Monday, December 17, 2012
Flashing me again?
I'll close my eyes and maybe she'll go away.
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. ;)
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...
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...
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.
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.
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!
Wish me luck this week! :) And I hope you do something truly fun, too--and maybe even brand new!
"Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise."