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8/01/2021

Color Inspiration from the Flower Bee Balm Firelight 17-1460 Pantone

Color inspiration of the day is Bee Balm from hair dye to a graphic designers color breakdown.


Firelight pantone Bee Balm adore hair color

adore hair color pink rose violet gem bee balm firelight
Hair recipe is based on starting with a hair color of classic brown #4 bleached to #6 with heavy orange overtones 

You can think of the palette of Pantone tones as a universal language of design. They have their different codes and numbers, along with some widely used, signature hues.You could say they are ultimate celebration and demonstration of the power colours hold. Now, in the area of the web, a general rule is that all colours should be in RGB format. On the other hand, print media is rooted in CMYK or Pantone spot colours. The truth is that, despite the gap, one can get pretty close to matching colours in web and print. Alas, it is never a perfect process as colours do not end up looking identical. This is one of the main obstacles that designers face.
Firelight pantone

daniel ricciardo Firelight 17-1460 Pantone Color




source: perbang.dk, adore hair color, pantone #danielricciardo #firelight 

5/05/2021

Master The Art Of Making Blue Violet Eye Cream With These Tips Secrets Of A Wild Harvest

Feed your skin the best all-natural eye cream with the beauty of wild violets.

They are both edible and medicinal and come up in the late winter or early spring. Foraging for wild violets is easy as they grow almost everywhere! Wild violets are an edible and medicinal flower, and easy to spot! Learn how to identify and forage for wild violets, and the many ways to use them in the kitchen and in herbal medicine.

I started wild harvesting last year on my property which is at the base of the Marlboro Mountains, sometimes called Marlborough Mountains, its a group of hogbacked mountains arranged in a 25-mile-long (40 km) ridge extending from Newburgh, New York, to just south of Kingston, New York. Considered to be part of the Ridge and Valley Appalachians. They  are known for their sweeping views of the region. Today, due to a decline in agriculture (the orchards) at the base and logging in the mountains, the area is reverting rather quickly to a more natural state. An abundance of violets sprung up everywhere on the path in my woods.

violet flower patch

This recipe is great for tired, puffy, or irritated eyes or just for day to day makeup removal. The Greta Breedlove recipe is very popular its from the book The Herbal Home Spa.
The blue chamomile essential oil is expensive so you could treat it as optional. Its high in Azulene an anti inflammatory agent extracted from chamomile flowers and its very soothing to the delicate skin under the eye. Its not crucial for the recipe but its a great addition when you can afford the indulgence. This is a great 
lotion and moisturizer for dark eye circles. It's also a vitamin C eye cream. The best eye cream for sensitive skin.

The Herbal Home Spa: Naturally Refreshing Wraps, Rubs, Lotions, Masks, Oils, and Scrubs (Herbal Body) Paperback –  by Greta Breedlove
125ml fresh violet flowers
125ml fresh violet leaves
300ml of almond oil
125ml fresh horsetail
30ml beeswax pastels
10 drops E vitamin
10 drops blue chamomile essential oil (optional)

optional use Optiphen for preservation at 0.3 to 1.5% percent of the total weight in oil-based products. Add the Optiphen when your project is 176 F or below. Higher temperatures can degrade the preservative.

Yeild: Approximately 30 1/4 ounce containers

To Make:
1) Gather the flowers and leaves and place them on a towel to wilt overnight
2) In a double boiler, steep the leaves, petals, and horsetail in oil over low heat for 5 hours
3) Strain the flowers and leaves from the oil completely
4) Pour the oil back into the double boiler and add the beeswax
5) Melt the beeswax completely then remove from stove
7) Add vitamin E and blue chamomile essential oil
8) pour into dainty 1/4 ounce (7g) containers or jars

Great For:
1) Contains vitamin c for dark circles
2) Best natural eye cream for dark circles
3) Contains vitamin A eye cream




how to apply eye treatment or moisturizer






#violet #eyecreme #eyecream #eyecreamrecipe #eyetreatment #violetflowers #gretabreedlove #homemadebeauty 

source: wikiwand.com, The Herbal Home Spa: Naturally Refreshing Wraps, Rubs, Lotions, Masks, Oils, and Scrubs (Herbal Body) Paperback –  by Greta Breedlove, Brambleberry, 

