Citations Review

Newsprint, Newsprint—Read All About It!

Newsprint paper is a great choice for artists that sketch/draw/practice daily. For one, it’s readily available. Second, it’s comparatively inexpensive. Currently, G uses the 18×24 Strathmore Newsprint pad. It’s pretty standard newsprint. Which made us think, what other kinds of newsprint are there? And what makes newsprint, newsprint?

Newsprint, as the name implies, is most commonly used to print newspapers. It’s a low-cost, thin, and non-archival quality paper. It’s popular amongst artist because it is quite versatile…and did I mention inexpensive? Some artists prefer the tactile feel and convenience of a newsprint pad to say kraft paper rolls.

As I was looking for even more economical options for newsprint (even if it’s inexpensive, if you blow through two pages a day, it adds up…), I found myself slightly lost. Our current Strathmore newsprint pad is the “rough surface,” which has a slight tooth, or texture. There’s a smooth version as well. I suppose it all boils down to preference for your dry media.

So… to do this all scientific like, we’ll need to test the Strathmore newsprint pad, smooth surface as well as some other brands. And, pad vs loose leaf sheets. Here are some options that I’m interested in testing:

I will update this post, or create new posts, once we try these!




A Perfumed Garden Botanical Identification

“Floret & The Sepals” presented by Encelia farinosa Anatomy

If I asked you to describe Encelia farinosa anatomy, where would you start? [Waiting for a response…] Ah! Compound flowers you say? That’s indeed a good starting point. So, what is a compound flower and what is the opposite of a compound flower?

Compound / Composite Flower

A compound or composite flower (aka pseudanthium) looks like a simple flower, but is comprised of a cluster of flowers (known as florets). These florets group together to form a single flower-like structure. Think of sunflowers and daisies. Like Encelia farinosa, they belong to the family Asteraceae.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Asteraceae is the capitulum. The capitulum, or flower head, includes ray florets (outside) and disc florets (inside). Accordingly, the outer “petals” are actually individual flowers (ray flowers) containing their own stamens and/or pistils. Though, in the case of Encelia farinosa, the ray florets are…sterile. And the center of the compound flower is a cluster of disc flowers, each of which produce their own seeds. Depending on the compound flower, you could have hundreds or even thousands of individual flowers! (That’s from Wikipedia, I can’t think of a compound flower with thousands of individual flowers…maybe certain sunflowers?!)

Encelia farinosa Anatomy Blog for Pinterest


But to accurately depict Encelia farinosa anatomy, you gotta look at its phenology. Part of phenology is looking at the different stages of the flowers. The nice thing about Encelia farinosa is that you can see most, if not all, the various stages of ray floret and disk floret development in a single plant. While I haven’t found a document differentiating the various stages of Encelia farinosa disk florets, I found a study on Senecio vulgaris. In the study, the authors break down the capitulum development into eight stages. Eight stages!

As you can see, understanding flower anatomy is a huge part of flower design construction. Even if our design looks modern and somewhat abstract, we strive for botanical accuracy. The Encelia farinosa design saw many, many revisions. From defining the spiral of the disk florets to the number of stages depicted in the design. But that’s for another article…

How to Uncategorized

WHO put the Handrub in Bop, Shebop, Shebop

To alleviate the global shortage of hand sanitizers, the World Health Organization (WHO) created guidelines and formulations for handrubs (WHO handrub). So, we’re producing our own! And what better starting point, than with the WHO recommended handrub formulation.

The WHO’s forumulation is for 10-liter batches and is volume-based. We adapted the WHO handrub formula for small batch testing using corresponding weight measurements.

If we establish a good base formula for handrubs, it paves the way for the addition of other ingredients. For example: emollients, humectants, and essential oils. We can also make larger batches.

Interested in making your own hand sanitizer? Try the WHO recommended formula. (And yes, we tested the final concentration with our alcoholmeter!)



Anatomy Selfcare Uncategorized

Trigger Point Therapy Resources

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In this condition, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in the muscle and sometimes in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is called referred pain.

This syndrome typically occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively. This can be caused by repetitive motions used in jobs or hobbies or by stress-related muscle tension.

While nearly everyone has experienced muscle tension pain, the discomfort associated with myofascial pain syndrome persists or worsens. Treatment options include physical therapy and trigger point injections. Pain medications and relaxation techniques also can help.

~ MayoClinic


Anatomy Citations

Pectineus Muscle


Anterior Hip Muscles 2

Etsy Saraswatī

Saraswati Aim Bija Mantra Hard Enamel Pin

Presenting the Saraswati Aim enamel pin! Because our Saraswati Aim ( ऐँ ) bija mantra collection wouldn’t be complete without an enamel pin…

Aim Enamel Pin (close up)

Simple and unadorned, like Saraswati herself.

Available in our Etsy shop with either a magnetic or butterfly clutch back.

Language Saraswatī Uncategorized

Devi Saraswati in Colorful Art Deco

Language Saraswatī Stories

Aim 001: Cut-out (on Square Card)

Language Saraswatī Stories

Aim 001: Handmade 3″ with India Ink

Language Saraswatī Stories

Aim 001: Paisley Pattern

Flower Design

Nemacladus tenuis Hook Pattern


Latissimus Dorsi


Rhomboids: Major and Minor


Sternocleidomastoid Muscle (SCM)


Trapezius: Upper, Middle, and Lower