September 1st, 2019


Arts and Crafts Festival Card 9-1-19

Here is my card for the Arts and Crafts Festival bingo. It runs from September 1-30. Celebrate all kinds of creativity. (See all my 2019 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


BatikPastelString / Thread / Yarnzaffre (sapphire blue)Pyrotechnics
Graffiti or Spray PaintHuman BodyBeadshuath (terrible-colored)Sand
sarcoline (peach)Frida KahloWILD CARD: FOODGlassCharcoal
Mixed MediaTahnee Ahtoneharjo-Growingthundersodath (fine-colored)MetalEarth Clay
xanadu (gray-green)WoodBoneglas (blue-green-grey)Stone


Businesswear for Black Folks

I had cause to go looking for capsule wardrobes suitable for business wear, for two black characters, brother and sister twins. I noticed that almost everything online uses black, white, and/or navy -- in other words, cool colors that look good on cool-toned skin but are very difficult to use with warm-toned skin. Contrast these two color wheels of cool and warm neutrals. While there are lots of blue-black folks in Africa, the vast majority of African-Americans (and Hispanics, and a lot of other ethnicities) have warm brown skin of some shade. Imagine how frustrating it is to look up "what to wear" and find almost nothing that would look good on you. And I don't think that gap is an accident. So I'll just patch it up a bit, because I like poking racists with sharp sticks.

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Colors and Artists

I forgot to mention some points about the Arts and Crafts Festival I'm hosting on [community profile] allbingo.  It has three categories of prompts: the Art Media list from the Bingo Card Generator, a list of Famous Artists and Crafters, and a list of Uncommon Colors.  You can make a card from any one of these lists, or mix them together.

In compiling the list of Famous Artists and Crafters, I tried to maximize representation.  They're all important figures in their field, whatever that is -- I mixed painters, sculptors, and a variety of folk art/craft specialties -- but not all from fields that are famous in general.  There are women, people of color, queerfolk, and so on.  This is helpful if you want to try any of the identity bingo achievements.

The list of Uncommon Colors includes a lot of "maybe colors" that lie between two or more basic shades.  Many of these are soft or muted colors, but some are bright.  Genderqueer folks often like to wear colors that don't have strong gender connotations.  Unusual colors can be very useful for that.  You could probably play this bingo list with your wardrobe, especially if you are trying to expand yours.  Decide some neutrals and think about what colors would go with those and look good on you.  Then make a list -- you might want 3x3 or 4x4 instead of the usual 5x5 for this -- and hit some thrift shops or factory outlets to see what you can find.  We're coming into fall and a lot of these maybe colors often appear in fall clothes, so now is a good time for this.