Sometimes, I have ideas. Crazy, hair-brained, no way that will work ideas. One of the things that I think really opened up my creative abilities is letting go of the fear of failure and trying those crazy ideas. Quickest way to get over the fear? Redefine failure.
Susan's definition of failure: not trying or trying and not critically examining the results.
Now that's out of the way, let's take a look at my February project, Larry the Lobster.
So far so good! If I'm using my non-failure critical eye - this is the point I should have stopped, sanded him and started decorating! Instead, I jumped right into hair-brained idea #2, beaded Spackle! I loaded up some Creative Paperclay Modeling Material, a ton of seed beads, and a little paint. I mixed them all together until I had a nice paste thick mess of clay and beads (totally the funnest part!)
After it was all mixed it, I grabbed Larry and spread it around. I knew I was in trouble pretty quick. Larry has lots of tiny little spaces that are difficult to get to with paint - even harder with bead spackle! I was not deterred, this was a learning project after all!
I didn't want a pink lobster, so I painted him a nice bright red.
Here's where I expected the magic! After he was nice and dry, I wanted to sand him down to expose the beads and leave the red clay in the recesses like mortar. As you can see - not the results I wanted.
So, the ultimate question - Success or failure?
- I don't like the finished project.
- I learned a few things!
- bead spackle is still a good idea, just not for a project this intricate. (There may be other ways to make it work too)
- The wooden puzzle does make a interesting armature. It is difficult to know where the challenging spots are before starting- note to self - two puzzles is a good plan.
- I tried three tips that the design team has posted over the last six months. They work great!
- I'm motivated to try again with the new experience under my belt.
Seriously, every project doesn't have to be a winner. I'm sucking it up and showing you my less than successful attempt so you know we all go through growing pains even though we don't always show it or talk about it. I just so happen to have a second Larry the Lobster puzzle and I'm quite looking forward to Version2.
What would you like to see for Larry2?