Tuesday, March 31, 2020

no ordinary hands

Of all the things I love and appreciate, it is my hands.

I care for my hands by:
keeping them warm
improve circulation by:
warm-up and range-of-motion exercises
rest days from the computer
hanging my arm off the side of the bed for pain and circulation
 ergonomic brushes or thick brushes

My range of motion exercises is gentile. I find it more fun and helpful if I have a few go-to exercises. What works the best for me finger touches with my thumb.

I have been doing this for years and have found flexibility and less pain and swelling in my weaker hand and lots of improvement in my most distorted hand.

Hanging my hand over the side of the bed increases blood flow and lowers pain before I go to sleep.

carrying weights when I walk, much like the farmers walks only not exactly, but using the same principle with weights that I can carry while walking. This has improved my hand strength amazingly, much better than hand grips or fist exercises which I can't do because the repetition causes strain.

heating pad

hard tipped pens
Using these types of pens and finding the best hardness pen type and paper helps my drawing. I practice faux calligraphy for range of motion.

Monday, March 9, 2020

working on computer skills with gimp

Future collage and sticker elements.

The graphic of polaroids taped to a wall is from Creative Market.

Once I found my way around the PSD smart layer files, I was able to add my own artwork and embellish this graphic.

So what this means is, I downloaded the zip file. I extracted the PSD files.
I chose the graphic I wanted to work with

I have merged most of the layers as I was working, but as you can see the PSD file opens easily and your own graphics can be inserted.