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We got a lovely journal as a wedding gift from Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing. My husband edited his new book, Rule the Web.

Tyler Bender creates these fabulous journals from old books and assorted papers. The man’s extremely talented, and he has an Etsy shop: perfect.

I use an old book for a sketch book too, but I don’t have fancy pages, just the words of the book.

samantha hahn's sketchbook

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Mellow Yellow

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We visited the Pompidou Museum in Paris this summer for our honeymoon and experienced the Philippe Rahm installation Diurnisme.

Rahm subverted the perpetual day created by modernity and contemporary globalization. The room is bathed in a bright orange/yellow light with wavelengths upwards of 600 nanometers, which is perceived by the body as night.

The hormone melatonin guides our perception of day or night. The light of the room triggers the production of melatonin, tricking the body into thinking it’s night. We didn’t get too sleepy, though—we’d just enjoyed some cappuccinos. The first photo above is the exhibit, the second is my husband about to enter, and the third is my favorite painter, Lisa Yuskavage, who painted a woman changing in the yellow light of morning.

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Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

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Same wall, different light. I took these photos in my apartment at different times of day. The orange looks completely different in each photo. People’s skin tones are also affected by the combination of natural light with the wall color. I’m trying to be more aware of this in my paintings.

Fun info about orange from Wikipedia:

[Orange] can be associated with: energy, balance, heat, fire, enthusiasm, flamboyance, playfulness, aggression, arrogance, gaudiness, danger, enthusiasm, desire. [According to] chromatherapists, orange stands for the kindheartedness and warmheartedness of an individual. Astonishing results are ascribed to the use of the color orange to treat mental illness, depressions, discontent, and pessimism. Orange could be applied for the treatment of loss of appetite, anemia, anorexia, and digestive system discomforts. A person with an excess of orange could express confusion, tiredness, and pessimism.

Uh-oh, I live with a lot of orange … I’m really tired and hungry, got to go.

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Custom invitations: A good reason to have a party

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I must tout the work of my old art school studio mates, the lovely and talented KenzieKate and Oh Joy!. These brilliant babes—I’m into alliteration today … tout talents, brilliant babes—have their own custom stationery lines and blogs to boot! They are both such amazing designers and artists.

I suggest you get married or have a party soon so you can put their talents to work.

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