The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 10/4/2012 9:39:23 AM|While I'm mostly thinking stamping-related, I'm not limiting this chat to that. Nor am I limiting it to those who have share-able pieces they can link us to as illustrations of their 'spates'.
I've had a variety of 'spates' over the years. Some are image-related. Others have been shapes, techniques, materials, etc. For instance, If you take a walk thru my 2Ps gallery, you'll see some of them. I've had my 'egg' spate, my 'frog' spate, etc.
For me, a 'spate' is when I make several projects within a time period--often weeks rather than days.
How 'bout 'you'?
|Posted: 10/4/2012 11:05:40 AM|
I have craft area spates. I mean I move back and forth among a few areas of crafting or creative endeavour.
So for a while, I will concentrate on photography and not have much time for paper crafting, but eventually I'll find my way back to the stamping and card making and then I may go on a several week stint of jewelry making and the photos and paper crafts will drop off.
I just have interests in diverse areas and, over the past few years, I've managed to accumulate materials and tools to work in several of them. Usually my 'spates' will last several weeks rather than switching frequently back and forth after a day or two, which is good because it takes a little while to 'get the rust off' and get in the grove of the techniques used in any one area. So, if I haven't made jewelry for several months, when I first go back, my wire work is slower and clumsier than usual, until I warm up again.
Then, within the larger areas, I have spates too. For instance, for a while I will get into die cutting, set my machine up, and turn out a number of cards using die cuts or cards with designs cut into the background with the machine. For a while I went on a 'print and cut' jag.
Then I'll get involved with resist techniques and do several of those.
Or, in photography, I'll have a lot of flowers in the garden, so I'll pull out my macro lens and take lots of close up pictures of flowers or bugs then, if I go on a trip like I did recently, I'll switch to a wide angle lens and get into landscape shots.
Usually it is some event that will move me from one area to another; like taking a trip = photo jag or SOF12 = stamping jag- (or at least I hope it does).
But sometimes it is just an idea I get or something I see that makes me want to use a certain medium to capture or express it.
I do seem to need something that I find creative going on in my life though, or else I get antsy.
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 10/4/2012 11:30:46 AM|Great post, GC!
Like you, my 'spates' often run several weeks, but I tend not to switch crafting 'categories'--photography, papercrafts, etc. If I were able to photo/scan my own work I might go back to spates of doing the crafts that I used to do more often--florals, dolls, wearables, etc.
ITA that if I haven't worked with a material or technique in a long time it takes a bit before my brain & hands reconnect. And since both are getting older... the re-training takes some longer.
What no longer 'wonders' me is that (like you) I can be in a 'spate of whatever', but easily draw on skills that I've gained since I did my first spate of a particular 'whatever'.
Thanks for getting this conversation started, GC!
Loc: South Carolina
|Posted: 10/4/2012 3:35:55 PM|
I am having a spate right now of using micro fine glitter. This stuff is really neat -- very fine and velvety to the touch. I am doing several techniques using it. I just love the look and feel and there are a lot of ways to use it.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 10/4/2012 5:03:07 PM|
Yes, in particular, and because I've had quite a few masculine cards to make: the TH Vintage Valise die as the card base, embellished of course, and on the inside: the TH Umbrella Man cut from pp and stacked onto heavy cs, a pocket with a tag which is decorated both front and back with travel sentiments. A very time-consuming card, but the guys saw the first one I made at a birthday party for the recipient and now 4 more have wanted the same card. What can I do? (They're very appreciative).
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 10/5/2012 8:58:01 AM|Terrific 'spate' posts!
Willy's use of micro glitter & several techniques is a good example of 'product' spate. It's one of my fave ways to explore, too.
To a degree it's what's happening with my current CF spate. In my case I'm not so much exploring 'new' techniques so much as I'm using other products like dies & embossing folders that I did not have when I played with craftfoam previously.
Molly. LOL! That'll teach you not to come up with great pieces! Sounds like your 'spate' is repeating items, but I'm betting that as you make more of the popular card you are also refining design & technique--not necessarily doing variations of the original design. That, too, is a very useful 'spate'.
Loc: West Texas
|Posted: 10/5/2012 10:18:25 AM|
This thread has me thinking! I was going to say "yes!" b/c I tend to do cardmaking and also add in some sewing and then when winter comes knitting. And right now I am trying to make ~some~ time each day for everything! ---- well not everything--mainly cards and sewing right at the moment..... But the responses here have me thinking if I do any spates (which I still do not know what that word actually means, but I get the idea after reading the responses! lol!!) but do I do any spates within my crafts......hhhmm...I cannot think of one right now I am on.
I was in one with heat embossing for my cards, but not as much right now. Currently, I don't think I'm in a spate b/c I am creating what I need to create for the moment---birthday card, thank you card and when I have been creating the card, I have been thinking about the individual I am making the card for lately rather than how to employ a technique or material into the card. But I have done that before (where I combine the individuals taste with the technique/material I'm into at the moment), it's just that right now I am between spates I guess you'd say...
|Posted: 10/5/2012 10:32:28 AM|
Definitely and it is directly related to what supplies are already out. Be it type of ink, heat gun, a particular stamp set, etc.
Also, I like to sew but only do when my house has room for my sewing machine to be set up. I find the sewing stuff to take up GOBS of room. If it is already set up, I will likely sew on a card front, otherwise i probably wouldn't get the machine out just for that...
|Posted: 10/5/2012 7:34:43 PM|
I hear you Heidi.
I used to sew too, but when my younger son moved back home, from university I lost my sewing room and sort of packed my machine away. I still drag it out and set it up on the kitchen table, when I need to do some hemming or repairs but I don't sew crafting projects like I used to.
Not that I am complaining, I have my hands, and my time, full with all the other things I do but sometimes I see cute sewing projects and feel a little pang to get back in there but, as you say, sewing takes up quite a lot of room and I just don't have that right now.
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 10/6/2012 9:00:13 AM|LOL, Heidi! I call them 'proximity' spates--whatever's out & (relatively) handy. I do lots of that, too.
Actually I'm due--overdue--to clean up my 'proximity' a bit rather than just adding to it...
For those thinking about taking my 'Past/Present' SOF Challenge, 'spates' can be a good way to find the 'past' piece...