3/10/2021

Decorating for Easter Try Pysanky an Overview on How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Pysanky, these Ukrainian Easter eggs are decorated using the wax-resist (batik) method. Covered in stunning motifs often taken from Slavic folk art

Pysanky (plural form of pysanka) is from the Ukrainian word "pysaty" meaning "to write." Pysanky eggs are hand-drawn creations—first in pencil using guidelines to section off eggshells into a grid pattern, and then with detail within the grid. Afterward, pencil lines are covered with beeswax using a stylus or writing pen called a kistka and dipping in dyes of progressively darker shades. Similar to the batik work done on fabric. The last step is to remove the wax with a candle flame to reveal the beautiful design hidden beneath. 

Photo below Ukrainian egg decoratingAuthentic Ukraine O. Yasinska & I. Fediv

pysanky women painting egg early photograph

But the intricacy of the design is not the only thing that makes a pysanka beautiful. Even simple patterns can be just as striking as detailed ones. The key to a beautiful traditional decorating for easter pysanka is symmetry and precision (although symmetry does not always play a role in contemporary patterns). By precision, I mean that the design is drawn within a grid that has been laid out meticulously, I use a lathe and see-through the ruler/stencil for drawing circles. If a pysanky is only divided in half, each half will measure exactly. Similarly, in quadrants, each will measure the same. The entire design, whether simple or detailed, depends on these first measurements to be exact. This is especially important if the egg will be very intricate.


electric kistkagoose egg easter egg art




pysanky egg four seasons candle light

Photo Left easter egg art Four Seasons by visual artist Nancy Tranter













































If you have decorated an egg, then you have participated in one of the oldest decorative arts. Archaeologists have long known of egg art if the form of decorated ostrich shell pieces and empty eggs in Africa of great antiquity, found in tombs or archaeological digs, but they did not know how old this custom was. In 2010 an important find was announced that a team led by Pierre-Jean Texier found a cache of decorated ostrich eggs in layers in South Africa dating from 65,000 to 55,000 years before the present.[1]  They had been whole shells but crushed into fragments over time. These eggs were likely used for storing water, as hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari desert do even today. It is speculated that the designs might have been the mark of individual owners of the shells.  An interesting find was that the scratched decorations on the eggs changed over time. Earlier eggs had cross-hatched designs that looked like railroad tracks. Later designs used finer parallel scratches inside of lines. Archaeologists have unearthed ceramic decorated eggs in Ukraine dating circa 3,000 B.C. For those ancients worshiping the sun god Dazhboh, decorated eggs were an affirmation of spring following a harsh winter. The eggs were also considered protection against illness and other forms of misfortune.


 pysanky egg wolf and hungarian embroidery

When Ukrainians adopted Christianity in circa 988, the practice of easter egg decorations continued but with the focus on Easter. Every egg coloring design has meaning. In the first century A.D. Christians took the ancient legend of the phoenix (one symbol of the sun to the Egyptians) as a sign of the resurrection[i]; in illustrations the bird stands on the egg from which it has risen. Hence, the Easter egg. The first color used to dye Easter eggs was red, symbolizing blood and its life-giving qualities. For several centuries early Christians observed all the traditional Jewish festivals, and thus Easter and Passover coincided. Colored eggs are also used in some Passover celebrations, but whether it was a tradition borrowed from Christianity or not remains a mystery. In ancient China eggs, dyed scarlet, were given as gifts in the spring. A circle represents the sun and integrity, also nature’s triumph over evil. Dots stand for the future. A star or “rosetta” is used to convey life itself, the source of light, beauty and perfection. Triangles are air, fire and water. Straight lines indicate eternal life.


