Dec 282013
Re: A Brief History of Pigments   compiled by Pedro de la Montaña Stone Age ‘The first period of cave painting knows only black and red outlines. ‘The third period uses solid black, red and brown for the surface and employs a pigment to get an effect of relief. Outlines black, body of animals modelled by smearing on it various […]

 December 28, 2013  all, materials
Dec 122013

During all the demonstrations Cheetham offered during the workshop and the evening program, he drew his model on a toned canvas with a thin mixture of the darkest-dark color. “To start, I toned the canvas by painting the surface with a thin earth color (a combination of olive green, alizarin crimson, and Indian yellow) based […]

 December 12, 2013  all, artist, information
Dec 122013
Patina Finishes for Copper and Brass   Easy Patina Finishes for Copper and Brass – a Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg. Brass cuff bracelet with rustic patina finish by Rena Klingenberg Now we’re going to put easy patina finishes on the Rustic Cuff Bracelets we made in Part 1 of this tutorial. Rustic copper patina finish by Rena Klingenberg One of the fun […]

 December 12, 2013  all, materials
Dec 122013
Vinegar and Salt Patina Vinegar and Salt Patina by Rena Klingenberg. Vinegar and salt patina, in progress on Rustic Copper Foldover Pendant by Rena Klingenberg Now we’re going to use vinegar and salt to put an easy verdigris patina on the copper Rustic Foldover Pendant we made in Part 1 of this tutorial. Because homemade patina recipes can have unpredictable […]

 December 12, 2013  all, materials
Dec 122013
UV coating info

Varnish coating are available in gloss, satin or dull finishes, with or without tints. Varnishes offer a relatively low degree of protection compared to other coatings and laminates, but they are used widely, thanks to their low cost, flexibility and ease of application. Varnishes are applied just like an ink, using one of the units […]

 December 12, 2013  all, Uncategorized
May 222013

restoration of Boulle surfaces. The primary physical problem is that wood and metal move in opposite directions during environmental changes. Heat causes metal to expand and lack of humidity causes wood to shrink. Cold causes metal to shrink and excess humidity causes wood to expand. Therefore, the decorative surface is at risk of lifting during […]

 May 22, 2013  all, information
May 222013
Negative Externality

Negative Externality A negative externality occurs when an individual or firm making a decision does not have to pay the full cost of the decision. If a good has a negative externality, then the cost to society is greater than the cost consumer is paying for it. Since consumers make a decision based on where […]

 May 22, 2013  all, information
May 152013
hydrocal info

CUTTING HYDROCAL Like I said above, the trick is simple, you can soften the Hydrocal with a few drops of tap water, applied locally. Then use repeated strokes with your hobby knife (No.11 blade) to cut out an opening or a new edge. To keep your cut straight cut along a metal straight-edge such as […]

 May 15, 2013  all, materials
May 152013

1. Beetles The most commonly eaten beetles are the long-horned, june, dung, and rhinoceros varieties. These are munched by people living in the Amazon basin, parts of Africa, and other heavily forested regions, both tropical and temperate, as diverse species are easily found in trees, fallen logs, and on the forest floor. (Native Americans, I’ve […]

 May 15, 2013  all, information
May 142013
Navigational Chart (Rebbilib)

Made from the sticklike midribs of coconut palm fronds, these objects were memory aids, created for personal use or to instruct novices, and the significance of each was known only to its maker. The charts were exclusively used on land, prior to a voyage. To carry one at sea would put a navigator’s skill in […]

 May 14, 2013  all, information, visuals
May 142013

Utricularia, commonly and collectively called the bladderworts, is a genus of carnivorous plants consisting of approximately 233 species (precise counts differ based on classification opinions; one recent publication lists 215 species).[1] They occur in fresh water and wet soil as terrestrial or aquatic species across every continent except Antarctica. Utricularia are cultivated for their flowers, which are often compared with those of snapdragons and orchids, especially […]

