This week, Week 4 of focusing on life, those words meant friends, paints, papers, messes, gelatin plates, acrylics, lace, stencils, brayers, more papers, wine, color, experiments, tools, sharing, rearranging, layering, scissors, smocks, and most important, JOY.
My one piece to share this week is a collage of a few of the 102 papers I printed last weekend with my dear friends Carol and Bette. I met these likeminded ladies through various workshops, including Art & Soul, over the last couple of years. They're just a small bit of the wonderful people I've met through art, and I love spending time with them since it's so non-day-job-bureaucracy. It's totally recharging.
I invited myself to Carol's house for a road trip weekend and loved spending time with her and her sweet doll husband, Steve. He lets me come back even though every time I show up the entire townhouse gets rearranged into a creative "enclave" and there's no room for much of anything else. We had to eat our rib dinner on our laps because there was too much action on the dining room table to clear it off for a meal. haaaaaaaaa Plus, he has his own creative bent with a wood shop in the basement and I always leave with wonderful hand-turned treats.
Anyway, Carol and I spent about 10 hours standing around that table trying out something new (to us): Gelli plates. Bette joined us on Sunday and we wiled away the afternoon trying new techniques to monoprint using acrylics on this gelatin-sort-of plate. I'd never heard of it before, but was, of course, thrilled to go out and buy some more art supplies. Bette's a paper master, so she brought her collection of stencils with her. It was like having a personal artist's supply shop right there since she has hundreds of them. No joke.
Another key activity of the weekend involved Carol's blog...she's up and running at Carol DeeZigns and has a post with more details about our weekend's "business."
With aching backs from standing so long, we were able to look back over our weekend thrilled with all our new, cool papers and excited about printing some more...oh, and about buying more stencils and paints and such, because you can't start a new craft without using it as excuse to buy things! haaaaaaaaaaaaa So, even as I play with my papers, or play with my pictures of those papers, and shop for new toys to make more, I think of the JOY we felt all weekend and can only smile. :)