Playing Around and Finishing Up: True or False?

I’ve been playing around, but not finishing up all that many projects. It’s not because I don’t have any U.F.O.’s (unfinished objects), but rather that my mind has been occupied with other things.

I do have stash enhancing projects! That’s what you call making stuff, that you add to your stash, to prepare for making other stuff, at some later date!! I’ve been doing that a lot!

When spring calls, and I’d rather spend time out of doors, I tend to work on simple things. Like Gelli printing (mono-printing with a commercial gelatin-type plate), paper decorating, fabric altering, and all sorts of other stuff.

Earlier this month, I was playing around with a few cool techniques on the Gelli plate. Magazine transfers, and working with soft pastels (sorry, no photos this time). The magazine transfers seem to be hit or miss, but really cool when they do work out. I’m sure that it infringes all sorts of copywrite laws, but as I don’t plan to sell, I figure no harm!

The pastel technique is in-your-face, luscious colour, especially after I broke down and purchased a set of Pan Pastels. They’re not really that much of an indulgence, as I can also use them for paper decorating, polymer clay, and you heard it here first, resin (or, at least I’m going to try)!

What else have I been playing around with? Second time around for a pearl knotting class with Angela Peace. I think it took this time (but in my defence, she’s now using the French wire technique, which I didn’t learn the first time). LOL! My necklace is finished, except for knotting the last three pearls, and adding the other end of the clasp. But, I’m having difficulty fitting the needle back into the last pearl, the second time, so I think that it’s time to pull out the bead reamer!! Where is that bead reamer?

playing around

I’m an Administrator, over at the Bead Journal Project! However, I’ve been feeling guilty because I haven’t actually worked on a bead journal for several years. That changed this week! Earlier this year, I decided to work on something small, so chose wooden spools. My grandmother was a seamstress, so it’s only fitting to bead the first one, from a spool I found in my mother’s sewing box. It’s also fitting that I finished it on Mother’s Day!

playing around
playing around

Although I had a few smaller spools in my possession already, my friend gifted me with a variety of sizes to finish the year. Now I have no excuse!

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How about a nice cup of rust and tea? Anyone? I’ve been playing around with this technique on paper, for several months, but decided that I wanted to see if it would work on fabric. So, instead of just doing one sheet at a time, I piled one on top of the other. Fabric, rusty objects, more fabric, more rusty objects, until I ran out of fabric (I only had four sheets prepared). Then I said, what the heck? I added a couple of pieces of mixed media paper to the pile (with rust sandwiched between), then finished off with two torn pieces from a failed Gelli print. It was pretty wet, so I left it to dry for a couple of days, but the wait was worth it! This is the result of my experiment! The rust marks showed up on both sides!!

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Rust + Tea + Paper
playing around
Rust + Tea + Fabric

If you wonder what this all has to do with beads, and jewelery, I guess that I’ll just need to show you. But not this month!! LOL!

For good measure, here are my last three Stitch Meditations (the tags are also part of the #100dayproject). I’ll be teaching the fabric stitch meditations on May 23rd. If you’d like to see all of my Stitch Meditations in one place, check me out on Instagram at amd_artfuldreamer, or just by entering my name (Anne Marie Desaulniers).

playing around
playing around
playing around

Finally, the right type of wooden beads for my Freeform Peyote Beaded Bead Class on May 26th.  I already have my supply for the class, but don’t worry, they’ll be available at BeadFX soon!!

playing around
playing around

Oh, I forgot! Anyone care to take a guess on how these tags were decorated?

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Every time that I think I haven’t been doing much, it turns out that I actually have! At times you just need to sit back, relax, and prepare for your future projects. Now, what have you been playing around with?

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