Summary | 20-26

I have worked so damn much, and made such great timing with some things that I can’t help but be proud and impressed with myself. Yes, indeed, sometimes I too am awesome.

  • I am living in Halloween/Samhain moods already. Summer is not even over yet. But I just want to paint all the pumpkins, and all scarecrows, and all the black cats.
  • This also means there’ll be more gothic jewelry, with a condition, that I don’t run out of materials. Right now I am working on something big.
  • I had the weirdest dream. I dreamed that I lived in a world where vampires, zombies, and humans lived together. Zombies were just very rapidly dying humans who ate other humans to live longer, and vampire blood was the ultimate cure. But vampires didn’t care to share. I worked for vampires, being human, and went to this warehouse where they kept the low-life food supplies-humans. Humans, on sight of zombies, even if they weren’t really aggressive, would go into primal fear mode. This zombie old lady came up to me, and asked me if I could sneak out a vial of vampire blood for her. I told her I cannot do that, but what I can do is get them in and out without causing ruckus. I walked in first, and told everyone to calm down, and just kept repeating it while she walked in with her little zombie crew, and fairly robbed the vamps. I just repeated it over and over: calm down, calm down, calm down. And everyone did.
  • I have made a pair of commission earrings for a lovely Scoia’tael friend of mine, and sent them out already (and they’re received already too, loved well!)

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  • I want you to come read this blog: Pen&Pin, because it is my very favorite.
  • If you own something of mine, please feel free to tag me, so I can see, like, and share if possible. I really do enjoy people taking joy in what I made.

 

I wish you a very good day
xx Blackwood

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Blue, Pink, Purple

Before the Friday that I went out with a friend, I went ahead and had my mohawk bleached. That day my street didn’t have hot water, so the hairdresser heated a bucket full of it, and was carefully washing my hair afterwards. Now, this is important, the way she did it, and the discomfort I assume she had, by having to use a freaking pail to put water on my soaped up hair. For I felt the yellow canceling solution go in, and I can’t confidently say I am sure she washed it all out. Bear with me, this is indeed important.

I come home tired, I always get a bit tired after I spend too much time talking to people. So I decided I will paint my hair the next day. Yes, bleaching had a purpose, I was about to have my hair lilac. I wanted it dusty rose pink, or something, but lilac was on sale, so I went with lilac. One becomes cheap when one has this many medical bills piling up. And I almost talked myself out of it too. Anyway, next day comes, I begin the process.

Here’s how it goes. I assume my hair is clean, because I came out of hairdresser, right? So I just go in with the paint. I used up the whole tube of it, on my half-shaven head of short hair, so I’ve really no idea what people with full heads do, buy five or something? Anyway, I paint my hair, I wait the wait, I wash the wash. My hair’s pretty great, considering the dye wasn’t top-notch.

The very next day I notice an oddly bluish strand peeking out, leaving me to wonder: did I not apply the paint right? Because it’s right at that spot on my head, where it’d be hard to reach to put product in OR. To wash product out.

By today I have unicorn hair. There’s thick strands of blue, purple, and pink. Seriously, people go to hairdresser to get this effect that I got due to a few accidents, I guess. The most important one being the yellow canceling solution.

Lilac is what? Blue, Pink, yellow tones there and here to avoid making it purple or violet. Cancel it out, maybe have another color brighten up (say, purple cancels out yellow, right? so if you’d put purple on just the right tone of hair – it’ll stain the hair purple), and here’s what you have. It’s not a good effect as in you can tell something probably went wrong here, but it’s pretty in its own way, so I really don’t mind one bit.

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Table paints and good weather

A few days back, weather just starting to get good, I realized I’ve not much to do. So I exercised a little bit and sat down, thinking I’ll just browse YouTube, those endless fields of “where did the day go“. But my eye was caught by my awful table.

This table is a tragedy, and an old one for that. I have it for ten years, it’s all wobbly, re-screwed, braced, and taped in many places. And the top of it looked, well, it looked like anything would look like after few years of constant crafting and painting right on top of it. These days I use cutting boards, plastic sheets, and even ceramic tiles to protect it, but hey, by the time I started doing that – it was too late.

It’s been a while since I entertained the idea of painting it black. And today (let’s pretend it’s today) was the day. So I took off all the items, which turned out to be a feat in its own, since I’ve no room to put anything anywhere. I sanded it, poorly, only in the most critical spots, which is a grave mistake, sand your damn surfaces, sand them well, sand them hard! I dusted it off, and then I washed it. Second mistake being me not letting it dry properly. I merely dried it off with towels, and began my work.

