Bricks & Stones break my bones…but foamcore drives me Nuts-o!

Yea I have a lot of different projects on the burners right now –in fact I’d have to be a professional stove with double the normal amount of burners to handle all the pots I’ve got a’boilin!Β mrgreen

One of those was making a brick wall to use for backdrop image when I’m shooting photos of stuff—-for Etsy & for using in Friday Monologues. It took me a good week or so to get the wall done. It wasn’t fun.

I’m not that happy with itΒ  because there were too many places I made mistakes and it shows.

However, it’ll do the job and that for now is what counts.

I have to say here and now that I am not, never have been and never will be a fan of foamcore.

Please don’t try to stone me you folks who love the stuff.Β  I know it’s manna from heaven for a lot of people, and it’s the greatest stuff ever. For you. πŸ˜‰

It remains burned into my consciousness as the crap that professors made you use for pointless art projects (when in the day a piece of foamcore cost 6 bucks instead ofΒ  1 buck at the dollar store!) Anyway.Β  I still think it is the stuff of the devil.twisted It’s flimsy, flaky and just too prone to damage. Ok, that last bit is probably just down to me being a klutz and needing sturdy, break resistant stuff around me!

Anyway, I persevered through and made this: (in the 2nd one down Giselle is modelling in the pics just for the hell of it!).

See, this is where the nit-picky thing really rears it’s ugly head.

A lot of people just use bricks that the y print off of photos or they use scrap-booking paper (or fabric). I’d like to be happy with that for my use, but I … well. I just couldn’t. And I have heard that me putting all this detail in doesn’t make any difference at the end, so why bother with it?

But, I just had to. Really.

Anything else would have felt half-assed.Β  And I really do my damnedest to make sure I don’t do anything that way. Why bother if you’re not going to do it right, you know?

Yes, it meant I spent more than a week scribing in all those blasted bricks. And then more experimenting (and failing spectacularly with different options for mortar!) I’ve kind of got the mortar thing sorted so the next wall will be better (and it won’t be foamcore).

And just a few shots of Giselle because, well….she’s a fave!

I’ll be updating again as soon as I have some more photos (of stuff) to share! πŸ™‚


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10 thoughts on “Bricks & Stones break my bones…but foamcore drives me Nuts-o!

    1. Aww, thanks Jennifer!
      It’s nice to know that people can see it (and think it’s less flawed!) and that it was worth the effort πŸ˜€

  1. I think your wall looks great – I love the raised, rough surface to your bricks. Congrats on having the patience to ink in the mortar.

    Giselle looks great. I like that Giselle best; her original pattern-rich fashion was cool, too. Dark floral blouse and a dark print skirt, I think. And a tweedy jacket. Sigh.

    Thanks for sharing ;-D

    1. Dana, thank you for noticing the texture I added to the bricks! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
      I had thought that the foamcore would automatically have some “texture” but alas I was wrong–so adding texture, and making dets and stuff was part of the process….*ugh*

      And I know, I think Giselle is fantastic! Her original fashion was nice as well (the semi sheer black top with flower print, and the fitted suit jacket–Yum!) My giselle had some eyework done because she used to have a terrible case of UES!

  2. Looks great! Say what you want about foam core but the results look really beautiful! Well, here, anyway. I’ve seen some very bad foam core usage!

    1. Ah Danielle! Thank you….but foamcore IS still evil! >:)
      I’ll leave the remaining herds of wild-foamcore to those who can appreciate their foamy goodness more than I!! (commenting about herds of foamcore…must be a sign that I haven’t had any caffeine yet today!)

  3. Well, you already know I think it looks great! As much as you hate the stuff, (it’s definitely an acquired taste, lol) sometimes just being forced to work with what you have, even if it’s outside your comfort zone can force you to me more creative– which is always a good thing! πŸ™‚ And hey, it might have taken a week, but you finished it! Major accomplishment!
    Oh, and some foam core does have texture to it, I think you just got unlucky, lol. More proof that you & foamcore just aren’t soul mates. But I think you knew that… πŸ˜‰

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