The Struggle of Creation 

Last week John Scalzi posted a thread on twitter about how difficult it is to write in the current social and political climate. The world is going under; natural disasters across the planet, mass shootings in our backyards, the president is a tangerine colored buffoon who cannot be controlled or managed, and the government is trying to kill everyone who isn’t a rich white man. 

As if being an artist isn’t hard enough under normal circumstances, we have to also contend with the suffering of everyone on a massive scale. It’s hard. It’s really hard. 

Art thrives not because of adversity, but despite it. So I keep going and doing what I can. Slowly. A little at a time. I wonder whether the quality is up to my standards. I wonder if it even matters. I doubt anyone even pays attention to what I’m doing. 

I try to tell myself it does matter. I try to tell myself that even the smallest steps count. I try to remember that art is important. 

Being creative is always a struggle. Some days the struggle is much harder than others. 

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New WIPs

I recently acquired some new canvas board panels. I prefer painting on wood panels but they were free, so I decided to not worry about that. They’re on the thin side, so they aren’t suitable for Glitter Fluid Painting, but they are perfectly suited to glittered profanity and sass.

 

Okay. Maybe neither of those are particularly profane or sassy… but they’ll still look fab once the glitter I added dries and I varnish them. 

The only thing I’m struggling with is whether I want to invest in frames to sell with them, glue sawtooth hangers to the backs, or just sell them as is and ready to frame. The backs are gessoed, in either black or white, to match the gesso used on the front. Though the backs aren’t pristine once I’ve finished the painting, but I doubt that matters much. 

Hot Pink Hearts? 

Is cutting bright magenta fleece into heart shapes twee? I did it anyway. 


My mom agreed to loan me her sewing machine and my tiny coworker agreed to let me measure her arm, so glitter embellished fleece arm warmers will happen just before or soon after legit fall and/or cold weather hits my state. 

I’ve also got some fleece stripes, stars, circles, a light blue cephalopod with arms, stars, and I’m hoping to do some bats as well. 

Because bats are cool. 

Just Glitter Everything 

I’ve been wanting a new wallet for a while. I wasn’t having any luck finding a nice leather wallet at a price I wanted to pay. I couldn’t find a cute wallet with skulls, mermaids, cephalopods, or dragons that fit my needs or aesthetic. 
So I found a plain black rfid blocking “leather” wallet on Amazon for $9 and decided just to buy it. The listing was a little misleading. Parts said “genuine leather,” other parts said “high quality PU leather,” and some reviews talked about the leather smell, but it was $9 so my hopes for genuine leather were not high. 
The zipper is kind of huge and VERY gold, I’d really prefer it was silver, or less dominant on the wallet, but I can’t do anything about that now. 

Since the wallet is decidedly NOT genuine leather, I’ve decided to cover it in glitter. Right now I’ve just got the first coat of black gesso on it. Then I’m going to do some thin coats of glitter and acrylic medium. I haven’t decided what color yet. Then I’m going to put a glitter skulls or a mermaid tail on it. 
Because I really can glitter anything. 😘

Just a couple things for now 

I had an idea to do fluid glitter on old cds while I wait to buy more wood panels. Then I had an idea to put fleece or felt on the back and make them into coasters. So I made 8 and glued fleece to the back of 4 of them. I took 2 of them to work and I’ve been using them under my drippy coffee mug and my sweaty water bottle. They don’t work great. They stick to the bottom of my mug and my water bottle. They’re pretty, but the sticking is something I’m having trouble getting past, and I’m just not even remotely comfortable selling them with this issue. So. Oh well. It was an idea that was worth trying. 

I’ve also been thinking about starting a patreon. Maybe doing mini paintings for specific reward levels with monthly themes. Possibly doing exclusive videos of the fluid glitter process. Or perhaps limited postcard prints. I’ve been resisting the idea of doing patreon myself because my art is physical and not digital… but I think it’s doable if there’s interest. 


This painting is available on Etsy! I’m so proud of this painting. I think it’s the best one. I’ve done so far and it turned out BEAUTIFUL! 

Sunday Afternoon Glitterings…

One of my coworkers is getting married in September and she mentioned a few weeks ago that she was thinking about adding some glitter to her wedding shoes. I told her I could probably do that, I’m pretty sure I can glitter just about anything at this point. Last week she brought her shoes in for me to look at and I told her I had several colors of glitter that were probably really close to the color of her shoes. I brought in the jars, we compared colors, picked the closest match, and discussed how much glitter she wants. Not solid glitter on the cork soles… but a couple layers of glitter and acrylic medium to give it some sparkle would be great. 




The pictures show base shoe, 1 layer, and 2 layers of glitter. I think I’m going to do one more layer of glitter then add a final layer of satin varnish. 

Yesterday I decided that I wanted to varnish the 4 leaf clovers I find while walking my dog onto the backs of the Rainbow Glitter Fluid Paintings I’ve been making. Otherwise they just sit around my apt until I lose them, I thought this would be a nice way to pass them on. I varnished one I still have from last summer onto the back of the first painting I’ve sold in my Etsy shop. 💜🍀

I’ve also been thinking of revisiting my idea to make glitter arm bands. I’m pretty sure I have all the materials… I’m just hung up on sizes, I’m not sure how wide to make them. I’ll probably do some testing while I’m on vacation from my day job later this month and see how it goes. 

Birthday Giveaway! 

My birthday is later this month so I’m going to giveaway a fluid glitter painting. 

Open to anyone in the US or anywhere the government doesn’t prohibit me to ship to, though I doubt anyone reading this is in one of those countries.

It’s a small 4×4″ fluid glitter painting pictured below, because this will fit in a small flat rate box, international shipping is expensive, yo. 

Colors are various shades of purple with royal blue, silver, pink, and iridescent accents. 



Simply follow @violetgloomart on twitter, RT the designated giveaway tweet, and I’ll draw a winner at 7pm on Friday July 14th. 

International Shipping coming soon! 

After looking at the sizes of most of my paintings and comparing to the sizes of priority mail boxes offered by USPS, I have decided to add international shipping to my Etsy listings. I was unhappy about not including them outright on the new Fluid Glitter Paintings, only Canada (I think) is available on my other items,  and I really want to change that. 
There are 5 countries I’m not permitted to ship to, but the rest of the world will be included in shipping soon. ❤

New Fluid Glitter Paintings

I’ve got a handful of paintings still to upload to Etsy and several #royglitterbiv paintings still to photograph. 

This one I added to Etsy last night, and I’m so thrilled with how this one turned out. It’s my favorite that I’ve done so far. 

I love the colors and the pattern from the fluid cells. The contrasting black is just enough.