Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday-7:15am

Flashing me again?  
I'll close my eyes and maybe she'll go away.
No?  
I'll stretch a little--show her how comfortable I am and then maybe she'll get the hint that I do not wish to be disturbed. 
I found a spot Karma will accept the self-warming pad--LOL!  It must really be a little warmer because she spent more time than usual in her favorite cat bed all weekend and slept extra soundly.  No head lifting when I got up and down...not even ear turning.  ;)
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My project for this weekend was this broken clock which has been set at 12:00 for months so as to remind me it is not working.  I have seen people do all these creative things on youtube and had this crazy idea of turning it into wall art.   
I managed to get the clock mechanism off.  Took that apart in case there were pieces I could use in collage and discovered that even the gears were plastic!  (No wonder it quit working after only 10-11 years.)  Then I pried the board off the frame... 
...taped around the edges so that I can hopefully fit it back in the frame after my experiment. 
ModPodged a piece of paper over the hands hole... 
...gessoed the whole panel.  The thin piece of paper that was the clock front buckled and bubbled, but that didn't worry me because I planned to attempt something brand new to me... 
...texture!   
I added cheesecloth with the rest of my old jar of ModPodge. 
Then, with some Golden soft medium, I added the cotton twine and string (which I needed to get off the table because Karma had already started chomping on them each time my back was turned). 
This is when it was still wet... 
...and gooey. 
It's been drying since Saturday.  I didn't dare add anything yesterday because I wanted it to be bone dry because I had to use so much ModPodge!  That cheesecloth was quite absorbent--LOL!  But I am thinking maybe some tissue paper next?  Or maybe just gesso again and think some more about what to do next?  Face it.  I have absolutely no clue what I am doing.
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But I keep telling myself--it was broken, anyways--I can always use the frame for something else--if I use acrylics I can always keep painting over it till I like it (if I ever like it)--and, well, it IS genuinely fun to play with new things.
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So, whether this turns out or ends up in the trash...you'll see what I am up to.  ;)  Regardless, this has been fascinating to play with.  The only thing neat-nick me didn't like was trying to wash the mediums off my fingers.  Yes, I actually used my fingers--LOL!
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Wish me luck this week!  :)  And I hope you do something truly fun, too--and maybe even brand new!
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"Expect nothing.  Live frugally on surprise."
Alice Walker

25 comments:

  1. YOu are so creative that I know it will turn into something pleasing. Maybe even Miss Karma could put her pawprints in it in the corner. I love how she was already chewing your string- she was just trying to get it ready for you.

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  2. Whoa! A whole new art adventure. Can't wait to see the next step(s) Glad to see you aren't loafing like Karma is.

    Darla

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  3. Karma looks so peaceful ~ And your creative clock is stunning ~ Happy Holidays to you ~

    (A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

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  4. at least you're having some fun with your experiment. :)

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  5. This looks like a fun challenge. I love gesso, although yours seems to be taking extra long to dry. Maybe you could stick it in Karma's new bedwarmer to speed the process along (JUST KIDDING).

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  6. Very creative! Can't wait to see the result. :)

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  7. Glad you tried out my idea for Karma, she does seem to be relaxed and warm! I'm planning on redoing a clock too! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  8. Oh to be as content as Karma! I am glad she is liking her new warm bed.

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  9. It's fascinating to see you work through your artistic process -- though maybe "work" isn't the correct word. Perhaps it's better to say you play through your process.

    Love,
    Janie

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  10. I am sure it will come out fabo, you just have to keep going and get past the ewwie stage! Every piece of art has one! I cannot wait to see it great texture so far!!!

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  11. Have fun with the clock!

    And Karma does look extra comfortable in her bed.

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  12. Nothing ventured nothing gained..try some tissue paper or dinner napkins..or odd ball stuff..like paper clips..buttons..have fun! Karma looks comfy in her bed:)

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  13. Ha.. looks like fun. I'll bet Karma couldn't care less, though. :)

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  14. It's always fun to visit with you and Karma. I'm hoping the clock works, but if not, as you said it was broken anyway! :-)

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  15. Rita, i love this already! That texture is so yummy, even without colour. Don't you love recycling old crap? Yeah, be brave girl. Whatever you end up doing with it will be great, i'm sure. Karma is friggin' adorable... xox

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  16. Poor karma. Does she not realize that is part in parcel to being a star! LOL Love what you are making so far. Cant wait to see where you take it next!
    *hugs*
    =0)

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  17. Ohhhhh, an experiment!!! How fun!!

    When I get back from FL, I have a new technique I'm going to try - A Peek-a-boo card! I've seen it before, but they were the A2 size and not nearly as "wow" for me. I saw one made with Magnolia stamps and now I have to try it for myself!!! It will probably be a Valentine one! Can't wait!!!

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  18. Whatever it is, I'm sure it will be interesting and creative! Your kitty surely has a good life and lots of love! Enjoy the coming holiday with all your new "stuff."

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  19. Well, for someone who doesn’t know what she’s doing this is turning out alright.

    Clever you.

    Karma is a lazy puss, you may tell her so from me.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Rita.

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  20. What fun with that clock! I love that you have no idea where it will take you next- those are the most fun art journeys! Happy holidays!

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  21. YAY on Karma accepting the warming pad, bless her heart. x

    I LOVE all the texture in your recycled wall art piece. :)

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  22. YOU were FLASHING karma??!!
    OH!! flash...as in CAMERA flash! whew! (haha)

    i love that modpodge! i use it all the time for so many artsy things! BUT i never used so much that it took more than a day to dry! i can't wait to see what you're doing with it! it's always fun to play around & experiment!!

    have a MERRY one rita...and karma! and *cheers* to 2013!!

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  23. I need a bed like Karma's. ;)

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  24. I can almost hear you cackling like Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein working on his "creature". :)

    I hope it came out looking good - it certainly has promise!

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