 May 14, 2013  all, information
May 102013

Spray the printed image with a clear sealer or the water in the matt medium will make the image run. Crystal Clear or other gloss acrylic sealer are good bets. Too many layers of matt leaves the image looking cloudy as the matting agent accumulates. It is ideal to use it on only the final […]

 May 10, 2013  all, materials
May 072013

First it is useful to understand mold release. The purpose of mold release is to form a barrier between objects so you can separate them later. There are commercial mold release agents available, but people often use Vaseline, liquid hand soap, Pam Cooking Spray, Crisco, Vegetable Oil, liquid soap, or Murphy’s Oil Soap. Vaseline is […]

 May 7, 2013  all, materials
May 042013

. To counteract the acid still saturating the wood, dilute ammonia with water 1:1 and use a clean sponge to wipe the entire surface. Immediately rinse again with clean water using a sponge and let the furniture dry for two d Do not bleach only the areas that are discolored. You have to bleach the […]

 May 4, 2013  all, materials
May 042013

20 grams 300 bloom gelatin powder 45 grams glycerine liquid 45 grams sorbital liquid 2 grams zinc oxide powder. mix and heat the 2 liquids and mix in the gelatine and zinc powder. gelatine melts at 70 degrees. keep on heat and mix untill the powder is completly absorbed but do not let the mixture […]

 May 4, 2013  all, materials
May 042013
Pink Tower. Montessori sensorial materials.

Montessori sensorial materials are materials used in the Montessori classroom to help a child develop and refine his or her five senses. Use of these materials constitutes the next level of difficulty after those of practical life. Like many other materials in the Montessori classroom, sensorial materials have what is called “control of error”, meaning that the child […]

 May 4, 2013  all, information
Apr 092013
Stains, Dyes, and other wood colorants.

Homemade and Alternative Stains and Colorant by Jim McNamara Woodworkers and finishers, like you and me, are often interested in making colorants and finishes at home, sometimes from common household products or from simple chemical mixtures. This is a discussion of a few selected recipes along with some of the science behind them. Note Most […]

 April 9, 2013  all, materials
Apr 072013

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION GACs can be blended with GOLDEN Acrylic Paints to extend the paint, regulate transparency, create glazes, increase gloss, reduce viscosity or improve adhesion and film integrity. The GAC polymers can also be used for binding pigment solids for various effects and surfaces. Unlike the other GOLDEN Mediums and Gels, GAC Acrylic Polymers have […]

 April 7, 2013  all, materials
Apr 052013
Claybord recipe

Reposted from Jim Yarbrough the recipe one cup boiling water 1tsp – 1 tbs rabbit skin glue one cup kaolin clay 1tsp – 1tbs dry pigment (titanium white, or for a warm gray, 1 part raw umber to 3 parts titanium white) you’ll need double boiler, or saucepan and bigger saucepan to fit it into, stove to boil water […]

 April 5, 2013  all, materials
Apr 012013
Ebonizing Wood by James Thompson

  Ebonizing Wood by James Thompson       I read this method of ebonizing wood in a book by Tage Frid a long time ago. It works well on any wood that water will penetrate into. Some woods, like rosewood and lignum vitae do not respond well to this treatment because they don’t absorb water very well. […]

 April 1, 2013  all, materials


Mar 312013

By tradition, Noh actors and musicians only rehearse together once, a few days before the actual performance. Generally, each actor, musician, and chorus member practises his or her fundamental movements, songs, and dances independently, under the tutelage of a senior member of the school. Thus, the mood of a given performance is not set by […]

 March 31, 2013  all, information

Mar 302013

Freight and volume don’t pay artists

 March 30, 2013  all, Uncategorized
Mar 302013
Probabilistic Interpretation of Data

Probabilistic Interpretation of Data By Guthrie Miller Preview Price: $27.00 Ships in 3-5 business days This book is a physicists approach to interpretation of data using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). The concepts are derived from first principles using a style of mathematics that quickly elucidates the basic ideas, sometimes with the aid of examples. Probabilistic data […]

