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>Today I finally got a chance to try out a project I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while – making paper! My ultimate goal is to make my own photo notecards, possibly even on herbal scented/aromatherapy paper. Today was my first attempt and I’m impatiently waiting for the paper to dry so I can see how it came out. I got a little overambitious and am also trying to embed a photo in the paper, so who knows. So far it looks good, it’s just soggy. The real test will be keeping it from ripping to shreds when I take it off the frame!

For those of you who are interested, here’s how you make paper:

1) Create a mold using an old photo frame and some screen door mesh – remove the glass and the backing from the frame and tack on the mesh with a staplegun. Try to get the mesh nice and taut.

2) Get an old blender (yardsales and thrift stores are great resources). Take some scrap paper (I pulled some out of our recycling pile), rip it into small pieces, and put it in the blender. Pour some water in and pulverize away until you have a pulpy mess in there.

3) Get a dishpan that’s larger than the frame you’re using and fill it about halfway with water. Add the pulp you just made. If you want to add some herbs or petals or glitter, do so now.

4) Dip your mold into the paper soup and slowly and evenly pull it out. Either side can face up – if the side with the mesh attached faces up you’ll get a thinner paper that *hopefully* is pretty easy to get off using a spatula. If the mesh side is down you’ll get a thicker (perhaps sturdier) paper, but you’ll have to be more delicate pulling it out once it’s dry, since it’s in a hole. If you’re not getting a thick enough layer forming on the mesh, add more pulp to the dishpan and try again.

5) Wait for the paper to dry, you can use a hairdrier to speed things up.

6) Remove the paper from the frame.

Since I don’t have a hairdryer, I’m stuck here waiting! I’ll let you know how it comes out.

>Slivers of Sunlight

>Well, as the title suggests, today did not provide the best light ever. It was overcast for most of the day, but a few patches of sunlight gave me the opportunity to at least take a few photos. Again, I had some fun messing around with wierd color effects – the image on the left is what I came up with.

A few shots from today had potential as more traditional prints, so I’ll be fiddling with them later to get them just right.

Something else I worked on today was a “movie” slideshow of a bunch of my favorite shots. They’re all posted here on the website, but making the slideshow was a lot of fun and I was able to post it up on Google Videos and YouTube to make sharing it easy. Check it out, and feel free to share it or link to it or whatever you want to do. I think it would be mighty hard to get the images out of the video, print them, and sell them for profit, so I’m really not that worried about copyright infringement or anything :-).

Hope you enjoy the slideshow and the new photo!

>Getting Back into the Swing of Things

>Well, it’s been quite difficult to get back into my normal rhythm after our month-long hiatus from reality! We had so much fun on our road trip, but it is good to be back. You’d think, what with being unemployed for the past month or so, that I’d be whipping out new photos like crazy, but I guess not. However, now that all our boxes are unpacked and our car troubles are sorted out and that fall zing is in the air, I’m getting back into obsessed photographer mode. I took several photos on a recent excursion in the northern part of Rhode Island , and ended up playing with one particular shot. Unlike my usual instinct, which is to convert to black and white and really make the shapes and textures pop out, this time I was drawn to making the colors in the image really wild and almost unreal. Digital photography is really fun that way, you have so much room to play. Here’s what I came up with:

Hope you enjoy it, More to come soon!

>New Nephew!

>I am glad to post that I have a new nephew! Jacob was born on September 20 and he’s gorgeous. I’m sure I will take many, many photos of him as he grows up! Here’s one to start. It’s a bit noisy, since it was quite dim in the room, but he’s still cute!

>Finally Back Home!

>Well, I’m back from my trip out west. We didn’t make it all the way to the west coast, but we got as far as Bozeman, MT. We had a lot of fun and I took tons of photos, so hopefully you’ll get to see some new content soon. Unfortunately my computer gave me the blue screen of death right before we left on our trip, so I’ll have to wait for it to get fixed before I can play around with the photos. Hopefully it will all be back to normal soon!

It’s good to be back.