Rabu, 31 Maret 2010

Create on Demand

Some of us like the thrill of a little healthy competition to get the creative juices flowing.  Others just like the chance to win awesome prizes. And some need a deadline to get things done.  Here is a list of upcoming and soon due challenges to get that muse off her rear and at the worktable!

ABS March Monthly Challenge - today by midnight!

ABS Color Challenge Contest - April 1st - tomorrow

Bead Dreams - April 5th

Vintaj April Challenge - Spring Riverbed - April 9th

BeadStar - April 30th

If you know of any others, please leave a comment and I will add them to the list.  Happy Creating!

(Deadlines button from Allegrae)

CPS 160 - Renaissance By Design

Designer: Carla Peicheff

Stamps & Ribbon: Renaissance by Design
Cardstock: Stampin' Up
Paper: Stampin' Up
Ink: Memento
Tools: Stampin' Up scallop, word window & circle punch, CM Corner Rounder
Rhinestones & Pearls: KaiserCraft

The Right Shoes
Designer Rae Barthel

Clear stamps and Jade polka dot satin ribbon by Renaissance by Design
Cardstock: (black, white) Bazzill
Patterned Paper: (from Café Mediterranean collection) Die Cuts With A View
Pigment Ink: (onyx black) Tsukineko
Rhinestones: (Michael's)
Dies: (Nestabilities Standard Circles Large) Spellbinders
Tools: (Cuttlebug) Provo Craft; (corner rounder punch) EK Success

Buzzing by to say hi!
Designer Carly Robertson

Stamps: Renaissance By Design
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. and Prism Papers
Ink: Palette
Markers: Copic
Edge punch: Fiskars
Ribbon and button: Papertrey Ink.

Designer: Carly Robertson

Stamps and ribbon: Renaissance By Design
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. and Prism Papers
Ink: Stampin' Up
Flowers: Perfectly Pretty Cards Etsy Shop
Edge punch: Fiskars

Happy Easter
Designer: Lisa Silver

Stamps: Renaissance by Design sentiments
Ribbon: Hint of Lime satin ribbon by Renaissance by Design

Ink: Black Soot Distress ink by Ranger
Paper: Linen cardstock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Patterned Paper: Girl Friday by Cosmo Cricket
Tools: Window punch by EK Success, Fabri-tac by Beacon Adhesives, clear embossing powder by Ranger
Flower Embellishment: Orange stitched and Green ruffled ribbons by May Arts

You're the Best
Maren Benedict

Renaissance by Design stamps & ribbon
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Ranger distress ink & Papertrey Ink
Tools: Stampin Up circle punch

Thanks to Renaissance By Design for sponsoring this week's prize!

To enter this week's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this week's sketch image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it.

Look for the ABS Carnival Button!

The Art Bead Scene has some wonderful bloggers participating in our monthly Carnival Blog. The next one is April 14th. Can't wait? Wondering who the ABS Carnival Bloggers are? Just look for the ABS Carnival button on their blogs to find them.

We're always happy to welcome another dedicated Art Bead Scene reader to our Carnival Blogger Group! Interested in joining? Please send an email to Cindy saying you'd like to join.

Selasa, 30 Maret 2010

A New York Minute

Back in December I blogged about an upcoming exhibit that I was excited to see, the photography of Miroslav Tichý at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC. Tichý is a Czech photographer with a fascinating history. You can read more about him in my earlier post and at Tichy Ocean.

Courtesy of Foundation Tichy Ocean

What totally captivated me were his cameras, completely hand constructed from found objects! No photography was allowed at the gallery and for this post, pictures were provided by Foundation Tichy Ocean or shot from post cards bought at the show. Perhaps there is irony to be found in the fact that one cannot take photos of a photography exhibit!!

The exhibit did not disappoint. Although small in scope, the exhibit is well worth a visit. From the exhibit - "His photographs are sensual objects, artifacts of a deliberately abusive production process in which injury and distress are not only allowed but considered philosophically."

"Like a gleaner, he moves through the city, collecting the small moments that others might ignore or overlook."

His photographs were often framed with "a deliberate awkwardness, a denial of perfection." Sometimes mounted on old book covers, paper, or cardboard, his frames were styled with hand drawn lines - sometimes simple and at times quite ornate.

As part of the exhibit, there were two huge glass tanks filled with the "debris" of his career: cameras, film, piles of old photographs, books, leather camera cases, lights made from tin cans, old wooden frames, drawings, and pairs of glasses with bits of metal strands used as ear pieces. For me, these were the best part.

Courtesy of Foundation Tichy Ocean

This exhibit runs through May 9th.

