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30 Things You Can Add to Your Art Journal

Art journals can be decorated, simple, planned out, spontaneous, and a great outlet for stress. Here are some ideas for you to add to your own art journal.

1. Collage. Using magazines, newspapers, old books, posters, prints off the internet, you can make fabulously artistic pages.  

2. Sew-on Decor. Instead of using glue, Mod Podge, or tape, try using thread to sew pictures onto the pages. It will give it a vintage, textured look.

3. Tea Stain. If you take a tea bag and steep it in hot water for a little, you can stain the pages to make the pages look old. Different teas make different colors, so experiment!

4. Paint. Water-color painting, acrylic painting, finger painting, or whatever the medium of paint is that you choose. Get in there and paint the pages however you want!

5. Sketch. Not all pages have to be pops of colors and textures. You can have pages of beautiful simple sketches.  

6. Stamp. If you don’t have stamps, it’s easy to make your own. Search for some DIY stamps.

7. Nature. Tape or glue pieces of nature into your pages. Flowers, grass, leaves, or twigs. 

8. Masking Tape. Make a pattern on the page with masking tape and color, paint, or doodle over the pattern. Take the tape off when you’re done to see the amazing pattern underneath. 

9. Doodle. Draw anything and everything. Try using pens or markers instead of pencil. Make mistakes and live with them because mistakes are beautiful.

10. Outline Objects. Take a roll of tape, a phone case, pictures, or anything around you and outline them with pens, markers, or Sharpies. Overlap the shapes for an interesting effect. 

11. Washi Tape. Decorate the pages with borders, wrap it around the edges, or create shapes. 

12. Trace. If you have thin enough pages, you can trace shapes, images, and scenes. Just don’t claim that the tracing was your own art because that’s not cool. 

13. Blow Paint. Glob some paint with some water and use a straw to blow the paint around the page. 

14. Pastels. Experiment with pastels. Mix them with water, rubbing alcohol, or just smudge and mix them together. 

15. Stencils. Use stencils to design pages with shapes and images. You can experiment by using paints or by overlapping. 

16. Stickers. Plaster an entire page with stickers if you want or use them sparingly. It’s your call. 

17. Divide the Page. Use a ruler or a flat edge to divide the page into various sizes of shapes. Color each shape in differently. 

18. Etch. Etching is a technique in which you place an object under the page and shade over it. The final outcome is really amazing. 

19. Sharpies. Scribble, sketch, doodle or experiment by mixing the Sharpies with rubbing alcohol. 

20. Glitter. Throw some glitter (make it rain) on some wet paint, glue, or water-brushed pages. 

21. Scribble. Exactly what it says. 

22. Burn the Page. This one you need to be careful with because you could ruin the whole book. Take a lighter or a match and just gently burn the edges of the page to make it look old. 

23. Outline Your Hands. By outlining your hands, you are making a page that no one else can…unless they have the same size hand as you.

24. Sponge. Dip a sponge in paint and press it on the page all over. 

25. Make A Comic. Who says you have to draw out a comic? Collage it or paint it! Or just draw it because that’s pretty too. 

26. Zentangles. If you aren’t sure what these are, just look them up. They are fun and are said to help people calm down. 

27. Your Own Pictures. Add your own personal images of friends, family, yourself into your artwork. 

28. Quotes. You can write them yourself, print them out, cut them from magazines, or cut them from books. 

29. Maps. This might be difficult for those who don’t have maps or atlases. Mod Podge pieces of maps to the pages. 

30. Mixed Media. Combine any of the previous suggestions for a fantastic piece that you’ll be proud of.

Little moments of whump

Grand whump is wonderful, of course, but what takes my breath are those subtle moments that show the whumped character is really not ok:

- taking a moment to close his eyes because he’s light headed/exhausted/has such a bad headache

- pressing the heel of his hand against his temple, because his head hurts or he can feel his temperature rising

- spacing out a bit during a conversation - especially when he’s the one speaking, so that he kind of trails off and has to shake himself and apologise and get back on track

- pressing a cold bottle of beer/coke against his forehead and just taking a moment to savour the relief

- especially a normally diligent/stoic character - falling asleep on the job or somewhere he shouldn’t, even if it’s just for a moment, and he’s startled awake by someone/something and there’s just that moment of being lost in his eyes as he tries to figure out where he is and what’s happened

