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Good morning! [Sep. 19th, 2004|09:39 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I'm back! =)

I had such a fun time with my family visiting! We did so much!

Let me see.... after Amber & Chris went home on Tuesday, Kachina & baby Theodore stayed on until they went home early this morning. The four of us stayed at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort - (you can see all about it HERE - check out the virutal tour at the lower right hand corner - they have an awesome pool built around a Mayan style pyramid with a waterfall - so pretty). I know it's silly to take a vacation at a resort that's only five miles away from here, but I don't care =P

We went to the Animal Kingdom, and then later to the Animal Kingdom Lodge to eat at Boma, which is one of our favourite restaurants - an African buffet where most of the choices are vegetarian (yum!).

and yesterday we went to Disney-MGM Studios and booked the "Fantasmic Dinner Package" where we got a five course meal at Mama Melrose's (their Vegetarian Napoleon dish was amazing!) and then got the preferred seating at Disney's "Fantasmic" show, which was very impressive as well.

We packed in a lot of fun over the past week (I also got a lot of work done too, miraculously enough!). I've been sick with an awful cold/flu thingy for most of it, but I think I'm feeling a lot better today.

Now our house is empty. =( I miss everybody - I got so used to little Theodore crawling around being such a cutie. =(

Now I've got an unprecedentedly enormous stack of orders and emails and commissions to get too, hehe. I tried to keep up here at LiveJournal, but kept falling behind - I hope all is well! I hope that Carrie gets her power back on soon!!

I'll be working all day on two custom painting commissions, possibly a new original painting, and a TON of canvas print orders I need to get filled, and maybe some new canvas prints as well.

Oh yes! I've got several of my new line of metal embossed keychains (featuring the "Cheshire Cat"!) in stock - here's a preview behind this link:


I'll let you all know as soon as they're up for sale =)

Okay - off to work! You can peek in on me HERE throughout the day.
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2004-09-19 09:06 am (UTC)
Welcome back to LJ! I'm sure you have loads and loads you want to get done, so I'll let you get to it:)
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[User Picture]From: brilliant_snark
2004-09-19 09:23 am (UTC)
Welcome back, sweetie! Glad you had a good time... :)

Coronado ahs one of the better food courts at Disney in my opinion, though I admit I didn't look for vegetarian selections.

Mmmm, Boma...I think I could eat there every day...
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 08:16 am (UTC)
Oh yes!!!!!

The Pepper Market is cool! I had an enormous platter of nachos (they left the chicken off for me) - it was about 3x as big as I expected, lol. Black beans - guacamole - corn salsa - yum!!! They fixed up an amazing alfredo pasta for Matt, and an enormous cheese calzone for Kachina. Later that night we ordered pizza from room service too, hehe!
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[User Picture]From: 67_chevelle
2004-09-19 09:45 am (UTC)
Glad you had such a fun time!!!! ...But dang we missed you!!!

Love that keychain too!!!
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[User Picture]From: princess_lilam
2004-09-19 09:46 am (UTC)
I saw the website, it looks really nice there. It looks like a whole culture and civilization was rebuilt there. Very cool.
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-09-19 09:51 am (UTC)
Do you mind if I ask you how you do those canvas prints? As I am a digital artist I think it would be neat to be able to print my work on canvas. I know they sell small 8x10 canvas sheets for inkjet printers but how do you do the larger ones?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 05:57 am (UTC)
Certainly!

I have a wide-format printer, and I buy Fredrix Artist's Canvases that are made specifically for giclees/injet prints. They come in a variety of sizes - I buy the two sizes they sell at MisterArt.com :

http://www.misterart.com/store/view/001/group_id/8846/FREDRIX-Desktop-Inkjet-Canvas.htm

I then take the print and hand accent it with my acrylic paints & paintbrush, adding small details, signing and numbering and dating, adding extra highlights, etc.

