Michelle Ward's 41st Crusade inspires us to make a grid. The word "grid" for some reason had me thinking about "griddles" which made me think about pancakes. So yesterday I made a big stack of blueberry ones just to try get this sorted out!
Since it's already the end of the month I didn't get too inspired to cut new squares. I have millions of ninchies laying all over the place already. And I have these square boards I keep kicking under my table that I've wanted to start putting some kind of foundation on. So these things clearly needed to come together so they could live happily ever after.
The first board took me about an hour to make. It's the colorful one, with 9 rows across and down for a grid of 81 squares. They're not perfectly placed, but they're relatively regular and somewhat precise.
I got irritated with myself for taking so much time to lay down the initial layer of something that will likely be completely unrecognizable when I take it further.
So I decided to make another one as quickly as I could, using mostly my hands to smooth out and adhere the squares. The brown board took me about 10 minutes to make. I was really happy I did it, because I've always wanted to compare the drying and adhesion of these little elements between jobs I very carefully set into gel medium and ones where I pretty much slapped down the pieces and prayed.
The good news: there's really no difference. The brown squares seem just as stuck down and adhered to the wood as the bright squares. The only difference is that I trimmed a row I couldn't get to fit and they're more sloppily placed.
So there you have it. And BTW, the pancakes were griddle-icious! Isn't it strange the very first time I used ninchies in a grid was in a behind-glass collage that had an apple? And normally I make apple pancakes? This is the 6 degrees of separation, but instead of being linked to Kevin Bacon, it's fruits and the poorly cut metric equivalent to the one-inch square.