Since it's Sunday, I'm starting out with a macro shot of my paper beads. I spent Friday and Saturday evenings spread out on the kitchen counter with some paper I painted up last week along with a yardstick and paper cutter. I cut dozens and dozens of skinny triangles and then set out with fingers full of glue to come up with these. I'm really tickled with how they came out but I want to actually use some and see how they work before I try selling them or giving them away. Is it bad that I'm admitting that I spent most of my weekend by myself at home playing with glue and paper and sticks?
The paper I used has a white core so the winded edges of white show up fairly prominently and I have to decide how to exploit that look. They have a sort of optical illusion to them when viewed from the side. I may try some sort of tea-dye ink to "age" them and take some of that fresh white look away.
One of my goals this weekend was to get some of these babies sealed. I decided to use some spray sealant because that's what I had handy. I spread out some newspaper on the kitchen counter and took each mandrel (uh, bamboo skewer, actually, by "mandrel" sounds so much more official) and gave the beads a few sprays. This is where the "inhalant" part of the weekend comes in...I live in a small apartment and after standing there spraying in the kitchen for about five minutes the cat started to meow really loudly--which is not normal. I walked over to look at him and in that movement took a big breath and realized that I am standing in the middle of a closed up room spraying hugely flammable and dangerous spray that is so smelly that it has started to freak out my cat. Nice. I immediately turned on the stove vent and then opened up a window and lined up a fan to blow some of the noxious air out of the apartment. It never even crossed my mind to go outside. Once I got everything opened up, I made sure that cats were still running around just fine and left the apartment for a while so it could clear up. Even when I got home three hours later it was still like walking into a paint shop. But, I think we're good to go now. The cats are still fine and I haven't had any issues either. I probably still won't light any candles tonight.
The paper bead frenzy--not the inadvertent inhalant abuse--started out of a need to break my creative block. I have an Artisan Clay piece that I'm working with as part of Kristie's design team and the reveal is next Friday. Last month almost all of us were caught by surprise because the last Friday in June came earlier than we thought it would. I find it shocking that now the end of July is just around the corner. How can it be that summer is halfway done and I feel like I have nothing to show for it? Alas, in trying to have something to show off for next Friday, I am working with a gorgeous pineapple yellow donut. My first instinct was to go monochromatic with tons of lemon and pineapple quartz because I have a ton of different shapes and textures. But, when I sat down on Saturday morning to work, there were too many things jumping out as perfect...I starting thinking pink and yellow and it went downhill from there. I had everything going on--chain, ribbon, leather, stone, wire--and felt like I had too many ideas and not enough focus.
It was like a festival of too many ideas and I just started to get angry. I'm used to sitting down and things just happening naturally and they come out right. The process of editing down this collect of stuff was too overwhelming. So, I left it. I was totally blocked so I got dressed and went shopping. A few new bits from Chico's had me all sorted out...oh, and some Ben & Jerry's helped, too. I sat down and finished it up this morning. I'm pleased with the results and you'll see them next Friday. :)