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Monday, 27 July 2009

An Artist with RSI. Fun Times.

Good combination, huh.

Ok, well it seems RSI is a fairly common injury, but there doesnt seem to be a great deal of information out there for people like me who use their hands outside of the typing world who have RSI... either that or I'm not looking in the right places. This RSI has been going on for far too long and I am absolutely fed up with it, so I'm taking drastic action and cutting out as much crappy typing and unnecessary use as possible (as of the start of last week). This is pretty hard to enforce, as I'm pretty isolated where I live.. I don't live out in the middle of nowhere (sadly) I live somewhere MUCH worse... the suburbs (!). My parents nag me saying I should go out and make new friends, but to be honest, I don't want new friends - I'd just like to be able to see the ones I already have a bit more often, but everyone I care about lives miles away - Scotland, Yorkshire, and two of my best friends are travelling in Peru and Australia - so my computer really is my portal to the outside world! Sad, probably more than slightly geeky, but true. However - I have discovered Skype! so I'm keeping touch with them over that now instead, so minimal typing required. Huzzah!

My weapons are what I call a 'granny wrist splint' which is one of those heavy duty wrist supports with velcro and a metal stick along the bottom, so my wrist doesn't move around too much; Volterol, deep heat, hot water bottles, ice, and massage. All well and good.


Most normal people don't put their wrists what I put mine through. Stretching canvasses really does put a lot of strain on my wrists and I'm such a perfectionist/stubborn person that I like to do it myself because I know what I want, and I know how to do it - my canvases have to be extremely taut and I don't trust anyone else to do that for me (and it's far cheaper to DIY than to buy premade). I have canvas pliers now which are a godsend, but after stretching a canvas yesterday my wrist swelled up a fair bit in protest. To take some of the strain off, i thought i'd use the stapler with my left hand....

I say 'thought' because I have pathetic hands and i physically can't push the handle down with my left hand. I can just about do it with my right.

Fun times.

Hopefully this splint thing will help me get better faster. When I went to see my physio a few months ago she didn't want me to wear one and said if you must wear something, wear a tubigrip.
HAH. Like a tubigrip helps when you're stretching a canvas.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

nothing much

I know i've not written anything on here for ages - i haven't really done anything worth writing about for a while - my wrist has still been playing up which has halted play for a while and i had 2 weeks holiday on top of that so there's nothing to say really.. been taking a load of photographs - some are cool- they're on my deviantart site ( about to start another painting. I've been hunting high and low for a crackle glaze with little to no success... i initially wanted something that would dry and peel off, but no. Nothing seems to work like that on canvas, because that would be too easy wouldn't it. I've had to settle for crackle PASTE which means the whole painting will be crackled. I've bought a tub of the stuff from GOLDEN which seems to be pretty good so far on the test strips, so here goes - wish me luck!