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10/12/10 3:12 P

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thank you for the inspiration!


"Leap, and the net will appear." -Zen koan

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star." -Nietzsche

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9/17/08 8:12 A

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You have a great list of possible ADs, Carmen! I love your ideas! I need to work hard on coming up with a list of my own. ADs are still my No. 1 block. I am going to get a mani/pedi today, and absolutely can't wait, so that's my AD for this week. I can't wait to see my hands and feet look painted and pretty! I wish I knew someone who does henna tattoos, I would love to have them done on my hands and feet as well.


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9/16/08 11:57 P

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Some nice ideas here. Glo I am continuing projects and counting that as an AD if it is still exciting and joyful to me, but not if it's something I just have to do anyway and am not absolutely loving it. Here's my growing list of things I want to do:

Lounge in a bookstore cafe drinking coffee or tea and reading to my heart's content;

Visit a fabric store and buy swatches of fabric that inspire me just for fun - maybe make a collage with them;

Play with legos, tinker-toys, and Lincoln Logs, without the kids. I hate it when they won't let me play my way -lol;

Lay on a blanket on the lawn listening to my favorite music and watching the sky;

Read poetry - out loud;

Visit an orchard to pick apples and flowers and arrange a bouquet;

People watch at the local farmer's market;

Visit the library and spend a couple of hours reading children's books;

Bake bread by hand from scratch - no bread-making machine allowed;

Color or paint in new fairy stained-glass coloring book I bought for myself just because I love it.

For right now I am having to stay away from things like drawing or painting in a formal way - it trips me up and gets me too focused on the end project. The IC gets really freaked out! So the test for me to see if it will work for an AD is does it make me want to clap my hands to think about doing it? If I just can't wait to do something then it's eligible for an AD.

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. from Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
9/13/08 4:35 P

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Like the others say, YOU ROCK!!
Hey.... you LIKE rocks, too!!!
So do I, btw! It's cool that you have a piece of Mantle!! Not very many people can say that! :D
I'm going to go over that list of paints GOOD to see if we can do some playing today. I KNOW my kids will get into it with me, if I start it!! :D

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9/13/08 4:02 P

Homemade Paint Recipes:


Flour-Based Poster Paint


* 1/4 cup flour
* 1 cup water
* Small jars or plastic containers
* 3 tablespoons powdered tempera paint per container
* 2 tablespoons water per container
* 1/2 teaspoon liquid starch or liquid detergent per container (optional)


1. Measure flour into saucepan.
2. Slowly add 1 cup water while stirring to make a smooth paste.
3. Heat, stirring constantly, until paste begins to thicken.
4. Cool.
5. Measure 1/4 cup paste into each small container.
6. Add 3 tablespoons powdered tempera paint and 2 tablespoons water to each container.
7. For a matte finish, add liquid starch. For a glossy finish, add liquid detergent.
8. Store covered.

Cornstarch Paint


* Medium saucepan
* 1/2 cup cornstarch
* 1/2 cup cold water
* 4 cups boiling water
* Small jars or plastic containers
* Tempera paint, dry or liquid


1. Measure cornstarch into saucepan.
2. Add cold water to cornstarch and stir to make a smooth paste.
3. Stir in boiling water.
4. Place saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until boiling.
5. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cool.
6. Spoon about 1/2 cup of thickened cornstarch mixture into each container, using a different cup for each color.
7. For each color, stir 1 teaspoon dry tempera or 1 tablespoon liquid tempera into cornstarch mixture. (Use more paint for more intense color.)
8. If paint is too thick, stir in 1 teaspoon water at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
9. Store in refrigerator. This recipe makes about 4 cups of paint.

Detergent Poster Paint


* Small jars or plastic containers
* 1 tablespoon clear liquid detergent per container
* 2 teaspoons powdered tempera paint per container


1. In each small container, mix together 1 tablespoon liquid detergent and 2 teaspoons powdered tempera paint.
2. This recipe makes enough for one painting session.

Condensed-Milk Paint


* Bowl
* 1 cup condensed milk
* Food coloring


1. In bowl, mix 1 cup condensed milk with many drops of food coloring to make a very bright, glossy paint.
2. This paint is not intended to be eaten, but it won't harm a child who decides to make a snack of it.
3. Store covered in refrigerator.

