I’m not dead.
I’m getting better.
No, really, I am noticing the pregnancy stuff beginning to wane. It’s not all the way gone, but I can eat two meals a day now instead of one. Though I’m still losing weight. I think. It’s not much, though.
And I’ve submitted 16 Years Later to Amazon’s publishing people! On Monday. Haven’t heard back, so they probably don’t want it. So I’ll look up a couple agent-y types to try next. But I’m mostly glad to have finished editing it (for now anyway) because that was a surprising amount of work.
And it’s Paint Party Friday, and yesterday I finally had enough energy to do a little more on my current experiment:
It’s very much an experiment. The first layer is modeling compound (okay, joint compound that I snitched from Hero) with some beads and stuff in it, and the concentric circles scraped in. Then I added a bunch of color with watercolors, and yesterday I added the collaged tree-thing.
I was quite pleased with my idea for that: I took a painted paper and put it through the cross-cut shredder to make the collage material. I love the colors, and the texture is pretty cool, with one problem – lots of other people have had this idea too. Most of them middle-school art teachers. Which is hardly surprising, given that middle-school art teachers perform daily minor miracles on a very small budget. But I don’t want my piece to feel like middle-school art.
I’m not sure what the next step is. I kinda want a layer of a transparent red gel-textured paint, so you get this gem effect with the paper at the bottom. I may see if I can build up layers of mod podge for something like that.
Or just painting over it would be another option. But I really like the colors I’ve got.
Also I think I want to add another layer of collaged bits first, to get better coverage. Maybe cutting them shorter first.