So I've been watching Better Call Saul with delight.
I just love the characters - I'm not in Breaking Bad love yet or anything, but I am enjoying it a lot.
The Chuck McGill character is actually edging out Saul as my favorite character. I love his electromagnetic sensitivity and his foil blankie.
Well, I DID love his electromagnetic sensitivity - until yesterday.
I sat down to film this AWESOME video for you. I used the MISTI, I watercolored, I showed you how to FIX a mistake if you get watercolor somewhere you shouldn't - I used a Splitcoast tutorial, I showed how to use multiple inking to get a crisp image even on watercolor - it was glorious. It was like a unicorn and Stephen Spielberg collaborated on a documentary about glittery kittens.
However, here's the file. Please note how I turn into the liquid mercury bad cop from Terminator right at the beginning.
Cool right? Except that was like a 30 minute video. What the heck?
So last night, sad from my botched video experience, I watched Better Call Saul and went to bed. And when I woke up this morning I realized what had happened to my file.
I had put a new LED floodlight into my light right near my tripod.
I AM THE VICTIM OF ELECTROMAGNETIC SENSITIVITY JUST LIKE CHUCK MCGILL!
(or at least my camera is)
So this morning I shot some test video with the light off and it's fine.
I can only conclude that:
a) I need a tinfoil blanket and everyone needs to leave their cell phones and car remotes in a box outside my house and
b) LEDs are clearly Satan's work.
So my next video may be shot in the pitch dark. Or outside. God only knows. Wait - I can't go outside - that's where the mind waves will get me. Shoot.
But here's the card - without any of my accompanying wisdom, sadly.
Cool, right? It's one of the NEW Sale-A-Bration products that went live on March 1st. There are four fun things you can now get, including this - For Being You.
I watercolored the letters and then used Dina's fun tutorial on 3D words here to make the letters SUPER LETTERS! :)
I used the fine 01 Project Life pen and a ruler for the lines.
Now I'm just sitting in here wrapped in my metal blanket, thinking about life, the universe and everything.
I wanted to share an organizational tip before I disconnect the main power to our house and close all the shades.
I actually do like to SEND cards. But I had a hard time keeping up with what I'd sent and what I needed to send.
I do my to-do-list with a Frixion erasable pen which I love - I just erase tasks as they are done so my list shrinks (hopefully) as I make my way through the week.
HOWEVER, with cards - I found that if I wrote down to send someone a card for something, and then erased the task when I sent the card - the next week I couldn't remember who all I sent cards to. And, if I used a calendar, I'd have to flip back to previous months to see all of it - I've abandoned strict calendars for most of these things because they don't work with my schedule and the type of work I do. So I came up with a better way.
After much searching, I found this little journal. It's by Poppin, so you can get it in any color - I chose lime green, but I think next time I'll get the metallic silver. But this is easy to find on my desk!.
What I do when I need to send someone a card, is I write "Mary, get well" on the line. Then, when I actually SEND the card (insert miraculous orchestral music here), I just put the date in that little square created by that vertical line. Then I can easily see what's been sent and what still needs to be sent based on the presence or absence of a date there. I use the space at the top for the month. I think it will be fun to look back and see how many cards I've sent this year.