It must be true, I saw it in a dream

Some collaged grungeboard that needs to be sprayed with a fixative (just waiting for some non-rainy weather) and then made into a journal.
The other night I dreamed that I was back in Muncie, Indiana, finishing—I believe—my journalism degree. Graduation was looming, and I discovered some jewelry-making classes. The first one I was going to take was something like “working with big beads.” We had to pick out several big “beads,” which weren’t really beads as much as trinkets and what not. Once I saw the bottles of nail polish, I knew that we were going to change the appearance of those items and turn them into “beads.” I wanted to go back and get a small plastic chicken leg that I’d seen, but the instructor (a woman who taught PR classes in the Journalism Dept. at Ball State University when I was there in the late ’90s) had packed them all up.
I was so excited about this class and the whole series of classes/jewelry program. People were hassling me because I hadn’t signed up for the fall semester, but I told them that I’d only just found out about the program. I needed to jump into class, but I could hardly wait to get online and see what other classes were offered.
And then I woke up. At 4 a.m. I started looking into classes at Pratt and Danaca Studios. I found an image transfer on polymer clay class I want to take. And, I’m tempted by a master class in working with metals. I’ve done a little of that, but I just don’t trust most of my metal skills.
There’s much to think about these days. The best time for that is when I get in my creative zone. If only I could pinpoint when I’m most apt to get answers. At least the dream, I think, was getting me to think about things in new ways. Paint a plastic chicken leg? Why not?! I’ve used the stamp that says “It must be true; I saw it in a dream” twice this week. Maybe my stamps are affecting my dreams.
And the real kicker is that when I got to work (in real life), my badge had given up the ghost and wouldn’t let me in to the building.
On a note of thing rooted in reality, I tried two image transfers onto painted backgrounds. On, those remaining bits of paper out to get me. Grrr …
Maybe these two will become journal covers. Maybe not. It all depends on my battle with paper fibers.
Image transfer onto painted grungeboard. How those little bits of paper vex me!
Look how much lovelier this guy is when he’s a little damp and those fibers are out of sight.


Another image transfer on a painted background. Again, still so many fibers to remove.
Looking better — at least until it’s dry.
Here’s a quick glimpse at the rest of my creative week.
One of the two elephant journal covers. I think they’re ready for assembly. Now to get the signatures ready. I think the “cover” of each signature needs to be a sheet of colorful paper.
Various colored or enameled circles. The earrings are complete. I need to figure out and finish the pendants.
One of my next beaded bezel projects. It’s not sparkly, but I do think it will be lovely when it’s done.
Two two pieces will be turned into earrings. I’m really excited to make these happen.

Lastly, before getting out of bed this morning I began to wonder how easy it would be to bead on craft felt. I know it’s floppy, but an embroidery hoop might just do the trick. I have some fun printed sheets (why??) and think that the colors and prints could look great with beads. I suppose I’d better go and find out.

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