 March 30, 2013  all, information, work
Mar 272013

1. To paint an oil plein-air study of a sunset, you have to premix the colors before the moment arrives, anticipating the effect you want to capture. You’ll probably need variations of background blue sky, clouds in shadow, and illuminated cloud colors. 2. When colors reach their peak, the light on your palette will be […]

 March 27, 2013  all, information
Mar 272013 - studio lighting

Studio Lighting Whatever your studio situation, it helps to work under a good volume of color-balanced light, and there are many ways to set it up. Regular incandescent lights peak the orange and red wavelengths, and tends to be weak on blue. That’s why red colors in your picture look so good—and blue colors look […]

 March 27, 2013  all, information
Mar 252013

A Point of View: Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence An 18th Century automaton that could beat human chess opponents seemingly marked the arrival of artificial intelligence. But what turned out to be an elaborate hoax had its own sense of genius, says Adam Gopnik. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the Turk. That […]

 March 25, 2013  all, information
Mar 182013

BRAIN TRANSPLANT A peaceful, quiet world, the salamander’s –unless you happen to be a dainty little daphnia or a cockeyed mosquito larva whiplashing to the surface for a gulp of air. Or even worse, the crimson thread of a tubifex worm. For it is the destiny of the salamander to detect, pursue, and devour all […]

 March 18, 2013  all, information
Mar 182013
Golden MSA Varnish

GOLDEN Mineral Spirit Acrylic Varnishes with UVLS (Ultra Violet Light Stabilizers) dry to a tough, yet flexible protective finish. The UVLS system provides increased resistance to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, making the product suitable for exterior as well as interior application. For restoration purposes, the varnish may be removed with full strength commercial […]

 March 18, 2013  all, materials
Mar 182013

The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon’s ‘treason’ By David Taylor Archive On 4 Declassified tapes of President Lyndon Johnson’s telephone calls provide a fresh insight into his world. Among the revelations – he planned a dramatic entry into the 1968 Democratic Convention to re-join the presidential race. And he caught Richard Nixon sabotaging the Vietnam […]

 March 18, 2013  all, information
Mar 182013

Shireen Strooker is standing motionless in the middle of a large field, surrounded by 600 people. The gorgeous landscape under the mist of powerful Mount Rainier in the upper northwest of the United States is invisible to her. Shireen is blindfolded, as are all the others in the field. That morning they all made a […]

 March 18, 2013  all, information
Mar 112013  

 March 11, 2013  all, information, visuals
Feb 112013
Brush cleaner

Cheap brush cleaner that can be easily purchased at a hardware store. I used a small portion of the package and it was plenty strong. Worked on both oil and acrylic but affects the hairs of most natural hair brushes too much. Even with a short 30 min soaking in per-used solution the brushes became […]

 February 11, 2013  all, information
Feb 112013
Lascoux goauche

A possibly more affordable option for gouaches. 12.45 a bottle at Artists and Craftsman in Brooklyn (list price is 21 however)

 February 11, 2013  all, materials
Feb 092013
This Red Door —–>     Wednesday, January 30th, @ 7pm sdv Critical Inversions – Artist to Critic, and the Publics in Between sdv A discussion with critic Ken Johnson, artist Lisa Corinne Davis, artist Anoka Faruqee and possible special guests   <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> kimberly hennessy

 February 9, 2013  all, show, visuals
Feb 022013

Trademark Misuse: This happens often. People ask for a Tek® when they really want a self-drilling screw. Or they ask for a Tapcon® when they want a Masonry Concrete Screw. This happens with many brand names (Tampin®, Red Head®, etc) but it can be dangerous. Sometimes these brands have significant differences. It may be hard […]

