Productive Weekend

Day 147of Safer-at-Home here in Panama City Beach, Florida. Today’s statistics for COVID-19 from Florida’s Community Coronavirus Dashboard for Bay County are 4,505 cases and 56 deaths, and for Florida are 568,493 cases and 8,408 deaths. Since I last posted there have been 6 additional deaths in the county. Currently there are 75 individuals in the hospital with virus related illnesses. I cannot believe that it has been five month since I starting sheltering in place, and the staggering number of cases that have ensued.

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I spent some of my time this weekend in my workshop preparing for my fall Education Encore class at GCSC entitled Exploring Liquid Enamel in Jewelry Making. Online registration opened today and my class is already full, partly because we are limiting it to 10 students because of the virus and also because I have so many wonderful students just keep taking my classes over and over again.

Copper Shapes by MK

I cut out and filed copper shapes this weekend in preparation for samples for the class and also for demos I will do in the classroom. Next I will counter enamel some of them. Then I can start playing.

Collage Image by MK

I also worked on my Postcards to Myself project. My first 11″x14″ attempt only provided me with one 5″x7″ image that I liked. So I made two more 11″x14″ pieces and ended up with a total of six 5″x7″ images to go forward with. Today I got out my encaustic supplies and put clear encaustic wax on three of the images. When I put a second coat of wax on one of them, I didn’t like how it came out. I don’t know if it was the Arches watercolor paper that was the substrate, as the other two were on matte boards, or if the wax was not any good. So I ordered some beeswax to see if that will work better and will hold off putting a second coat of wax on the other two until it arrives. The other three images I will be using a matte medium process instead.

A start on Circles and Squares by MK

Lastly I started a stitch book, based on Anne Brooke’s YouTube sew4thesoulbook. I discovered embroidery back in the early 1970’s when I bought a kit and made a wall hanging. I am not especially accomplished, but it something I enjoy. I usually just do free form embroidery using just a few stitches. I thought this project would be a way to improve my skills. I assembled the book and have started on the first page, who’s theme is circles and squares using only straight stitches. I may take out the basting stitches, will see how it goes.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy and Wear a Mask.

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