Patti Edmon Altered Attic: Art + Spring = Joy

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Art + Spring = Joy

I left for a quick spring break trip with a project on the table, believing that my most-patient demeanor would keep the creative urges at bay. Nope. Fortunately I had some fabulous reading and a tutorial all about Ice Resin, a new toy that had been in the package far too long.

So, the day after we returned I made my first batch of Ice Resin paper!  My pal Rachel - jewelry and mixed-media artist extraordinaire - said it's fairly easy to use as long as you mix properly and in the right proportions.  Who knew it could be so much fun - with fabulous results! Um, maybe I need a bit more excitement in my life? Just sayin.'

I went to the mountains with DH, kids, 1 boyfriend and 2 band mates - and all 7 of us had a great time in spite of below-normal temperatures. And no rain until Thursday morning,just in time for the drive home. Our cabin was accessorized with a pool table, air hockey and the customary hot tub. We took a guitar and several movies that we didn't find time to watch, and I'm proud to say that I'm the air hockey champ (playing with all 4 pucks at once is waaaay fun) and my DH, Jim, cleared the room during the pool tournament. 

Even more exciting was returning home to a package of incredible goodies from Flights of Fancy Boutique - bits of lace, fabric, metal clips, leaves and some mesh-like stuff that I can't wait to play with! A bit of trim and some fabric ended up in my latest book project, a gift for my lovely daughter.

And this, after a minor eBay incident... didn't think I'd win this lot but for the price it was a steal! Like most artists, I can't possibly need any more 'stuff' but there are some really cool brass pieces to add to my mostly-silver collection. 

Spent the considerable part of the past two days in the studio working on the project I'd sadly left behind... ahh, the joy of being in flow: that state of consciousness that eliminates time, worry, chores and other distractions and just opens up the creative vein for hours of pure joy.

And did I mention that after a record-setting late winter that gave new meaning to grey, snow and cold, the trees are starting to bud? Yes, it's finally here, chirping birds and all. Wherever you are, whatever you're creating, I hope you feel spring in your soul and happiness in your heart!


Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Welcome home and play play play!!!!!!!! I can not decide what I love the most...the bits and pieces of lace and angel wings...or the keys. They are both so thought provoking. Have fun. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

OMGOSH!! Look at all those keys. I'm in key heaven. Forget the brass. Keep the keys.

Now I want to know more about DH and boyfriend that was all in one sentence (grin). What kind of vacation WAS it? OK, I am just being silly now, but it's sort of late here.

Wanted to tell you, Halle's son has autism. But Halle worked with him when he was young and he is very well adjusted.

Patti said...

Hahaha - I guess I assume people know I have two teenagers - and one's a daughter:) who was accompanied by her boyfriend - you are so funny!

bohemiannie! art said...

Wowza right back atcha. YOU"VE been the busy one. Sounds like fun!

Caterina Giglio said...

key heaven here... and spring too? you are one lucky girl!! x

Kim Dellow said...

Oh that looks like fun! Kim

Seth said...

There are a lot of treasures in this post to admire. And like you, I have made ice resin paper. Love it!

Gaby Bee said...

Ahhh, great stuff ~ keys, chains, bead caps, bits of lace, fabric, leaves...can't wait to see your next projects! Have fun!


Gena Lumbroso said...

I liked your comment: like any artist, no need for more stuff! But we keep it up! Patti, your joy is palpable - always - thanks for sharing it! xx

Bluefinch said...

I'm coming up to raid your stash! Thanks for the shout out! Fabulous work as always!


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