|making paper is like therapy for me at this point|
- First draft of FibroShark Hungry text completed; artwork is moving closer & closer to 50% completed
- Bamboo & junkmail paper
- I have meds for that now...
- Considering bailing on Etsy
|Messiness is an obligation in my union contract with myself.|
Oddly, breaks for meals are not...
FibroShark Hungry text & artwork update
I finished the first draft of the text for the book late last week & fucked off for a few days in celebration. Honestly, it's not that big of a deal to me, but I'm told (by various writerly & arterly people) that it is a big deal. If I had it set into the publisher file that might make me feel a little differently about it, but whatever. I'm not trying too hard to get excited about completing any single aspect of this project because I don't want to slow myself down any more than I am slowed by existing. Life is molasses.
There's been more progress on the artwork front this week. I masked & washed background colors into the remaining comics and made a mess as per usual.
I've also begun collecting estimates from printers for the final book. So far, I have several that are waaaaaaaay out of my price range, and a couple that are less ridiculous. I think I'll be printing a limited run for my investors & any other presales that happen before the book is actually done; & after those come in I'll save a few copies to shop around to actual publishers.
|I would say something about it being "paper thin" but I|
Paper made of bamboo & junkmail
Last time I made paper, I not only realized that I could put all the horrible junkmail I receive to work, I also made some vague threats to use compost in a batch as well. So...
First of all, here's the thing about bamboo paper: it's grainy as shit. Not all the stuff gets mulched up in the blender, so unless I was to be uncharacteristically meticulous about dead plants there's no real way to make paper from just bamboo. So, I added some manila envelopes to the mess & ended up with a small batch of paper that is simply gorgeous.
Then I took some newspaper & coffee grounds & more bamboo for another batch with a funky texture that is much less sturdy than it looks. I like both batches, & I think they could be made into something quite wonderful in the right hands.
The biggest problem with needing pharmaceuticals for daily functioning (apart from the obvious), is that one ends up with a vast collection of little plastic bottles with various levels of accessibility by people with hand pain. I honestly have more than I even know about, altho I suspect that someone has been sneaking into the studio & grabbing them to be recycled.
Anyway, I've decided to start a wee project painting these bottles, because they are a free source of art supplies. Nothing tastes better than free art supplies.
Considering dumping Etsy
Okay, so I only joined Etsy after it started becoming problematic in the first place, but I've had zero sales from the site, & now there's this bullshit going on about the site making more stupidly problematic policy changes. Then there's the fact that keeping it updated is not something I necessarily have the time or energy for; you can see why I might want to just be rid of the place.
Anyway, actually closing my Etsy shop would take a lot more effort than I'm really interested in making in that direction, so I'll just leave it alone for now.