Good News, Handmade Paper, And Random Thoughts

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Mother Teresa

Can I just tell you… I have been soooo amazed, genuinely touched, and rendered speechless at the kind responses & inquiries I’ve received regarding the dental drama I’ve been going through. It never ceases to amaze me, the power a “stranger” can have.. or the profound impact a few thoughtful words can make. Your support, and concern has truly made an otherwise difficult time, far more bearable.

Thank You.

 Dental Stuff





1. lost Wisdom 2. My view 3. mini molarzinhos 4. Give me a kiss

 The UNC Hospital Setting Dental Clinic evaluation went pretty well. I left with only a handful of reservations.. and an appointment for the 13th of June (figures it’s a Tuesday eh?). They will try me on IV sedation at first…which is a conscious sedation, a twilight sleep. If for some reason that doesn’t work well, then they will reschedule it into an O.R. General Anesthesia procedure… Something I’d like to avoid if it all possible. They will be extracting 2 teeth, and performing a root canal that day.. a good starting point for the massive amounts of work I need done. This procedure, should relieve the pain I’ve been enduring these past few months…Thank heavens! I have every hope this will go well.

Now, I still do not know the cost, but I should this week. I have no idea what price range to expect, but it’s got to be better then $35,000!! Since I can’t get treated elsewhere, I’ll move heaven & earth to raise the funds. I’ve already begun spending less time on the computer talking about art… and more time in my studio…making art. I plan to finish the piles of canvas’s, ACEO’s, and other pieces I have been working on for months, and load my stores with them….wish me luck! I’m trying to create a range of work, something for everyone.. every taste, in every price range. So, if you don’t see me around as often, that is why — I really do appreciate your patience. 

“I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.”
Beryl Pfizer

Or in this case, making the paper! Ha!

Really though, it’s quick.. it’s just a matter of being patient while it dries. If you didn’t already know, Easy, Plantable, Handmade  Seed Paper is the Week 3 technique over at Try It Tuesdays. If you’ve put off trying this, now is a perfect time to give it a go! ZNE has donated an amazing prize .. you don’t wanna miss out on a chance to get it! On a personal note — If you don’t already belong to ZNE, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Of all the mixed media groups I’m a member of .. this is one of the most supportive communities you will run across. There are so many benefits to becoming a member .. and for about a dollar a month.. can’t beat it! So go, join.. tell them I sent ya…and no, I don’t get any sort of benefit as a result!

So, I gave this paper making thing a go… aside from when I was a child.. I’ve avoided papermaking…for a multitude of reasons.. I wish I hadn’t, as now I’m hooked! I love working with the pulp, watching it transform…and I have a plethora of ideas I cannot wait to explore! Beneath each photo is a summary of my initial results. They aren’t very pretty, but then again.. I didn’t aim for them to be. I just wanted to try, and test the process before I gave it a more professional shot.

Some thoughts on creating both sheets… It really was fast to do… under 20 minutes (not including drying time). I did run out and buy a cheap 8 dollar blender at Wal-mart.. just to use for crafty purposes. No way I’m gonna chance ruining my fancy blender. It is still one of my favorite gifts ever. What is it about fancy kitchen appliances that make us swoon anyhow? Back to the project: The paper turned out to be thicker then I intended, my own fault.. I made too much pulp, and instead of using 2 sheets of felt, I used one.. just lazy. I’ll correct that next time.

 Try it Tuesdays - Week 3 - My results - 1

Paper Type Used: Junk Mail
Coloring: Coffee
Drying Method: Oven for 20 mins, Then set in front of fan.

I used junk mail for this first piece and as I suspected, it turned into a grey glob of mess… I wanted to tint it, and didn’t have much on hand (why didn’t I think of paint?) … Loving the dark color of coffee, I decided to grab my cheapo instant coffee grinds and blend it in… the odor was horrendous, and the color really didn’t take well.. it’s sort of an oatmeal color now… I added seeds, and scraps of text for some interest. Not bad, I’ll find a way to incorporate it into my work. If only I could get rid of that cheap coffee smell.. Ick. The Red Drops, are a result of a spill from my second try.

 Try it Tuesdays - Week 3 - My results - 2

Paper Type Used: Junk Mail
Coloring: RIT Dye
Drying Method: Oven for 15 mins, Then set in front of fan.

Try 2 .. Must Have Color … Using tissue paper as a colorant isn’t enough to cover the ink on the junk mail, so I bought some RIT dye, and added a few teaspoons to the blender.. Hello Messy. Red Counters. Red Floors. Red Hands. Red Strainer. Red Sink. Red EVERYTHING! What a friggin’ mess .. next time, I’ll do this part outside! But it works! I do want to make a deckle screen now…using my old strainer, Isn’t as effective.

  You can see what others have come up with here, and we have a great discussion on creating these here.. TONS of valuable tips, so take a look!

Try It Tuesdays also hit 10,000 unique hits (in 3 weeks time!) last night. I’m THRILLED! Keep spreading the word! I’m going to begin the process of moving it to it’s own domain this week.. I’m hoping, it will allow me more flexibility with the coding, layout and to automate more of what’s done.. freeing up some serious time for me. More about that later… Time to head up to my studio, and make a living!

“After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.” 
~Pam Shaw

But yet we do <sigh> -Chrysti