After about 4 strokes in, I realized I should probably put some paper on the floor for drips, and put paper tape over shelving edges, to not paint anything I wasn’t prepared to paint.

First layer in, I realize my mistakes. One being poor choice of brush. It was a little too wide for the paint jar. Two, it kept losing bristles there and here, and leaving streaks where thick bristle plowed right through the paint. Then, I had no spot prepared to put the wet brush, which I quickly fixed by fishing out an old plastic bag. And, hopefully finally, as I mentioned before: table wasn’t dry, and wasn’t sanded right. So now I had a single coat of paint that was falling into these bumps and lumps where it was wet, and leaving hills and mountains where I made that ridiculous sanding work. Honestly, that would’ve been fine, textured table? Why not! But I was dreading the scenarios in my head of mouse laser beam rolling over a bump in a road, and my target in some video game escaping due to my poor abilities to shoot.

Second layer of paint it is. This time I drizzled the paint on with the brush, and streaked it across the table with a plastic card, making it fairly even, if not perfect. It’s only when I started hair-dryer drying the table (I dried the first layer of paint like that too), and rubbing the dry surface with towels to buff it up a little, I realized this is far better paint than I thought. For every unnatural streak fused together really easily, and only the stuff where table was messed up was visible, and even then only in parts where it was the worst.

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So, in the end, now I have a beautiful black table top. The paint I used was black mat blackboard paint, for if I have a choice, I will always pick grey and black stuff, and not this nasty wood imitation thing. It’s quality stuff, and took very little to coat fairly big surface (I think I used up about 4 shot glasses out of a 0.7l jar). The pigment is glorious, and the smell is nonexistent, let alone the marvelous time in which it dried. And now, if need arises, I can just scribble notes right on my table with chalk.

Yes, you’re very welcome for this marvelous read, I’m sure it was riveting!

Coca-cola, and, I can’t believe I’ll say this, but: cosmetics

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Forgive my ignorant ass, for cosmetics is just not my thing. I love to look at it, I love to look at people putting it on, because if that’s not art, then we’re all blind, but it’s just not for me. I find it bothersome, time consuming, and more often than not – confusing.

But here I was, scrolling happily through twitter, which takes a while these days, due to some of my friends being very much into politics. You just have to dig through that, you know? And no, I’m not about to mute my friends! Anyway, it’s no secret I also follow Jeffree Star. And he just posted about this, and I just feel so very baffled and confused.

Coca-cola teamed up with Korean cosmetics The Face Shop. I think they make themed boxes, quarterly or every month, I don’t really know, and it probably doesn’t matter. But here’s the thing: colors look great, packaging too, but how can you look at it, and not think of the smell of coca-cola flavored gummy bears??

Because my brain straight away went to that place of junior high, lip balms in soda flavors, wafting all around the classroom.

Anyway, all in good humor. This might be the first time I’ll be awaiting cosmetics review.

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MiniLog | Worky-work

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Today I received storage containers for beads, and I realized I’m an idiot who doesn’t read measurements before getting something. The little container sections are really small, just barely over 2cm sideways. But, of course, that didn’t stop me from using them well. I think I managed to organize approximately 57% of my pile of crafting goodies (thank YOU everyone who got me more ❤ )

What I had to do: I had to sort things out by type and color; I had to pull wires from where they had no business staying; I had to deconstruct necklaces, bracelets, other things; I had to sort out usable pieces, and throw out what’s broken or unusable (which didn’t count for much).

It took me around 4 hours. Maybe more. I finished one audio book, and started another during it.

Good day, fam, good day.

Commissions Open!

Want your favorite character painted, not just printed? Want it painted just for you? Or maybe you wish you had your own painting to show off that beautiful face in a more classic but original style? Or maybe your sibling, even if just for adding “I stink” bubble to it? Well, I got you!   

 In style you see above I take portrait commissions now
 15eu per scan (if you let me upload it on dA, you can order a print from there, I’m okay with it!)
 10eu per scan if it’s black and white (or any-color + white)
 30eu per me sending you the original + shipping (from 3 to 6 euros should cover it)
 20eu per me sending you the black(other-color) and white original + shipping (from 3 to 6 euros should cover it)

 I would appreciate a very detailed description or even a reference picture(s)! You can link me to them or get to me via soukyan.jrv@gmail.com
 If it’s an original character: look closely at my style and take into consideration that I might not be able to pull off everything as you imagine. Details are welcome!
 Head + shoulders only. Unless the body part sticks out (see Deadpool for reference)
 Paypal transaction must be possible.
 Let me know if I may upload it on dA

    
    

 

All profits from this go directly to my mum’s medical bills, so you’re not just getting something nice for yourself, but you’re helping someone have a pain-free day!