Thursday, April 28

Art From Smart Phones

As I was browsing the ‘free’ applications for my Android smart phone I came upon an application called Photo Lab. After downloading it I was pleasantly surprised at some of the fun things I could make with photos.

It has a lot of special effects that were easy to use and fun. I started playing with it yesterday, and made the images you see here. Ever since I got my smart phone I have been interested in what I could do on it that was artistic. Here’s a few examples:

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These pictures are a decent size to use and when you start to work on an image you can choose from a few different sizes. (I made these smaller to fit my blog dimensions.) These could be wallpaper for your computer screen.

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Isn’t this fun? The original image is flat and boring. This Is a much better wallpaper to use now.

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This wouldn’t be the image I’d choose for this effect next time but I still like it. (It is Alice!) I know that for seasoned Photoshop users this is simple stuff. When done on a cell phone however it takes on a different experience.

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I really like this ‘underwater’ effect. It’s perfect for pictures that have a lot of straight lines in them.

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When running this app or any other image processor have your Wi-fi on. The program will run faster. Photo Lab will run without it but not efficiently.

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I cut this dandelion off as I said I’m still learning. I like the way this turned out. That’s the beauty of these smart phones and the internet, being able to do stuff like this on my cell.

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Normally these would have water marks on them but before you save one to your phone there’s an option to remove them. To me that makes all the difference! I hate water marks on my images unless I have to protect something special.

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Alice made out of Alice’s. Tee hee!

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You can get Photo Lab by going to Google Play and and downloading it. There is a free version to try and if you like it you can get the Pro version like I got.  You are now set up, go forth and create!

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Here’s looking at your new work.

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Some of these may look simple but they are my first attempts goofing around with this application.

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Just because a program is free doesn’t mean you ‘need’ to buy it. Since owning my smart phone I am still using freebies and have only bought a few programs. I always try the free one first.

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That is Alice In Wonderland.

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These examples are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many applications for smart phones to use with your camera or uploaded pictures. I have tried some of them and they are all different. You might find similar effects on these programs but they are free to try and fun to use. With a few of these apps you will soon be making art from smart phones yourself. Have fun with it.

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Wednesday, April 27

Fun With Gadgets From aBowman

 
These gadgets come in black and white. Before you embed them on your site, click on edit and color them anyway you want with the menu. You can also change how many balls, etc. Then get the embed code and put it in a blog, on your phone, or your web site. Here is the one I did compared to the default one above. I added more balls and colored it. The speaker icon turns the sounds on or off. To hear the balls clack together otherwise just push the balls around with your mouse.
 
 
 
 
I love this one! I used to have one of these clocks years ago and I miss it. I find these ‘ball clocks’ to be awesome! Unfortunately I lost some balls for it and haven’t found one to buy since then. The bottom is the hours, the middle and the top are minutes. Read it from the bottom up. Say the bottom ball was on 6, the middle ball 25 and top on 2. That would be 6:27. At 1 o’ clock watch all the balls get dumped to start over!
 
 
This hamster (as with the other animals) is so darn cute! He’s taking a nap right now. To get him on the wheel tap the middle of it. Most of these gadgets work by using your mouse and double clicking to feed or react with objects.
 
 
The fish like to be fed and will ripple the top of the water.
 
 
This guy really IS your best friend and you can teach him tricks!
 
 
This clock can chime and I set it to chime every quarter hour and on the hour. Love the chimes and the ticking sound it’s comforting. My grandparents had an old clock just like this! This was suppose to have black background and it’s not showing up. I can live with that. Sometimes a gadget has some rough spots. If that happens and you don’t like it I’d find another gadget to take it’s place.
 
 
Don’t ask me why, but I like this. It’s mostly eye candy but put your mouse in there and check it out. No need to double click here.
 
 
These guys just look funny and follow your mouse around but they are just SO CUTE!
 
