Found nice copies of books I had wanted to read for awhile. If nothing else, the no spending embargo taught me one thing: I can wait for what I really want and already have what I need. I don’t have collections of pads, inks and stuff. I don’t use half of what I have. I donate the unused items to our local Senior craft room in town. The 30 day Craft Challenge has made me aware of how much I spend under the guise of “creating art” and I am determined to justify my purchases in the future.
I am reading The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer.Has lots of interesting connotations about the origin of steampunk and mega vintage images of posters and pre punk art. Not exactly what I thought it would be, more a historical overview than a how to which I thought would be included. Also on the plate is Steampunkery: Polymer clay and Mixed Media Projects. Last year, I purchased some Fimo and Sculpey and other types of clay from someone that was changing crafts. I got a nice locking bowl with about a kilo of packs of unopened clay and a few bright colors that were partially opened…good deal for 18£. I did not have any molds and pretty much had forgotten about it until a fellow streamer started displaying all of the lovely items she was making for ATC embellishments, journal covers, etc…I was not sure that that was the path i wanted to take in exploring, so I opted for: Bad choice…not only are the projects off the chart, they are not even in the stratosphere of my clay skills. Next time, I will wait for someone else to be the guinea pig.