Serendipity Ink

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An ink-soaked fountain pen made these random ink blots. Ecoline’s “Fir Green” bled from yellow green out to dark turquoise, as it soaked into a wad of tissue.
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Half of the trick is to recognise the happy accident, rather than toss the tightly-wadded tissue into a bin.
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Ecoline inks are very water-soluble and any kind of water-based glue or medium will make them bleed, so I used a quick mist of solvent-based spray adhesive on the journal page, instead. I lay the flattened tissue onto the adhesive, and rolled it down flat with a rubber brayer.

I just like having this bright splash of a page, in the enormous antique Register that I use as a journal these days.

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Goodbye, Georgetown! Langkawi, here I come!

Love in the time of bananas...

Another embroidered postcard: “Love in The Time of Bananas…” of a fruit hawker’s cart and bullion-stitched bananas…and a colored pencil sketch of mangosteens. And a bowl of mee noodles; both from my journal of this trip.

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Hindu temple, Tanjong Bungah

One of many, many fabulous, theme-park gaudy Hindu shrines around Pulau Pinang. This one’s right outside my window at Tanjung Bungah.

Just some pictures, no time to write a post…taking the ferry to Pulau Langkawi tomorrow morning, to spend my remaining 5 or 6 days with a close friend who now lives over there.

Last week’s journal pages


Hmm, so much for starting the new year with a well-manicured blog! But I have gotten heaps done, this year, already!
The biggest win is that I’ve quit smoking…(careful! Mustn’t get too cheeky!) I don’t know how I know it, but I can feel that this time I’m serious…something in me is ready, at last, to give it up.
Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my best friend, and the pangs of heartache are almost as bad as the pangs of withdrawal! It’s still very hard, I suffer cravings galore; but every time I resist a craving it just gets easier to keep on saying no.

Naturally, my journals (both the visual one and the blah-blah-blah one) are full of eulogies to smoking: