I do a monthly swap with someone I met through my Blog . We either exchange ATC cards, small canvases, assemblages, or whatever strikes our fancy for that time in our lives. It's been a wonderful experience and every new swap brings another challenge to my studio.
The current challenge (chosen by my partner) was to create a crown that represents the person it is being sent to. I wanted to make something that spoke to the dynamic, successful person my partner is. She holds a position of great responsibility in her job and is looked upon as a leader in her company. On top of that, she is a very creative soul who loves to travel and spend time with her husband. Women Rule is meant to reflect those qualities I have found in Veronica. artbyveronica.blogspot.com
One of the problems I have with my art is that I tend to try to translate everything in a very literal sense. It's hard for me to let go of reality and just follow the muse. So, in my mind, a crown should be made of metal. I gathered my rusty found metal pieces and began the process of trying to attach things to one another. I don't have welding in my tool kit and my soldering is very limited.
Having scrapped two crowns before settling on the one I am sending out, I decided to try my hand at using epoxy. This is something I had always shied away from. The process of having to mix two things seemed a little intimidating to me. Guess what? I love the epoxy! It worked beautifully and it wasn't hard at all. If you haven't tried it, don't wait. It works :)