June Update: The Summer of Experimentation

That’s not as dirty as it sounds. Messy, sure…

I’m comfortable with sketching, I’m comfortable with pouring and enhancing paintings, but now I want to get out of my comfort zone and try some new things that I’ve been putting off. So, over the next few weeks I’ll be creating my standard jewelry, drawings and paintings for commissions, but I’ll also be tackling the restoration of my first piece of furniture using the acrylic pour method and resin, and I’ll be experimenting with resin to make custom cabochons for next year’s jewelry line.

I’ve used resin on a few pieces now, and I’m not going to try to pretend they were all successes because they definitely weren’t. As a matter of fact, I attempted to make cabochons yesterday in a cute little half silicone, half hard-plastic mold I got from Walmart for $1.48 and ended up hitting myself in the forehead with one of them when I tried to pop it out! They were full of holes and looked a little bit like a chewed piece of gum. It’s safe to say that the experiment did not go well, but I think I’ve pinpointed my mistakes and can hopefully rectify them next time.

I’m also planning on releasing more educational articles here on my site. I’ve been writing for AcrylicPouring.com and I love it! I do have quite a few non-acrylic pouring topics I plan on covering, like fineliner comparisons, marker comparisons, how to work with resin and more.

On a personal level, I’ve set a goal for myself that I need to read at least 16 books over the next 8 weeks. I think a lot of my writer’s block has bloomed from an increased use of electronics and a decreased dedication to reading. I’m going to get that ship turned around as quickly as I can so that I can get back to what I love…writing and creating.

During this summer, I’ll be taking sporadic commissions-if you want something, don’t be afraid to reach out to me at sara@studioblackwater.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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