color&pattern

D&D 30 Day Challenge

Day 13 - Favorite Trap/Puzzle

The one I’m designing right now for my first Starfinder campaign.  I won’t put the details here yet, just in case any of my players decide to check out my tumblr.  But I think it’s a pretty neat idea.  Basically it’s a treasure that can only be opened with specific keys, so the challenge is in obtaining the keys and then figuring out how they are used to get to the treasure.

That being said, puzzle design is hard!  It’s something that I struggle with. I personally try to stay away from puzzles with a single specific solution, because I think they’re less fun and interesting than open ended challenges.

Probably the best puzzle I’ve ever encountered as a player was this room with a bunch of different patches of flowers laid out in sort of a checkerboard pattern.  Each color of flowers did a different thing, and some of them were quite deadly.  There was only one safe way to progress across the board, and it required careful experimentation.  I don’t remember what all the flowers did, but certain colors pacified others, essentially.  It was pretty neat, though also very challenging.

Little things you can do to feel better if you are trans and you can’t really transition right now

For guys

  • Baseball caps? Those are good.
  • Short haircuts. If anyone questions, say it’s for convenience.
  • For your neck: fang pendants (very badass). Or a dapper lil bowtie.
  • Big ass stompy boots.
  • Those cool belt buckles. You can get a basic one or something with a cool design (like a dragon!).
  • Don’t shave. Let your body hair grow. Unless you feel uncomfortable.
  • Buy some spicy-smelling perfumes or other cosmetics. Or if there is something that says “Forest” on it, this one is also good.
  • If you can, try some weightlifting. It will make your muscles better and release some of that sweet sweet testosterone. But remember, fat and skinny men are also very handsome, so if you can’t, don’t sweat it.
  • Eat plenty of protein for a testosterone boost. Also, zinc from seafood - like shrimp and salmon especially - will help that chemical magic. Leafy greens, pomegranate, coconuts, garlic also help. Watch out for soy and tofu! They raise estrogen. And raisins are great, but dried apricots are not.
  • Remember that no matter what you are 100% man (unless you are a demiguy/bigender, then you are 50% man or whatever it looks like for you, that is still very cool, and if you are genderfluid and currently a dude, that’s still very good and valid).

For gals

  • Kitten ear beanies are so pure and good (just like you).
  • Let your hair grow to a nice length. If anyone questions, say you found a new style.
  • For your neck: simple crystal pendants (very pretty). 
  • Crystal bracelets!
  • Lil ballet flats.
  • Shaving can make you feel a whole lot better. Remember - some cis girls also have to shave!
  • Just a little bit of lip balm goes a long way. Oh! And clear nail polish!
  • Sweet-smelling cosmetics are your best friend. You can probably get on eBay or in your local store a nice bottle of vanilla body mist.
  • Google some exercises for a bigger butt, if you want to try it. If you can’t, remeber less-curvy women are also beautiful.
  • Eat plenty of soy, flaxseed, sesame seed, dried apricots… I know that those give you a bit of extra estrogen. Apparently coffee can also do it? Getting estrogen from diet is harder. Just eat a lot of tasty fresh food. Remember to treat yourself.
  • Remember that no matter what you are 100% woman (unless you are a demigirl/bigender, then you are 50% woman or whatever it looks like for you, that is still very cool, and if you are genderfluid and currently a lady, that’s still very good and valid).

For nonbinary pals

  • Simple beanies.
  • Google “androgynous/unisex hairstyles”. Look how many cool options you have! You might tweak one to your needs, like make it longer, or shorter, or add some cool hair dye…
  • For your neck: scarves. They come in many colors and patterns, cover up your neck so you don’t get cold, also you can hide your neck bump or lack thereof.
  • Friendship bracelets!
  • Trainer shoes.
  • Baggy hoodies are really nice.
  • You can shave and don’t wear makeup. Or rock the beard and eyeshadow look. Or really, anything else.
  • Cosmetics? Citrus and lavender are considered unisex scents. You can also wikiHow to Make Perfume and mix some scents you like at home.
  • Exercise, if you are healthy enough to do it, is good. Try running and yoga. Remember, media sells us the myth that androgyny=thinness, but it’s bullcrap. Fat, curvy, muscular people can all be nonbinary and/or androgynous.
  • You can look up the guys and gals sections too. Maybe you will find something that helps you.
  • Remember that your identity is 100% valid and true, no matter what. Yes, any kind of identity. No matter if it’s a neutral void or a mix of everything, no matter if it’s stable or changes. It’s valid because you are valid.
How to be a pre-raphaelite muse

