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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Addicted to...

Ahhh, I have to come clean.  I'm terribly, horribly, completely addicted...to books.  And craft and supply stores.  And doing art.  I wish I could say that I have the self-control to stroll through a bookstore or craft store and exit with empty hands.  I wish I could even say that I have a "dime bag" habit.  But alas, it is a rare visit to either a book store or craft store where I do not walk out having paid at least $35 to $50 of my art earnings--usually so that I can learn some new technique or try out some new materials and mediums.

Today was no exception.  I have two new books--one on surface treatments for paintings and one on found object jewelry.  And I fear, my addiction may be spreading.  I was in the dollar store and came away with a bag of $13 worth of items that I will find useful for a) the next class I am teaching on the 12th and b) some of the aforementioned surface treatments I plan to try out.

It's become abundantly clear that I should not enter a book store or a craft shop without adult supervision and a cooler head that can be my co-dependent partner and talk me out of the danger zone. 

But, even with my addiction, I AM getting better.  Really.  I am.  I took back a book that was for an entirely new type of artwork that I don't do but think is really cool.  And exchanged it for the surface treatments book, of which I already do that type of artwork.  See?  That's progress...isn't it?