Sculpture: With a Grain Assault

Sculpture: With a Grain Assault

Ever look in your cupboards and say to yourself, “I need to waste more of my food”? I have heard your wish, and present its fulfillment in the form of salt dough. 2 cups flour 1 cup salt ¾ cup water 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Make sure to mix the flour and salt...
Upcycling: Left a Jar

Upcycling: Left a Jar

If you are anything like me, you cannot bear to throw away glass jars. Something about them cries out to be filled with interesting things. Or maybe you just haven’t gotten around to throwing out all those salsa jars. Rather than putting another thing in a landfill,...
Painting: Wallowing Like a Pigment

Painting: Wallowing Like a Pigment

Hello? Oh, it’s for you; childhood is calling. With eight colors and soggy paper, I bring you watercolor painting. You could conceivably paint anything with watercolors, but it’s a good idea to at least start with a picture. Keeps you grounded, and gives you something...
Sculpture: Making a Clean Cut

Sculpture: Making a Clean Cut

When you think of sculpture, chances are you are thinking of marble, wood, or clay. You may now add soap to that list. Soap is a very good introductory material, with the firmness and invisible lumpiness of wood and the passive-aggressive squishiness of clay. To top...
Cooking, Pt 2: Spice Shelf Mastery

Cooking, Pt 2: Spice Shelf Mastery

In part one, I taught basic skills and simple recipes. These next recipes are a bit more complex, but people tend to be more impressed with them than is proportionate to their difficulty. PARTY SAVORS Cheese is a triumph of civilization, and nothing says that like...
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