The next step is incredibly important - you need to seal & set the inks (otherwise it will smudge right off the canvas and wipe off with ANY humidity or moisture!). I use this stuff here: http://www.misterart.com/store/view/001/group_id/8416/GENESIS-Inkset-Clear-Giclee-Gloss-Coating.htm

You brush it on with a normal paint brush, and then bake it in the oven at 265 for two or three (two and a half works in my oven) minutes. This will set the inks, make it light-fast, and completely waterproof. I spilled a whole glass of water on top of a stack of them and it sat there for a few minutes, and came out completely 100% perfect with just a few dabs with a paper towel - amazing stuff!

I'm not sure how well a digital painting would look on a canvas - I've only made canvas prints of my acrylic paintings that were already on canvases, but it could be fun to try!
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-09-20 08:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm hoping it will come out okay, I am painting something now in Photoshop at 16x20 inches (makes my computer crawl along because the file is so big) and I'd love to have it done in time to sell for Halloween, but the problem is that digital art is not considered as valuable as traditional media and does not sell as well as a result. I am hoping that printing it on canvas will up the value a bit.

I have an inkjet printer but I don't know if it will print on canvas, I'll have to ask the company (Epson).
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 08:41 am (UTC)
I think a canvas giglee (especially if you limit the edition) would be a great way to offer a kind of "original" to sell digital art! I know what you mean - I have a Wacom tablet that I play around with a lot, but I never really use it for any kind of "serious" art that I'd really consider selling. A lot of the reason is because of what you mentioned - there's no real "original" piece to sell, just prints or a digital file. I might experiment a little with that....

Most newer Epsons will print on canvas - if you go into the printer settings it might even have an option for "inkjet canvas" or "canvas sheet". If it doesn't offer it, see if there is an alternative like "Thick Photo Paper" or even use the "Cardstock" setting. As long as it knows that it will be a photo treated surface on a thicker substrate, the printer should accept it!
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[User Picture]From: rubyg
2004-09-19 10:11 am (UTC)
Aww it sounds like you had a great time!
Damn it! I want to go to Florida lol!! Oooo I had a clicky on your links, that resort looks amazing, the pool is so big!
Glad you're feeling a bit better, the keychains are so cute lol! Alice in Wonderland is my all time favourite film. I've loved it since I was very small hehe!
I'll let you get to work now :)
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[User Picture]From: thru_her_lens
2004-09-19 10:38 am (UTC)
Hi! I like the keychain...looks very cool. I wanna holiday in Florida *stomps foot*. It's really bizarre, I'd never wanted to go to florida, but the things you describe sound wonderful. Like that resort, the lizards, etc.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 08:18 am (UTC)
I'd actually never visited Florida until just a few years ago. We had been thinking about moving to California at first, but then we discovered Florida which had a lot of the same aspects that I liked about California (and it's much less crowded and expensive), so we settled in here. I love it!
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-09-19 11:29 am (UTC)
I love that metal keychain! Are you going to have different designs or just the Cheshire Cat??

lol, I love the music on the Coronado Springs Resort website! Brock started talking in a sexy spanish accent about random things when it came on, LOL!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 08:19 am (UTC)
LOL!!!!

I think this first run of keychains is just going to be the Cheshire Cat - he's really cute!
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-09-20 10:50 am (UTC)
He is cute! I love him! Must have him...
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[User Picture]From: elsenorchichi
2004-09-19 11:50 am (UTC)
That is way awesome! Sorry I haven't been around much, I have been swamped with AP Calc.
I am glad to hear everyone is okay and you still have a house in one piece.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-20 08:19 am (UTC)
Hey Phillip! Thank you!! Oh man - AP Calc - I'm getting high school flashbacks again, hehe....
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[User Picture]From: cybertazz2
2004-09-19 12:50 pm (UTC)
I missed watching you paint, but i'm glad you got to visit with your family! Did your sister ever find a place down there?
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[User Picture]From: blonde_blythe
2004-09-19 12:53 pm (UTC)
Welcome back!!!!

Love the keychain!!!!

Hope you feel better soon!!!!
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[User Picture]From: erikasfriends
2004-09-19 03:14 pm (UTC)
I love this particular one that cat will always remind me of you and Matt so I'll have to buy when you make it available! Welcome back!
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