For those of you considering making your own art cards, here’s a great site for inspiration — lots of different styles and techniques at play, in the more traditional ATC size:
I’m contemplating doing a mixed-media piece, to combine my two favorites — papier mache and lampwork beads. Perhaps this weekend I’ll dig through my collection of beads, and see what I’ve got in a size that complements the current bowl-in-progress…
I’m learning how to integrate all of my online presences into a whole — now when I post a new item to Etsy, I can use their built-in widget to tweet about it, and the tweet will not only show up on Twitter, but also automatically post to the sidebar here on the blog. As my friend Traci would say, cool beans! If I could only get the Facebook widget to properly pick up the tweets as well, I’d be all set (there’s a flaw in the API that lets you post to a FB Page rather than to your personal FB Timeline — they’re working on it, but for the time being, no joy).
A bowl in the oven, and another on the form out on the sunny balcony, setting up — life is good. 😉
Paper mache is so tactile a medium, even when I’m just creating a bowl over a form — the moist mache moving over the surface (sometimes where you don’t want it to!) is a living thing, that needs to be coaxed into shape. It’s a physical manifestation of creativity, this clay, and there’s something magical in touching it, molding it, smoothing it, enticing it into becoming.
Often I wish I had another half-dozen forms, so that I didn’t have to wait for one piece to dry before starting another…but in a way it’s a good thing, this forced patience. Drying time is thinking time, creative time of a different flavor. I can hop online and see what other crafters are up to, what new ideas have popped up on Pinterest, what interesting pieces have been added to Etsy. I can go through my paper collection and my craft library, picking up inspiration. And then it’s time to pull my own piece off the form and pop it into the oven, and start the next. I oscillate between the tactile and the mental; it satisfies on both fronts, which is satisfying on a whole different level.
The spouse and I have started going to the gym three times a week, so my crafting time has been impacted a bit — but this morning I managed to eke out a bit of time before work to apply the first coat of varnish to two bowls. This was a double-edged sword: I loved starting my day being crafty, but it was sooo frustrating to have to then set it aside and go crunch numbers for the day. I need my craft time like some people need their daily walk, or their morning coffee. The day just doesn’t go right without it!
Here’s hoping I can manage the next coat of varnish this evening, so that I can get photos taken within the next day or so… 🙂