The foot

On the feet

The foot

The foot

Dear fans,

I kicked someone in the knee with my right foot yesterday during kickboxing class. It hurt some at the time but I quickly regained composure and continued doing whatever I needed to do through the rest of the day. However, just when I was drifting to sleep in bed, about midnight, my right foot started to cramp up like there’s an evil gremlin who’s trying to split my foot in several pieces!

After a night of practically no sleep and crawling around on my knees I’m happy to report that my foot is doing much better and hopefully can handle my regular, quite brutal, activities in a couple of days. It just amazes me every time I get an injury about how our body heals. It is absolutely magical! A couple of musings on the foot:

1) Pisces govern the feet. I’m an quintessential Pisces and do have more feet problems than any other body parts. (that link describes my personality to the T and might as well put my name on it)

2) Do you know that your big toes carry around 40-60 percent of body weight when you walk? Quite fascinating.

3) If you don’t stand right, your knees, your back and eventually your neck and head will all be screwed!

4) When I broke my toe last year, my acting teacher told me that, because of my limited range of motions, I was given a chance to excavate more emotions rather than movement on stage.

5) I know a person who’s one foot got broken into 72 pieces inside that never got fixed. He can still walk around, amazing!

6) “I wanna be where the people are / I wanna see, wanna see them dancin’ / Walking around on those – what do you call ’em? Oh – feet!“–Ariel the little mermaid

7)Be steady on your feet / No matter the trouble you meet…I’m learning how to get up off my knees / and all it takes is practice. “–Lion by Lights

What’s your relationship with your feet? Be nice to them!

 

Twin Heart screen print on paper

Twin Heart :: screen print on paper

Twin Heart screen print on paper

Twin Heart

Dear fans,

New screen print, so excited! Thank you so much for being here with me. This is a screen print using contact paper as stencils and ink with translucent effect for layering using an ink extender base.

This is a limited editioned print of 30. If you’d like one, let me know and I’ll see if I’ve got an extra for you ;)

What is Twin Heart? It is a heart condition that can develop in the human body. According to WebMD (not really), it is a growth of extra heart material and tissues as a physical representation of your lover in your body.

If you’ve ever really loved someone or be in a long term relationship, chances are that you’ve had a twin heart at some point or even now, like me. Twin heart can stay symptomless indefinitely. During times of crises, extreme heart ache. Yup damn relationship issues.

1) Design The image was inspired by one of my daily marker drawings. I redesigned it a little bit to prepare for the print.

Twin Heart screen print: redesigning the original drawing in Illustrator

Redesigning the original drawing in Illustrator

Sorry, but I have to brag about my new acquisition, the Speedball screen print kit! I finally plunked down some money for it. Totally worth it if you’re trying to set up a home printing environment. The hinges make it really easy to flip the screen up and down for fast printing. Yes you can build a screen yourself, yes you can get a base board yourself and get the hinges from the hardware store. But you can also get a part time job and buy these things in a kit on your way home.

Speedball printing kit

Speedball printing kit

The hinges of Speedball printing kit

The hinges of Speedball printing kit

2) Creating stencils from contact paper The heart shapes are made from stencils from Contact paper, which is what your landlord uses to line the kitchen drawers. You can get a roll for $3 from local hardware store and it lasts forever…unless you are really lining drawers ;p

Using print out and contact paper for creating the stencils

Using print out and contact paper for creating the stencils

The first heart stencil

The first heart stencil

Stencil for the text

Stencil for the text

3) Printing the first layer I also used the print out as a registration technique to help me put paper in the right place to print for different layers.

Printing the first heart

Printing the first heart

First heart layer

First heart layer

4) Mixing the transparency ink For the slightly transparent/translucent green heart layer, I recommend using a transparent extender base like this one.

Speedball screenprinting ink transparency extender

Speedball screenprinting ink transparency extender

But the art store was out of this, so I used the Permaset transparent white ink instead. The white color tinted the green a bit, which was okay with me.

Permaset transparent white screenprinting ink

Permaset transparent white screenprinting ink

On mixing a transparent layer, always, always use more base, then add the light color, then gradually add in the darker color. Otherwise, you’re going to run out of extender base because of too much colored ink.

