Tuesday, November 12, 2013

More "easy" file folders

This has been one of those days I wish I could rewind.  I'm sure some of you who are participating in Art Every Day (AEDM) have felt the same way at least once this month.  But I knew I had to persevere anyway.  I'm frustrated because I'm back working on these file folders I hope to turn into books for Christmas.  In case you missed my first two posts on file folders, you can see the first post here and the second post here.

In an effort to shorten the time it takes to paint these, I once again tried using a gift card to speed the project along.  However, I started to wonder why I was using my expensive fluid acrylics when cheap craft paint would work just as well for these backgrounds.  You can see I've just emptied this bottle of red on this one file folder.  And those of you who work with Golden products know they are not cheap.

It was also at that time I decided to measure my file folders to see if I could send the finished gift through the mail.

What you are looking at is the largest envelope you can mail first class in the US.  It is obvious from the above photo, at least part of the file folders will not go through the mail and will have to be hand delivered.

I attempted a bit of decorating the background of one file folder using this product my art friend Kathy gave me.  It's a dabber and the color isn't right for what I am working on.

Next, I got out one of my home made shimmer mists, but you can see the bottle was nearly empty.  You can see how I made them here and my updated version here.

By the time I made more spray mists and cleaned several of the sprayers that initially refused to work, I had spent over four hours and this was all I had accomplished.  I have no step out photos because the battery in my camera was exhausted and needed to be recharged as I was making and trying to shoot photos of the shimmer mists.  So much for easy and quick.  But at least now my camera is completely recharged, even if I'm not.

Today is Day 13 of
AEDM and, although it was frustrating, I made a few more file folder backgrounds I will eventually turn into Christmas gifts.


18 thoughtful remarks:

JoZart said...

Hello Elizabeth
What a lovely, messy, informative post! From that manilla file you will produce wonders to be seen!
Tip from me... I use my lovely Nikon so much that I often drain the battery. I bought a spare to carry with me (very cheap too) so (and often forget to charge it). I can just pop the spare in if it runs out and it has proved a lifesaver several times.
Jo x

Vicki Miller said...

I know from my own experience what one of these days is like - but even when we feel our day has not been productive, we have still grown and progressed as artists

dawn said...

Sorry you had a long hard time on these again. They do look pretty though. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

I've had days like that too. Wishing you to have an extra nice and easy day today!

Karla B said...

You produce wonderful things and I have been learning with you from my corner of the world. If everybody could share their knowledge, life would be easier.Love what your fairy's hands do, my friend.

Sandy said...

I think your file folders are lovely what an accomplishment for you when they are all done and sent.. Great recycling project..
Sandy :)

Maron said...

Somehow, it will all come together…these "easy" books! I did wonder why you were using the $ paint though! lol! Some lessons we learn the hard way, right?

Carol said...

I've had many days like that lately :) I keep hearing the phrase "Mercury is in Retro Grade" so I'm blaming that too :) Your folders will be great when they are finished.

see you there! said...

Oh my, so many rocks in the road to success. You got quite a bit done is spite of it though.

Darla

Anoeska said...

What a lovely idea. I have to keep that in mind...

Krisha said...

Sometimes it would just be easier to stop and give up. Glad you didn't, you really did get something accomplished. Yes, cheaper craft paint does sometimes work as well, or better than using up all your good paint.

Dianne said...

oh my. a whole bottle of Golden red. I have been too stingy to buy any of those paints...because of their price. it is a beautiful red, though! you have gorgeous materials prepared here...and I loved the leaf prints! what gorgeous art these will make!

Terrie Purkey said...

Though you're clearly frustrated, I do see progress and the shimmer painted pages are looking good. Sometimes part of being an artist is the perseverance! :)

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Sorry for the frustration, but the ink blot spray folders look great. I can't wait to see this all put together. xox

Gourdess said...

OH My you've had a day and gosh do I understand & sympathize! Things are looking good from this view & I'm still eager to see them when it's all said & done! Bleubeard snuggles may be the perfect remedy. :)

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

Looking forward to seeing the completed books. That's a clever idea to reuse file folders rather than seeing them go to waste.

Nan G said...

Hugs from me and the Girls! Do love what you've accomplished with all your hard work. Can't wait to see these books you plan on making. Thanks for the earlier visit! WOYWW hugs! Nan G #24

~*~Patty S said...

I like your determination
AND
your results
but it sure can be frustrating sometimes the snags we run into creating!
I must admit I am a BIG fan of cheap acrylic paints (so many people have passed along their collections to me it isn't funny!)
oxo

Rita said...

LOL! I have quite a few days like that where my camera is all charged and ready to go but I'm not!
Book covers! I can hardly wait to see what you do with these. :)