I am feeling better today than I did last night, but still not 100%. I am finding "sitting down/working, but not too hard" things to do.
In my head I really want to get started on some plaster cloth work but in reality I just don't have the energy and doing too much starts the headache up. So I settled for reinforcing the legs on the new from scratch guy. I made a mix CD and took it to the basement (along with the Bose clock/radio/CD player) and put some little L-bracket/corner braces on each leg.
|I put the wobbly-legged from scratch guy up on the table to work on the reinforcing brackets.|
|It turned out that they really only needed on bracket each to tighten them up.|
|The appropriate spot on this leg was split and I didn't want to make it worse...|
|...so I cut a piece of that softish coppery metal strapping material with holes in it and bent it into the shape of the leg...sort of.|
|I don't know how much this is actually helping, but I feel better that it is there.|
|This guy is sturdy enough to pick up and move around now -- I could probably even bring him upstairs to Studio B...but not just yet...I need to make room in there first.|
|But now this guy is sturdy enough to be picked up and placed on a Rubbermaid storage bin to keep him off the floor and out path of water on the floor finding its way to the floor drains after a rain.|
This evening/tonight I have been tweaking the fairy in the fairy/cat collage a bit more. I finally figured out something else to add to it without making it visually too busy -- at least at first glance. I added more circles in various size with my circles template in really light pencil marks. Then I used the heavy duty poking tool to make the holes. This time I put an old book underneath the canvas and pushed through into the book...it worked pretty well. I still need to get some sort of grip or something to use with that tool or -- better yet -- use a tool more suited to poking holes to begin with. I think the tool I have may be an old(ish) dental tool that my mom had in her tools stash...not sure. A side benefit to putting the old book underneath the canvas is that the holes went through into the book and maybe it will be the push I needed to try altering the book (like I had planned in the first place a long time ago.)
|The back cover of the book I was using.|
|Ha -- the holes pierced through into the pages...and actually pretty far down into the book.|
|A sample page from the old book...it is from the nineteen-teens.|
|I like all the textures in the papers of this collage and I like the added stitching.|
|Looking at the light through the pierced holes.|
|The back of the canvas -- it is easier to see the three colors of floss here.|
|I used the pale green, the dark yellow and also a medium yellow for the stitching on the circles.|
|I think this is a lot closer to being done...not quite, but almost.|
Sewing the stitches into the fairy reminds me of the old sewing cards I used to love to work on as a kid. I was looking at images of vintage sewing cards but I couldn't find any images of the sort of cards I did -- all the Google images were pretty toddler-y like baby animals, etc. I can't remember what was on the cards I had but I do remember really enjoying sewing them and pulling the yarn back out and doing them over and over again.