Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I'm taking an online class TOWERS & TURRETS.
I don't do classes like most people do classes. At least I don't think so. I will listen to the directions. I will even take notes. I will draw myself pictures. When it comes to actually following the directions, something happens, in my brain. The "intent" is the same but the method changes.
I remember, back in the 70s a friend offered to teach another friend and myself how to make a macrame plant hanger. We all started off with the same materials, the same directions and yet when we were finished two of us had identical plant hangers and one had this rather bizarre two plant hanger. Guess who that one was.
That was my first awakening to the fact that I HEAR the same thing but I don't necessarily process it the same way. And, if I'm in a class where the instructor is a PLAY BY MY RULES kind of person, I'm in trouble.
So, to date I haven't posted my a picture of my project so far, in my class.
Top picture is really my second attempt. So, let's move to that second picture.
I did the background the way I was instructed to do. I let it dry, so far so good.
sigh......then I got to thinking about my sketchbook project and how that was a perfect background for one of those pages.
I started adding another layer of print and black and white pictures, still thinking about Z'Corkey and his adventures in Zettiland and..........well.........somehow my towers turned into GIANT ZETTIGOD STATUES on the Isle of Zeelulu.
I was having fun. I was humming until I sat back on my chair and realized I am strayed far, far away from the class directions. I quickly put that one over on the drying table.
I tried again to make another background. The instructions were to make a dark one since the additional elements were light. My backgrounds were turning into mud. This isn't my favorite technique for making a background and my efforts certainly were proving that. I put that on the drying table.
Then I cleaned my hands and my brushes and had a think and realized that I wanted to play with fabric, not paint.
Now, we can move to the top photo. I tell you this came together a heck of a lot faster than my paint background was going.
I had an interesting piece of background and since I wanted to do golden yellow, I thought, it's the contrast that's important. So, I stamped some texture stamps onto the fabric background. While that was drying I fused Steam A Seam to a number of different fabrics that I wanted to use.
I cut the shapes, needed a light fabric and reached for the fabric paper that I had made. PERFECT, well in my eyes. I added the tower roofs using my favorite black and white fabric.
Butterfly wings seemed necessary. I mean this might be called Tower & Turrets but it's a Zetti tower in my book.
So, now, although I have completely changed the medium suggested in the directions I do have another page, when finished for my sketchbook. KILLING TWO way....that's not a very nice expression.
:)Bea Who did create in the studio and did create something that made her smile. How about you?


  1. The turrets are fun, your discussion i can relate to!

  2. they made me smile too
    something happens to me too
    i took a suziblu class and we were to paint an angel
    so i painted a lovely angel..what?
    OH YOUR angel...well
    anyhow i painted...
    and practiced some...somewhere it was ingrained in me to NOT copy a persons work even in a class situation
    the next time i took a painting class i have to KEEP telling myself it is OKAY to paint this their way...
    but it is hard...

    your pieces are just lovely!

  3. Wooooo Hoooooo! That is the only way to follow directions. Otherwise, what is the point?? Excellent product!

  4. I love both pieces... they are both full of fun!

    I wish I had more of your version of "following" directions... I end up following and it takes a lot to get me out of "follow/do it right" mode to do it my own way. I think I'm getting better at that though :)

    What the heck... as long as your having fun, you are still making Towers and Turretts... I think it counts!

  5. I have a friend who won't make anything unless she has the example right in front of her. Her art is not her own, it is a copy of someone else's she's seen in a magazine or from a class. When I made art with her, we made some Tim Holtz tags. She wanted me to do exactly like he did, use the exact same pieces, and I simply couldn't. What's the point of an exercise if you copy everything.

    I do a lot of tutorials. I've never made a single one the same way as I saw it or heard or read about it. If I can't do it my way, what's the point?

    Having said that, I love both examples. But I really love the yellow fabric one.

  6. These topsy turvy turrets just make me happy!!!! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  7. I love these! I love zetti too! I am also the odd one in the class, must make us more creative or rebels. lol

  8. Kudos to you for taking on such a class!! :) And nothing wrong with straying just a tad. Sometimes, that's when we come up with the best creations. hee I do LOVE that top one the most. It's perfect.


  9. I LOVE what you're doing!

  10. Anonymous7:51 AM

    I love this, Bea...especially the butterfly! I'll be in touch about butterflies. :)

  11. It's not creating if you are not doing it your way, if you ask me. I think you did good Bea! Keep doing it your way and that will always bring that smile, and that is what is most important to us all. That is the only true way to savor the day!

  12. I end up doing the same thing LOL I like both of them and the second (bottom) is really interesting - love the colors.