For years I have watched people mulling paint online in visually appealing and almost hypnotic videos with glittery paints that swirl and metallics that color shift. This isn’t going to be one of those posts, I don’t have it in me to do video or the energy to make everything Pinterest perfect.
Many people have taken to upcycling their old expired eye shadow palettes into watercolors and I happen to come across a few palettes recently and I’d thought I’d finally give paint making a try.
A couple days ago I was sitting at my desk working on an email to a client when I swung my hand over to grab my coffee as I proofread what I had just written. Next thing I know my favorite mug was rolling on the ground without a handle.
A while back, I had ordered another Kickstarter. Even though I’ve been burned before, it was pretty hard to resist ordering this Eazao Clay 3D Printer at a fraction of the price of anything else on the market. Kickstarters often take a very long time to materialize into a product (if they even do). Once this printer shipped it then sat in the California port for many, many months.
Have you ever liked a type of art but had no idea what it was called so you couldn’t look up how it was made? I certainly have. I recently came across the word “Cloisonné” and realized it was one of those things I had always wanted to know about.
Essentially, Cloisonné is an ancient enameling technique where you outline your design with strips of metal, drop-in enamel paste to color in your design, and then fire it in a kiln.
A while back I had fun making pins with Shrinky Dinks and I keep thinking about making more. The images I had picked out in the past were mostly white (or were just prints) with a touch of color that I added with Copic markers. The next ones I make I hope to do more drawing and coloring, something original. I wanted to see what supplies I had that would work and which would look the best once shrunk.
A while back, I found 3D printing files for a rigid heddle loom. A new loom had been on my wish list for years but I never pulled the trigger. Honestly, I think I’ve become frugal in my old age. Years ago I wouldn’t have thought twice about adding a new loom to my cart and checking out, but these days I just can’t justify in my mind paying hundreds of dollars for a couple pieces of wood and some plastic. Especially when I’ve had 3d printers in my home for 10 or 15 years now and I pretty much DIY everything I can.
I did it, I finally got around to getting the loom fixed up and I tried weaving. About 3 years ago, I found this antique loom on craigslist at a local artist’s estate sale and I went and nabbed it. I initially cleaned it up and got it in working order before life hit and house projects took over. This loom ended up being stashed away in storage for a while and pretty much forgotten.
Just a quick update on the layered wood ornaments I’ve been making. 12 days of Christmas? No, it’s not the 166th day of Christmas in my craft room. I’ve knocked out a few more ornaments designs and this was the last one. I plan on making one more before figuring out little hangers, packaging, and where to sell them.
I can’t wait for it to be done. Honestly, I don’t want to see any Christmas stuff for a very long time.
I decided a while ago, back when I posted my first post on using a laser cutter, that I was going to make more wood ornaments. I realized a few days ago that I pretty much abandoned my blog because I was off lasering and painting and doing all the things. So I’m back to give a quick update.