Paralyzed From the Brain Down - April 3, 2020

To say the past weeks have been weird is an understatement. I have been trying to work from home, but it's difficult. What's worse is that I'm home more, but am completely unable to paint! I'm paralyzed and I can't figure out what's wrong. My husband says all psychological problems are inherently fixable if you can articulate what the problem is. So when I can't articulate it, I feel worse, like it's only ME standing in the way of feeling better. If only I were smarter.
One fun thing is that my siblings and I are all talking more online. Yesterday we had the best conversation because one never-available-when-we-group-call sibling actually took part! Unfortunately, they also got mad when I took a (lot) screenshots. I touched up one of the screenshots to show how they should really feel about me. 

I'm thinking of downloading some filters for my next meeting at work and looking like the potato lady I can't stop laughing at this picture. 

And laugh…

Experimenting with Patterns

I am looking over different designs I've found, trying to figure out which ones would make good freebies. I'm torn between the idea being simple and yet still being fun. My original 30-step butterfly looked terrible on the first run. So I filled it out a bit. Now it's 70 steps. Hmmm...

What do you think? Maybe I need to make smaller motifs that really are only 30 steps. I think this one looked weird the first time because the taller a motif is, the more pages it needs horizontally to look full enough to hold the shape. Maybe I should just do 1-1 1/2" patterns.

Here's the finished 70-step butterfly:

Plain and unadorned
With colors... What do you think?


Nancy said…
Wow the 70 step butterfly is beautiful! 70 steps is not more difficult just requires a bit more time and patience (and lets face it if we are altering a book what does it matter if one design takes 30 or 70 steps to complete all the pages in the book are going to be folded in the end).
Nancy said…
Forgot to ask how you added the color(s) to the butterfly. With a marker or a dauber and ink pad?
Heather Eddy said…
I used a sharpie! I couldn't find my paintbrush to use bottled ink. Usually I use an ink pad daubed on the edges... (oops - the body of the butterfly is ink padded!)
Melanie said…
I wonder if you could make your folded paper patterns smaller and into earrings? That butterfly one is so sweet.
LaMoWa80 said…
I am truly impressed by your ability to do this. I've been trying (albeit with no success) to do something similar, but find that while I have a concept in my head, execution is truly not happening. Do you have a tutorial or can you suggest one which would lead me to the "basic" steps?

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