Monthly Archives: February 2013

Green Smoothie

green smoothie 1I’ve been drinking green smoothies for several years now. If you’re not familiar with green smoothies, they’re basically regular smoothies but with greens (usually spinach) added. Green smoothies are generally okay tasting, but not mind blowingly delicious. Well, this new one I’ve been making is REALLY good. Here’s what you need:
1 banana (frozen or not)
1 1/2 handfuls of strawberries
1 1/2 handfuls of fresh spinach
a splash of milk (or almond milk)green smoothie 2Then, blend for several minutes! I’ve added frozen blueberries before and it’s pretty delicious as well. I generally add water or fruit juice instead of milk, but it really works in this drink.
Let me know if you try this or if you have any super yummy green smoothie recipes!

Gocco Process

A few weeks ago one of Ray’s Big Brown Record Town clients, Josh and Brittany Nettles, asked me to create/print some album art for their cd. I did this using my Wacom Intuos (blogged here) and Print Gocco. I thought I would share a little bit of the printing process because, well, Goccos are kind of weird.
First off, a Gocco is a self-contained Japanese screen printer. Or something like that. It was originally marketed as a toy in the 70s and discontinued in 2008. According to Wikipedia, it’s estimated that 1/3 of all Japanese households own one. Whaaaaat?! It’s recently gained popularity with American crafters. My mom gave me mine for Christmas a few years ago and I believe she purchased it from ebay. gocco 11. I created the images for the front and back of the cd sleeves using my Wacom tablet. I went with a look that felt handmade and used handwriting instead of font. When I finished creating the images I had them scaled down to fit on a cd sleeve and printed it on a xerox printer (an important step because you want carbon in the printed image).gocco 22. Next, I trimmed the image to fit the size of my gocoo, which is about 3.5 x 5. Different Gocco models come in different sizes, but they are generally small and have similar sized print surfaces. Mine is the perfect size for printing on cd sleeves.

gocco 33. The next step is where it gets kind of wild. The way the Gocco burns your image into the screen (meaning, allowing ink to pass through ONLY those areas on the screen that you want to create a print from) is through some crazy black magic process involving one-flash light bulbs and carbon (hence the xerox copy) melding together on the screen. 2 crazy light bulbs + gocco lamp hood + pressing down on the contraption = burnt screen!gocco 44. Then, I squirted (squirted?) some gocco-specific ink onto my newly burnt screen.gocco 55. I placed my black cd sleeve onto the gocco sticky pad, brought the screen down and printed. This part is similar to stamping an image on to paper.

I ended up with 100 of these bad boys!gocco 7gocco 6Gocco prints are usually NOT perfect. You will almost always have to touch up your image in spots, but it’s just the nature of the process.
Check out Josh and Brittany Nettles on their Facebook page and on itunes!

Want to see something terrifying?

Yesterday, I was sitting in our living room and heard a branch break on our palm tree. When I looked out the window there was literally a bee tornado swarming our front yard, concentrating on a palm tree branch. I got scared, woke Ray up, and stalked the bee tornado for the better part of the afternoon. About 8 hours later Ray got brave and went outside to capture these shots of the fallen branch still covered in bees. SO TERRIFYING!!!bees 2How about a closer look… bees 1AHHHHH!!!!! We think maybe this is happening. What do you think?