Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Accidents

Ok, my friend Shelly has already posted about this, so at the risk of looking like a copy cat (I've been scolded for not updating my blog enough so I'm desperate for material LOL. But in my defense I've been very sick!) I may as well share one of my accidents, too. I'm sure you're all familiar with trying to do one technique and having something unexpected happen. It's not exactly the effect you were going for, but it's not really bad either. In fact, it's rather cool. So the art piece is saved from going into the trash, you've discovered a "new" technique, and you hope like crazy that you're able to do it again sometime on another project. My example of a happy mistake is this ATC. Two things happened with this: First, I had used some metallic watercolor paint here and there on the background text. No red was used at all. But when the melted beeswax hit it, some kind of reaction happened and I got random red splotches. Secondly, when I printed the image of the little girl I forgot to change the paper in my printer so plain copy paper was used instead of my sturdier photo paper. Not wanting to be wasteful I went ahead and used it, but also being so sleepy at the time (I usually work late at night) it didn't dawn on me that when I put beeswax over the image the wax was going to soak into the paper and alter it a bit. I saw the image disappear a little but then thought it was nice to see some of the text background showing through. It gave the little girl's image an ethereal quality. At least these accidents, I mean techniques, will be easy to remember and I'm sure there will be many, many more in my future LOL.
Ciao for now,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I still think you stay up too late!

And you are a creative soul.