Mixing transparency ink by gradually adding colors

Mixing transparency ink by gradually adding colors

Test test test! Use a spare paper to test the transparency and color for the desired color. The color you see in the tub can look very different on paper!

Testing transparency and colors on spare paper

Testing transparency and colors on spare paper

Testing also on proofs of the first layer to see how it comes out when it’s layered on top.

More testing on spare paper, layering with first layer

More testing on spare paper, layering with first layer

5) Printing the second layer

Printing on nice paper after many testing

Printing on nice paper after many testing

Close up of the layers

Close up of the layers

6) Printing text layer Finally, print the text layer. Again, lots of testing on spare paper before printing on nice paper.

Testing text on lots of spare paper

Testing text on lots of spare paper

7) Sit and look at them Et Voila!

Printed all layers!

Printed all layers!

Twin Heart screen print on paper

Twin Heart

I hope this record of process was helpful for you!

Again, as with all my prints, this is dedicated to Larry who taught me almost everything about printmaking. Okay, fine, the professors taught some, but nothing he didn’t already know. Hmm, I think Larry is now having a nice French meal with a beautiful French lady in a very French corner in heaven!

Ave Maria by artist YaChin Bonny You

Ave Maria

Ave Maria by artist YaChin Bonny You

Ave Maria

Click image to view larger. Listen to Ave Maria below.

In this dream, I’d been looking for a three bedroom apartment for a long time. This particular apartment that the landlady was showing me was absolutely amazing. Along with two small bedrooms and common space, the third bedroom is as big and fancy as the ballroom in Versailles. What’s more, it was totally within my budget!

“I’ll give you a deposit, the paperwork, credit check, anything you need today. I really want to rent this apartment.” I told the landlady, almost in a begging tone. Imagine the kind of parties I’d be able to hold in here!

While I was so excited, a little question popped in my head. How can this big of a place cost so little? Maybe it’s haunted. Maybe somebody committed suicide here not long ago.

Suddenly, the entire place went dark. I saw ghosts dancing in the ballroom. Several friends who came with me to visit the place are now turned into stuffed animals. I knew it! This place is not clean!

I grabbed two lucky friends who are still able to move and we held onto each other tightly to form a circle. “Candle Formation! Quick!” My friends crossed each others’ arms to form a protective spell, and I started singing Ave Maria.

The “Candle Formation” featuring my friends and I burst into holy flames while the Virgin Mary’s light and presence shrouded us, protecting us from the evil spirits.

“We need to get outta here now!” I shouted. Suddenly, bam! The three of us were transported onto a quiet night street in Berkeley. I found myself with my bike beside me. Oh, okay, guess we are out of the danger zone now, thank you Virgin Mary!

Ave Maria sketch1

Ave Maria sketches

Ave Maria sketch1

Ave Maria sketch1

Ave Maria sketch 2

Ave Maria sketch 2

Ave Maria sketch 3

Ave Maria sketch 3

Ave Maria sketch 4

Ave Maria sketch 4

Dear fans,

I’m so happy to start working on new images again yay! If you’re reading this, I want you to know that I love you and I’m so lucky to have you here.

This new image Ave Maria was a really bizarre dream of mine with a slight bit of religious coloring. Do you believe in god? I kinda do in a higher power sorta sense, not particularly in any organized religion. I feel that all the metaphors  from major religions are there to help us understand something we otherwise would not be able to comprehend at all.

What would you do if you have another career choice? Me, I would be an exorcist :)

Julie, This Is Our Country T-shirt Details

“Julie, This Is Our Country” T-shirt and new purple hair

Julie This Is Our Country T-shirt

Julie This Is Our Country T-shirt

Dear Fans,

You have no idea how much I miss you guys! I’ve been away being sad and tired, BUT I think of you all everyday and you keep me going. I feel much better now!

Look what I’ve got here! This beautiful new purple hair I got from a store in Height Street, San Francisco, where I also got new multicolor leg warmers and a steam punk skirt. It’s THE place to go to get all your eccentric glamorous whatnots!

Showing here also is the “Julie, This Is Our Coutry” T-shirt which I got a while ago but didn’t have time to post.

Julie, This Is Our Country T-shirt Details

Julie, This Is Our Country T-shirt Details

This was a story about me saving my coworker from demonic zombie attack by providing solar powered blood transfusion in the middle of the ocean.