 February 2, 2013  all, materials
Jan 312013

Reasoning that hair spray is water-based plastic (because it can be washed out with water after it has dried), Jack decided to try it as a mold release on his vent mold. He misted on the first couple of coats and then applied a heavier coat. Using the hair spray as a back up mold […]

 January 31, 2013  all, information
Jan 312013
Thinning expoxy

A question frequently posed to our technical staff is “can I thin WEST SYSTEM epoxy so it will flow or penetrate better?” The answer to that question is “yes, but not without consequences.” Many of the advantages of thinning epoxy are offset by disadvantages in other areas of epoxy performance. Thinning epoxy means lowering its […]

 January 31, 2013  all, information
Jan 312013

Cleaning tools used for applying epoxy often involves solvents that have strong odors and are flammable. A WEST SYSTEM® user suggested an alternative that does not have these problems: a solution of citrus-based hand cleaner and water. This solution will remove uncured epoxy from tools and can remove epoxy that has started to gel if […]

 January 31, 2013  all, information
Jan 302013

1. Contrast The idea behind contrast is to avoid elements on the page that are merely similar. If the elements (type, color, size, line thickness, shape, space, etc.) are not the same, then make them very different. Contrast is often the most important visual attraction on a page. Can you see the difference between your […]

 January 30, 2013  all, information
Jan 202013

If paper is allowed to soak too long it can become fragile and is easily damaged. If not soaked long enough, it will resist stretching, may not be evenly “opened” to pigment and might not flatten smoothly. An average of 30 to 45 minutes usually works best for mid-weight papers. Really heavy papers may require […]

 January 20, 2013  all, information
Jan 202013

THESE ARE THE COLORS OF VISUAL COMPLEMENTARY PAIRS 1. Hansa Yellow Light PY3 (cool) & French Ultramarine PB29 rs Or Holbein’s Ultramarine Deep PB29 2. Winsor Lemon PY175 (warm lemon) & Cobalt Blue Deep PB73 Winsor & Newton 3. Hansa (Transparent) Yellow PY150 & Winsor Blue red shade PB15 4. Hansa or Winsor Yellow Deep […]

 January 20, 2013  all, information
Jan 202013

The goals is to find the simplest (fewest colors) palette that balances the largest saturated hue gamut and are good mixing complements (grays), as well as the best visual compliments. 10 tubes.  Titanium white $5.79. Mars black $5.79. —- pthalo green ys PG38–quinacridone rose PV19$12.99 pthalo blue gs PB15:3$5.79-cad red PR108$16.99 Utramarine violet bs PV15$6.79–yellow […]

 January 20, 2013  all, information
Jan 202013

Carbide bits have a spade shaped point, and are made to withstand the friction of drilling in glass. (Please note that multiple sites on the net recommend round-head diamond bits for holes up to 1/2″, and hollow-core diamond bits above 1/2″. Diamond bits will drill many holes with one bit and rarely cause breakage if […]

 January 20, 2013  all, information
Jan 062013

There are few things a woodworker will ever face that are as confusing as plywood. It seems simple: I want to build some cabinets out of oak, so I’ll get a few sheets of 3/4″-thick oak plywood and get started. But when I go to buy it, the storm clouds come rolling in. Where do […]

 January 6, 2013  all, Uncategorized
Dec 282012
Protective corners for paintings

Foam core 1/4″ one single piece with tape seem and staples where it had been attached to the back of the painting thanks to Lauren Gidwitz

 December 28, 2012  all, materials
Dec 282012

Corrugated plastic is also referred to as Twinwall plastic. Chemically, the sheet is inert, with a neutral pH factor. At regular temperatures most oils, solvents and water have no effect, allowing it to perform under adverse weather conditions or as a product component exposed to harsh chemicals. Standard sheets can be modified with additives, which […]

 December 28, 2012  all, materials
Dec 272012

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo […]

