Thursday, August 26, 2010
Turning Chaos Into Organization
Ok, so I missed posting during the "Where Creative People Create" blog party but as you look at these pictures you'll see just why. I had signed up to participate and it would have been so easy to just shove everything out of the way and take pictures of a cleaner paint area. But nope, I couldn't do that.
So I decided the only way outta this mess was to paint my way out of it. So I began by making a pile of UFO's. Anyone that creates, has piles of these. They are UnFinishedObjects! Sometimes the UFO's were abandoned out of necessity as other sold orders would take priority. So the item would be put on the pile and life would continue.
I know you are asking yourself how can she paint with no room...I've asked myself that many, many times, but somehow manage to do it. So the pile grew bigger and bigger as time passed by. I was almost not going to post these pictures as they are not the most flattering. But the saying that Creativity is Messy, certainly applies to me and my painting area.
I started by making a pile of all the UFO's. In fact I made several piles. I sorted out by things that needed to be rebasecoated and things that could just have the design painted on them.
With a more cleaned off painting table, I started working on getting things painted. I painted one of my favorite themes on most of the pieces, gingerbread. I painted teapots, mason jars, watering cans, sifters, cake covers, breadboxes and silver soup spoons. It's amazing what I will paint on, but that will have to wait...I'll show you a later post of everything that I have finished.
I put away patterns, and organized stencils. I went to Target looking for some sturdy baskets to make some sense of all the pieces that were stuffed here and there in my wire cubes. I found these neat black wire mesh baskets that seem to be doing the trick.
I even found 5 packs of makeup sponges that I use when stenciling and a bunch of transfer paper. I still have one wire cube to organize, and quite a few UFO's to paint but I'm getting there. My little painting area may not be big or beautiful but it's all mine...the males in my house wouldn't be caught dead there!