Thursday, May 2, 2013


Have you ever had an idea for a project and then once you started it had a huge "What have I done?" moment?  I  am feeling that right now. As I mentioned in the last post, I bought this beautiful train case last weekend and decided to give it a facelift.  I spray painted this and another small suitcase white to prime it and immediately felt regret.  What was done was done, however, so I started painting this on pink. I want to use it as a fixture in my booth so the color seemed appropriate to me.  I would like to reupholster the inside with pretty fabric but I honestly feel a little in over my head. If you notice in the picture I am using cheap paint so.... I think I am making many mistakes. But I'm not going to give up and maybe I can pull it together. Cross your fingers for me.

On a more positive note I had a great moment yesterday where I finally figured out how to make these tissue paper tassels much quicker.  The production of these were making me crazy because it took so long and became so tedious.  Yesterday I set goals for myself and I was able to meet them with my new technique which was a simple one.... roll them up quicker. Who knew? ( :

Last night I was reminded how much I miss being in school and having critiques and constant feedback.  My friend Janey was looking around my studio and picked something up off my table and set it down on one of my unfinished dreamcatchers and I had one of those moments ( I don't want to say a-ha moment) where a million ideas came to me.  It just took one new set of eyes to make a major change. It got me thinking about critiques and how they can be so daunting for some but I always loved them. I loved getting fresh ideas about my work. Sometimes you get so stuck on something and you can't get enough perspective to make changes that can be very necessary.  I had a teacher once say that you can be so in love with your work that you don't see the bad things.  I can be guilty of that. Having an art community is so important. Lately I have been finding that community again and I am pretty excited about it and anticipate what that can mean for all of us creatively.

I would love to hear what you are doing.  Any crafting mistakes you wish you could turn back time on?    Please share so I feel better about painting this suitcase!


robayre said...

The whole community thing I LOVE, the critique thing not so much. I think I just realized something while reading this post. When I think of critiques I think of doing them only after the work was already done. Then there is that whole "being so in love with what you've created that you can't see the bad" point that you mentioned. If there had been more critiques while work was being done, or even just started I would have liked them more, but instead I felt like it was all "why did you do that?" and "I would have done this differently" and at that point it's too late. It's making me think that was also one of the major differences between my community college experience and the university experience. The teachers and student community at my 2 year school were much more involved from concept to completion, not just afterward.
More and more it is kind of killing me that you can't come to my house to play around in my studio. Seriously, the cats aren't really allowed in there, so it isn't bad. Although my space is so small. I love the idea that I have my own studio, but times like this make me wish we had a communal studio space, that would be so awesome.

courtney - larking. said...

I love that having fresh eyes look at your creations helps to inspire new ideas! That's why we need to craft together more often. ;)

Good luck with the painting/reupholstering. I like the idea of pink for a fixture in your booth - I'm sure it will turn out great. If nothing else, slap on a coat of glitter because sparkles make anything look amazing, right?

anna said...

If people only knew how many things we (have to) mess up to make the good stuff ;)

Happy creating!