Phormal

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A couple of weekends ago, our greek house Pi Beta Phi had a formal and I got to go! My friend Kelly, who is a member of the sorority, took me with her to the Marriott for a night of dancing.

My roommate Bianca is also part of Pi Phi and brought our other roommate Lexi with her. The theme was prom and we put on dresses and make up and heels and had a girls night on the dance floor.

 Me, my roommates Lexi and Bianca, and our friend Paige with Kelly in the background
Me, my roommates Lexi and Bianca, and our friend Paige with Kelly in the background
My friend Mason and I before the dance

My friend Mason and I before the dance

My date Kelly and I

My date Kelly and I

It was a great night of friendship, dancing, and a great throwback to high school dances!

Great Times!

Great Times!

 

 

 

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Picnic at Point Defiance

Spring weather is here, finally! Or at least, most of the time. With Tacoma weather it’s hard to tell if it will stay sunny or start to pour! To take advantage of the recent sun, some of my friends and I decided to take a little trip to beautiful Point Defiance Park for a picnic!

We wandered down to the coast and picked a pretty spot where the forest gave us plenty of shade. It was a lovely view!

Me and the gang

The gang (courtesy of the self-timer on my camera)

The view from our spot, featuring the ferry!

The view from our spot, featuring the ferry!

What a bunch of goons

What a bunch of goons

After our lunch, we took a little hike through the forest on one of the many gorgeous trails. One good thing about Washington, you can always count on it to be green!

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Explorin'

Explorin’

As we were getting ready to head out, we decided to make one last stop on our way home. MILKSHAKES!

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This weekend was a wonderful way to relax before finals. In the home stretch now, and I’m glad I got to spend time exploring Tacoma with my buddies!

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Dah boyz

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Monoprinting!

Just in time for Easter, I finished my first ever monoprint in my print making class! A monoprint is essentially a one of a kind print, done in a way that it can only be printed once (sometimes twice, this is called a “ghost print”). Creating a monoprint can be done by lots of different processes, with all sorts of materials. For my print, I chose to use screen printing. Screen monoprints can be done with TONS of different materials, so long as they’re water soluble–markers, charcoal, graphite, watercolor paint/pencils/crayons, and tons of other stuff to.

One of my very favorite mediums is watercolor, so I decided to use that for my monoprint. Here’s what my design looked like painted on my screen!

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Once the paint was dry, I used transparent screen printing ink to print it. The first pull came out a little interesting… it printed the outlines of the water color because that was what dried first!

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Since this is not quite what I had in mind for my print, I decided to pull a few ghost prints as well. The second one came out much better, I think! Definitely darker, at least, because the paint had time to loosen with the transparent ink soaking into it.

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Just to experiment, I decided to pull a third print as well. It ended up being my favorite! I really like the way it came out. The details came through really well and although the colors are lighter, I like how soft they look.

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I have two more prints to do for this assignment, so hopefully they’ll come out just as well! I’ll be sure to post them when they’re done. Frankly, I’m quite fawn’d of this print!

…wow I’m sorry that was horrible. Forgive me.

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More Pretty Pictures

I know that I’ve been posting a lot of pictures of pretty days, but they are so awesome after living in cold rain for a while! Here you go! Hopefully there will be more soon!

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A drive by the water

A drive by the water

Ruston Way

Ruston Way

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Here are some trees outside of my friends’ house

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10169194_10203725548361880_6421345809803749758_nMore to come in the near future!

 

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Improv in the Sun

This week’s weather has been a complete blessing. So much sun and such nice temperatures! To celebrate/take advantage of it, the improv team decided to have practice outside. Here’s a quick picture I took of our lovely sunprov! (featuring a scene between two lions)

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More Litho!

I just recently finished up my second lithography print! The theme of this one was just “detail.” We had to incorporate a drawing medium called liquid tushe, which is this watery stuff that works sort of  like water color for your stone.

I decided to dedicate my print to my wonderful, inspiring mother! I decided to incorporate peaches and roses not only because they are art historically feminine images, but also because I’ve always associated them with my mom. Both are delicate, beautiful, and sweet smelling. With these images, I created what I thought it might look like if she had her own seal, or some sort of identifying image. So here’s some pictures of my process!

First, the sketch of what I was going to print...

First, the sketch of what I was going to print…

Then drawing/inking on the stone!

Then drawing/inking on the stone!

Finished inking, just before printing

Finished inking, just before printing

Printing: chemicals, chemicals, and more chemicals

Printing: chemicals, chemicals, and more chemicals

One of the finished prints!!

One of the finished prints!!

The print turned out a little darker than I had planned, but that’s what tends to happen in art I suppose. I titled the print “Elizabeth” and showed my mom–she was flattered and very happy! (:

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Point D

Today, my friends and I decided that because it wasn’t rainy, to go on the Five Mile Drive in Point Defiance. We drove down the winding rode, seeing raccoons and families having picnics, and stopped at one of the view points looking out at the Narrows Bridge going from Tacoma to Gig Harbor. Here are a few pictures from it:

Narrows Bridge

Narrows Bridge

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A selfie with the Sound

A selfie with the Sound

Going to Point D is never boring and I highly recommend it on any kind of sunny day!

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The colors are bloomin!

This week has been so gorgeous thus far that I’ve only had to wear a sweatshirt! That’s a big deal because my rain jacket was becoming a nuisance and we needed a break. My favorite part of the warmer weather are all of the colorful trees! These past couple of days I’ve had to stop and smell the flowers while also pulling out my phone so that I could share with you our beautiful areas!

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Outside of Smith Residence Hall

Outside of Smith Residence Hall

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The towering trees over Schneebeck, Commencement walkway, and Collins Memorial Library

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In my neighborhood

In my neighborhood

It still isn’t shorts season, but we’re getting there, Tacoma. We’re getting there.

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Pets!

It’s always fun having animals around, especially when you have a pet back home away from college. I have the good fortune of being allowed to have a rabbit live in my house and a land lord that lives under us with two cats. Here are just some pictures of my bunny Louis and one of the cats I played with the other day, Makai (my housemate Lexi likes to call it Gravy)

Louis loves lying out in the living room

Louis loves lying out in the living room

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A snapchat from Lexi commenting on Louis impressive ears

A snapchat from Lexi commenting on Louis’ impressive ears

And here’s Makai, who quickly established herself as a house guest, especially when she peaked her head into my room to see how I was doing…

Loves her belly rubbed

Loves her belly rubbed

Her beautiful blue eyes

Her beautiful blue eyes

I will have more to contribute, especially because Louis does strange things everyday, and Makai is always around

 

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Is That the Sun…?

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The week back from spring break was welcomed by a gorgeous teaser of spring. It was sunny, everyone was in a great mood, some were in shorts, and everyone had dry shoes. I of course had to take pictures, so … Continue reading

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