 
These guys have water and beach to play on. BTW do you remember they used to sell turtles, fish and little lizards at Walgreens? The lizards came with a string leash to put around their necks so you could tie it on your shirt button and wear them. I’m glad those practices went away! Double click to feed these guys.. All these were colored by me and you can get these and others at aBowman.com using their settings. Don’t worry about the occasional gadget that doesn’t work. For every one of those there are at least 50 more out there like it so just keep searching. The clock on here just chimed 3 o’clock. It sounds beautiful! For any other cool web sites that have gadgets and applications take a look at my ‘Web Wonderland’ list of almost all free sites to get goodies at. Most of all have fun and be creative with it!
 
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Tuesday, April 26

Visited By Faeries

Faerie : from the Latin term for "fate" (fata), faeries (or fairies) are a "host of supernatural beings and spirits who occupy a limbo between earth and heaven" (Guiley). This is in recognition of the skill faeries had in predicting and even controlling human destiny. Faeries could be either good or evil creatures, and at various points in history have been confused with witches and demons.

Fay or fey is the archaic term for faerie meaning bewitched or enchanted. This word derives from 'Fays' meaning Fates, and thought to be a broken form of Fatae. 'Fay-erie' was first a state of enchantment or glamour, and was only later used for the fays who wielded those powers of illusion. The state of enchantment is fayerie, which became fairy and faerie.

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Other terms for fairy:

Fair Folk is a welsh name, often used in literature and in Scandinavian myths.

Good Neighbors is from Scotland. It had its origin in a desire to give no unnecessary offense. The `folk' might be listening, and were pleased when people spoke well of them, and angry when spoken of slightingly. The same feeling made the Irish Celt call them `honest folk' (Daoine Coire) or `good people' (Daoine Matha).

The Green Children was used in medieval literature and versions of it is often used in modern Fantasy literature.This theme has many variations like Greenies, Greencoaties and others.

The Old People refers to Faeries that lived on earth long before Mankind.

The Silent People (the people of peace, the still folk, or silently-moving people) comes from the Irish and Scottish Gaelic, the sith people. The name sith refers to `peace' or silence of Airy motion, as contrasted with the stir and noise accompanying the movements and actions of men. The Fairies come and go with noiseless steps, and their thefts or abductions are done silently and unawares to men.

Elf (ves) means also faerie and derived from the word alfar from the Nordic and Teutonic languages which is associated with mountains and water. This clearly illustrates the close relationship between faeries and the earth.

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Description of fairies:

Faeries are often portrayed in Western children’s stories as tiny, winged, and good hearted. However, this description varies widely from worldwide folk traditions in which beliefs concerning hidden races sharing the earth with us have resided for most of human history.

Within different regions different descriptions of faeries grew, all were more or less human in form although sometimes taller or shorter, but never bearing wings. Much of their behavior was much like humans as well; they had governments, societies, marriages, children, and war. They were often mortal and therefore, could be killed. However, unlike humanity, they had supernatural powers, which made them, at best, unpredictable and at worst, dangerous. Few people sought out the company of faeries and most went out of the way to avoid it.

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The size of fairies:

The difference in size ascribed to the race has strangely greatly varied according to time and local customs. At one time the elves are small enough to creep through keyholes, and a single potato is as much as one of them can carry; at another they resemble mankind, with whom they form alliances, and to whom they hire themselves as servants; while some are even said to be above the size of mortals, giants, in whose lap mortal women are mere infants. The same peculiarity exists in Teutonic belief. At times the elf is a dwarfish being that enters through key-holes and window-slits; at other times a great tall man. In Scandinavia, the Troll may appear in one tale as a Giant greater than two men and in another as a small dwarf.

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The existence of fairies:

From the XVIII century onwards, the fairies have been said to have departed or to be in decline. People do not see them any more and some argue that the Faeries will eventually disappear as men have stopped believing in them. Others put forward pollution, urbanization and science as the main causes for their disappearance. Yet, however often they may be reported as gone, the fairies still linger. In Ireland the fairy beliefs are still part of the normal texture of life; in the Highlands, Islands or Brittany the traditions continue.

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I love the thought of Faeries! Young or old it doesn’t matter as long as you believe. And if you believe hard enough someday you just might see something out of the corner of your eye.

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Monday, April 25

How To Make An Origami Fortune Teller

I first learned to make these in grade school so this is something you can make and share with your kids or re-discover for yourself. All you need is a piece of paper, pencil, imagination and maybe scissors.
 