🌹 wear flowy dresses in intense colors and flower patterns
🌹 enjoy art of all kinds
🌹 collect your favorite poems and inspiring quotes
🌹 try to find beauty in everything
🌹 spend time in art galleries, museums, theatres
🌹 be nice to people and charm them more with your intelligence than your look
🌹wear gold and silver jewelry and perfumes with musk and almond
🌹 put flowers in loose hair
🌹 surround yourself with antiques, books and paintings
🌹 music to love: celtic rhythms, harp, “Ceremonials”, orchestral
🌹 care about your inner beauty and mind as much as about your appearance

💿 HOW 2 MAKE A MIX CD 💿

Here it is, babes: my highly requested mixtape how-to !!

HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Blank CD’s + jewel cases
  • iTunes + a disc drive
  • Sharpie or other permanent marker
  • Collage supplies !
    • glue stick, magazine scraps, stickers, glitter, etc.

HOW TO:

1. Decide your purpose.

What’s it for? Who’s it for? Will you have a theme? What kinda music/genres fit with that theme? 

2. Compile the tracks into a playlist on iTunes.

FILE > NEW > PLAYLIST 

Here are sum tipz for compiling your tracklist:

  • I like to vary old + new music, genres, moods, etc.
  • To make it flow, I like to place the songs in an order where each song somehow compliments or contrasts the previous track.
  • Include a good mix of familiar tracks and new finds.
  • Live versions of familiar songs are always a good idea.
  • DO NOT BE SCARED TO INCLUDE CHEESY POP SONGS.
  • Consider movie soundtracks ! Those are ALREADY like mixtapes!
  • 15 songs is a good # of tracks to shoot for.

3. Burn the CD !!!

Insert a blank disc into your disc drive.

FILE > BURN PLAYLIST TO DISC

4. Wait 4 the disc to burn.

Grab a big ol snack while u wait. Make sure you don’t bump your computer while the disc is burning or the driver could fail.

5. 🌸  DECORATE YER COVER, HUNY 🌸

This is obviously my fav part nnggg. My biggest tip is that collaging takes tons of practice to get a feel for. The person you’re making the mix for will love it NO MATTER WHAT, so don’t sweat it.

Here are some of my biggest tips on art directing yer new creation:

  • I start by cutting out a little less than 5″ by 5″ piece of plain card stock to act as a solid background.
  • A good title can MAKE a CD (and lend itself to some solid visuals).
  • Have a small collection of magazines + clippings to go to for inspiration. My favs are 1980′s Nat Geo’s, “Oh Comely” (a British rag). and NYLON.
  • To get my clippings, I look through a few issues and clip ANYTHING that relates to the vibe of my mix in any way. Sometimes I have a color scheme in my head or a specific imagine or mood. That guides my pics, but I’m always ready to deviate if something else grabs my eye.
  • Sometimes simple covers with a big graphic and some dope patterns/color blocking are more appealing than wild ones, so don’t overthink it ~

6. GIVE THAT BABY AWAY!



Here are some covers I’ve made to give y’all some samples:


If you follow this how-to, be sure to tag me in yer pics <3 !

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Harlots Appreciation Week Day 2: Favorite Relationship Violet Cross & Amelia Scanwell

There’s a story about a feast in hell, where the forks are so long that people can’t reach their mouths, so all the diners starve to death. They don’t figure out that they can feed each other.

How to remove backgrounds (the easy way)

 First, pick a picture with a strong difference between your focus and the background. The easiest ones will always be photo shoots with solid backgrounds.

Today I’m going to use this photo:

1) Open up your photo and select the Selection tool. Make sure it’s on plus.

2) Click and drag around your focal point until you have your background selected. Switch to the minus to remove parts if it selects too much. 

3) Next, invert the selection.

4) Then add a vector mask by clicking the square with a circle in it.

Example: Your layer should look like this.

5) Double click the black and white box on your layer and this window will pop up.

