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If you're going to be in Chicago for SOFA this fall (Like me!), stick around awhile and check out my class at Ed Hoy's~ I think there are one or two open seats!

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Day 30: SOKEN
SOKEN (Japanese) invention, creation, originality 創見 Tomorrow's word is coming to you this evening so you can get a good head start on our last day of the 30 in 30 Sgraffito Challenge... Tomorrow (Jan. 30) will be the last day you'll be able to add your pho...

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Day 29: Chūshin
Chūshin ( Japanese)   Heart, core, mind, inside feeling. Here we are with only one day to go in this challenge, you have all done so well... To the participants who haven't 'officially' posted your drawings here on my blog, thank you for sending them to me....

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Day 28: KASHIMASHII
Kashimashii (Japanese) Noisy , Mischievous   Kashimashii has more than one meaning, so today you can choose the definition you like best for your abstract drawing.  I chose this word for several reasons-  First, kashimashii is just fun to say,  and because ...

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Day 27: KOTOBA
Kotoba (Japanese):   Word. This month's challenge has been all about words, and finding ways to express them abstractly and artistically.  The Japanese language is FULL of wonderful examples of expression with abstract ideas, and I'd love to share a few mor...

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Day 26: CHIKARA
Chikara: (Japanese)  Power, strength, force. I promised that we'd come back around to Japanese eventually, and here we are at Day 26 already! You're all doing a great job with your abstract sgraffito drawings, and I love seeing how you interpreted the words...

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Day 25: MAMIHLAPINATAPAI
Mamihlapinatapai Noun. (Yaghan) A silent acknowledgement and understanding between two people, who are both wishing or thinking the same thing (and are both unwilling to initiate). My guess is that most people have experienced this, and although I cannot be...

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Day 24: YA' ABURNEE
Ya' aburnee Noun. (Arabic) Literally, 'you bury me'.  A beautifully morbid declaration of one's hope that they will die before another person, as it would be too difficult living without them. An InLinkz Link-up

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Day 22: FORELSKET
Forelsket Noun. (Norwegian) The indescribable euphoria experienced as you begin to fall in love. Ok, so this could maybe coincide with "infatuation" but it's still different, don't you think?  This one describes the actual FEELING of beginning to fall in lo...

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Day 23: GOYA
Goya Noun. (Urdu) A transporting suspension of disbelief- An "as-if" that feels like reality- such as in good storytelling . I love this word!  Anyone who has ever read a great story and allowed themselves to become part of that other life, world, time, and...
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