Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Day 323 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Twenty-Three

Today was a day of 
 -- coffee with Jan, Leann, and Joan
 -- meeting up with my sister and then an unexpected and delicious lunch with her
 -- about 5 errands (babystepping on semi-fresh slushy (by then) snow in my tennis shoes)
 -- much pain from the babystepping on slippy parking lots and sidewalks

This evening's project was updating the blog post of last Thursday.  I managed to narrow it down to SIXTY photos that all needed a little editing.  What a blast that paper mask making project was!  Here is a LINK to see the blog post...and within that post is a link to the creator of the masks.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Day 322 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Twenty-Two

This is another really hard pain day, plus bad allergies.  I am in between projects...completed the bowling pin cat-creature ahead of schedule...ready for the submission(s) for that upcoming show on Sunday...I've tried to get started on a couple of different things this afternoon and this evening but nothing is coming.  It feels like something is bubbling just below the something is about to happen...dunno what...but something.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Day 321 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Twenty-one

What I Did Today:

1.  Got tired of looking at the big blue guy on the canvas's big round eyes so I played around with some paper and made him another temporary face.

2.  Totally finished the bowling pin cat-creature with final sealing coat, cleaned up the underneath part of the bowling pin, and signed/dated it.

3.  Made a good dent in clearing out/putting away stuff in the behind-my-desk-area of my studio before I stopped for the night.  I am not proud to show the pictures, but's what I did today.

before  (and look -- it was still light outside)
after  (I had to keep telling myself "you are allowed to throw things away once in a while".)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Day 320 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Twenty

I decided today that yes, the bowling pin cat-creature should be finished as is...just the black paper (with inclusions) and a sealer.  Today I added a few extra torn bits of paper and I re-coated him really well with matte medium to make sure all of the paper edges and little twigs, leaves, etc. were all secure.  I am sure that a few may stick up in the end, but at least they will be well secured.  I intend to put a harder finish on him, as well.

I dunno...I sort of think he is a bit elegant looking...about as elegant as a plaster cloth covered bowling pin cat-creature covered in decorative paper could turn out.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Day 319 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Nineteen

Tonight I finished the papering of the bowling pin cat-creature.  Now that it is completely covered I am wondering if maybe the reason I have been having so much trouble thinking of a face or color combination for him is that he wants to remain with just the black (with inclusions) paper.

Getting started tonight.
I want to leave the bottom of the bowling pin cat-creature exposed to show the bowling pin.
All covered!

I will go back over him (several times, no doubt) to check for tiny exposed spots.  I'm thinking maybe he is just going to get a few good coats of some sort of sealer...I think I might like him plain like this.  Who knows though...I still have time to change my mind a few more times.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Day 318 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Eighteen

I contributed to a Kickstarter project by Simon Boses (Mudmonkey) and my items arrived today.  Click the links for the project background and his website.  I love his other amazing full-size work but it will most likely be a very long time before I can acquire any of it.  In the meantime, these TerraNauts will hold me over! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Day 317 - 365/2014

Day Three Hundred Seventeen

Oh. man.  What a night -- we had a total of 13 people here for Second Thursday and Terri led the activity which was constructing paper animal masks.  Terri found these marvelous pieces of paper engineering genius at Steve Wintercroft's Etsy shop -- you purchase a pdf of plans and print them out and cut them out and assemble them...just crazy-incredible!  Terri practiced with her own mask first and then the night of the group she went around and helped everyone with their construction.  Full disclosure:  the only thing I did for my moose mask was help to cut out the bazillion pieces and cut some tape to hand to Terri/Lisa/Julia -- it was a four person team effort -- but SO well worth it!

There are SIXTY photos for this blog post -- I am not going to caption each one...I may add a comment here or there.  (Wow, I hope Blogger allows that many pictures in a single post.)

Present at November's Second Thursday group:  Took (moose), Joan (raven), Julia (raven/bird), Leann (rabbit), Jane (bird/firebird), Janice (I can't recall, Janice took her parts home to finish), Melissa (fox) , Franciney (owl) , Juana (cat), Jenni (owl), Rebecca (bear), Lisa (raven/bird), Terri (I believe Terri made a raven at home).

In attendance tonight: Took, Joan, Julia, Leann, Jane, Janice, Melissa, Franciney, Terri, Juana, Jenni, Rebecca, Lisa.
After much cutting and taping, the masks begin to become 3D and you start to catch on to what you are doing.
Leann and Jane printed their masks on colored paper -- pink for Leann's rabbit and red for Jane's firebird.
The first mask is assembled!
Julia's raven starts to take shape!
The far end of the table....working, working, working...
Joan's bird takes shape!
Jane's firebird's red base is for decorations.
Lisa finishes her bird...and puts on her glasses.
Leann decorating her mask.
Joan added origami papers to her bird!
My moose had THE most pieces...a few are coming together.
More colors for Jane's firebird.
Whoa -- Franciney's owl is coming together!
Rebecca's bear (cub?) is complete and ready for decorating.
Squee -- the moose's ears are coming together!
Terri has more progress with the moose...
A nose!
Yow -- it looks like a MOOSE!
Now Lisa assists with the assembly...Julia was also fitting/taping pieces together.
Just about there!
Lisa's bird needs another look...
Woo-hoo -- Terri did it!!!  (with help from Julia and Lisa)
My moose is done!
Franciney's owl head is amazingly HUGE!
still working...
Amazed at my moose.
Melissa painting her fox mask.
Still working...
Melissa's fox.
Rebecca's bear.
Lisa tries on the moose mask...
Still working...
Juana nearly ready...
Juana achieves cat-ness
Melissa (fox), Franciney (owl), Juana (cat), Jenni...still working (owl).
Rebecca's bear!
Rebecca (bear), Terri (moose), Lisa (raven).
Jenni gets all owly!  Yes...we can see your eyes!
Owl and bear selfies.
And then they were all gone!

Wow -- what a fun and wacky night!  It was a good thing that many of the attendees tonight arrived a little later than usual...the staggered arrivals actually worked out in terms of sharing Terri for help, etc.  The bottom line is everybody had such a great time and we all laughed ourselves silly.  The masks were a bit of a challenge, but well worth all of the work and patience.  I cannot imagine any of us taking on a second mask, but who knows...certainly there won't be an assembly line cranking out these paper engineering marvels!

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