6) Select the Refine Edge Brush Tool and make sure it’s on plus. 

7) Zoom in and paint around the edges of the hair or finer details. If it adds too much, click the minus sign and repaint over the spot.

Example: The left half of her hair has been brushed over while the right side has not. You can notice a considerable difference bectween the hardness of the pixels. (also, feel free to adjust the Global Refinements/Edge Detection to your liking, just play around with the sliders and you’ll catch on quick!)

8) Click OK and review your image. 

9) Reselect the black and white vector mask and change your PS colors to black and white. Using the brush tool, go in and paint back (or out) details. Or, use the Polygonal lasso tool to make a selection and fill it with black to remove or white to add. Here, I removed a section between her arm and her waist.

10) Finally, add a background color/pattern and add any psds/actions/etc.

Here’s the final product! Hope this helps!

Nic, 24

“I love flashy pieces so I’m really inspired by 90s grunge. Tokyo’s fashion scene is a must when it comes to mixing colors and patterns. My style inspiration: anything that catches my eye and I can play with to make it my own. My favorite designers are Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Dsquared2. Anyone who pushes the norms on fashion and creativity.”

Aug 26, 2017 ∙ Afropunk Festival
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archangel memes [4]: wings [requested by @soulllesssam]

The wings are the most crucial and sensitive part of the anatomy of an angel. All of them have different patterned or colored feathers, and each of the angels wear their wings with vanity. If the wing is stroked or touched in a particular place, a wave of pleasure will rush down their entire being and may physically weaken them due to how sensitive they are. It is, in fact, an angel’s weak spot. If cut off and or destroyed, they may not grow back, and the latter might cause severe emotions, such as depression, anxiety, and rage which will last a lifetime and will gravely damage the brain if continued grieving over them.

Michael’s wings are dark, charcoal – and contrary to popular to belief, black and white are two colors that angels are easily drawn to, therefore many of their species envy his wings. Lucifer’s are as white as snow and as soft as a fleece blanket. When banished from Heaven and sent to the cage, the flames in hell gave his wings a more blushy color. Gabriel’s wings are golden, soft, lucid, and reflect the light from the sun when he soars. Raphael’s are umber brown, and given that they have always been such a mysterious type, they had never really been the type to show off their captivating wings.

Dazzle Ship

Victo Ngai

I am very excited to share with you my debut children’s book, Dazzle Ship, authored by Chris Barton and published by Lerner Book. 

Dazzle Ship is the story behind the thousands of war ships painted with bold colors and crazy patterns during WW1. 

Sounds interesting? You can get a copy anywhere books are sold in American or online here

Big thanks to Chris Barton, AD Danielle Carnito and Editor Carol Hinz for getting me acquainted with this colorful piece of history and being so wonderful to work with! 

Video and photos by Munira, Music by Bensound. 

Humans are space orcs, eh?

I’m new to this, but I love what I’m reading in the feed lately, so, trying my hand!

Some ideas:

What if the greatest diplomacy problem in dealing with humans is that they seem to lie about past events constantly, even to someone who witnessed the same events?  Then it’s discovered that humans have recording devices of all kinds– security cameras, diaries, mp3– and the problem becomes clear.  Humans lie, but not that badly.  The poor, fretful creatures just have a species-wide brain defect.  Kindly aliens take to recording every event and encounter they can, then preface every diplomatic meeting with a record swap so the humans can brush up on what actually happened and the aliens can get some insight into what the humans have been falsely thinking happened.  Ambassadors to Earth get supplementary training in how to handle people with memory impairments, and human ambassadors to other worlds start hiring aliens– ANY aliens– to be their assistants.  Everything smooths out after that.

Religion.  Aliens intellectually understand how religion works and that there are different kinds, but they don’t really “get” it.  The biggest confusion regards whether the humans, who do seem to have some sort of empathic abilities at least, are actually communing with incorporeal beings/forces… and if so, why some humans seem able to commune with more than one, while other humans not at all.  Notable scholars have decided that the rituals and paraphernalia have nothing to do with the beings or forces being communed with, but muddied the matter by suggesting that the rituals may be important for a human’s ability to commune.  Alien non-scholars, eager to accommodate this new species and prove that space is nothing to be afraid of– nobody wants a repeat of the H’j’g’rcxin Xenophobia disaster– simply treat any and all religious requests as vital necessities for their human guests and crewmen.  Accommodation becomes so ordinary that when the first religious argument erupts between an engineer and a navigator, the biggest shock is that one of them objects to the other wearing a turban, something which does not affect work performance in any way.

