24 July 2012

when you don't know what to do next...PLAY

I am swamped with so many deadlines and projects and workshops, I don't know where to start. So I decided to try to reproduce a stamp I loved and gave away. No biggie. I can make another. Now that I am finished and ready to upload photos, I can see where I made my mistake. Let's see if you can figure it out.
I started with  great stamp.
 I love this stamp and I love the Jacquard "halo" colors. This was my first exposure about 3 years ago to Halo Pink Gold.
 So I got out my foam core board from the dollar store, did a quick sketch and cut it out with an X-acto knife. I sprayed one side with 3M dry wall bead spray and stuck it to another rectangle of foam core board.
 This is such a fabulous example of blotting. I had painted some fabric and when I picked it up off the table, there was so much paint left on the table, I drapped another piece of cloth on it and blotted up the paint.
 This is me applying Halo Green Gold with a round foam pouncer I bought in a bag of 3 sized at WalMart. I clean these carefully and have used them for years.

This is the finished design. Can you see the mistake?

I am in the process of writing an in-depth detailed "booklet" describing what materials and how to use them for my "Surface Design Workshop #1". I had SO MANY surface design techniques that I made 3 workshops. Now I may have to divide them into 4??? We'll see

My wonderful brother "Eric", who you could all identify at 100 paces, will be helping me learn to video tape, edit and upload WORKSHOPS to YouTube so now I can teach my workshops ONLINE. I am so excited!


  1. I have two due dates in October and given that my pieces are now taking between 4 -6 weeks to complete and I also have a 2 week vacation to fit in there (to go and see some of my work at two galleries in two different states) - you'd think I'd get right on them, right?

    I've got my background for one piece gessoed, and painted and it's thoroughly cured... I mean, it's been drying for at least a week, but I've felt apprehnsive about starting for some reason, so like you, I PLAYED. :)

    I made two fun, fanciful things just for the fun of it - which both relaxed me and put me in the mood to create again, and NOW I'm ready to go.

    Incidently - the play sessions also gave me some much needed breathing space on my blog as I work on the "boring" parts of these two pieces.

    Nothing like a little PLAY! to break the "artist's block"!

    And wow - as soon as you offer an online course, I'll be right there to sign up!

  2. That is indeed great news. I look forward to it.

  3. Thats good news Beth. What a lovely brother you have.


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