Have you ever noticed how much better your third try is at something than the first and second tries were? I’ve found that the third version of my work is alway the point where things finally look ‘perfect’. The first time I do something I am still thinking about what is going to work – establishing the technique. The second time – I usually take it too far – too much color, too extreme in one fashion or another. The third time is wondeful, the technique is working and I’ve finally had enough experience to make the right balance and color choices…
This morning I was finishing up some Thank-you Notes for my daughter, we’ve been a little lax lately and didn’t get thank-yous in the mail right after she got birthday presents, so this weekend is my last oppertunity to make sure that’s done before we’ll enjoy Christmas present and need to get a few more thank-yous in the mail.
The pink note with the technique problems is of course the first try and the deep marroon is the second (of course I went with that color)
This is the third try, where the fabric is just right and matches the Gocco printing.
I wish that picture was a little better, but you get the idea. BTW this is made from swatches of upholstery at the local fabric store – I can’t say enough about making friends with the local fabric store. I’ve gotten the greatest donations of remnants because some sweet clerk was willing to tip me off.
One last thing, after the third try I usually find that somethings continue to improve but it never seems to be the kind of leaps and bounds that are achieved between the first through third iterations.