This started off as an overzealous doodle, inspired by my refusal to doodle squares. After a fashion, I decided to turn it into a Windows icon via Illustrator…
It still haunted my dreams, so I used the Makerspace’s CNC router to create a variant in real life MDF….
I had a certain amount of trouble with getting the yellow enamel paint to dry fully before I added another coat. This led to scaling of the top coat which was most ugly. Tom suggested using a 100-watt bulb in an enclosure, to ensure that the piece was at the proper temperature to allow the paint to dry. His suggestion worked perfectly and I now have a new art piece hanging on my wall.
Oh, the name. Originally, this was “Art…with a Handle,” but that seemed to lack imagination. Next, it was “Dream Explosion,” but that was a bit much. After allowing the name to percolate a bit, “Dream Balloon” came through and this led to “Helium.” So there.