Back to work.
I have said goodbye to our house guests and I am totally amped to get to work on my first 4×4. I am participating in this week’s 4 X 4 Friday challenge: Kings and Queens.
I am using this challenge to experiment with acrylic mediums. On tonight’s agenda, I am going to try and create a transfer with acrylic gel. In the meantime, I thought I would write a post about how I work…
First I get an idea. I hear Kings and Queens I think to myself “Who are my favorites…” and then I usually think something snarky or silly (because I am both snarky and silly). In this case my brain jumped quickly from Queen Elizabeth I to Divine to the borough Queens, Queen for a Day, to the queen of pop. I decided to work with all of that.
Then I begin to compile images. I prefer to scan or clip stuff I have lying about. In this case, however, after a brief perusal of my library, I turned to “the interwebs.” This hunting and gathering portion is usually followed up with a spin on Photoshop Elements (a program that I muddle through with no training or book). Today, after working on the computer, I emailed my husband and asked him to please print my photoshop image with the laser printer at his office (I need the sexy laser printout for transfers).
Then I showered.
As usual, I was in the shower and my brain kicked it into high gear and I had approximately a jillion and one ideas about what to do with my transfer once I make it. Apparently my muse hangs out in my shower (perhaps she is muse/mermaid); when I shower usually inspiration strikes. Needless to say, I spend a lot time after the shower wearing nothing but a towel on my head, jotting down notes. Today I had a hot pink marker next to my inkjet printout of my queens picture – I think the color is very apropos.
So then I make notes and go about my business until the next second I can work (baby asleep – check – materials – check – not a total zombie – check) and I usually plug on through until I either:
- cry from being overtired.
- pass out from the fumes of whatever toxic thing I have chosen to adhere stuff with this time.
- ruin my project and realize I have to start from scratch… again.
Then I get back on the computer and blog about it. Voila. And that is how I work. How do you work?