Homemade Face Paint


* Small jars or plastic containers
* 1 teaspoon cornstarch per container
* 1/2 teaspoon cold cream per container
* 1/2 teaspoon water per container
* Food coloring


1. In each small container, mix cornstarch and cold cream until well blended.
2. Add water and stir.
3. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the desired color.
4. Paint small designs on face with a small paintbrush; remove with soap and water.
5. Store covered.

Halloween Face Paint


* Bowl
* 1 tablespoon solid shortening
* 2 tablespoons cornstarch
* Food coloring
* Water (optional)
* Small jar or plastic container


1. In bowl, mix shortening and cornstarch until smooth.
2. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the desired color.
3. Use a sponge or fingers to apply paint to a large area, such as an entire face.
4. To apply with a small brush, thin paint with a little water first.
5. Remove with soap and water.
6. Store covered.

Edible Egg-Yolk Paint


* Small jars or plastic containers
* 1 egg yolk per container
* 1/4 teaspoon water per container
* Food coloring


1. In each small container, mix one egg yolk with 1/4 teaspoon water and many drops of food coloring.
2. Use a paintbrush to apply paint to freshly baked cookies; return cookies to oven until paint hardens.

Cornstarch Fingerpaint


* 3 tablespoons sugar
* 1/2 cup cornstarch
* Medium saucepan
* 2 cups cold water
* Muffin tin or small cups
* Food coloring
* Soap flakes or liquid dishwashing detergent

1. Mix sugar and cornstarch in saucepan.
2. Turn heat on low, add cold water, and stir until mixture is thick.
3. Remove from heat.
4. Divide mixture into four or five portions, spooning into muffintin sections or small cups.
5. Add a few drops of food coloring and a pinch of soap flakes or a drop of liquid dishwashing detergent to each portion.
6. Stir and let cool before use.
7. Store covered.

Flour Fingerpaint


* 1 cup flour
* 2 tablespoons salt
* Saucepan
* 1 1/2 cups cold water
* Wire whisk or eggbeater
* 1 1/4 cups hot water
* Food coloring or tempera paint


1. Put flour and salt in saucepan.
2. Add cold water and beat with whisk or eggbeater until smooth.
3. Add hot water and boil until mixture is thick.
4. Beat again until smooth.
5. Color as desired with food coloring or powdered tempera paint.
6. Store covered in refrigerator.


1870 Milk Paint Formula

1 Quart skim milk (room temperature)
1 Once of hydrated lime by weight
(Available at building centers. Do not use quick lime, as it will react with the water and heat up. Hydrated lime has been soaked in water then dried.)
1 to 2 1/2 pounds of chalk may also be added as a filler.

Stir in enough skim milk to hydrated lime to make a cream. Add balance of skim milk. Now add sufficient amount of powder pigment to desired color and consistency (Pigment powder must be limeproof). Stir in well for a few minutes before using. For best results continue to stir throughout use. Apply milk paint with a cheap natural bristle brush. Allow project to dry sufficiently before applying next coat. Extra paint may be kept for several days in the refrigerator, until the milk sours. Double or triple the recipe for paint. Allow to dry thoroughly 3-4 hours before use. For extra protection, give paint a coat of oil finish or sealer. Color may change - test in inconspicuous area.

Very Durable Weather Resistant Paint

5 parts cottage cheese or dry curd cheese
(Dry curd cheese is cottage cheese without cream or flavoring added. You can make a similar cheese by putting cottage cheese into cheesecloth and hanging it until it stops draining. Use cottage cheese if you’re in a hurry.)
1 part hydrated lime or slacked lime

Mix hydrated lime with water to make a paste. Add to cottage cheese and stir in well. Leave for few hours - the cheese lump will dissolve completely. Select some powder pigments and add to solution (Pigment powder must be limeproof). Add more water if too thick; powdered skim milk if too thin. Strain if you want a fine paint (old nylon stocking works well).

Now let's see what other activities we can list.

