I'm having a gloomy, non-productive week but there is a smidgen of video happening, of which this is a picture! It will be a puzzle to figure out what to do with what is there so far...
Here's the little recycled painting after a little pattern and some gold paint. I like this much better but haven't decided on a name yet.
I knew I was going to have a bunch of photos and notes from the wedding and so I decided to go all out and give Project Life a try. If you don't know what Project Life is, it's a cross between a photo sleeve book and a scrapbook. There are lots of premade decorative cards available for those of us who don't feel like being creative, yet at the same time it's deliciously challenging to creative people all the same. For more information on this product, click here.
Here's a pile of greeting cards and some Project Life notecards that I used in place of a guestbook! Try not to worry about how strange they are. I'm using the "Midnight" edition for the yellow and grey! I don't use it for its intended use, which is documenting life every day or every week. That's just way too much. What would you do with it all?
On the other hand, using the pockets really forces me to condense things. Like these greeting cards! I cut around my favourite details of each card to fit into the sleeves, and then pasted on the actual words that matter. If I was using my regular scrapbook pages, I would have had entire cards stuffed in randomly. This saves way more space and captures the essense of each one all the same.
So I tried to "beat the system" I suppose, by putting them into a regular scrapbook album. Well, it turns out you can't do such a thing! The margins are just too small. Shucks. I'm pretty damn stubborn though, so I extended the margin using this tacky sparkly foil tape and punched new holes. I WIN, HAHAHA. I'm not a scrapbooking purist.
Oh oh oh, and so our hilariously elderly lexmark printer bit the dust last week. Some kind of stubborn carrier jam got it. He was replaced with a colour laser and it's so exciting! Lasers can't print high quality photography, but I couldn't even print colour anything before so this is super great! I can even print shipping labels that are legible! I also won't have to trick it with a virtual machine or soak ink cartridges all of the time. SO GREAT.
Perhaps you remember "Foreboding", this little painting about nighttime anxiety and all that? Well it never really was a favourite of mine so... Well I broke him. On purpose.
Most of this half of the panel was painted over collage so at least I could slip a knife under and peel the whole thing off. Those Dylusions ink sprays are bright and lovely and all, but if I leave a single blue arrow on this painting it will never go away. Every new layer will have a blue arrow seeping to the surface. Annoying! Sorry, I might have to stick with Lindy Stamp Gang if all of the Dylusions are going to be like that!
After some gesso and ground (and a couple of hours worth of roses), you can still see a couple of streaks of blue on the right side! This stuff is persistant! Do I find it hard to break old paintings? Not really. It depends. Sometimes if I look at an old piece and am mildly surprised by the amount of skill I was able to pull off, then it is harder to part with it. But there are a lot of stinkers as well! I looked at these small paintings and thought the panels could have been put to much better use. Hopefully, I will! Its partner "Spring Promise" might be next on the chopping block...
This is taking so long to do! Here is a shot of half lined in ink, half unfinished. I have a serious problem with fine line markers dying on me... the tips tend to go flat and then they "dry out" I suppose. It's really annoying and I was almost unable to finish this layer at all. Anyone else have this problem?
So far, so good, so tedious. More and more paper pinwheels. This should be its last application, I think. The red winged blackbirds are back! The watercolour seems to be taking fairly well and because it is glass, I plan to scrape clean the outer edges of the pinwheels. I hope that (plus the ink detailing, etc) will spruce it up considerably!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Tuesday, February 14, 1pm PST