- his hands are shaking and he accidentally meets someone’s eyes who’s seen it happen so he shoves his hands into his pockets or armpits and stalks off

- a little stagger as he walks, or kind of drunkenly reeling off-course a tiny bit before he self-corrects

- that helpless expression just before he collapses

- moving wrong in a way that aggravates the pain, and the sudden seizing of his body

- breathing through the pain

- leaning against objects so he can stay upright, especially if he’s doing it as nonchalantly as possible

- a pause as he first notices that something isn’t right

- that white knuckled grip

- a hitch in his voice as he talks

- half-lidded eyes that are becoming unfocussed

- the way his head lolls

- where he can’t even spare the energy/strength to turn his head and he kind of just accepts things/carries on looking straight ahead

- trying to carry on speaking a command or direction or explanation even though he can only voice a few words at a time, either because of pain, or weakness, or confusion/disorientation

- someone passes him something but his hands are clumsy and he fumbles with it rather than just taking it normally

- reaching under a jacket and coming out with a blood-stained hand (always this <3)

- apologising for being about to pass out just before he does (afhflksdkkjfgg)

Adulting 110

This post marks my tenth Weekly Adulting Blog! Woot woot. I’ve amassed a lot of new followers since first starting this weekly post, and more of you wonderful and supportive people join me every day. Because of this, I have decided to recycle some of my favorite suggestions from the past nine posts for today’s blog.

Shoutout this week to @piratejenna and @squeakyrainbowsocks. Please give them lots of love!

1. Important documents. One of the first things you should do before you move out is get all your important documents from your parents/guardians. I’m talking your Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, high school or college transcripts, banking information, etc. Trust me.

2. Baking Soda and vinegar are your one-stop cleaning solution for everything. Clogged drains, shower heads, cat pee stains, etc. 

3. Automatic payments. Don’t enroll in automatic bill payments unless you’re extremely comfortable with the company. This will prevent companies from charing your bank account or credit card extra without your consent. For example, I’m confident that Birchbox won’t overcharge me, but have less faith in Verizon. 

4. Scented trash bags. Are literally the same price as regular trash bags, but help keep your trash smelling manageable. 

5. Food hygiene. Rewrap/repackage your deli meats and cheeses a few days after purchasing them. Wrapping paper has a shorter shelf life than the products themselves and will cause them to spoil early.

7. Keep paper bills. Bills such as internet, rent, and utility for up to five months. These help prove residency, which will be useful when applying for Medicaid, in-state tuition, and for some jobs. If you’re not receiving any sort of paper bills, keep pay stubs with your address on them instead.

8. Reuse containers. Get takeout often? Takeout containers are microwave and dishwasher safe, and are often durable enough to substitute as tupperware. Wash and reuse them!

9. Folding chairs. These are the answer to limited seating space in a small apartment. In my first apartment I threw a “Bring Your Own Chair” party because I literally had three chairs and a couch. Now I store my folding chairs in the closet during the winter, and leave them outside all summer long. 

10. Airborne. Flu season is upon us! Go immediately to your local pharmacy and pick up a pack of this magical tablets. When your throat starts to feel scratchy in that characteristic pre-sickness way, pop one in a glass of water. If you catch your cold early on, these will effectively prevent your from getting sick. Satisfaction guaranteed. 

Tea Staining bones

A long overdue post with simple ways to stain your bones. Most bones after soaking and being cleaned in a peroxide bath will have whitened a bit… some people strive for the pristine aesthetic of white bones, i on the other hand like slight natural colors and hues… so i after cleaning and processing bone, i add another step of staining them. 
 
All you will need is 
- a container that will properly fit your bones and liquids 
- bones
- any herb/tea/spice/flower or coffee bean you wish to stain with. 
  This is incredibly versatile, you can use anything to stain!
- patience
- a towel
- hot water

STEP 1 

place bones into your container ( you can use glass bowls, mason jars etc) 

STEP 2
- choose your stain and throw some in, the measurements are all up to you… the more you put in= the more potent the hue. 
I use old tea bags ( usually 2-3) , old coffee grounds etc…. it is important to make note to use dried herbs… if you use flower petals or even old coffee grounds, you will want to air dry them first ( in my experience it gives more potency and color)

STEP 3 
 - Fill the container up with hot water, making sure to submerge all of your bones ( if some float, just keep poking them down) 

STEP 4
Allow the bones to sit within the stain anywhere from 3 hours- overnight. Make sure not to let them sit for more than a night or two, they can start to mold if you are neglectful. 

