… our mailbox contained a large squishy envelope from my friend Mary. In it I found a recipe, an article from Canadian Geographic about Aurora Borealis activity for 2013, and best of all it revealed a stack of 42 used dryer sheets.
Those who have known me for a while, or might have participated in a workshop over the years might know that this inclusion was better than flowers. It is the gift that keeps on giving… and it helps me in my creative endeavors. This little stash of 6″ x 10″ non-woven polyester gossamer sheets lit a proverbial fire and sparked my newest textile piece.
Earlier this week I mentioned that I had started a larger version of “Memories of Italy”. I stretched a light weight canvas to a 8′ x 4′ sheet of high density styrofoam and set out with sketching the outline. With the under-painting of the portal complete and drying, I spread protective plastic sheets on the floor and spent the better part of two days treating recycled dryer sheets with acrylic washes, layer by layer. Mary’s 42 sheets were quickly transformed to emulate the texture and color of distressed rock and stone structures. In the corner where I store my transparent fabrics I located several large shopping bags filled with additional recycled dryer sheets. These were gifted by various friends and neighbors when they dropped by for coffee or dinner. I have collected the dryer sheets for years and with an over abundance of “stock” was able to comfortably augment the first stack. A safe motto for me when preparing for a new art project is to always gather and prepare more supplies than initially planned. I eventually added additional rust stained hues and a variety of darker shades for the areas where shadows will support the dimensional quality of the piece.
The last lot of painted dryer sheets are spread out and drying on the floor while I am preparing this blog post. In real time I am teaching a workshop today, but with advanced technology I was able to schedule this entry to avoid any interruption in my self-imposed goal of three blog posts a week. The coming week offers little opportunity for my own art. I will make the best of moments here and there, utilizing precious time to begin the collage process while also preparing for session two of the design workshop.
I am curious to see how I progress. The good news: I have a tendency to devote more time to my art when I am also working on my teaching schedule… it sounds paradoxical but based on past history I sacrifice sleep for creativity! I bet there are a few readers who can relate.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Add some creativity to your day and week…