Having time for art is going to be great. That's what I keep telling myself. This is what I've wanted for years, and now here it is. Excited to dip my toes into the studio for a while and blow off laundry (OK, I did two loads at the same time since the machines are in the "studio"), I thought I'd give soldering another try. I don't want to say it was a total flop, but BOY was it a total flop! However, I will not be deterred! After trying the solder that already had flux in it (what a mess), I tried the fatter solder and the flux paste. Hmmm. Was it supposed to need stirring? There are no instructions about how much. Did the copper tape wrap over the edges enough, or should I have used wider copper? If I get flux on the glass beyond the edge of the copper tape, will the solder stick? Clearly, THIS is what "self taught" means. It means making messes, having absolutely no idea what I'm doing and just learning by trial and error. If only I could get to the trial and "success!" part. Here is today's debacle...
<- -="" and="" be="" front="" the="" this="" would=""> is the goofy back made from doodling with a pen and watercolor paints. What a hot mess! I think there was too much flux and I do believe I have proven that flux can be fried.->
So before I set everything on fire with blobs of molten solder, I unplugged the iron and let it rest and cool. (Of course, I'm totally paranoid and thought I smelled burning, but I think it's a neighbor grilling burgers - whew!) This would be a good time to get out my old sketch book and look at old ideas and see if anything triggers a creative nudge. I look at a long list of words on one page and realize I have absolutely no idea what I was thinking. Really. What was I thinking? How bad an art journaler (is that a real word?) can I be if I don't know what the heck I was thinking? I'll just make something up. That's creativity! Bahaha. I think this was my brainstorm for an online class I signed up for with Susan Sorrell. Good grief.
So tomorrow, I'm a full-time artist-wanna-be.
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