Bears are related to seals, dogs, and raccoons. They are known to be protective mothers and have a keener sense of smell than sight.Read More
This morning I saw this little fellow contentedly munching the remains of our kale, which was sticking up above the snow. We didn't pull the it out of the ground this fall because it always seemed to perk up after a freeze. I'm glad the bunny waited until winter. He'll get his B-vitamins! Our dog Lydia likes to hunt for him in the yard after dark but he is far to quick for her!
I received John Marshall's wonderful new DVD, Journeys in Katazome, in the mail last week. It's the first in a series of DVDs teaching the katazome process, starting with stencil design, cutting and preparation. A richly illustrated interactive PDF document describes the process in detail from start to finish. The DVD also includes high-quality demonstration videos in which John demonstrates and talks about various steps. I've started to re-design my Minnow stencil after viewing the videos on stencil design. While I like my original minnow design, it is a challenging stencil to paste, and feels a bit unstable, perhaps because of the large open areas. I'll try to create another more useful variation on the same theme as a 4-way repeat, sharing the process here from start to finish. I expect I'll need to do 4-6 iterations before I'm satisfied with it. In the first sketch below, I've played with some of the shapes, experimenting with scale and rotation. I can see now that 4 minnows do not excite me that much. In the next sketch I'll try 3 and/or 5.