Sometimes you just have to give in to the urge to work something through - even if the timing couldn't be worse! In the last few days I've been struggling with the ongoing paint job at the house (enough said), listing on Etsy, making some custom orders and helping the kids finish their Halloween costumes (required for school tomorrow). I swore I would not help them this year, but somehow last night I helped my son make a matador hat and today I have to finish the edges of a bird costume that my daughter has almost finished. She is actually becoming quite handy with a sewing machine - an essential life skill in my little world...
When those serendipitous things happen in your work, it is such a gift that you should just accept it and work with it instead of struggling. Sometime ago I bought a set of metallic paints to use with polymer, but every time I tried them the result was so disappointingly garish that I would throw all the results away and curse my inability to resist temptation in art supply stores.
These new beads came about as a result of using up scrap bits of transfers and putting them onto the surface of my hollow beads. It occurred to me that this might be a good way to use metallic, because there is some movement in the action of applying the metallic tile to the bead which removes the static quality of painted metallic. It's this quality that I think I've identified as being the one I dislike.
It started late one night (after cleanup) with this set of beads -
You can see the tile and the random texture I used to fill the intervening spaces - nature abhors a vacuum and so, apparently, do I!
Then a couple of days later I dragged out the metallic paints...do you ever have an idea you think is great and might work but you are almost afraid to try it because you will be so disappointed when it doesn't work? That mindset, that's how it was...this little fellow popped up because stripes are on my mind.
I liked the fact that the metallic paint was visible, starting to break up, and married well with the texture. So then these followed, all taking little tiny steps towards other ideas.
I do like the painterly landscape quality of this particular set. What's fun is learning to control the degree of spread of the tiles, and you do have a LOT of control - which I like.
This is the last one so far -
It has a quietness about it because the metallic is buried under translucent. Just one of the literally hundreds of possible variations for this technique. I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in a tutorial on this technique, or if it is just my current enthusiasm that is making me a little blind here? Do let me know!
Sorry for the long post - if I could discover how to put photos side by side on Blogger I would be a happy woman! I think I must be missing something very obvious...