 December 27, 2012  all, quotes
Dec 272012

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 December 27, 2012  all, materials
Dec 242012 Transcript: Kathleen T. McFarland talks with Gen. David H. Petraeus Published: December 3 On April 16, 2011, Fox News contributor Kathleen T. McFarland met with Gen. David H. Petraeus, who was then head of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Below is an edited transcript of a portion of the conversation in which […]

 December 24, 2012  all, information
Dec 152012

“It’s one enclosed feedback loop,” Rushkoff says. “Kids’ culture and media culture are now one and the same, and it becomes impossible to tell which came first–the anger or the marketing of the anger.” Therein lies the danger of today’s teen-driven economy, observers say: As everyone from record promoters to TV executives to movie producers […]

 December 15, 2012  all, Uncategorized
Dec 142012

Many of the gang’s leaders, known as “Top Gangsters,” were friends in middle school in 2003, a circle that grew to a current membership of about 250, ranging in age from 15 to 22, officials said. [currently 2012] Two subsets of the gang — 730 Krookz and RGz — have members as young as 12 […]

 December 14, 2012  all, information
Dec 102012
Plywood II

Modern plywood was invented by Immanuel Nobel, father of Alfred Nobel. Nobel realized that several thinner layers of wood bonded together would be stronger than one single thick layer of wood. Most plywood is made from an odd number of layers, called plies (typically 3, 5 or 7), with an equal number of plies on […]

 December 10, 2012  all, materials
Dec 082012

8.5″ paper gives a box (half) 3″ wide and 1.5″ tall Folding to an inch away from the center gives a box (half) 4″ wide and 1″ high

 December 8, 2012  all, materials
Dec 062012
Glass cleaner

Rock-Miracle brand denatured alcohol leaves a terrible film on glass. DO NOT USE   Other Notes from the internet: -Unfortunately, glass often requires a rigorous first cleaning.  That’s because manufacturers of glass commonly put a thin coating of Teflon and oil on the surface to protect it in transit.  The initial cleaning requires cutting through […]

 December 6, 2012  all, materials
Dec 032012

Homemade and Alternative Stains and Colorant by Jim McNamara Woodworkers and finishers, like you and me, are often interested in making colorants and finishes at home, sometimes from common household products or from simple chemical mixtures. This is a discussion of a few selected recipes along with some of the science behind them. Note Most […]

 December 3, 2012  all, materials
Nov 302012

Although cartographers did claim that fantastic beasts (including large serpents) existed in remote corners of the world and depicted such as decoration on their maps, only one known surviving map, the Lenox Globe, in the collection of the New York Public Library,[1] actually says “Here be dragons” (using the Latin form “HIC SVNT DRACONES”).[2] However, ancient Roman and Medieval cartographers did […]

 November 30, 2012  all, information
Nov 302012
Hoya cry

Open my camera case to find my camera filter shattered. Had to bend it to remove it- real nervous about the status of the lens and camera.

 November 30, 2012  all, visuals
Nov 262012
Dynamic symmetry

Dynamic symmetry is a proportioning system and natural design methodology described in Hambidge’s books. The system uses dynamic rectangles, including root rectangles based on ratios such as √2, √3, √5, the golden ratio (φ = 1.618…), its square root (√φ = 1.272…), and its square (φ2 = 2.618….), and the silver ratio ().[4][5] From the study of phyllotaxis and the related Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, […]

 November 26, 2012  all, information
Nov 252012

“The business of art lies just in this, — to make that understood and felt which, in the form of an argument, might be incomprehensible and inaccessible.” ― Leo Tolstoy, What is Art? We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place […]

 November 25, 2012  all, information
Nov 182012

Lens info: 60mm Macro Nikkor or The 105 Macro would work too but it depends on how far you can get back from the artwork.60mm micro, apparently the G is better at distance, wide: AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G $279.95*SRPSRP AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G $199.95 suggested: AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED $599.95*SRPSRP Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D [non macro] […]

 November 18, 2012  all, materials
Oct 232012
Fucked up baby carrot

This shook my world. I thought I knew how baby carrots were manufactures but this threw that out the window.

