Busy Busy Busy!! How do I always think I have so much time to get something done and all of a sudden it feels like I am in a rush rush state!? At the end of last weeks's blog I realized how much I had to do to get ready for our Phoenix trip to ART UNRAVELED and had a small.... well maybe a little bigger than that...panic attack. It will get done but the craziness begins!
I will be teaching two classes at ART UNRAVELED this year. One is the journal class that I taught last year. The new class is the Scrap-Patch Footstool I designed. I built the wooden bases (and have to make one for every class participant). They will spend the day creating their own fabrics and sewing them together in patchwork style to create the top.
Last Wednesday was spent with Karen and Patty making paper in the parking lot again. We have "perfected" our system mostly, thanks to Karen's brainstorm and practice at home to produce more volume - or at least until we figure something else out.
So many of the techniques for paper making have you leaving the newly made paper on the screen to dry. I did not want to create that many molds and deckles, so we simplified.
I made the frames in the size I want the paper to be and attached the screen. Then I cut two pieces of screen the size of the paper to fit down in the frame. We put one of the spare screens in the bottom of our mold, poured our paper mixture of water, shredded paper and Procion Dyes into the mold and then layered another screen on the top.
We pressed the water out and then lifted both loose screens out with the new paper sandwiched in between. At this point you can put it on parchment paper to dry and use your mold again. It has been so much fun. One more week of different colors and we should have enough paper made for the Phoenix packets.
In the meantime I worked on my "business" cards. Now, these are a ton of work and my son, who is a graphic designer, has informed me that I am wasting too much time and it's not cost effective. My response to him is that I enjoy it and take pleasure when people are impressed that I took enough time to create them. Actually it is more selfish... When I play with the papers that my cards are attached to, its very calming for me. So... I do it anyway!!
Here are the papers that I had spread out all over the floor in the studio along with all the paper that was drying. The studio definitely looked like it had exploded!!
The best parts of the yard sale were the long time customers who came to visit. There were fun folks that have been customers for a long time and their visits and positive comments on the direction MEM is going meant more to me than they will ever know.... or now they do.... You know who you are! Thanks for your support!!
Have a great creative week... I am off to finish those business cards and enjoy this beautiful day!!