We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Monday, 1 June 2015

What if you could bottle time?

A few weeks back I bought some Powertex fabric hardener and 3D flex powder, which together make a thick textured paste to create 3D paintings and sculptures. I decided to wait until after the craft room make over before I tried them.

I found a piece of board to use, and put equal parts of the liquid and powder straight onto it, then mixed with a credit card.  It mixed quickly to become a very heavy paste, which I spread around in a bit of a pattern.

I left to dry for a couple of days.  Now, whereas some pastes I use are quite easily dented, this dried rock hard.

The pattern I had created brought to mind some kind of explosion ...

I then made a mistake. I sprayed it with some Adirondack colour wash sprays, with the intention of sealing it before applying some acrylic paint. But the matt medium didn't seal the sprayed colour and the acrylic paint just became muddy - not sure what I did wrong - maybe someone could enlighten me!

Anyway, I ended up painting over the majority of the sprayed colour. I then added some gilding wax.

As I get older (and I'm sure this happens to us all), time seems to pass extremely fast, and so I've imagined what it would be like to buy time off the shelf, say, in a bottle ...

I've used some watch parts and die-cut a bottle and stopper.  This is my interpretation of bottled time; but looking at it the next day, I saw a galaxy and planets! (Same thing really I suppose!)

The current Paper Artsy challenge is about bottles ...

Happiness would be not having to iron my face when I get up in the morning!