Saturday, January 19, 2013

It's a paint party!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!


Invasion of the Beady Creatures!!!

I have a confession to make. Since my last post, my house has been taken over by bead creatures! They've multiplied at an alarming rate, and they're demanding all of my time, energy, and imagination -- which I'm happily giving them. I've never been able to resist a pair of googly eyes.

When I get into a state like this, where an idea has me so excited that I can't focus on anything else, I like to stay there as long as I can. Becoming obsessed with a project, to my way of thinking, is a sure sign that I'm working on something important -- something that needs to be finished. 


A Distraction.

But! I do realize that there's such a thing as too much creative obsession. As happy as my new friends are making me, I need to take a break so I don't get a case of Beady Burnout. So I've decided to distract myself by throwing a paint party!

What's a paint party? Well, for me it means going down to the basement, getting out my stamps and paints and brushes, and doing all the painting projects I've put off. I have some fabric, some plexi-glass, some canvas, and some white shirts, that need color -- and lots of it.


(A scarf made from plain white fabric.)


 On Friday, Mr. Sequin and I went thrift shopping, and I found a few white shirts to experiment on. Here they are on our small mannequin:




This last photo includes a vest I found in the children's section, and it has a ton of matte bronze sequins all over it -- in perfect condition. I'm going to harvest them for some projects.

Once I'm done with the painting and heat setting, I might even sew some sparkly little extras on these pieces. That is, if I can tame my feral sewing machine! Luckily, I'll have to wait a few days for the paint to cure; this gives me some time to form a plan of attack.

Now it's your turn: when you get obsessed with a project or idea, how do you handle it? Do you give in? Do you stick with the obsession as long as it's there? Or do you distract yourself with bright colors, like I do? I'd love to know.

(And also... do you like painting?)

Thanks for reading, and have a sequintastic day! I'll see you in the comments. <3

14 comments:

  1. I love the scarf! I love stamping old clothes. It gives them a new lease on life.

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    1. I think I'll do that to my clothes more often! It really is fun, and the results are so pretty. And I've learned to make my own stamps, a technique I'll hopefully share this coming Saturday. <3

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  2. Oh, honey, yes I give right it and go with it as much as time will allow. I'm alarmingly easy to interest in a fun project, particularly if it involves sparkly things.

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    1. I finished one part of the project recently, Bobbie, and it makes me so glad that I went crazy with it!

      I have a lot of other parts to work on, but I don't mind. :) And I'm with you on the sparkly thing!

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  3. I always give into my obsession, and there are many. Love the scarf, can't wait to see what becomes the shirts.

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    1. Maybe I'm a bad girl, but I think giving in is the best thing to do. Because artistic obsessions happen for a reason! Usually because they involve an awesome idea.

      One of the shirts is a bit of a mess, but another one is so nice so far that I want to keep it! The skirt I bought started out badly, but I know how to fix it. So excited. :)

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  4. Oh the scarf is great fun. Sometimes it's great to do a 180 and do something completely different and see what happens. xox

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    1. Thanks, Corrine!

      Yeah, I agree! I thrive on learning and doing new things, and doing something completely unrelated really gets my creativity going in... almost all areas of my life. :)

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  5. The scarf is beautiful. I can't wait to see what you do with the shirts. The little vest was a great find. I do that a lot...find something that is beaded or otherwise embellished and then just harvest what I want from it.

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    1. Thanks, Janet! It's one of my favorites, and I'm a combination of disappointed and glad that it hasn't sold at any craft shows so far. Maybe I'll keep it and wear it with the shirt I also want to keep.

      I think reusing sparkly things is such an awesome thing. It gives them a new lease on life, saves money, and gives us something unique to work with!

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  6. I give in and go with it. I figure while the creative urge has me I ought to ride it out because I don't know when it will hit again or what form it will take.
    I love that you're going to be painting. I can't wait to see how these turn out!

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    1. That's a really good point, Hope! Creative energy comes and goes, and it's best to make the best of sudden, obsessive inspiration. Besides, I think obsessions happen for a reason! They're usually attached to awesome ideas. :)

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  7. A new adventure to follow! Oh goodie! :) As creative as you as, I'm sure you'll wow us.

    I tend to stick to my obsessions till they are done with, much to the chagrin of my husband. :)

    Tela

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    1. Tela, at first my work was anything but wow-worthy, but it's really picking up! If I can get Mr. Sequin to take some photos this week, I can show you the stamping technique I stumbled onto. :)

      Ha! I think I worry Mr. Sequin a little with my obsessions. He's always like... aren't you going to stop for lunch? Don't you want to give your hands a break?

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