A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving
Amazing Effects–Explore Painting, Pouring, Blending, Textures, and More!
Beautiful photographs illustrate
this book that will allow novice or established artist to try their hand at
creating art with alcohol inks. Information is well organized and easy to
understand with projects to tackle with tips on how to do them well. I think
the most interesting thing about this type of art is that it is fluid and creative
allowing the artist to use the medium in interesting ways. Whether working on
canvas, wood, porcelain or something else…the outcome is, in this book,
beautiful. I would love to take a class in alcohol ink painting as though I have
used some of the techniques mentioned in this book with watercolor this looks
much more interactive and free.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto
Publishing Group – Quarry for the ARC – This is my honest review.
Pour and paint your way to stunning fluid effects. In Creative
Alcohol Inks, artist and Instagrammer Ashley Mahlberg of @inkreel shares
step-by-step techniques for creating spontaneous, organic effects with this
vibrant transparent medium.Get an overview of essential materials,
substrates, and finishes.Explore techniques for applying alcohol inks,
such as pouring, creating texture, lifting, masking, adding embellishments, and
more.Learn helpful troubleshooting tips and tricks.Use what you’ve
learned to create one-of-a-kindartworks and stylish projects. Find
your creative flow with Creative Alcohol Inks!
Perfect for creative beginners, the books in the Art for Modern Makers
series take a fun, practical approach to learning about and working with
paints and other art mediums to create beautiful DIY projects and crafts.
In the dim and distant past of the 90s I was caught up in the CCG boom. For those who have lived their lives blissfully unaware of such things, CCG is short for collectable card game. The golden age of CCGs was started when Magic the Gathering was released. Magic was (and still is) a very successful game, so of course everyone thought “that looks like an easy way to make money, I’ll give it a go”. Suddenly there were hundreds of games released into the market, fighting for people’s hard earned money and shelf space in the local game shops. Here in the UK some CCGs were even available in our standard high street shops. Luck played a huge part in which CCGs survived as the competition was fierce, and some quality games just did not manage to get the sales required, but for the most part the better the game the longer they survived.
Now I played a large selection of these games, in fact I still have a lot of them today. Generally the ones I collected had something in the theme that appealed to the nerd in me, from the space battles in the decipher star wars and star trek games, to the almost visceral combats in the rage and vampire CCGs, through the cute colourful cards full of pokemon and superheroes, and finally touching upon the sporty with the WWE and football games. Occasionally I would try a game based solely upon recommendations for the game play, and the original legend of the five rings (L5R going forward) was one of those games.
L5R is set in a mythical empire called Rokugan, it is based upon a very western idea of samurai and probably shares more background with the Kurosawa movies than with any real history. There are samurai, geisha, ninja, wizards and more populating this universe. It was a fun theme, so much so that a roleplaying game based on the same world was soon launched, for a time the Rokugen setting even became part of D&D. However what really made L5R stand for me was the mechanics. No longer were your cards attacking just each other or even your opponent, L5R had the victory condition of destroying your opponents provinces and stronghold, these were your opponents sources of cards and as they got destroyed reduced your opponents ability to respond to you and reduced his play options. At times losing a province, especially one with an important character to your tactics, felt like a personal assault and this helped to bring that feeling of immersion into a game type that often struggled to achieve that level of buy in from its players. But that wasn’t all. L5R had multiple victory conditions, so the players could play vastly different game types within its framework. Destroying the stronghold was a military victory and was generally thought of as the easiest type of victory to achieve. However it was possible to accumulate ‘honourable’ cards and play in an 'honourable’ way which would lead to an honour victory. It was also possible to attack and ruin your opponents honour, which would lead you to a dishonour victory. And finally you could actually find enlightenment, by achieving certain conditions and playing all five of the titular ring cards, this was generally the hardest victory to achieve as it required having the right card in your hand as you completed each set of conditions, and then repeating that four more times for each of the other rings, each of which had their own conditions.
While this difference in gameplay brought L5R to my attention what really kept my interest was the way the characters evolved during the life of the game. I started L5R with jade edition, by this time the game had already finished a full story arc. When I opened my first starter pack there were characters that had traits on of 'experienced’ or 'experienced 2’, investigation into these traits revealed that these were characters that had previously had cards, but they had changed as the story advanced and they had new cards to reflect these changes. When playing with these characters, you could even put an earlier version in play and evolve them for free, recreating the changes they went through in the story. To this day, this is still one of my favourite game mechanics, it’s such a simple touch but allows characterisation and change during the game, this helps build on your attachment to the characters and the game and just helps everything feel more personal. Most of the CCG stories my friends and I share when we meet up are cool plays, or interesting wins, but when it comes to L5R it’s always cool things the characters did or the way they stood out and that just helps set it apart from all of the other games.
