hours pushed into this project already. It’s about 7-8 inches long and is approximately 410 stitches per row.

win_20161214_12_53_43_proI’m sticking with my method of using only scrap yarn from my mom’s old projects, that way again I’m helping her make room for new yarns and colors, and am recycling every scrap possible. Some scraps only last a single row, while others have gone to make 2 inch long stripes.

To practice knitting for this big project, I’d made a few smaller items on a smaller set of circular needles I got from my mom. One of them is multi colored just so I could get used to joining yarns again (it’s been years since my last large scale project with my Doctor Who scarves!).




To Make Old New

So I’m really big on trying to recycle household items for other uses. Recently we’ve had a lamp stop working entirely, but the lampshade was still in really good condition, if not a little dusty. I took it off the lamp, and we got rid of the lamp itself. I just couldn’t figure out what to do with the shade though. We don’t have any other lamps just lying around to put it on.IMG_1181

Yesterday, husband took our son to the library, then out to the nearby park for a few hours before lunch. Giving me time to tend to some housework and anything else I wanted. So I looked at the lamp shade and decided to do something about it. I sat down with a paint brush, a wee little cup of water, and some acrylic paints and set to work.

First I used the paint brush to wet down a few of the plaits, soaking them through completely. Then I just barely touched the brush to a color (I mean just feather light) and applied it to one of the wet plaits. When the color was too thick, I simply added more water to thin it back out even more. I wanted it to soak into the fabric, and look a bit like watercolor. This is the effect it gave.


So then I went all the way around, alternating the three colors I’d picked. I noticed as I went around, the bit at the bottom was soaking up the excess water and color. When I finished, I let it sit for a few minutes, and then turned it upside down to have it soak into the band at the top as well. It turned out very lovely indeed.

The only downside is that the inside of the lampshade now has stripes of color, which I was not intending to happen but it was kinda cool. You can see how I applied the color, but also the directions I tended to use the brush in on each plait. Depending on how bright or large the color is, you can see when I had to apply more water to thin it out, or more color to give it a better stain.


And then, here’s the finished product! I’ll add another picture later once we have a new lamp to put it on.