- You can keep repeating the soaking process until the bones are your desired color. If you do plan on more soaks, make sure you have air dried your bones before soaking again, if the bones are wet and waterlogged, they wont absorb much more color. 

Below is a photo of three common stains i use 
- tea ( any tea bags i could find) 
- old coffee grounds 
- and lavender. 


This photo was taken after about 3 hours soaking.

Soaking some misc jaws in a tiny jar of tea 

A collection of bones straight out of coffee grounds, you can see that each bone takes the stain different depending in how porous, how old, how young and how much of the elements they have had to battle. 
This batch was soaked for about 9 hours.

You can use sooooo many easily acquirable herbs and materials for staining. 
some of my favorites  
- turmeric with a dash of clove ( bright yellow with a small bit of brown) 
- lavender with hibiscus petals ( deep purple pink if soaked a few times) 
- black tea 
- dried rose petals with hibiscus ( reddish, pink) 
- beets ( pinkish) 
- ground juniper berry 
- blackberry 
- raspberry 

and sooooo many more! 
Hope you all find this useful <3 

Villains' opinions on Deku

Obviously in the manga Himiko loves Deku (pyscho blood loving school girl loves it when Deku is bloody BUT HEY still counts), so I bet she’d be quick to take a liking to him. He would be a little flustered cause hes still an awkward kid but way less freaked out.

I bet she would hug him and fond over him like a clingy best friend. Of course she and him would never happen, but shed still hang all over him and hed be a but more lax since hes pretty sure he likes guys exclusively (and hes not very keen on finding out if he likes girls) since his various crushes on male students.

Onto Dabi, I refuse to have Dabi hate Deku. You just cant hate that adorkable face. Dabi would be the cool ass cousin who gets into crazy shit. Hed be a cool brother figure to Deku at times. He and Himiko both agree that theyed killed anyone who harmed Deku.

Black Mist is sort of like Deku’s pseudo dad/babysitter/teacher, the guy adores Deku tho. Hes rather less tense around the kid and is the ever tired babysitter of basically all the VA members. Which leads me to my last 3.

Stain thinks of Deku as a little kid who has the same views as him so of course hed take a shining to him. Of course he knows about the double agent thing which he isnt really good about but Deku has his reasons so whatever. Since Deku is with the VA, he doesnt talk to the kid often since he has his own issues and goals.

Shigaraki (idk yet)

And lastly my newest fave villain, Overhaul!!! I think despite not many interactions Deku would be very interested in learning about this sort of ‘Plague Doctor’ Guy. And vice versa. Overhaul would be interested in what this kid is doing and why he is the way he is. Overhaul wants to take this kid apart piece and by piece and each new thing he learns is highly fascinating

Write a story including a set of three things

1) A sewer, a phone call, a broken leg 

2) A blanket, a shooting star, grass stains 

3) A crystal, a candle, a broken window 

4) A shop, midnight, a bike 

5) Thunderstorms, an island, fog 

6) Mirrors, a very old book, a sock 

7) Coffee, a road trip, a high school yearbook 

8) Retrograde amnesia, a car, duct tape 

9) Mountains, whispers, a newspaper 

10) Cigarettes, paint, a power outage 

Harumichi Month 2017 Prompts!

ROAD TRIP: APRIL 1-3

LIPSTICK STAINS: APRIL 4-6

PICKING FLOWERS: APRIL 7-9

KIMONO; APRIL 10-12

WARMTH: APRIL 13-15.

EROTIC DREAMS: APRIL 16-18

HOLDING HANDS: APRIL 19-21

MEETING THE PARENTS: APRIL 22-24

DRIVING: APRIL 25-27

DATE NIGHT: APRIL 28-30

Tag your work as “Harumichi Month” or mention me! Also, make sure to label the day somewhere on your work! PS: NSFW stuff is allowed as long as it’s not too weird.

Originally posted by amirnizuno