Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Preparing for ArtFest (pant pant)
The clock is ticking. ArtFest starts tomorrow and I'm not ready . . . but my trades are! I finished them up yesterday - they are bagged and tagged and ready to be handed out. If you're not familiar with trades at an art retreat, it basically involves each artist making a batch of something (it could be an Artist Trading Card, a small piece of art, or even a package of ephemera or fibers) and then sharing it with other traders. I decided I would make bottle cap magnets; I took cork-lined bottle caps, inserted an image (the theme for ArtFest this year is fairy tales, that's why some of my images are sorta creepy, that and the fact that I like creepy images), added a ring of glitter, filled the cap with DG3 (a resin like glue), then slapped a magnet on the back. Presto - a mini piece of art. 63 of them.
I'm pretty sure 63 magnets should be enough, but just to be safe, I also bagged some pre-assembled Scrabble words (34 bags of words). I had purchased these last year from my friend Jami and decided this would be a perfect use for them. I can even let people decide if they want a magnet or a word.
Because I didn't have time (or the energy) to make up a batch of business cards -- my usual card involves a mini collage and paint -- I printed up what I needed and stamped a vibrant red bird on a branch.
Now I only need to finish a swap project, pull together my art supplies, and pack my personal stuff. Plenty of time . . . ha! I leave at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Tory, I promise I'll be ready.