One of my goals the last year or two was to be a little more mad scientist in my crafting. Since I’ve sold my crafts for as long as I’ve made them, it’s a tough thing to make time for the trial and error that goes with learning new techniques when you have lines that sell well! The flip side, of course, is that if you don’t change it up you will eventually be uninteresting to the buying public and common and uninteresting to the craft community.
I’ve been experimenting with surface decoration techniques because I’d like to try incorporating more texture into my work. Buttons are nice, flat spots to try this on. This was a faux ceramic tutorial – alcohol inks mixed with tls. I like them better now, with a gloss coat… they look a lot like some of the ceramic buttons with glazes that I have in my button jar. They’re going to get a few runs through the wash to see how well the shiny stands up. I know the clay stands up just fine, with sensible treatment… the shiny is my concern!
Bunches more flower beads. The bright yellow green are Premo’s relatively new wasabi colour which I quite like. Odd, considering it is a retina burning acid green. Makes adorable flowers.
It seems that I most want to dig my fingers into a bowl of beads or a chunk of clay when I’m nowhere near them (or this week, as I teach). I suspect that’s human nature. Or Elaine-nature at least. I’m a contrary person like that sometimes.
We spent the weekend Not At Home – visiting my family in Calgary and getting errands done in civilization (hello WR Display, you make me happy). Visited Ikea, Springbank Cheese company and other delightful places my wallet is happy I only get to see occasionally. Apart from boxes to mail goodies, I found a guillotine and a hand cart for my studio and shows respectively. Note: the hand cart was appropriated for use before it could pose here.
I made sure to do SOME fun things. Every year there’s the Taste of Calgary and I’ve gone to most of them. My daughter has her favourites like the mini melts but we do always try to experiment a little too.
This year we tried nifty little appetizers from Tango and perfect little pakoras from Delice and some amazing bacon wrapped prawns and stuffed Yorkies from Halo… er, yeah. Lots of good stuff.
Of course, this is a note that you don’t really need to whip out your wallet to relax… you just need to stop and smell (or, in my daughter’s case, eat) the flowers.
The last day of school is tomorrow and that’s always marked the start of summer to me (yes, even now as an adult!). I made that big tray of flowers and slice beads to start refilling my stock and orders and projects for the show this week. In other bits of life, I stared at the pretty flowers that are starting to show up:
And the Mad House Renovator took time out of his schedule to help me find a picture of the nearby highway for another project. While the highway pics are boring I snapped a good pic of him and the car lit by the sunset.