I have so many things to do I thought I’d better make a list:
1. Finish “Bathtime” piece
This requires continued messing around with it. I think I am on the right track–this evening I painted interference violet and blue paints over both the clear granular gel and the black background, and it ended up reminding me of wisps of steam rising up in a hot bathroom. The rivulets of clear granular gel remind me of the condensation that forms on the mirrors and drips down. I think the “bubbles” are going to work out all right with the glass balls over them, but I’m not sure yet. Should I put some kind of border around the circles–and if so, what in the world would it be? And how to adhere the balls to the piece is yet to be decided. I am going to need to paint some overall covering over everything too, and I need to decide what that will be (soft gel, heavy gel, gloss/matte/satin, etc.). Finally I have to decide how to integrate the nude woman panel into the whole thing. Using glass mosaic pieces at the corner of both the small panel and the large one does a good job, but I need to decide if I should add some blue & purple swirls into the fog at the bottom of the inset panel, or if I should add just a few streaks of interference red paint to the larger background panel. Or what the heck–maybe both!
2. Finish two fairy canvases
I have the idea of wrapping each with wire and having crystals strung on the wire. That’s also how I could attach the bottle with glass shards inside to the piece. Also need to put a couple of layers of gel medium over them.
3. Complete house accordion book
The cover is done and the signatures are sewn in, but I need to add text to them. I think I’m going to put stuff in from Alain de Botton’s The Architecture of Happiness. I need to decide what the test is, lay it out on the page, and execute it.
4. Complete Renaissance women’s triptych
The triptych itself is done, but I need to make a final decision on the paper for the signatures, choose the embroidery thread for sewing the signatures, create and add text & illustrations to the signatures, and sew them in (must also choose beads to cover the spine sewings). I think I’m going to use the Katherine Phillips poems, because its weirdness is useful to demonstrate the small box that women used to beat their wings against, some more successfully than others.
5. Finish off the little blizzard books I made a few weeks ago. They need covers (or to be incorporated into something larger) and text on the pages. I haven’t thought about these much so am not sure where I’m going to go with them.
I’d really like to wrap up these projects so I can think about the new book styles I want to try and also figure out some different ways to use the beautiful chiyogami papers I received for my birthday last week. I am now a proud members of those in their forties! And happy to be there.