Daily Doodle for Sunday. Maggie Holt, deflecting bullets and channeling scary fae magic and using bloody snow for protective magic. Where’d she learn to do that? Anyway, everyone in my life is sick of me telling them to read Pact, so…some Pact Fanart. Still playing with iPad doodles.
Again, trying to get back on thevDaily a Doodle train. This one’s a doodle I made think in’ about the Endless a Desert. Silver sands and a green sun is a palette I’m still trying to get the hang of, but I love it in my brain so I keep coming back to it. Need to do some more landscapes for practice.
Trying to get back on the Daily Doodle train…
Doodling on my iPad, trying out the Procreate app and my schmancy new Wacom stylus for the iPad. Liken’ it so far, simple and fun and reasonably portable. This thing may end up slowly replacing my paper sketchbooks…
Anyway, have some Worm Fanart. Skitter and I agree: the only good super villain lair is one with terrariums all over the place. I’m more into dart frogs, but I’ve got some decent bug cultures going on too…anyway. Worm Fanart, because it’s what you do when everyone you know personally is sick to death of you ranting about worm at them.
God-Kicking Boot, Page 8. Flashbacking!
Tumblr never posts these right, so if the image size is all borked, go to
my DeviantArt page for the full-size version.
I’ve largely given up on getting Tumblr to format anything the way I like at this point.
If you’re having trouble reading the latest God-Kicking Boot, here’s a link to the DeviantArt page.
Terrarium Journal, Part 3:
Step 4: Dirt! (I’m using NEHERP’s variation on the ABG substrate, which is a nice-draining, slow-to-decay tropical soil mix designed for orchids, which holds up pretty well in a terrarium. No chemicals-frogs absorb chemicals like little sponges!)
Step 5: Plants go in Dirt! Bromeliads (several varieties, the big one out front’s a Neoreglia Fireball and should turn bright pink under good lighting, the ones in back will get deep purple) and mosses up top: they like lots of light and regular misting but being able to air out a bit between mistings. Prayer plants (Maranta leuconeura) and Peperomias (Cluusifolia “Tri Color” and Magnoliifolia “Variegata”) on the bottom because they’ll grow up nice and tall to fill out some of the lower spaces and have nice big broad leaves the dart frogs can climb on and, more importantly, land on when they jump or fall from the upper levels. The leaf litter’s a nice cushion, but I’ve heard a few horror stories of froggies who hurt themselves falling from heights in taller terrariums and I want ‘em to be safe…and I’ve heard stories that when there are such plants on the bottom they’ll climb to the top and jump down onto ‘em over and over and it’s adorable, and I’m hoping that’ll happen in my tank.
Some Korean rock ferns and a few more Peperomias to fill out the middle floor, and some Pilea (Baby Tears!) on the lower left slope and scattered throughout the mid-levels. I’m hoping the Pilea and the live moss I’ve packed in with the sphagnum will slowly take over the background and the nooks and crannies, filling the place up with green.
Step 6: Leaf litter! Lots of leaf litter on the bottom (Dart frogs hide here, my springtails and isopods will munch and breed here. Leaf litter’s important if you want your dart frogs to come out and play and be visible, because they’re a little shy, and having lots of handy hiding-places in the leaf-litter to dart into will make ‘em more bold and explorative). The microfauna (springtails and isopods) are occasional snacks for dart frogs, but more importantly they’re in-tank janitors, eating dart frog poop and dead leaves and stuff. As long as they’re healthy and breeding, I don’t have to clean my tank.
Step 7: Hook up automatic mister! I’ve got my nozzles hooked up to a Mistking Misting system, which pumps water from a five-gallon bucket under the tank up into it and sprays the place for thirty seconds at regularly programmed intervals.
Next up: Fancy LED lights (Currently using backup lights, but the ones currently wending their way through the postal service are some FANCY lights), wait a month for the plants to grow in, start farming fruit flies, and then in July I’ll be posting pictures of adorable little dart frogs for y’all.
Terrarium Journal, Step 3: Sphagging! Crammed the cracks and crannies full of wet sphagnum moss. Stuff comes dry, you get it wet the better to cram it all up in those tight spaces. Smells just wonderful.
The sphagnum moss will keep dart frogs from crawling into little nooks and crannies in the background and getting stuck. Also, it retains moisture well so it’ll help regulate humidity. Also also, it’s a good place for me to easily stick epiphytic plants onto the background: mini-orchids, bromeliads, probably some little viney things. Still working on my plant selections. Also Also Also, since it stays nice and damp, it’s a good base on which to plant other mosses to give ‘em a nice head-start on getting lush and green and sexy.
Also x4? Sometimes dried sphagnum moss under really good lighting with regular misting comes back to life and gets lush and green on its own. It’s not something I’m counting on, but it would be so very lovely if it happened!
Next up: Substrate!
Terrarium Build Journal, Part 2: Wanted a bit more 3-D space in there, so I added another hunk of cork wood jutting out from the background. See that black stuff? That’s expanding foam designed for use in ponds and waterfalls. It’s fish and frog safe. The big piece I foamed in in the middle will form a planter to make a shelf-area I can put more dirts/plants on. With this addition, this frog-home will now have four stories. Or three stories and an attic-nook, I guess. That ledge on the upper right won’t be as big.
I also put in and foamed in a bit of a divider in the bottom front. This will separate my little pond area from the drainage pebbles (technically Lyca, a lightweight substrate made of glass, but it looks and smells like pebbles) that’ll go in the back. This drainage layer will be important to keep the soil from getting soaked, leading to dead plants and frogs with potentially life-threatening foot-fungus. Dart frogs like it humid, but not swampy.
Coming up next: Filling in background cracks with sphagnum moss, putting in dirt, lighting, and planting!