 October 23, 2012  all, visuals
Oct 232012
Small table saw, large piece of wood

The maximum width my table saw can rip with the fence is about 2.5 feet. I needed to cut a board that was 45.25″x 37.75″. First I measured the distance from the edge of the slots on the table to the blade, which was 5.5″ in my case. I then made marks on my board […]

 October 23, 2012  all, materials
Oct 092012

; Food: FruitFlies: D. Melanogaster Fruit Flies size: 1/16″ reproduction time: 14 days D. Hydei Fruit Flies size: 1/8″ reproduction time: 28 days ; Other options: Rice flour beetles Meal worms Vinegar eels (Nematode)

 October 9, 2012  all, information
Oct 092012

Culture is cultivation, but it is not an isolated act; it is, by definition, part of a cyclical ongoing process, passed from generation to generation.  The Art of Fermentation Sandor Ellix Katz p6. Tibicos Tibicos are found around the world, with no two cultures being exactly the same. Typical tibicos have a mix of Lactobacillus, […]

 October 9, 2012  all, information
Oct 042012
Powder actuated nails

Two test shots with a level 4 Ramset 22 shells. I have no idea where the first nail went. The second one bent and remained in the chamber. Loud as shit even with ear plugs. Found the other nail a good ten feet away

 October 4, 2012  all, materials
Oct 022012
Bob Log the III

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 October 2, 2012  all, video, visuals
Sep 302012

  Tardigrades have been known to withstand the following extremes while in this state: Temperature – tardigrades can survive being heated for a few minutes to 151 °C (424 K),[21] or being chilled for days at -200 °C (73 K),[21] or for a few minutes at -272 °C (~1 degree above absolute zero).[22] Pressure – they can withstand the extremely low pressure of a vacuum and […]

 September 30, 2012  all, information, visuals
Sep 292012

I dreamt last night about fighting zombies. It was a dream where the unreal and the sensation of reality mixed in ways only dreaming can. What my subconscious taught me about this hypothetical threat is the danger in zombies is their lack of fear. The weapon I had could, and did, fell many of the […]

 September 29, 2012  all, musings
Sep 282012

“In  setting  the  pay  of  their  CEO,  boards  invariably  reference  the  pay  of  the  executives   at  other  enterprises  in  similar  industries  and  of  similar  size  and  complexity.    For  this,   compensation  consultants  are  retained  to  construct  a  “peer  group”  of  such  companies  and   survey  the  pay  practices  which  are  prevalent.    Then, […]

 September 28, 2012  all, information
Sep 252012
Concrete anchors

In cinderblock, concrete nails bent and made a messy hole. Tap-cons tended to strip out the hole–consensus was that the provided bit was making too large a hole for such weak material. The Hammer-set nails worked wonderfully. First you pre-drill a hole with a 1/4 bit, insert the nail, then drive the head in with […]

 September 25, 2012  all, materials
Sep 242012
End of the world

My Brazilian friends shared this with me, after talking about politics.

 September 24, 2012  all, visuals
Sep 212012

tell a story to those that want to hear it. tell a story (create a story) that allows others to tell it for you.   1.who are you upsetting? not changing stauts quo 2.who are you connecting? The reasonsing 3.who are you leading? not mechanics and who. leaders: 1.challenge status quo 2. build a culture […]

 September 21, 2012  all, information
Sep 202012   Nomenclature of Color, JP 16 Bibliography for Article Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Vol. 06.02, 2003, ASTM International, pp.475-484 Boker, S. “The Representation of Color Metrics and Mappings in Perceptual Color Space”, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Dec. 2006, CIE, International Commission On Illumination, Dec. 2006, Apple, Color Management Overview, Developer Connection, 2005, Dec. […]

 September 20, 2012  all, information, materials
Sep 112012

The Deafness Before the Storm By KURT EICHENWALD IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history. On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by […]

 September 11, 2012  all, information