A-HA moments are simply critical moments in an artist's journey.
It could be a pivotal move when discovery is born, either from learning a new technique from someone else, inspiration born from a museum exhibit, a book, or a Pinterest board....or a happy accident.
Above you see an almost-unhappy accident, but an A-HA! moment just the same.
This was Rob's A-HA moment.....he realized that micro torches have a lot more guts than are at first apparent, and that you should NOT over-fill them.
This is an old line sheet from 1996.....look and you will see some of the pieces are engraved:
Here is a video on how I do that:
Another big A-HA! moment that I had was when I learned how much stuff you could do with resin.
24-25 years ago I bought very heavy watercolor paper and painted it with textural puff paints and acrylics......I added charms, tore the edges....and topped it with resin.
I also sprinkled glitter down into it, I threw in old watch parts.....I made virtual slabs of resined paper......paper with heavy, thick resin on it. I would sometimes cut it and then use gold leaf on the edges, or a marker. Sometimes I would layer the pieces and make an assemblage.
I long to do that again. But I must say, I never LOVED resin until I took a class four years ago and made this piece:
I shared it and more about that class in the video last week:
This week, many wondered, what DO you do with resined tissue paper?
Perhaps now they are playing around with it, and having their own A-HA! moments! Yesterday, I made this pendant to show something I did with the resined tissue:
I cut three random, ragged pieces, hole punched them and tube riveted them, and hung them on this torched and beaten heart blank. We have LOTS of heart blanks at our website:
That enamelled circlet ring on the necklace was a bit of a revelation, too. I discovered that by mixing maybe four parts of ivory ICED ENAMEL with a pinch or two or TURQUOISE, I could get the look of graniteware that had been fired on to metal.
There's so much to be said about those grand A-HA moments! I'm sure you've had many. I have many more to share! Why not share some of yours with us here?
Members of the B'sue Boutiques Design Team have also had their special A-HA! moments, too. I'll be sharing those with you in my next blog post!
Here's to many A-HA moments and many happy accidents that make a turn in the road that takes you to the next level in your work! And be safe in your workshops: tools are important, but never be cavalier in using them. When filling a torch, less is more. You can always add more fuel later. ;-)