Styling.  Alien species each have their own primary sense that they rely on, and when they find out that humans primarily rely on sight, well.  Reliant on sight means that surface patterns and colorings are particularly important to them, right?  They will have evolved to be individually distinctive in appearance?  New human crew are automatically assigned a mentor from another vision-reliant species, so someone will be able to tell them apart until the auditory and pheromone labels are attached to their uniforms.  Then Abby comes to mess with a new haircut and sparkly chapstick one day, and the mentor has no idea who she is or how she got aboard.

Word of Stabby the Space Roomba spreads, and soon every ship with a human captain or sufficiently high number of human crew has a Stabby.  Names vary, but most of them are Stabby.  One ship becomes low-key known for sending out broadcasts of Stabby McStabberson, son of Stabberson, son of Stabber, and its adventures stabbing juice boxes in zero-G.

Aesthetics.  Humans have a bewildering tendency to open starmaps or sneak into the scientific observation module at odd times, including with a mate or offspring, and just stare at open space.  Not even particular stars, although they like to study and talk about particular stars and clusters at times, but just, the whole of space.  Why do they do it?  Nobody knows.  Humans behave as though intoxicated during these times, but productivity lowers dramatically if they are barred access– if barring access even works in the first place, given humans’ seemingly endless ability to get into places where they aren’t supposed to be.

Fire.  Due to different atmospheric content, inability to heal from burns, or just plain never needing to cook their food, no alien species has ever utilized fire as a tool.  When humans say that learning to use fire may have been the start of their civilization, everybody believes that the humans are just talking a tough game to make up for their lower technology level, or– once they learn about human hierarchies– to compensate for a perceived lack of political status.  Then a human sees a catastrophic explosion on a hostile planet and laughs.  Then another shushes panicking engineers and smothers an accidental fire with some garments.  Then another builds a bonfire out of dead plantlife and a shredded religious document to warm an injured alien crewman after xir endothermic suit is punctured and the planet rotates away from its sun.  Humans– soft, cuddly, pack-bonds-even-with-inanimate-objects humans– are comfortably in control of the most terrifying force of disaster the galaxy has ever known.  Aliens stop being surprised that we nearly made ourselves extinct so many times in history.

“Why does your larval stage look so similar to your mature stage?  How do you know when a human is old enough to leave the Pit of Offspring?  Or to mate?”

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Magnus Bane’s S2 Wardrobe: a Study | Coats & Jackets (part 1)
↳ While a lot of his coats and jackets are on the grittier side with chunky chains and studs, Magnus also has a repertoire of softer garments; his several black velvet jackets are a literal example of this. In his collection there’s also a number of toned down jackets without much embellishment or flair to them. These are usually worn to make other statement pieces pop; like a simple black jacket worn with a boldly colored/patterned shirt, or a bundle of silver necklaces that stand out against an otherwise black outfit. The red thread that weaves through all his outerwear is the dark color palette that mostly consists of dark blue and black. The exception to the rule is the black jacket with a red pattern, which was appropriately worn during the body switch with Valentine and can be interpreted as a visual cue that something is wrong.

The Houses as Clothing Things

Hufflepuff: Loose threads. Heavy sweaters in warm autumn hues. Shoes so worn they no longer have tread. Hair ribbons. Wool scarves that tickle your neck. Complementary colors and patterned motifs.

Slytherin: High heels. Rips in a pair of leggings. Long coats with big black buttons. Silver earrings. Watches that tick unceasingly in the silence. Shirts with lacy necklines. Monochrome fabrics with careful accents.

Ravenclaw: Button-up blouses. High-waisted skirts and the shirts tucked beneath them. Bracelets that snag on everything. Soft fabrics. Ballet flats with scuffs on the toes. Stripes and polka dots.

Gryffindor: Sunglasses. T-shirts with fading designs. Sandals that leave unwelcome tan lines. Socks with cats on them. Flannels and sleeves rolled up to the elbow. Designs full of bright colors, big pictures, and words.