Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Paper Mache

I've always heard those words, I've seen the aftermath of paste and paper, but never ever have I experienced it myself.  Until today, that is.  The paper mache inspiration bug bit me and I suddenly -had- to cover some surface with sticky paper!  Knowing that my parents wouldn't be too happy if it was our kitchen table, or some other such piece of furniture, I chanced upon a styrofoam head in the garage with my crafting stuff that I had previously painted blue thinking it would make it look better.  Turns out the blue paint made it a bit (ok a lot) creepy.  So the head it would have to be!

The creepy blue head, ready for plastering.

My choice of paper, natural white and brown construction.

Work area all set.

Finished!  Er...kinda..

The process was quite fun, getting all sticky and paste covered.  However I believe the head turned out just as much, if not more so, creepy as it began.  Maybe these things are just creepy no matter what you do.  The paper is now all dry and I'm considering doing another layer.  Perhaps this time using just the brown paper or newspaper.  What do you think?  And on a side note, have you ever done paper mache and if so what have you made?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Go for it!

Lately this urge to start painting has overcome me.  Not really sure where it came from.  Honestly I've never shown much aptitude for painting but for some reason I feel like I could actually create something worthwhile if I were to try.  I think I'm just going to go for it.  Not exactly today, or tomorrow even.  I will give it a try once things calm down a bit, after this weekend and the wedding.  I'm quite excited to see what might come out of me because I'm not even sure!

3.18.11 Update:  I did it!  I painted and this is what came of it.  I call it "Looking Up"  The vision was of being underwater, way underwater, and looking up at the sun.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Proverbial skin

Things are progressing quite nicely with moving my shop over to Bohemian Hollow.  I thought it would be so much more work starting over but the process I have is working really well.  I'm taking everything slowly and enjoying it all.  Basically whenever something expires in the old shop I list in the new one.  Which is also much easier than I first thought.  It's as simple and quick as copying and pasting, because that's literally what I do hehe!  Sure, it'll take about four months to move everything over, but what's the rush?  Everything is still listed, even if it is in two different places.  People can just as easily be directed to my feedback if they're really that concerned about it.  And I don't get overwhelmed with listing 50 things all at once.  Really, it's working out very well!

I received my brand new business cards in the mail just last week and it made it feel just that little bit more official.  I did it.  I really did it!  I'm continuously happy with this move and name change.  I'm getting SUCH a better reaction from people when I tell them what my product name is (Lol product!  I sound pretentious and all "big business" when I say that.  What's a better word?).  No more do I get a little chuckle and a "Aww how cute!".  It's more of a little widening of the eyes and a "Oooh nice." in a somewhat impressed tone.  Much, much better reaction.  I'm not all cutesy anymore hooray!  But I'm still cute right?  (Shameless compliment fishing)

This whole process, accompanied by the new name, is really part of me becoming more true to myself, which is what this whole year so far has been about.  Eliminating everything that doesn't fit what I feel is really me.  Shedding my proverbial skin and spreading my multifaceted wings!  Doing personal things when I feel the time is right and doing them for myself and not any outside sources.  Getting rid of clutter, both in the physical and emotional sense.  All that good leaf turning, chapter starting stuff!  :D

In short, I'm happy, relieved and excited!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Now's the time...

"The time has come."  
The walrus said.  
"To speak of many things.  
Of shoes, of ships, of sealing wax.  
Of cabbages and kings.  
And why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings."

Thus begins my new journey into not just a new identity concerning my work but an overall new and better me.