Friday, June 20, 2008
New Techniques/ Mixed Media/ Metal Tape
So what have I been making lately besides digital goodies? A few good things-but lots of crap. Did I say that? Yes. Its true. I have had several weeks of just( making crap) trying out new techniques. Some things work- some things don't. I'm one of those people that needs to do everything the hard way. I don't really listen to other people when they say "No", or "Can't", or "won't".The negatives we call them. I find that when most people say it can't be done. They really don't know. They either gave up, or the task was beyond them in some way. You learn as you grow older- or if you hang around a car mechanic long enough. There is a trick to everything. Usually two or three. Not necessarily short cuts-
but just quicker, easier and better ways.
My point with all that? I don't take advice well. Even if somebody tells me it can't be done- I will usually try it anyway. This can be costly at times. But in my book the only way to learn is by doing. I think its really the best way to learn. A parent or teacher can explain(or warn you of something so many times). But unless the individual finds out for him or herself. It don't mean a thing. Part of being an artist in my book is trying new things. Part of being a fine quality person is trying new things. To sum it all up- I was the kid that licked batteries to test them, I was the kid that would also pee on an electric fence to see what would happen. Nothing like a good dare in life. I don't do these particular things anymore.
But now, older-wiser-more patient.I'm rambling now. Somehow I just erased two paragraphs. So I will continue anyway. Perhaps you can make the jump with me. You understand that it is part of the process. You will make things that you don't always love. Things that go to that far away part of the room and wait for a rainy day. Anywho- still playing with metal tape in many ways. I think that I have reached my limit. It's time to move on. I need to prep and play with some new beeswax technique. Also after reading some of your posts lately-Her Vintage Stage,Sweet Sage Vintage, Judy B- My Artistic Side, and Heart In My Hand, and a few more. I have decided to go back to thrifting and flea markets. The great search for goodies. I stopped a few months ago- because I could not bring anymore home. I had to purge and clean. My downfall in life -or two of my biggest costly passions - comic books and thrifting. Nothing is so enthralling as a good comic book. Also the seek and find of a treasure. It all deals with youth. It goes like this- many of you enjoy finding the great flea market treasure and find- then you go home and craft and age and distress a piece of paper or old book. It's very much like the movie "Goonies" to me. We are all a bunch of Goonies- if you know the term. As an adult you are still looking for that hidden treasure and then you go home and make yourself a treasure map. Except now you are not making your treasure map with your mom's old coffee grounds. Hopeless romantics. Talk soon. A few pics of my newest treasures found this week. These great little turrets about thirty of them for two bucks. Also this great old stamp/ block kit. Oh..the treasures.
A few paper mache letters with metal tape- can't wait to grunge these.Talk soon.