Monday, August 8, 2011
Watching Paint Dry.
I am working as fast as I can to make some additional stock for an upcoming festival.
Fast isn't very fast when the bulk of your work time is watching paint dry. No really. When you sunpaint, you paint fast, add your stencils faster and then watch the paint dry. You never know what you are going to end up with until it is completely dry. Even if you pick everything up while it is still damp, you don't know what you have because the paint will continue to move and change until it is dry. But this is an aside to what I really want to talk about.
My market research specialist, boy blacksmith who complains that our upcycle process never has the right things in the right sizes, keeps telling me I need to make the onesie designs in big people sizes. But the tiny stencils won't make an impression on the big shirts.
I really don't feel like re-drawing everything and re-cutting it all. So I figured I could scan it in, blow it up, trace it out and cut. Of course using the scanner requires other people to find the critical connecting piece parts. That could take longer than waiting for the paint to dry.
So, I grabbed the digital camera. I've managed to master taking adequate pictures, cropping, resizing, cutting, pasting and printing all on my own. I snagged a couple shots of the most popular kid stencils, blew them up, traced them and cut them out. Now I have some, hopefully good, big people shirts with little people stencils drying and plenty of time to make some big stencils.