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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Getting ready to do a video tutorial on using UV Curing Resin...

I'm excited about a new video tutorial I will be putting out soon! It's been a long time since I've posted one. I forgot how much work goes in to it (at least for me...video editing is not easy and very time consuming).

 In the tutorial I will be demonstrating different ways to use UV Resin in jewelry making and mixed media embellishments. Here are some experiments I've been working on! These soon to be pendants are layers of resin within a solid copper ring, with watch parts and other embellishments embedded in the layers! I think once I've perfected these they will be a hit! Pictures don't do them any justice...
And other news...

Look at this great thrift shop find that will be sure to make it into future pieces of jewelry!




Crappy old tackle box, $3.00
The contents of crappy old tackle box, PRICELESS!

I can't wait to use these old clock parts in my future artwork and jewelry!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I've been in Jewelry mode!

Here is some more jewelry I've been creating...I love creating charms and dangles and wire wrapped beads and combining them into interesting pendants, bracelets and necklaces!

A great way to get some creative time in each day!












Thursday, January 16, 2014

This is what happens when I avoid housework...


Not the greatest picture, but I had a lot of fun making these beaded charms. A few days ago I had the pleasure of going to a bead warehouse called Shipwreck Beads. I used some of my stashed money from Christmas.. Wow, talk about visual stimulation overload. I was simply overwhelmed by the size of this place and the volume of beads and other jewelry making supplies. It didn't take long to spend almost $200!!! yikes, I always have buyers guilt after spending that kind of money. 

At any rate, I have plenty to keep me busy for a long while! I couldn't resist the urge to sit down as soon as the kids were off to school.  Of course I really should have been doing laundry, vacuuming, planning dinner etc... Now it's almost time for the kiddos to come home and (shameful) I'm still in my PJs! Oh well...now I have some cute new elements to add to my jewelry projects. 




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Life Happens...But, I'm Back!

So first I wanted to apologize for being gone so long! As you all know, life can have a way of distracting you from your true passions.  My two beautiful girls 11 and 15 are growing in to such beautiful young ladies, and my heart and time is devoted to their lives first, before art.

I've never been good at managing my time, and as our lives have gotten busier with competitive gymnastics, select soccer, high school sports, choir practices/performances, coaching etc...my time for art and art related activities has dwindled quite a bit.

While my heart belongs to my family first, I also have realized that I can't be the best Mom/Wife/Friend to those I love, unless I make some time for art play of my own.  I miss being involved in this blogging community of creative thinkers.  I miss seeing what you all are up to, and I miss sharing my own work and techniques.  I miss the feedback and support that you are all so good at lending, and I miss giving support and feedback to others as well.

My time is still limited of course, but I am going to make every effort to get my feet wet again.  I'm hoping to complete some more video tutorials, and I have a few great ideas up my sleeve...but for now,
apologies....I've missed you.....and

I'm Back! Yay!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Glogster

This is my daughter's 5th grade presentation on Deforestation.  She did it on a really cool sight called Glogster.com.  I thought I'd share, as I know many of you have school age kids too.  But also, wouldn't this be a cool way to share an art lesson or project?  I might just have to try it out for myself!  It's basically an interactive poster! Cool!


Friday, February 22, 2013

29 Faces Challenge: Face #20 and #21

Here she is, a "beautiful mess", a self portrait...I was feeling sort of defeated when I did this one. As a mother of an ODD child in her tweens, by the end of the day ( or lately, by the time she walks out the door to catch the bus in the morning) I am completely mentally and physically drained. If you don't know what ODD is, it stands for oppositional defiant disorder, and it is a moment by moment battle for me to stay calm, focused, firm, fair and consistent in my dealings with my daughter. ODD coupled with anxiety and a mood disorder make my daughter extremely hard to be around sometimes. I love her dearly and unconditionally, but sometimes I just want to lock myself in my room and bury my head under the covers and pray, cry, scream or just shut down completely...but I can't do that, because I love my girls...someone has to keep the peace and try and maintain the sanity in our household....so anyway, that is how I was feeling when I did this face.

On the flip side, when my daughter is feeling good, she is funny, witty, creative and downright brilliant! Sort of like living with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality. She has a beautiful spirit, and a heart that is bigger than even she knows! And anyway...sorry for going off about all that, but that is the story behind this face, and now you know a little something about me that you probably didn't know before! This was my art therapy for the week!

A "beautiful Mess" is the state my heart and soul are in most of the time. I think those two words describe how I feel and where a lot of my art is created from...
This next girl was inspired by an artist named Juliette Crane. She does really cute owls and animals, but I like Juliette's faces the best! I couldn't really capture her style with the ipad, but I love her loose, painterly style and the way her art makes me feel, and she has some incredible backgrounds in her artwork as well.
So, I guess that's about it...on to some other projects for the day.