How ironic that I started this book/object before the situation I mentioned in my last post. Next time I get the urge to portray sharks circling something, I will take note.
Before I go further, I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, my legitimate readers and friends for their support and encouragement. I've been deeply moved by the kind comments, messages and emails that I've received since I last posted. It's been a bright spot during an otherwise dark time, and has meant a lot to me.
Not to turn this into a medical novel, but I also have an endocrine disorder that makes stress potentially dangerous. What's been going on made me pretty ill, and at one point nearly landed me in the ER. I hesitate to mention this, after bringing up my M.S. diagnosis earlier made me a target for psychosis and cruelty. But the kind people in my life have been fantastic. In addition to great filtering, a trustworthy friend has taken over monitoring and moderating my comments for me. On the off chance something inappropriate gets through, I won't see it. Thank you
On a happier note, I have a book project to share. I've finally been able to get back in the studio a bit, and have been on a Japanese paper
binge. If you dip pieces of it into paste (in this case, rice starch paste
) and remove the excess, you can form the paper into almost anything. Leave it on waxed paper to dry, and you can have, for instance, miniature billowing drapes.
And what's especially lovely is that it is non-toxic. I wouldn't want to dip my bare hands in acrylic medium or PVA, but rice starch and distilled water? I feel like a kindergartner with something really cool and slimy.
|Sticky slime! Dip into the paste, then run the paper |
through fingers to remove the excess. Then shape.
|Be Careful What You Take to Bed With You.|
Labels: alternative bookmaking materials, book art, friends, maladies, miniature models, papier mache, projects, sculpture