Day 10 of the 28-Day Creativity Challenge

Yesterday when I was still riding the wave of creative excitement from the night before, I went to Michael's to see if I could find some different substrates (the surface on which you work your piece) to continue working on something that was not just an 8"x8" cradled panel. The mask I made on Friday had me jazzed. I did indeed find some different objects, and today's piece is one of them.

When I saw this little wooden purse, I couldn't contain myself! I did a little happy dance in the aisle of the store. I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but I knew something would come to me. At first, I considered gessoing it and then painting it with encaustic, but this morning as I was getting ready to work I noticed a piece of silk from the shirt I used on Day 6 of the challenge. I had plenty of that hacked up shirt lying around, and I love the material, so that settled it, and on the purse, it went!

It was tricky figuring out how to get it to lay on the substrate, and there are two little patches where I cut things a little too far, but overall I am thrilled with it. It is something I will be doing again. There are a few things I will do differently next time. I didn't cover the wood with encaustic medium prior to putting the silk on, and I think that would have made things easier. I also won't put wax on the part of the purse where the top and bottom come together because it makes it too thick and it's difficult to close the purse.

Working in encaustic is still new to me, it hasn't even been a year since I was turned onto this glorious art form, and I still have a lot to learn. Creativity demands that you put aside fear of failure and dive head first into whatever it is you want to create. Having a plan is fine, but it is important to remember that it is a guide, not something that has to be adhered to at all costs. Creativity is free-flowing, and when you let it wash over you, it will bring you more fabulous ideas. If you try to grasp onto creativity with a heavy hand, it will flow through your fingers like water. I will admit, while I know this, I frequently forget it!

I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed making it. I also want to remind you that all of the pieces in this challenge are on sale for $10 plus shipping. Email me at The first person to claim a piece will be the proud owner of it.

In Gratitude, Karen

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