The sun is hiding today, so I grabbed a few indoor minutes to work on the rhino. Still far from done, as you can see. With a project this big, it takes a lot of paper, a lot of masking tape, and a lot of reference photos. A bit more free time would help, too.
Speaking of masking tape – is it my imagination, or has the price gone up? I spent almost 20 bucks yesterday for 4 rolls. And the tape keeps tearing when I don’t want it to. I started the taping with a different brand I had on hand, but it wouldn’t stick – there were so many loose ends hanging down that it looked like I was making a wooly rhino. Do you have any recommendations? I want to find the perfect tape that sticks enough, but not so sticky that you can’t move things if you need to — and with paper that’s strong enough, but not so strong that you need to tear it with you teeth. If you found that tape, please let me know.
And one last thing — I received an email yesterday from someone who has a very common, and understandable dream. But is it possible? I hope it is, for her sake, but I’m just not sure. Here’s the story:
Kate and her husband would like to buy a home of their own, but it looks like home prices are still high in the UK. Kate is hoping she can come up with a down payment by making and selling her paper mache birds. Lots and lots of them.
Is this an impossible dream? She gave me permission to post her idea to see what you think. My advice to her was to raise the price so fewer birds were needed, and then make sure there’s a real buying market before investing too much time on the idea. It might be more practical, but much less fun, to get a second job. After I answered her email, two more thoughts occurred to me — first, this might not be the best time to buy a house since prices are still coming down, and if buying instead of renting is what they really have their hearts set on, they might want to look at much less expensive properties, even if it means they need to move to another area. That, of course, is not what she was asking.
So now I’m asking you — have you ever dreamed of making a bundle of money fast with your artwork? If so, did you ever figure out a way to make it work?Â I’d really like to hear what you have to say.
Let’s see — how many rhinos would it take to pay off that credit card…