I canceled classes for today; not many students planned on being there, so I did all of us a favor and said we'd take the day off. I've had a lovely morning. I should be Treadmilling or grading, but instead I altered some Moleskine cahiers. I'm a day late in sending them out for the swap I'm in, but I hope the recipients will like my work and forgive my tardiness. I sent both partners the green cahiers. I used a damp sponge to apply gouache, then I stamped on some Art Deco-inspired images in a metallic gold ink. Finally, I shredded a bit of Japanese paper and glued it on and covered everything with Mod Podge. I wanted an effect of cherry blossoms blowing into a verdigrised structure, and I think I achieved it. I'm not so excited about the cahier on the left. The colors aren't working for me, but I'll still use it myself.
One thing I like about Swap-bot swaps is the chance to play with other materials. Last year I created a ton of ATCs, and I've made paper dolls, too. I've signed up for a few embroidery swaps and a Dottie Doll swap, which should be a lot of fun.
Now that I've played, it's time to work. First on my list is a trip out of the house to run errands. When I get back, I'll spend a few hours cooking for Thanksgiving, and then I need to get at least two hours of grading and two of writing in.
The best item on my to do list is going to see Beowulf with my 13-year-old nephew. He's visiting from TN, and I love that we can chat about books and see more adult movies together. I'll let you know what I think, and you can read another review here.