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Repainting Grandma’s Room…

Spent the past week visiting the in-laws and ended up spending most of it repainting Grandma’s bedroom.  Had a lot of fun faux finishing it.  This was definitely an example of Good Enough…the paint store told me that no matter what I used, I wouldn’t be able to cover the dark green with one coat of anything – even paint and primer in one.  Not only did we cover the green (with pale orchid!) in one coat, but the edge at the ceiling and floor couldn’t be perfectly done (previous painters had smeared some of the dark green on the ceiling, couldn’t cover that), but on the next visit we will put up crown moulding and maybe rip up the old stained carpet and lay some wood floors and put on a nice baseboard, repaint the ceiling and trim…  This will totally do her for the year until we go out again and finish the job.

Grandma’s room before – the photo cannot begin to capture how dark and depressing this color really was. Darkest army green, that sucked up all the light in the room and made it look like a miserable troll cave. Poor grandma….

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Grandma’s room after… I repainted it this lovely soft orchid color, and then sponged cream and gold over it, relayering the orchid over it where the cream was too heavy.  I also found the bedframe (before she had none – just the bed with no frame) and repainted that too in gloss white. So much nicer!!

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Which room in your house do you want to redo and why?

The Joys of Meetup – Building Your Own Community

One of the hardest parts for me of being a self-employed creative is that you basically work in isolation.  It’s also very hard to build friendships among artists, all of whom are focused on their art and families, and who may be jealous or competitive.  So I was thrilled to find several artistic groups on Meetup that were near me and offered the kind of community I have so sorely missed.  It’s great to be able to talk to others in the same ‘language’ about art, compare projects, brainstorm, problem-solve, collaborate, etc.

How have you found your artistic community and what are you still looking for?

Creative Life Problems…

If you are a creative crafty person, you understand that there are certain problems that go along with that otherwise wonderful blessing…

  • You will horde art supplies.  (Remember, he who dies with the most art supplies, WINS!)
  • You will never have enough space for your projects.
  • Your family will always be in the way of spreading out your next project, and they will make totally unreasonable complaints about no space for them, where are they going to walk or eat, etc etc.  Blah blah.
  • Your car, and wallet, automatically know how to get to all the craft/art stores in a 20 mile radius.
  • Your house will always have that ‘comfortably lived-in’ look – being strewn with the detritus of UFOs (Unfinished Projects) and various supplies.

It’s a problem when I want to entertain, or really wish the house was constantly in drop-by readiness, but on the other hand, I really like being surrounded by my supplies and detritus.  I not only have my own studio space, I have an entire basement to my self.  Is that enough?  Of course not!!  I want to be where my family is in the evenings, and I can’t sit in the living room with them and be idle, so my work has to come up with me there.  Ane then it spills over…

Plus, I keep trying new techniques, and getting involved in new projects, so now I have part of the garage and the covered porch filled with furniture waiting for a makeover, while the living and dining rooms are filled with fabric piles…

What is your creative mess challenge and how do you deal with it?

Fused-Plastic Bag Art

I’m going through the house, trying to “rehome” as much as possible (shelters, neighborhood groups, recycling, etc.) and get rid of things, and I came upon several boxes of plastic bags that I had made the bewildered movers pack and move.  Why, they wondered, would I bother with something that is ‘trash’.  There were 2 reasons.  1) I use plastic grocery bags as trash bags.  I was now moving to someplace that, I had been warned, had banned plastic bags so I would no longer have regular trash bags and figured it might be handy to have some of my own (I know I could buy, but that seemed really pointless – plus I like the size and handles of grocery bags).  But the main reason I wanted them was that Once Upon A Time… I used to teach fused-plastic art and grocery/shopping/garment bags were PERFECT for that!

Curious?  Here is a photo of a wall-hanging “garment” I made entirely from fused plastic bags….The back has a few pieces of fabric decorating it (the hot air balloons, cows, frogs, clouds) – which are attached with a layer of clear plastic over the top of them – fused into the rest of the piece.   Some machine stitching is used solely for decorative purposes.  The front is all plastic bags – the red stars are from Macy’s logo, my name is on the inside back – using a decorative D from Dillard’s, and the rest – arcy – is macys cut up and rearranged ;>  The grasses are half-fused so they flutter in the air.  Click on it for a larger image.

What do you think?

plastic bag jacket

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