Well, not literally too hot for art since I still managed to make an index card every day, but the last several days have been uncomfortably hot and sticky in my studio, and my cards reflect it.
Four of the seven cards were made on pre-printed backgrounds. Most relied heavily on the scrap basket.
The annual ICAD challenge completely validates my compulsive saving of every pretty little scrap.
It's also put me in the habit of wiping (scraping, rolling, printing) all leftover blobs of paint onto index cards, because you never know when it will come in handy. Without these strategies, I would probably give up on the challenge in the first week every year.
Here are my cards from the past few days.
This one features a gelli printed background (bonus prints from a session of envelope-printing last weekend), a scrap of text, and some scribbles with a pen.
This next one was made around 12:30 AM, after a 5 1/2 hour reading session, in which I finally f-ing finished the last 250 pages of "The Goldfinch" just in the nick of time for book group. I was bleary eyed, and a little resentful.
Tuesday brought another gelli printed postcard, with stickers from Gina, and a cool stamp cut from an envelope that had gotten wet in the mail, and made the ink all smudgy. For the text, I grabbed a large-print book, closed my eyes, opened a page at random and pointed my figure to the page. When I opened my eyes I was pointing to the word "good."
And since I had out my box of random stickers, I decided to make a whole index card using only stickers from Gina. (Thanks, G!)
Yesterday was the worst of the heat. I took the scrap basket down to the air conditioned living room and pushed bits of paper around in ways that pleased me, then glue-sticked them into place. (or would that be glue-stuck?)
Tonight: another gelli-printed background and some stamped tissue paper from my stash. Done in 2 minutes.
Two more days until I am lakeside in Maine.
I expect it will be cooler there.
It will definitely be more relaxed.
I wonder how much of the car will be taken up with art supplies this year?