To construct a paper fortune teller you need a square piece of paper. To check if your paper is square, fold it diagonally along one edge. If there is some paper left over outside of your fold cut it off with a scissors. You will now have a square piece of paper and are ready to begin.


The steps are as follows:


 
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  Open the paper, turn the paper perpendicular and fold the paper in half again. 
 
 
 



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  Unfold the paper again. If done right you will have 4 squares on the page.
    
 
 


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  Fold the paper on the diagonal.
 
 
 


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  Unfold the paper, turn it and fold it on the other diagonal.
 
 
 



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 Open the paper again.
 
 
 



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  Fold all the corners to the center of the paper.
 
 
 



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  You are now finished folding your fortune teller.
  Flip it over and write a number on each of the four sections.
 
 



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  Flip the fortune teller over and open it up without unfolding the whole thing.
  Write creative fortunes (see image) on the inside flaps.
 
 



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  Fold the flaps back down and write a color for each section.  
  (There should be 8 sections.)
 
 



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  Your Origami Fortune Teller is now finished.
 
 
 



Your origami Fortune Teller should look something like this.
 
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Grab the fortune teller and open it up for a test drive. To open, use your index finger and thumb of your right hand under the square flaps on the right side. Do the same with your left hand for the left side. Both your hands should be in the fortune teller. Slowly bring your fingers together and the fortune teller will close. Open and close the flaps on the fortune teller by opening and closing your fingers.



How to tell someone’s fortune with your fortune teller:

    1. Have someone ask a question

    2. Have them pick a color

    3. Spell out the color as you move the fortune teller back and forth (i.e. BLUE- four letters, move 4 times)

    4. Have them pick a number from the inside

    5. Move the fortune teller that many times

    6. Have them pick a new number

    7. Open the flap of the number they picked

    8. The answer to their question is on the inside tab that you have just revealed


When making your fortune teller it’s best to use paper that you can color or write on easily. Stickers, glitter, or colored pens can be be used. It’s up to you how you decorate it and what kind of paper you use. Have some fun with it.

Choose colors that have different numbers in the words. Use one odd and one even for each pair of flaps.

When writing questions for your fortune teller, keep in mind that they should be answers to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ type questions. The options are limitless.
 
People’s names, animals, or any theme can be incorporated into the fortune teller for variety. Feel free to experiment.
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Sunday, April 24

Easter Wishes

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Happy Easter~Easter Wishes~
 
I have an Easter wish for you
dressed in your Easter finest,
I wish you all good things to come
And blessings of the kindest.
God’s always listening when we pray,
I’ll say an Easter prayer for you.
God Bless you on this special day,
where peace and love will surely do.
 
The eggs are hiding in the grass,
Your basket’s at your side;
Oh look! I’ve found some Easter eggs!”
I heard you cry with pride.
Now your basket’s full let's celebrate
with candy, eggs and cheer!
So have a Happy Easter
It comes but once a year!
 
‘Writings From Wonderland’ By: Bekkie


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Santa Versus The Easter Bunny 
This is a picture that tickles me. It’s, ‘Santa Claus Verses The Easter Bunny’. Looks like a serious fight to the finish hey? At least they have chocolate! Lol!

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Hope it was lovely for you today and this weekend!
 
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I’m Looking Through You

As we go about our lives we see objects around us everyday that we take at face value. Why don’t we back up and take a closer look, inside?
 
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Nick Veasey is a British photographer and filmmaker working primarily within the medium of X-ray imaging. Born in London in 1962, he worked in the advertising and design industries and pursued work in conventional still photography before making the serendipitous discovery of applying X-ray imaging to everyday objects and skeletons after being asked to X-ray a cola can for a television show.

He was so thrilled with the ‘look’ after doing the cola can that he used the same technique and took an image of his own shoes. Now he’s hooked on it, good for us!
 
I enjoy the X-ray art (of all kinds) very much especially all the little details or inner workings you can’t see without an X-ray. The more complicated the images the better to see all the cool little details you may have missed. Hope you enjoyed this engaging form of art.
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