I uad to order these just because they look badass. However, if you're using Snapfish for this sort of thing, be careful; make sure your text is further inside the edge than you thing it should be. I allowed extra room, and it still got chopped.
I haven't made a whole lot of art in the past couple of months. I guess I was just all tapped out for a while, not to mention mentally drained and burnt out on EVERYTHING from my day job.
So I watched some movies and read even more books. Oh, and I slept. A lot.
Now we're coming up on Halloween, and I'm feeling much more like my odd, paint-covered self. I wasn't even sure if I was going to dress up for Halloween, but I decided I would.
But then what should I be??? That's the hard part. I can't even remember how the first idea came about, but I decided to be a biomech or robot. Of course, it didn't take long for all of my ideas for that to lead me straight to actually being a Borg.
Out of necessity, this lead me into getting creative since I can't afford a top-of-the-line Borg costume. Getting creative always leads me back into the studio to commune with my tools and stuff, so I've spent quite a lot of time up there in the past two weeks. I've come out of there with a badass costume, a rearranged studio, and the desire to finally paint again!
Here's a little peek at my costume:
No Collective-respecting #Borg leaves the cube without her assimilation tubules.
I'm not really a blogger, but I thought this may be as good a place as any to make note of things I've learned as I travel this journey we call "being an artist".
A few lessons thus far:
•Get a time-tracker app and keep track of how much time you spend on your art. The one I have is free, highly customizable, and easily exports spreadsheets to your email. It's simply called "Time Recording", and I love it.
• When switching to a new brand of paint, or really any medium, purchase a small amount at first. Do small test works going through the entire process of creating a work of art. You may be under the impression that all paints are created equal, but they are NOT. I have been angered and disappointed by both expensive and cheaper brands of materials. I have also been pleasantly surprised by both expensive and cheaper brands of materials.
•GOOGLE, GOOGLE, GOOGLE, or use whatever search engine you like best, on any process you've never done before. Even the small things you think are easy or simple may not be. Also, experiment and go against the tried and true methods. It may fail, but you may learn something unexpected and wondrous that may you you to a discovery of something special a your own.
I've added a screenshot of my beloved time tracking app, you can get this one on Google Play.
Ok, so the title is a bit of a lie...
But in regards to storage, acrylics aren't as easy to deal with as you may think.
The common perception is that once acrylics are fully dry they are safe to store stacked flat or vertically. However, changes in temperature and humidity can still affect acrylic paint that has been dry for quite some time.
I had a few paintings that were hung around the house for over a year and I thought they were cured enough to be stacked vertically it in my studio. I was wrong, I now have about 10 paintings that need to be retouched because they stuck together and some paint was pulled off.
Paper doesn't work very well as a separator or cover for your paintings because it, too, will stick to the paint. Cardboard often contains acid that is damaging to your paint, so it is not a good option. Sheets of plastic can be used, but can seem time consuming as it's best to cut them down to fit the painting.
This brings us around to my statement about Googling even the most seemingly simple of tasks - things may look obvious and seem simple, but there is usually more going on than you realize, especially since many of us artists don't happen to be physicists and chemical engineers. Due to my calamity and all the paintings I will now have to retouch, I did quite a bit of searching and reading on blogs and forums and have decided to give wax paper a try. Its really pretty cheap, quick to size and use, and did I mention cheap? You won't feel so bad if you fuck up and ruin a small sheet, and if you run out you can get more almost anywhere in a pinch.
Just cover the front and sides of your painting with however many sheets you need and tape it to the back of the frame. or wrap it all the way around and tape it. Easy, cheap, effective.