Thanks for popping in. Just got back from spending a few hours with Dave and Mum. She is doing well, looking well, and getting ready for The Clarity Open Days! Yep. She’ll be selling her dingles, handbag charms and spectacle chains again – just like every year. She spends an age getting it all ready, and is really looking forward to seeing everybody again. So much has happened since the last time ; it will be good to get her out of the house. I see Mum flourishing – as long as she keeps herself busy. She packs blending nibs, she packs Groovi Tabs, she refuses to get a home help. “As long as I can, I will” she insists. I totally get it. And I bet a lot of you do too.
Thanks also for watching and supporting the TV shows last Thursday and Friday. Blimey! We sold a lot of stamps!! Thank goodness! I haven’t unpacked the demo boxes yet, but I do have a couple of pictures of bits n bobs I prepped prior to departure!
Here’s one I didn’t get to, using the Mandala SHAC stamps we drew together. Complete with ingredients list . CLICK HERE
Here’s another one I did get to, but the clock was ticking! I used the large mandala stamp with mask to make a dangle on Stampboard.
Hearts work too. ANY shapes in fact!
Here’s one more I prepped but didn’t show, using the Spring centrepiece, and one of the miniature butterflies from the next day’s TV show, to make a busy background. All one layer. Masked the circle and brushed in a dropshadow.
Busy week last week. Busy week ahead! And in between I managed to squeeze in a Totem Pole base! Very happy to report that the construction idea worked a treat! It‘s quite big! The base measures about 14”
Only fly in the ointment is that there’s an empty cardboard loo roll trapped inside now, which helped hold the sides apart while I wrapped the top ! Ah well, nay bother. It’ll burn off in the kiln, said the teacher! Just needs cleaning up and burnishing now…
Mmm…. Totem Pole. Why am I embarking on such a mammoth project ? It is a series of smaller interconnected projects, which all stack to create a huge artpiece. Less like a novel, more like a load of chapters. It sits perfectly with my work schedule, missing class because of TV etc. and not being able to work on a complex project where all the elements are integrated, if you get me. With a totem pole, I can treat each basic piece as a finished, independent part of a greater whole.
Look! Here comes the next section; a sphere…Wrapped now, and ready to make the holes in and join the two halves together the next time I get to the studio.
Just like life. So often we focus on the goal, the end game, and we get so overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work involved we lose the joy in the process of the project. I find it easier always to break everything down into smaller parts, and work on the smaller parts – one at a time. Less overwhelming, more achievable. Of course, the bigger picture is always there, whatever it is, but it invariably comprises loads of elements. Be it a day, a wedding, a coronation, a totem pole or a quilt – they can all be achieved one part at a time.
The totem pole represents that for me, that elemental notion; that everything is made up of constituent parts.
Quote for the day:
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”Aristotle
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