Thursday, 15 January 2009
Giving up, giving in, give away
Yay!! My 50th post and I'm doing my first giveaway! I hope lots of people enter, from wherever you are in the world! I don't know what I'll be giving away yet - I'll try to tailor it to whoever wins. Something vintage, something crafty, something I've made, something for inspiration, who knows? I'll explain what I want you do in a minute
First, I have to tell you that I'm thinking of giving up glue. (Yes, I know you're thinking about glue-sniffing now.) No, the reason is, that I started to make assemblages last year (as in the photos above and below), relying very heavily on the old superglue. However, I am a complete klutz with glue. I only have to look at some superglue and my fingers are welded together. I would squeeze out about a millimetre of glue, and then somehow I had it on every finger of both hands! I honestly don't know how it happens, but I always get in a total mess. To protect my hands, I got some of those disposable latex gloves to use when glueing. The fingers of the gloves would get glued together, so I could no longer hold the thing I was making, and I would rapidly take the gloves off and be back to square one!
It's not any better with other types of glue, either. I managed to spill a whole bottle of PVA glue over my desk and the floor recently. I also tried glue dots, but ended up leaning my elbow on a whole sheet of micro-dots. Sigh! I just can't help it. Really you can only trust me with a very small Pritt stick. Even then, I can usually manage to get it in my hair. D'oh!
Mr Kitsch can't understand why I'm not more 'careful' (I'm trying! I'm trying!). He is so neat and tidy with things like this. All those childhood years of glueing together small plastic planes from Airfix kits have given him glue skills that I can only admire with awe. If I need something mended with glue, I go to him and he does a perfect job. Unfortunately, I can't expect him to be on hand while I'm trying to make something creative, just in case I need something glued.
I made this collage box for the art trail I did last October, but I haven't really made anything quite like this since then. I think it's my fear of glue putting me off. So I'm giving in and I'm going to try assembling things without glue. Parts of this assemblage were wired together, and in the past I've used sewing and embroidery. So I hope this is the way to go.
So anyway, for the giveaway, I'd like you to leave a comment and let me know if there's anything that you just can't do, like me with the glue. I'll pick a name out of a hat at the end of next week, and send you something lovely (and not too weird - I know not everyone shares my taste!). So please leave a comment by next Friday 23rd January.