January 24, 2008

root canal part 2... and crafting, of course!

Root canal, part 2... worse than the first, I think because I knew what to expect. Not pain (although it did take 3 Novacaine shots to make everything numb), but because I knew I'd have to sit there with my mouth open for more than an hour. By the time he was done, my shoulders and back hurt (a lot!), just from being tensed up for so long. And, it took quite a while for the Novacaine to wear off- I was numb up past my ear, and practically all the way up to my eye, on that side of my face. But, at least I can eat without worrying about the temporary filling falling out, now... I'm still not done with the dentist, though- the cracks in my tooth are still there, so I'm not out of the woods until the crown gets completed. I have no idea what caused my tooth to crack, but I think I'm going to try and stay away from the hard candy from now on. (I'm one of those people who has to chew a Lifesaver, or any hard candy, for that matter, to bits as quickly as possible... probably not the best for my teeth!) These are yesterday's collages... I worked on designing them in my head all day long... on the way to work, I listen to NPR- I don't remember what the subject was, but someone used the phrase "circles of knowledge" during a story, and that was my inspiration. These took me lots longer than 30 minutes, though... first I prepared a few pieces of watercolor paper, and let it dry while I dug through my stash of papers... the paper I used for the circles includes vintage music, a diagram from a nature book, a page from a book in German that I got in a trade, and text from a couple other vintage science books. It's hard to explain, but the "plant" is loosely based on a giant tree in one of the alternate worlds in the 2nd and 3rd books in the Golden Compass. The first collage is 4 x 6 inches, and the second is ACEO sized. Since my dentist appointment was this morning, I took a personal day off of work (by the time I would have made it to work, it would have been just about time to come home). I stopped at the video store on the way home, and picked up a couple movies... I now have the urge to get out my watercolor paints, because I watched the movie Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger as Beatrix Potter. I have absolutely ZERO chance of painting anything remotely as cute as Peter Rabbit, though, so I know better than to even try. Instead, I'll probably get out some rubber stamps, paper, and glue, and see what happens!

4 comments:

Felicia said...

Oh, dental work is the pits! I'll send positive thoughts your way to speed your recovery :)

K said...

I just love "Birdie visits the Seashore" he's really very cute!
I too just have to crunch any hard sweets, very risky for teeth I agree.I used to live not many miles from where Beatrix Potter had her farm, gorgeous countryside. She was a real business woman, a rarity in her time.

Hope your dentist woes will soon be over!

K said...

I just love "Birdie visits the Seashore" he's really very cute!
I too just have to crunch any hard sweets, very risky for teeth I agree.I used to live not many miles from where Beatrix Potter had her farm, gorgeous countryside. She was a real business woman, a rarity in her time.

Hope your dentist woes will soon be over!

BR527 said...

these are cool, Jenn! I especially like the one with the irregular circles. Isn't it great how we can get ideas from anywhere? A simple comment from NPR and voila', cool art is born!