pysanky eggs

There is meaning to the colors, too. White represents purity, birth, light and rejoicing. Green is fertility and hopefulness, the sun and life’s joys. Purple means faith, trust and patience. Black symbolizes constancy, eternity and the dark before dawn. Throughout history, eggs have been at various times magical, protective, divine — even evil, and they are an obvious fertility symbol. In Buddhist, Taoist and certain Russian rituals they are offered to the dead as representations of the revitalizing powers of nature. 

pysanky eggs

ukrainian easter eggs

pysanky eggs blue


I think the best learning egg dyeing videos are from Lorie Powpow master pasanky artist. Some tips of mine for in addition to Lorie are: 1) Double down on yellow aniline dye, 2) use a 1 tsp citric acid and 4oz of distilled water and submerge egg for 15min to remove egg membrane and make a perfect canvas, 3) use magic eraser Mr Clean sponge and a drop of water to remove pencil lines never use a rubber eraser. 4) if you love it invest in an electric kistka (wax pen). 

electric kistkakistka stylus with use of candle 

The video below is how I set up batik dyeing.




Here below is a step by step illustration for a few easter egg designs for pdf download. 


pysanky egg patterns step by step illustration for a few designs

For more detail on pysanky using natural dyes and other egg decorating techniques and folklore see the pamphlet “Egg Art,” Library of Congress American Folklife Center (1982).


Ukrainian Canadian festival pysanky pysankaAbove The sculpture was commissioned by the town of Vegreville, in the Canadian province of Alberta noted for its high Ukrainian Canadian population. In order to obtain funding for it, the town applied for a federal government grant and was eventually able to obtain some funding, but only if the sculpture was dedicated to the 1975 centennial of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Vegreville received a grant to construct the egg, a nod at Ukrainian culture in Canada,and specifically at early Ukrainian settlements east of Edmonton, Alberta

The current Pysanka Museum building was built in 2000 in the western Ukrainian city of Kolomyia, Ivano-Frankivska Oblast. Previously the pysanka collection had been housed in the Kolomyia church of the Annunciation. The museum is part of the National Museum of Hutsulshchyna and Pokuttya Folk ArtThe central part of the museum is in the shape of a pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg). This is the only museum in the world dedicated to the pysanka, and it has become a calling card of the city. In August 2007 the museum was recognized as a landmark of modern Ukraine.

Pysanka Museum building was built in 2000 in the western Ukrainian city of Kolomyia, Ivano-Frankivska Oblast

#pysanka #pysanky #easter #ukrainianeastereggs #eggs #symbolism #art #makersmovement #folkart #batikeggs #kistka #gooseegg #beeswax #sapphire

source: So Jeo, Laurie Popow, Luba PerchyshynGail Lamba, Texier, Pierre-Jean, Library of Congress cataloging Slavic materials, St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle to the Corinthians, Euromaidan Press, Slavko Nowytski, Authentic Ukraine O. Yasinska & I. Fediv, wikipedia.org



1/27/2021

Creating Graphic Designs For Film & Television What Work for Graphic Designer is Like

When most people think about work for a graphic designer, they envision working in marketing or advertising, doing websites, logos, and creating promotional materials for print or digital.

Being a graphic designer for film and television, I would be creating graphic designs on everything from props to set pieces, to the typeset on a dove tail banner. A graphic designer on a TV or film production is responsible for creating any graphic pieces outlined in the script. They also create promotional materials, like movie posters and digital content.

In my case working with Paramount, Touchstone, and Warner Brothers on multiple films I entered the set design department as an independent contractor and answered to the set designer. I worked remotely which was really something in the 2000's. I study historical periods to ensure the designs that are created are as real as possible. The idea is to achieve total immersion for the audience and for the actors on set, who use these prop pieces to get into character.

In a nutshell it's about moving the plot forward, and creating a compelling atmosphere through carefully designed visual solutions. 

