Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Prints on Wood

I'm still plugging away at painting in between bouts of jewelry making. Looking at the small body of work I've created over the last few months, I got this crazy idea I should apply to the upcoming Blue Genie Art Bazaar with both my jewelry and paintings. How's that for insane?! I'm not sure I'll get in with either, but just in case, I want to be prepared with something interesting for the show.

After thinking about it for a while and looking at what other folks are doing, I finally decided to just suck it up and do what seems to be working for them. If you know me, you'll know it pains me to do things this way. Why on earth would I copy a perfectly good model when the opportunity to reinvent the wheel is right there?!  Often my inherent obstinance bumps up against my deep-seated need for efficiency. But since I didn't have any better ideas on this one, efficiency won out. Well, almost.
I had some small prints left over from WEST and asked my across the street neighbor and (Bookcase Store owner!) if he could help me out with some wood scraps. He did better than that--I had 50 5.5"x5.5" blocks of wood on my doorstep in two days. (It really is all about who you know.) So that was it. I had the wood and the prints so all I had to do was order the dry adhesive and get to gluing! But not so fast. As I was standing in front of my bench with a paper print in one hand, a fresh block of pine in the other and a vat of clear encaustic medium right in front of me, inspiration hit. Could I just adhere the prints with the wax medium? I'm here to tell you--yes, yes you can.

I have to say, they look even better than I had hoped. If I do get into Blue Genie, I'm going to have to work on my production times a bit, but I am getting better with each one. It's a bit tricky to get a smooth, even adherence to the wood, but I think I'll get the kinks worked out as I go along. In case you're wondering, I haven't completely forgotten my upcycle-y roots--each block features a can tab as the hanger.

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