In this, the 4th of the unzipped series, I ended up doing hand to hand combat with creativity, and somewhere about a third of a way in I thought creativity was going to kick my ass! I had a plan and a mental picture of how I wanted this piece to turn out. I started with gluing the backing onto the panel and then turned it upside down with weights on it so it would dry flat. When I went back to it and picked it up off the table, there a 2 inch by 1-inch rectangle that had stuck to my drawing board, and it peeled off when I picked up the panel. Yikes!! So I figure I'll patch it. That didn't work, so I had to go with plan C. Thankfully that worked. Then I was prepping the zipper that I was going to use and broke it!! I tried to fix it, but I couldn't. So I had to modify a zipper I had lying around that was too long, grabbed some scissors and made quick work of that. From there on out, things went smoothly.
The backing that I used, which you can barely read, was chosen because it is just all of these positive sayings and phrases, and the theme of the piece is about speaking the truth and being kind. When I was done and looking closely at this piece, I saw in the mouth between the zipper teeth the following phrases: from the bottom of my heart, smile, hugs, you make me smile, congratulations, way to go, celebrate you and me, oh happy day! Those saying were perfect! That could not have worked out any better if I had planned it. Something that I often referred to as a happy accident. I have concluded that if you fight with creativity, it might just fight back, but don't dismay, stay the course, keep to your vision and you shall prevail!
In Gratitude, Karen