Sometimes, well most of the time, I get so caught up in running the store that I forget how much fun it is to just make stuff. It doesn't have to be a major work of art, but just something.
The masonite kits that we sell at the store are a perfect example. They allow me to just get my hands into artsy supplies and make something without a great deal of thought or planning. The kits are quick to put together with just a bit of white glue.
We have other things at the store that are quick and easy too. Bezels can be as complicated or as simple as I want. Recently we had Susan Lenart Kazmer for two days and the bezels the students made were awesome and a bit complicated, but I just made a paper clay molded face, painted it and glued it into an oval bezel. I was pleased with the results.
I make lots of blank books. There, I confessed. More often than not, I place them on a shelf and never add content. I don't know why. Sometimes when I make myself play in those books, I can work through them pretty quickly. One Idea leads to another and it begins to go very quickly. In the book below I used twine to frame the face of one of our 100 year old photographs (cabinet card) and layered it onto a page.
Saturday, October 25th from 11-4, is our next FREE PlayDay at Small Studio in Westllake OH. Come join us. Bring a project and make stuff. It is always fun. Call to reserve a seat: 440-808-8599