I love Instagram. It's a fantastic social space to display artwork and find fellow artists to follow and connect with. From tattooing to woodworking to writing to food styling to fashion to illustration to (of course) fibre arts, I can't tell you how much inspiration I draw from scrolling though a wide range of talent showcased through personally curated galleries. Here are some Instagrammers I've really been digging lately... hope you love 'em too.
I normally don't frame my pieces, but I've been finding some affordable thrift shop items this summer that are making me think twice. I've started experimenting with different brands and finishes of spray paint to freshen them up, and here's what I've learned so far:
- Use a paint-and-primer-in-one product, always. The coverage is noticeably better.
- You know those instructions on the can? Follow them. Several thin coats are best.
- A high-gloss finish does not compliment felted pieces. This is obviously a matter of opinion, but I find the glossiness distracts from and makes pieces seem dull.
- Humidity is not your friend... don't even bother trying to paint on a humid day.
- Don't set pieces to dry in the hot sun - the heat seems to make fresh paint bubble and crack.
- Paint and let your items dry on a flat, level surface to avoid drips. If you do end up with a few, sand once dry (fine grit) and reapply paint.
- Don't go overboard with how many coats you apply - too many can make frames more susceptible to chipping.
- Get ready, 'cause you're gonna want to spray paint EVERYTHING. It's fun and addictive.
I have been working on this piece for 6 months. 6 MONTHS! Off and on, mind you, but still. This piece and I, we just can't agree. It's not becoming what it's supposed to be. It's not looking how I envisioned it would at this stage. If it were human, we'd be frenemies.
I want to quit this malarchy, but every time I try I hear my ex-art teacher chiming in: "Finish everything you start. Follow each drawing through to the very end." I can't remember his name, but I sure remember what he said. I took it to heart and applied it to all sorts of projects - I read painfully boring books all the way through, I knitted sweaters that I knew weren't going to fit, I listened to entire albums I couldn't stand... hours of my life I'll never get back. *cue world's smallest violin*
I now see this for what it is: terrible advice. Life's too short not to give up - it's just that simple. So bye-bye, fishies. Smell ya later.