CPS 160; Part 2

Designer: Linda Beeson

Cardstock – Core Essentials/Core’dinations
Curious Iridescent Cryogen White/CutCardStock.com
Patterned paper – Shabby Green Door and Bo Bunny
Rubber stamps – Scottie Dog, Zig Zag border, Sentiment/Scottie Dogs/Pink Persimmon
Black Versafine stamp pad
Clear embossing powder
Copic markers
Self adhesive pearls – Mark Richards, Inc.
Paper Scallop border – Martha Stewart
Corner rounder punch - Fiskars
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®
3D Foam squares – Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

"True Friend"
Designer: Lea Lawson

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: K & Company
Stamps/Ribbon: Renaissance By Design
Ink: Clearsnap (Pigment: lime & Chalk: ice blue, lime pastel)
Jewels: Kaiser Craft
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Circle Cutter: Creative Memories
Embossing Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft
Embossing Folder: Textile Texture by Provo Craft

Hello Friend
Designer: Jeanne Streiff

Stamps: Renaissance by Design (Benevolent Butterflies)
Card stock: (Suede Brown Dark, White, Simply Smooth White)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Ranger Distress (Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss)
Other: Kiwi Satin ribbon (Renaissance by Design), sponge, Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L™ (E-Z Runner, 3D Foam Squares

This week's prize is sponsored by: Renaissance by Design. Be sure to check here each Wednesday to see what you could win along with some great samples from our Sponsor Spotlight team.

To enter this week's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this week's sketch image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it.

Give Back to Haiti

I have teamed up with Andrew Thornton, to collaborate on a piece of jewelry that we wanted to auction off for charity to help in the efforts to rebuild Haiti after the devastating earthquakes. 

Go over to my blog post, and leave your bids in the comments. The auction started yesterday and continues through til Midnight on Monday, April 5th.

A donation will be made to The American Red Cross/ Haiti Relief Fund.

Senin, 29 Maret 2010

Designer of the Week: Jill Palumbo

Each Monday we feature the Designer of the Week. One of our editors pick their favorite from the Monthly Challenge entries. This week's featured designer is Jill Palumbo.

ABS Editor, Cindy Gimbrone had this to say about Jill's submission:

What a lovely entry into the ABS March Challenge! It's such a beautiful interpretation of Van Gogh's painting. Jill has really captured the painting's spirit and created a true statement piece. I look to seeing more from her!

If you'd like to see more of Jill's work, you can visit her Etsy Shop.

Minggu, 28 Maret 2010

CPS160; Part 1


CPS Designer Ideas

Call me! card.
designer- Charity Hassel

patterned paper, chipboard, stickers- Cosmo Cricket
letter stickers- Pink Paislee
buttons- Basic Grey

Make a Wish
Designer Laura Williams

patterned paper - Pebbles Inc.
cardstock, embellishment - Close To My Heart

Friends to the End
Designer: Angie Hagist

Bazzill Cardstock
Unity Stamps
Doodlebug rub-ons
Making Memories metal ring
Copic Markers
Close to My Heart Ink

This week's prize is sponsored by: Renaissance by Design. Be sure to check here each Wednesday to see what you could win along with some great samples from our Sponsor Spotlight team.

To enter this week's random drawing simply share your design with the CPS readers. Simply click on this week's sketch image in the side bar. This will take you directly to the post where you can add your link. Please use a direct link to your card so the readers can easily find it.

Sundays with Cindy

Good morning, Beady Readers! Wondering what's going on in the bead and jewelry world? Take a peek at our links and see.....

About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy has been showing off some of her favorite jewelry pieces on her blog this week like this pretty earring and necklace set.

Art Bead Scene
It's the Art Bead Scene Monthly Carnival Blog. This month's theme is "passion."

Beading Arts
Does the beginning of spring lift your spirits? Cyndi has made a spring bracelet sponsored by Artbeads to celebrate this most wonderful of all seasons.

Carmi's Art/Life World
A vintage TUMs container becomes a necklace centerpiece in Carmi's project this week.

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Rewind: Is your bronze metal clay warping? Then Cindy's got the tool for you - Rawhide!

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Whoo- whoo! New porcelain owl pendants inspired by internet sensation Molly the Owl

Sabtu, 27 Maret 2010

Book Guild - Chapter 1

Welcome to the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. Nearly 150 artists have answered a list of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented as a series of online and print projects. Secret Sunday was the first project and the links to all the secrets can be found on the sidebar of my blog. The Book Guild is the second project and begins right now!

All artists participating in The Pulse were asked to name their favorite art books. The Book Guild will present this list, along with links, book reviews, giveaways, and interviews with many of your favorite authors. And as members of The Guild, I am hoping YOU will participate by leaving comments related to the books in each post - for example thoughts, book reviews, personal experiences, or a link back to your own blog posts that include artwork based on a project in the listed book.

To celebrate both the opening of The Guild and my 200,000 visit, I have been holding a giveaway of 5 art books. And today, 5 lucky people who were randomly picked will each add 1 art book to their personal library. Thanks to everybody who played - all 289 of you!

