So, evidently, I flaked last week in getting the blog done. In my own defense, it was hella hot, and neither Hemlock House nor tentacle-made studios has air-conditioning.
I really managed to work in like 45 minute increments and watched a lot of Numb3rs.
But, since you’ve all been so very, very good while I was trying not to die, I have an image-heavy post!
So, yeah, this is the first embroidered drawing (in-process) in this project right.
It’s kinda slow-going because I don’t always have the patience to sit still and embroider. It’s why I never learned to do it when I was a tiny squidlet.
I’m much better with papermaking because it’s really active. And messy.
PAPERMAKING IS HYDROPHILIC.
It’s water-loving, which means that you’re going to get wet.
So, the first thing that you need is pulp. I don’t have a hollander beater, so I order my pulp pre-beaten from Twinrocker Handmade Paper.
And, yep, everything with papermaking sounds abusive and vaguely pervy.
You’ll also need waterproof, non-slick footwear. Trust me, especially when you’re using retention aid, floors can get slick.
Yes, those are my tentacles.
You should also wear shorts so that you can stay as dry as possible.
You need a mold and deckle, which I kinda threw these together to see if I could make it work. It was an experiement for my papermaking class that didn’t go, but it’s good to know because it means that I can make them quickly and cheaply (or have students make their own in class).
It’s funny that it took me so long to do this since, when I first took papermaking, we did, in fact, make specialized deckles.
I just kinda–forgot about it, I guess.
In my defense, this was like 6/7 years ago.
And, then there’s water and containers and pulp and pulling paper and pressing paper and doing inclusions (if you want) and laminating and ALL THE THINGS.
Once the paper’s dry, you have a couple of options. I wanted my paper to have a bit more translucency, which is difficult to see in the images, so I bees-waxed them and polyurethaned them.
So–that’s it? That’s a lot of what I’ve been doing? Not all of it, but a lot of it. I’ve also been planning classes and drawing in Procreate and starting some larger scale embroidered pieces (which don’t look like anything currently), and as always, I’ve been writing for The Rainbow Hub.
It’s seriously the best job ever.
So, yep. That’s what you missed in Night Vale.