Graphic Design work for film, includes The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Finding Forrester (2000), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) for a full list of production work graphic designs website nancytranter.com

graphic design nancy tranter for film and television prop design flag royal tenenbaums

graphic design Nancy Tranter warner brothers harry potter

I believe Dylan Farrow,  The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
I believe Dylan

#graphicdesign #nancytranter #nancybrowne #sunypurchase #purchasecollege #visualarts #careervisualarts #setdesign #productiondesign #propdesign 

12/21/2020

The Best Recipe for Brioche or BABKA CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT By @paul.hollywood

The chocolate brioche chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off

The chocolate babka recipe from the great british bake off recipes aka Chocolate Brioche.

I was intrigued by this recipe because it called or only one proofing session. NY style Babka calls for 2 it can even be as long as overnight. I loved this recipe by @paul.hollywood The singular rise with the addition of instant yeast worked great and this will be the new recipe moving forward for the family. For those of you who aren't familiar, chocolate babka is an enriched bread that's plaited, stuffed with chocolate, and can be filled and topped with all sorts of sweet things like hazelnuts, streusel, and more. 

Essentially the best brioche recipe. It's A BIG DEAL in New York City. 

The chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off

The chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off

Just look at the chocolate hazelnuts! The best babka recipe, love that paul hollywood baking.


#christmas #christmasbaking #babkarecipes #GBBO #britishbakeoff #brioche #pastry #pastrylove #pastryaddict #pastrygram #homemadebrioche #briochelove #babka #chocolatebabka #babkalover #winterbaking #covidbaking #homefortheholidays #baking #readyforbakeoff #greatbritishbakingshow

The chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off

The chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off



9/25/2020

Quick Guide to Dyeing With Wild Goldenrod Plant Solidago Colour from Natures Sunshine

purchase this yarn at my store nancystoreonline.com
Goldenrod Flower Pima Cotton Yarn DK Weight

Goldenrod flower dye vat with mercerized pima cotton yarn and Pearl Ex. 

Here in New York, goldenrod matures and blooms from July to October. I carefully harvest the flower fronds, trying not to pick too many leaves or stems in the process then gathered enough to fill my dye pot 3/4 full. 

I used for the mordant aluminum acetate and a tiny rust (iron) from the bottom of the enamel vat, perhaps making it a little hint of green. We will see what it looks like when finished. I use a 10% by a weight-of-goods proportion of alum to cotton, checkout tutorial on mordanting by Botanical Colors it has a great tutorial on mordanting.  1 teaspoon of Pearl Ex Interference Gold check out the video so sparkly. I kept it on the stove to a simmer (not a boil unless you want a deep russet color) for 3 hours.

Soaked my mercerized cotton overnight in tap water at room temperature. I placed it in the simmering vat for 1hr making sure it was mostly submerged. After an hour I removed and used the towel dry method for the yarn let dry, then rinsed 3 times, created a soaking bath for 1/2hr with cedar essential oil, rinsed again toweled dry and hung up to dry. The Pearl Ex is still visible after 4 washings. Goldenrod definitely brought the sunshine it came out great.


#goldenrod#flowers#wildflowers#fall#autumn#naturelover#nature #forest #woods #woodland #solidago #floral #herbal #herbalism #natureheals #naturescure #wildflower #autumn #fall #autumnvibes #autumnequinox #fiberarts #handdyedyarn #artyarn #yarn #handspun  #pantone #knitting #cotton #yarn #fiberarts #weaving #makersmovement #spinner 


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how to use natural dyes goldenrod nancy tranter

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8/13/2020

How to Make The Best Rainbow Spiral Cookies (gluten free cookies) Recipe

These gluten free rainbow cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level

Out of all the gluten free cookie recipes the Rainbow Spiral Cookie is the best. These colorful swirled cookies will take your gluten free sugar cookie recipe game to a whole new level! They are made just like a jelly roll cake. All you do is roll and slice away.

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups of one to one gluten free flour baking mix (I get the best gluten free flour at nuts.com)
rainbow non pareils
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple food coloring
1. Mix together granulated sugar, confectioner's sugar, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the egg and vanilla extract. Set both bowls aside.
2. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until pale light and fluffy. Add the sugar mixture and whip until you know their are air bubbles -light and fluffy. Gradually add the flour and mix until just combined.
3. Divide the dough into 2 balls and set one ball aside this will be your white spiral. Divide the other ball into 6 pieces and dye each the color of the rainbow or any color combo you see fit.

