Lounge Lizards and Sun Prints

My childhood was made of win.

Do you remember School House Rock?  My girlfriend found it on Amazon, and I had to get a copy for myself!  It’s two disks packed with everything that was awesome about being a kid.  The only thing it’s missing is the Kool-Aid man bursting through a brick wall.

Oh yeah.  That’s the good stuff.
Anyhoo, it’s been slow around the house these past few days.  We’ve been working on other projects!  Jay’s been printing Platinum Palladium pieces in the sun, using antique contact printing frames.  
These date from the mid 1800’s to the 1900’s.  Gorgeous!

The process is pretty fascinating, actually.  Basically, he sensitizes paper with a mixture of liquid Platinum and Palladium solutions, tops the papers with a digital negative and pins them into these frames.  The bars across the back of the frames hold the negative against the paper firmly, between the frame back and a piece of non-uv filtering glass.  The whole unit gets set out in the sun, negative side up, for a specific period of time.  Then he runs them through some developer baths, just like a traditional photograph.  They’re stunning to watch, and we both love the historic process this art takes.

His most recent runs- prints of shots he took in Washington DC and landscapes from New Mexico are drying now.  It’s too cloudy to print today, so we’re hoping that Fedex shows up with the remaining order of fabric for those ottomans!  Only one has arrived so far, but they were sent via different carriers.  I have no info from FedEx about the shipment.  Hmm.
I’m very pleased with this fabric, but I need both to keep working!
In the meantime, we’re working out on the back deck and playing with the lizards.  This is Oscar, a very large Curly Tailed lizard who lives under the back deck.  He comes out daily for bits of cheese.  <3
Oscar loves his cheese.
In the meantime, Jay’s preparing for teaching his fall courses, I’m keeping busy with smaller household projects and the parrots are as flirty as ever.
Kisses!
Tonks
About Pea Kay

Pea Kay, otherwise known as Tonks, The Unhinged Knitter, moonlights at night as an infamous Cupcake Warrior. To learn more about what she does, visit the core pages of www.weavingroses.com!

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