9/13/08 3:23 P

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In going to my friend's house this a.m. to weigh myself (her scale works better than mine), I found her throwing out some old HOME MADE paint!! I've got to go looking for that online! Good recipes! I figure it's been QUITE A WHILE since I've done some fingerpainting!!!! :D
It's hard to get to doing other things when there's still more snowflakes to make!!
Shouldn't we also TRY to finish the projects we're working on?? The thing is, this isn't a project I do once a week. I grab ANYTIME I can each day to do a little more work on it.

Oh, another one for me, also, is going back and reviewing the music I have had from my old piano lessons, and playing the dearly loved songs, plus exploring new music. :D I don't have to spend any money on that one! :D

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9/13/08 3:03 A

Here's the list from Post 1, abbreviated.

- Go play Intrepid Explorer on a nature trail.
- Help at an archaeological dig.
- Go to a FUN museum or art gallery exhibit.
- mith, and have fun.
- get kids' art-books and supplies, and go nuts.
- go visit colourful "ethnic" parts of town.
- spend some time on (or with) a horse
- make a pond aquarium
- catch (and release) butterflies. Or frogs. Or whatever.
- sky-gaze. Constellations, meteors, northern lights.
- visit a petting zoo
- make paper
- make candles
- paint your own customized mug
- visit thrift-shops
- pick flowers or fall grasses
- get in touch with your inner Slinky (metal, not plastic)
- Have a Silly-String battle with your cat.


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9/13/08 2:55 A


Some folks are scratching their heads a bit over the AD. Not sure if it has to be FUN, or has to be ARTISTIC or...well, what the hell IS it?

I'm not going to try to explain again (see my two threads on the AD for more information). This thread is a list: stuff you think would make a good AD.

Me first!


Going walking where there's a stream, and playing Intrepid Explorer. Walk across on stepping-stones (watch out for piranas!); hide in the foliage from other hikers (gotta keep an eye on the natives). Indulge your imagination.

Do the same sort of thing but play Archeologist. Go to a site and offer to help dig. I've been part of several, and they're always happy for a spare pair of hands. wear a Fedora, say your name is Alamama Smith, and have fun.

Go to a museum or art gallery that has a REALLY NEAT EXHIBIT you WANT to see. Nothine educational, please. If it's not fun, don't go.

Take out library books from the kid's section on some art you want to try. Super-simple beginner stuff. Add some cheap supplies and be a professional kid.

Go to a part of town that's got lots of colour and life. For me: Chinatown (my Temple is there too); Little Italy (Ah, home! Everyone yelling at the same volume!); little Vietnam (noodles from heaven). Get something ethnic-y as a souvenir, but mostly just PLAY!

Horseback riding. Can't afford it? Ok, horse-petting. I have yet to find a stable that minds people spending time with the horses. Just be gentle, maybe bring sugar (ask permission to feed), and whisper your secrets to those big beautiful eyes.

Pond aquarium. Take a big jar, pour in "wild" (pond) water. Put away from direct light. Boil an egg and remove the yolk. Crumble some into the jar every day. Watch water-fleas, tadpoles, almost microscopic fish and crawdaddies and shrimp seem to appear out of nowhere. VERY neat. If you have a microscope, SUPER SPIFFY!!

Butterfly catching. Please release after taking pictures.

Ditto with catching salamanders, frogs, etc.

Stargazing. When's the last time you really did that? I will include a link to a free Stellarium at the end of this. Print off the constellations, go outside and dig it.

Meteor-showers. Even more fun.

Petting zoo. Did you know goats have square irises? And chickens are surprisingly smart? And itty bitty baby chicks and bunnies are a 10.5 on the AAAWWWWW meter.

Make paper.

Make candles (I suggest gel: REAL easy cleanup.)

Make your own mug. Ceramic shops make them, you paint them, they kiln them.

Go thrift-shop-hopping (I LOOOOOVE THIS!), with no plans to buy specific items.

Pick flowers in a field. Or, this time of year, make a bouquet of interesting grasses.

Go buy a slinky and just let it go back and forth in your hands. Listen to the cool sssssslink sound it makes. It's almost like meditation.

Have a Silly-String battle with your cat.

Ok, now it's your turn. List some stuff you like that would make a good AD.



Affirmation for the day: "I am learning brevity in my writing."



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