Mondays have become dedicated PLAY days – I get up, I do yoga, I drink tea, and then I crank up the music and make whatever I want.
This might be the only way I can make Mondays work for me. I don’t know how the rest of you 9-5ers get through them. Coffee? Minesweeper? Do they still make After Dark screensavers?
This week, it’s clay. I’m working with skills leftover from a high school ceramics class (it was a really good one!), but I’ve still got some craft left in me. I’ve used an air dry black clay as I have no access to a kiln. I’ve had a hard time finding an air dry medium that I actually like – paper clay is too flaky, lighter clays feel too foamy, I’m picky for no real reason except to be picky, etc. – but this dark mix by Active Plus is the right color and texture for… well, whatever it is I’m doing. And the directions are all in French + Spanish, so I can’t even know if I’m doing anything wrong! #Bonus
I’m always saving my scraps of acrylic paint off the palette and then trying to invent something to do with them. I had an art teacher once say, very smartly, that you shouldn’t paint on cardboard scraps unless you’ve got a really good f**king reason. I agree. But something about the end result of color mixing leftovers, created without any order or plan to them, is incredibly appealing to me. I can’t throw them out. So I peel them off and look for a pattern. Then, I piece together. (*Constant puzzling is just how I live my life*)
I’ve played with making jewelry pieces before, but never been completely satisfied. I’m looking for something stylish, not just art-teacher-chic (apologies to all funky art teachers – I actually really love your giant glasses and hand-dyed scarves and awesome ceramic brooches). But thus far, pretty satisfied with this process. They look like little man-made geodes, no?
Excited to string these up once they’re dry and see if there was actually a “really good f**king reason” for using these recycled bits.