Friday, July 2, 2010

Doing it yourself...





Well, it was time...

So...I got a roll of unprimed Belgian Linen 52" by 3 yards...http://www.currys.com(linen doesn't move as much as cotton canvas- it is also a nice colour...costs more...but for Canadian climates I think it is a safer choice...)

A stapler...some staples...(1000 to a box)...

Two 36" stretcher bars with a 2-1/4" depth & two that are 48"...http://www.rexart.com/(You can order bars from Rex art online- an extra deep depth that nobody else offers)...

Some Liquitex Clear Gesso...(so far my favorite)...(with walnut oil paints, the gesso with white & marble dust is WAY too drying & ruins the walnut oils by drying them out too much- the liquitex clear gesso doesn't have the white nor the marble dust, so it leaves the walnut oils alone & shiny...Big lesson)...

Some Walnut Alkyd medium, two bottles...(this makes walnut oil paint dry much faster...)(walnut oils dry slow...yawn...real slow...this stuff you can dribble on your canvas while painting & it will dry the walnut oils faster, properly)(made by M. Graham)...

So, I am going to go back to my roots & stretch my own canvas again...I miss it...The process...Yes, it's easier to get someone to do it for me...But I think I need to relearn my process...

I am seriously considering buying raw pigments, some walnut oil & a glass mueller & mixing my own pigments...I have beeswax noodles http://www.frontpagearticles.com/2010/03/26/wax-as-an-additive-to-oil-paint/ & wonder if I melt them with some walnut oil, if I can add that to my pigments to make them thicker...http://www.fanningart.com/blog/ (Leah Fanning makes her own paint)

I mean, or will the beeswax overdry everything & cause the work to crack...? (had a little episode with Doralnd's wax medium- loved it so much I kinda overdid it...wax is like that)...

I have been making my own sunscreen & solid perfume balm...& I love doing it...

Here is sunscreen: (I got my stuff from New Directions Aromatics)...https://www.newdirectionsaromatics.ca/

beeswax noodles melt...(like 2 parts)

add some shea butter...(like 3 parts)

add some coconut oil (solid is nice)(like 4 parts)

add a drop of marigold absolute & another drop of vanilla absolute (this is not essential but smells awesome)...( to make solid perfume balm, follow this same recipe, drop the zinc oxide & add way more scent...(like .5 parts))

add Zinc Oxide powder at the end (turn off heat for this step)...(the more you add the stronger the SPF)...

make sure it's all mixed up & pour into something...

rub on your face & everywhere the sun sees...

Since I am so happy with my sunscreen endeavour I have newfound confidence to stretch & make my own paints...

I was reading how Randall Stoltzfus is stretching his linen, & then I checked his work to see if it really made a difference, as I always do when an artist advocates something...Wow...Turns out his process really helps his painting...Made me want to go back to square one...http://sloweye.net/relearning-how-to-stretch-canvas/ video

http://www.moderndogmagazine.com/articles/10-people-foods-dogs/1896The video is of a Portuguese Water Dog Puppy named Austin who adopted my mother...The link is to what you can add to your dog's kibble to make it more nutritious...

"Plants such as the soy bean, Dioscorea species of yams, fenugreek, sisal, calabar bean, some lilies, yucca, some solanum species, maize and many more contain phytosterols" ( http://www.progesteronetherapy.com/natpro-and-the-soya-bean.html from a conversation about natpro & the soya bean)...I wanted to reiterate, that this class of plants, are the Antidote, for this class: nicotine, thalidomide, agent orange, ginseng, ginger, atropine, nightshade plants...Also the soya bean class of plants is useful for mania type personality disorders...(bipolar, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder ptsd...)

last but not least, for now, I put a rubber cane tip thingy on the end of my hammer to turn my hammer into a rubber mallet for knocking the stretcher bar wood pieces together...Rubber cane tips are available at Canadian Tire stores, in different sizes...bring your hammer along to make sure you get the right size rubber cane tip to fit over the head of your hammer...(This ingenious idea was brought to you by a Canadian Tire store employee at the Yonge Davenport location...& a few others who helped pose the question:"how to modify a hammer to make it into a rubber mallet?"(Ok, honestly, I got an idea from Upper Canada Stretchers originally, but wanted a more local solution)...(You can actually buy rubber hammer tips, I just didn't feel like ordering it to ship...)