As time went on it became more difficult to find L5R cards and sets locally, and personal circumstances changed so I stopped buying CCGs except for the occasional pack or collector’s set. However I still paid attention to Facebook groups or online news about the games I had enjoyed. So it came to my attention a few years back when Fantasy Flight Games bought the L5R license and announced that they were relaunching it as a living card game (LCG). I’d heard of living card games, the ideas of which was that instead of random boosters you bought a set and you got every card you required in the set, this greatly reduced the monetary strain that CCGs have when trying to chase down the required amounts of all the rares. So this announcement intrigued me, and I kept a close eye on the game from launch, until I could obtain a copy for myself. Fast forward a few years and I now own multiple copies of the core game (three are recommended) the first two full cycles, two of the clan packs (Phoenix and Scorpion), and the Children of the Empire deluxe box. There have been some dramatic differences already in the game play, currently the is no way to achieve an enlightenment victory and characters have limited play time (that you set when you play them) due to fate, but the soul of the game still feels the same to me, we have started to see changes to characters due to the story (even if they have removed the 'experienced’ trait) with Toturi receiving a neutral card to reflect his change from clan champion to emerald champion, it feels good to see this modern take on L5R, and to see the changes done familiar characters have gone through.
I only have two issues with the relaunch of L5R. Firstly I’m struggling to find anyone to play with, the game is too complex to play with any of the family and free time is too much of a premium to justify finding a regular group nearby. The other issue I have is that I’m really struggling to pick a clan to play. I’d like to enter a tournament this year, however o clan is really standing out, and I’ve not the time to try each one out if I want to gain enough experience with the deck I build to enter a tournament. In future posts I’ll look at the different clans to see which suit me.
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Did you know that Monster High dolls are often the first choice for customized dolls?
The process of customizing the dolls often consists of popping off the head, pulling out the hair from the inside, and then rethreading each follicle individually with new hair; repainting the face with paint or pastels; making new clothes; adding features like horns or ears with clay; or changing the skin color with pastels or paints. It’s really neat! @ dollightful on YouTube is my favorite!
Hi Guys, today we have a current w.i.p, a Viking style Belt pouch with a hand carved and hand tooled nordic style dragon design. Here the design has been transfered to the damp leather.
Using my new Swivel knife, if any one out there has arthric hands these thicker handled swivel knives help..a bit. still can get stiff and sore but helps a bit. Here I have started carved the design into the leather..which is 2mm Veg tan.
Cutting the design is done, next step is tooling the design to make it stand out more…watch this space for the next few pics and when done I will do a full ‘post’. This design of pouch ..Credit goes to Richard at Dark Horse workshop in Canada I believe, you can buy his patterns/designs / templates at a very affordable price on his ETSY shop. Very good for beginners and fun for those more advanced. Back soon, stay Crafty.
In alignment with my previous post, here’s what I did today.
Today, I was able to research a bit more about economics through a book I just borrowed from the library which is Paul Krugman’s “The Return of Depression of Economics and the Crisis of 2008”
There are two important points that I read.
1. Are that developed countries have flourished due to globalization, lower tariff barriers,
improved telecommunications, cheap air transportation and the reduced disadvantages
of producing in a developing country happened and they broke into the world
An example of how globalization (not nationalization) can help is a Mexican Regime led by
Porfirio Diaz in 1876 who had well – educated people in his circle called the
Cientificos, their collective goal was to modernize and integrate Mexico with
the world economy, until it was overthrown by a nationalist and populist
revolt. Because of this, more import restrictions were placed. Due to this, the
economy became controlled by oligarchs who increased oil prices and created
large loans. A few months later, Mexico could no longer honor it’s debts. Note
that this happened because they refused to take advantage of the rising tide of
2. Hedge Funds (Note that I still don’t really understand what these are).
These funds played a major role in the 1990s
economic crisis, Hedge funds are investment institutions that are
able to take temporary control of assets far in excess of their owner’s wealth.
Hedge means to avoid or lessen by
counterbalancing, they try to make sure that market fluctuations don’t affect
The downside is that market movements often wipe
out ordinary investor’s hedge fund capital because stocks have to be returned. One of the examples of the harms of hedge funds
in the legend of George Soros. This took place during Britain’s financial
crisis which entered the European Monetary Exchange Rate system during a deep
recession and government dissatisfaction.
The PM then invested in Soros’ Quantum hedge funds which escalated after
Soros’ remarks about the devaluation of the pound. And because of the high-interest rates and the dropping out from the ERM, the currency was devalued.
Another point is that, Hongkong during the Asian economic crisis proved
that local wealth can fight off hedge funds through purchasing local stocks.
This is because these purchases drive the prices up and result in the hedge
fud, which had sold these stocks short to lose money.
But I am back with actual things I’d like to put on the table. That is to say that I want to share my passion here.
Well, for the past year which I have been absent on Tumblr, I’ve consumed my time debating, specifically Asian and British parliamentary which I have come to love so so much. Like no joke, it’s literally my life now.
But a little disclaimer though, I’m not that good as I want to be when it comes to debating and I have so much to learn. So if anyone wants to chat about it, that would be superb!
In line with this, I want to do a 100-day productivity challenge with my new hobby.