Yeah, so I'm a cheater. What caused me to stray? Paint. Yup, paint. You see, I made a New Year's resolution to refrain from buying any craft supplies for the year. I did this because while organizing my workspace, I realized that I have a huge amount of craft supplies. Huge. Huge, but lacking a certain kind of paint that I have been wanting. I thought I could do without it, but it turns out I couldn't. So I bought paint. I'm sorry.
But, here's why I bought paint... I used to make wool acorns. Gobs and gobs of wool acorns. And I liked them. But after a while, gobs and gobs of other people started making wool acorns too, and I was feeling a little burnt out so I decided to stop making acorns. Recently I was thinking about an idea I had in my sketchbook that involved painting acorn caps and decided to go for it. Given that I have a love of patina and rust, and a pretty hefty curiosity, this was a natural progression for me. It was bound to happen.
(On the upside, I did go 4 months without buying supplies, and I don't intend to completely abandon my attempt to make my workspace more *work* space and less *storage* space.)
I've painted my acorn caps with metal paint and encouraged them to oxidize and change. What I really love is that they will continue to change over time. The iron paint will change from gray to brown, the copper will mellow like a penny, and the gold will begin to look more like antique gold. How cool is that?
I haven't limited myself to painting acorn caps. A number of items in my home now boast a layer of rusting and verdigris-ing (totally made that word up) paint.
The acorns will be making an appearance in my shop tomorrow.
I hope you'll forgive my transgression and check them out.