Tuesday, September 9, 2014

4 x 6 postcard paintings

So I was supposed to be making backgrounds and playing around with layers for practice in making art journal pages. Ended up with these beauties.

Let me know if you want any of them, I have no idea what to do with them. They're just small 4 x 6 postcard-sized paintings made with acrylic paint.

I love that each one reminds me of old paintings I've seen before, probably from my Mom's room. She used to collect paintings painted by her friends, especially the second, fourth, and fifth one.

The first one and the third one remind me of something I probably saw in a museum once.

Happy to just be playing around with my art stuff again. Although it's already been a few weeks since I finished these.

I have five more which I think I may actually turn into art journal cards or something.

Dyeing watercolor paper

So during the weekend my husband helped me to dye some 12 x 12 watercolor paper I've wanted to play with.

He boiled the coffee and tea for me and I poured them on the watercolor paper with a wet sponge.

Here are the results with the tea. This is just Lipton teabags boiled in water, around maybe four of them, boiled in a pot then poured over the paper with a sponge. I poured tea on the paper, let the paper drip a bit from hangers. Then we boiled the teabags again and poured the tea on the paper a second time.

Then we let the paper dry flat on the table on the balcony to air-dry.

And here are the results with the coffee. This was Nescafe instant black coffee, boiled in a pot, then poured over the paper with a sponge. Hubby says one batch was enough to make about five cups of coffee. I let the paper drip a bit from hangers then we poured another batch of coffee, another five cups' worth, on the paper.

Then we let the paper dry flat on the table on the balcony again to air-dry.

The reason I haven't done this method before is that I'm paranoid my artwork/paper will eventually be crawling with ants or vermin. But, so far, apart from the coffee smell, the paper hasn't attracted any unwanted animals. Maybe just my husband. *big smiley*

The paper dyed with tea doesn't smell like anything anymore. But, yep, the coffee smell is undeniable.

Been itching to take out my stamps to play on them. But haven't had the time yet. Oh well, a step at a time.

P.S. Thanks, Renfield aka AR for the assistance!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

On bullying

Here's Matt's take on bullying. People always tell me we must have done something right because we have such a nice kid. But he really is awesome on his own.

Matt's message:

Be nice!

you know bullys sometimes had their dreams crushed and the only way to solve it is to be nice and to make their dreams come true some other bullys do it for fun because they are bored the only way is to notice them so they have fun and not bully you


Regarding the misspellings and lack of punctuation and capital letters, he says he did it on purpose, to go with the "peace, man" theme. Yep. I have an e. e. cummings in my hands. :)

Teaching Rock and Roll

Found this online and just wanted to share.

History of Rock and Roll

Friday, August 22, 2014

K - 12 Curriculum and an update on Matt

I was browsing online looking at what available curricula are available online. And here are some local (Philippine) sites I've found.

I was happy to find these curriculum guides on the Dep Ed site:

Dep Ed Curriculum Guides

I was also happy to find the Letran and STCQC curriculum for high school online.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran Curriculum for High School

St. Theresa's College QC Curriculum for High School


Just an update that Matt is happily enrolled in another year of blended learning.

Blended Learning Services

Budget has been tight but the learning adventure continues.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The secret of life

The Secret of Life - Alan Watts

Imagine - John Lennon

So many crazy things happening in this world.

Philippine politics continues to be a circus and I'm starting to wonder if we ever knew what we were doing. Maybe it's time to go back to the tribal wisdom and have a council of elders who genuinely have the concern of the whole tribe in mind.

In the Middle East, even in our very own Mindanao, there threads a fine line between fighting for your beliefs to fighting for the sake of fighting.

When I was 8 years old, I only asked for one thing every Christmas time: world peace.

At 8 years old, I decided it was foolish to keep asking for something that will never happen. And that was the last Christmas I stopped wishing for it.

Well, I'm 36 years old. And, inside, I still feel as lost and helpless as when I was 8 years old.

I still can't do much. But I haven't let the cynicism of adulthood affect me so much so that I can't go back to being 8 years old and wishing for the one thing I stopped wishing for.

Maybe this time, we should focus all our thoughts, prayers, and beliefs into what the world needs the most.

Peace comes at a price. It demands love, patience, tolerance, respect, gratitude, and letting go and letting God.

It's not an easy task. How many of our days are wasted on thoughts of self-pity, complaining, anger, resentment, jealousy, petty arguments, and just a general dissatisfaction with everything in life?

Let's just stop. Breathe a moment. And look at the world through heaven's eyes.

And close our eyes and just summon as much light, love, and thoughts of peace as we can muster.

Lift it up to God, to the universe.

Maybe Michael Jackson was indeed right after all. Maybe it starts with the man in the mirror.

If every person woke up in the morning and knew that the man in the mirror is filled with love, peace, and light, maybe, just maybe, there is still hope for all of us after all.

Love, peace, and light to all of you.



The way he makes her laugh and then they kiss at the very end... So cute. :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014