These colorful swirled cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level

4. Create two layers. the uncolored dough on top of a silicone sheet rolled out into a 10 x 12 inch rectangle. Roll each colored ball of dough into a long sausage shape and line them up  on another silicone sheet 10 x 12 inch. Gently press together and place another silicone sheet on top. Roll out into a rectangle. Stack the sheets and put in fridge for 1 hour.

These colorful swirled cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level

5. Remove uncolored dough silicone top. Flip the rainbow dough on top of the uncolored dough. Trim the edges. Position the dough with the long edge facing you and roll the dough away into a spiral. Wrap with silicone sheet or plastic wrap and place in freezer for one hour.

gluten free rainbow cookies

6. Slice the dough into 1/4 inch thick slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325*F for 15 minutes, until the edges are golden. Cool for a few minutes and enjoy. Absolutely the best gluten free cookies.


These colorful swirled cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level

These colorful swirled cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level

If you like this gluten free baking recipe check out my Lane Cake an American Classic

#momlife #pinwheelcookie #cookie #rainbowcookies  #rainbow #treats #rainbowcrafts #gaypridecookies #desserts






5/14/2020

A 13-Step Free Face Mask Pattern Guide (That ANYONE Can Follow)


nancy tranter face mask patternNancy Tranter Designs dolce gabanna fabric cat print red nancystoreonline.comNancy Tranter Designs Cavalli fabric cat print red nancystoreonline.com



Here is a face mask pattern it allows you to use elastic or ties to secure it in place and you have the option of inserting a P2.5 filter between the two layers and adding a wire nose guard.

This PDF download is the easiest version to sew. Click on the picture to the right to download PDF. Please hit the like button for my facebook page in the left column if you like or use this pattern.

Face mask pattern nancy tranter
Face mask pattern nancy tranter

















Materials:
  • Two 8″ fabric squares for outside of mask
  • Two 8″ fabric squares for inside of mask
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • wire
  • filter (optional)
  • fabric marking tool
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • printed face mask pattern 











Face mask pattern nancy tranter
































Face mask instructions:


  • Cut out inner and outer face mask pattern pieces on the solid lines.
  • With fabric right sides together, pin pattern pieces to fabric or just trace cutting lines onto fabric. Cut out inner and outer face mask pieces.
  • With right sides together, sew 1/4″ seam along the inside center face mask pieces. Repeat for the outside center face mask seam.
  • Cut notches into the curved seam allowance just sewn or use pinking shears to trim curved seam allowance. This will reduce bulk and help the seam to lay flat. Gently press to one side.
  • Turn under 1/4″ along the short side edges of the inner face mask and press. Stitch in place.
  • With right sides together, pin inner and outer face mask pieces along upper edge, matching center seam. Stitch using 1/4″ seam allowance (backstitching at the beginning and end).
  • Turn right side out and press seam, extending 1/4″ fold along the outer face mask edge.
  • Top stitch in place 1/8″ from folded edges.
  • Turn under 1/4″ along the short sides of the outer face mask and press.
  • Fold this edge again (5/8″) so that it meets the pencil line and press.
  • Transfer solid casing line (1 1/2″ from raw edge) onto the wrong side of outer face mask pieces using marking tool.
  • use a 1/4" elastic for around the ears cut 2, 6-8" lengths (depends upon size of ears), place elastic inside of casing and stitch along the inner folded edge, creating a casing for elastic or ties.
  • insert P2.5 filter I buy mine on ebay
Yes, some of that fabric is Dolce and Gabbana and Cavalli ;) They are in my shop nancystoreonline.com
#facemask #covid19 #DolceGabbana #D&G #facemaskhomemade #covidfacemask #covidfashion #covidfacemaskchallenge #cavalli