log | Pandas and Sticks

Last week was an amazing week for me, and it all came from Germany once again. From insane amount of ko-fi, to glorious nature supplies for my jewelry, to a whole box full of pandas. Visit the two out of three culprits: Pen & Pin, whose updates I’m awaiting eagerly; and P.S. I Love That Book, who is my constant background noise.

Were it not for the amount of work I’m put through, I’d likely be constantly painting and making jewelry. I’ve three commissions to finish yet, and only by sheer luck the people whom I owe them are marvelously patient!

Now, I’ll be over there, in my heap of papers I must translate, with my giant panda mug of German tea, awaiting simpler times. Keep in mind if you need me.

Oh, also, go watch What We Do In the Shadows first episode, it’s great!

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Good Vibes | Myanmar postcard and Shan paper

I’ve received this bookmark made out of traditional Shan paper, and this gorgeous postcard from a very lovely friend in Myanmar. Thank You, kind spirit. Your mere existence, and the fact I’m not forgotten in that magical land you reside in, inspires me to do better, and be better. 🖤🐼

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That bookmark is the most beautiful and unique one out of all I had. Someday I’ll show you the collection of the marvelous ones that I’ve got, my treasured being the ones gotten for me with the thought of me, or those that were actually made for me by hand.

This one’s made out of Shan paper, widely used and pretty famous for making a lot of gorgeous things. It is made out of mulberry tree, a widespread shrub in the mountains of the region, Myanmar.

The process of making paper out of it is pretty lengthy, and I’ve spent a good couple hours researching, watching videos, reading, because oh boy… So, how is Shan paper made:

First, the fibers of the mulberry trees are dipped into water, then plastered in a wood fire with a mix of clay or wood ash for five hours or so. Then, this paper lump is put onto a wood slab and beaten with wooden mallets for several minutes.

After that the dough is spread evenly on a bamboo frame covered with fine, oiled cotton fabric, and placed at the bottom of a tank filled with water. When all the air bubbles and other unwanted things are worked out of the sheet, the canvas is taken out and left to dry for long hours in the sun and air.

Sometimes, for decorative purposes in making notepads, bookmarks, umbrellas, and so on, petals, leafs, or other herbs are put into the sheet of paper before it dries. You can see I’ve got one of those in mine too, and I’m loving the motif SO much!

Beautiful, innit?

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Scavenger Culture and how epic it is that YouTube exists

You can’t tell me you’re not entertained and thrilled while watching this. What’s that he found? Oh wow, what’s in there? Hey, why didn’t you take that other thing!

I love it. I craft jewelry myself, so thrift stores are my favorite. You can find some nice belts, old broken jewelry, interesting beaded items, all for very cheaps, that can later be turned into something beautiful and not too pricey too. So this? This is next level, I like it a lot.

If you ever come across someone who not only picks up old things out of bought lockers, return pallets, storage units, or literal garbage, but also restores and makes something else out of at least some of the things – send them my way, I want to watch everything.

Hello!

November and December are the toughest months for me, and if you think 4 days in doesn’t yet qualify as a month – you’re very wrong. If anyone would care to tip a coffee, it’d be greatly appreciated. Commissions for both jewelry and paintings are also open. Thank You very much for your kindness, that’s the thing that keeps me alive and going ☕🐼

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Inktober 2018

Here’s a few of my favorites from Inktober that I have made. Yes, I use official prompts, and I always put panda through them for adventures. Panda doesn’t mind. This year panda even made friends, a bat who offered tea when panda got caught outside in a rain, and a pumpkin who was often too shy or too scared.

You can find all of them over at my DeviantArt, IG, Ko-fi, Patreon, or even such places as Facebook and Twitter.

I made a post on Bored Panda too, and would appreciate an upvote!

Commissions!

 

SOUKYAN BLACKWOOD

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? What about the sibling, even if just for adding “I stink” bubble to it? Well, I got you!

  • 15eu per scan
  • 10eu per scan if it’s black and white (or any-color + white)
  • 30eu per me sending you the original (no frames!)
  • 20eu per me sending you the black(other-color) and white original
  • In some cases shipping is from 3 to 6 euros max.

Now, what I’d need:

  • A portrait picture sent to me, if there is one such. Or a detailed description (yes, it can be your fav character from a game / movie / etc., as long as I am capable of it…)
  • 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.
  • Paypal transaction must be possible.
  • Let me know if I may upload it on my pages!

As for jewelry, all of them that are available can be found at http://soukyan.etsy.com ! I started making jewelry, because I wanted to be an elven craftsman due to A. Sapkowski’s Witcher Saga, and all the amazing works elves make there, so that’s that I guess.

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