And the books go to:

Sheila from Halo Hill has won Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression by Diana Trout

Robert on Absolute Arts has won Printmaking + Mixed Media: simple techniques and projects for paper and fabric by Dorit Elisha

Nicole (nicowat) from My Life in Pictures has won Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista

Bill from Billzetti's World has won Cover to Cover: Creative Techniques for Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums by Shereen LaPlantz

Peggy from Out of Hand has won What It Is by Lynda Barry

Congratulations to all of you. Please email me with your address so that I can mail out the books to you. And for those of you who did not win, no worries...there will be more giveaways on The Guild soon.

Of the 5 books I included, Diana Trout's book Journal Spilling was the most frequently requested in the giveaway.

Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression

And I am happy to be able to announce that she is our guest author for the first meeting of The Book Guild. So gather around, pull up a chair, and let me introduce you to... Diana Trout:

Spilling My Heart Out

Fall 2007

North Light: Would you be interested in writing a book about art journaling?

Me: Hopping in my socks (after my shoes were blown across the room) YES!

The premise of Journal Spilling came about in a very organic way. That is the way I work: just by starting and letting everything spill out until I get to the heart of it, that little nugget of truth that needs to be in the high beams. The six months before the photoshoot, was spent in the process of making the art and coming up with the projects: stretching and challenging myself. I kinda did what I always do: moodle around with materials until an idea begins to emerge then jump on that galloping horse and make the art (except times 10!).

Since I work with very little planning, this was a sticky bit for me because I needed to remember to record what I was doing without interrupting the flow of ideas. My inner engineer (aka Stewie) came up with a couple of systems to help me with this part. Sticky notes really are brilliant!

I was pretty nervous going out to Ohio for the photoshoot, but it was a blast. My editor and the photographer were so professional and friendly. What a great team, full of thoughts, observations and ideas. I felt really comfortable with them and all the folks at F&W. It was definitely weird though having people watch me work and take notes. Yikes.

Our beloved Phillies won the World Series in 2008 while I was at that photoshoot. There I was in my hotel room, screaming into a pillow while everyone here at home was dancing in the streets. If you look on page 100 you’ll see the sports section from the day after the big win as table protection under my artwork. (Go Phils.)

The last step was the most challenging to me. After receiving the mock-up from the photoshoot, I was on the home stretch: the writing. I really wanted to invite the reader into my classroom. Crafting each sentence, choosing each word, asking myself the same questions over and over again:
Who are my readers? Where are they coming from? What may they need to hear?

You see, it needed to be real. It needed to be honest. My mission was to give my readers the freedom to make their own art; to use the techniques and projects in Journal Spilling as a springboard. It was pretty much a six week writing marathon.

Fall 2009

The final form of Journal Spilling was hearing from folks that they love the tone, projects and inspiration of Journal Spilling. That they needed a little push, and they got it from this book. Mission: accomplished as well as we could at that moment in time. The gallon or two of sweat along the way was worth every drop.

Thanks Diana for spilling out your heart to all of us, in both your book and in this post. Journal Spilling can be purchased here . And you can visit Diana on her website, on her blog, or at her Etsy shop.

As members of The Book Guild, I hope you will comment on this post to get the conversation going. Feel free to talk about Journal Spilling if you have a copy. And if you have created any journal pages or artwork based on Diana's book projects, please leave a link in the comments so we can all see.

Next meeting of The Book Guild - Sunday April 4th. Mark your calendars!

This week's FOUR winners

This week's FOUR winners are:

15. Eli winner of:
Fairy Tales by Tami Mayberry

61. Joy Hadden winner of:
Dream Birds by Asela Hopkins

81. Rona winner of:
Sending Sunshine by Theresa Momber

114. Deb Long winner of:
Pressed Flowers by Melanie Muenchinger

Please send your contact info using the contact us tab at the top of the page. Please include the set that you have won. Winners have 1 week to claim their prize.

READER IDEAS - Week of 3/28/10

This week's prize is sponsored by:Renaissance by Design Be sure to check here each Wednesday to see what you could win along with some great samples from our Sponsor Spotlight team.

Please post a direct link to the page featuring your CPS Sketch 160 inspired card below by Saturday April 3 at 8pm CST to be entered into this week's prize drawing. Be watching later in the week to see what one lucky reader will win.

*Mr Linky seems to be hiding on occasion. If you don't see the box to add your link above this message reloading the page will sometimes help. If that doesn't work please try back later or leave your link in the comments section. Sorry for the inconvenience

(Please note: CPS reserves the right to remove any links not linking directly to a CPS inspired card)

Studio Saturday: Cindy wants to know what you think!

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.

Last week's winner is Mikki! Congratulations! You have won one of Heather's grab bags! Send Heather an email and she will get it right out to you.

Stepping in for Lynn Davis this week, is ABS Editor, Cindy Gimbrone.

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Over the past few years, I challenged myself to come up with interesting designs in beads and findings that could be made for production. I spent the last few years creating a line of beads that I could make a production level for wholesale orders. So I created modern, clean designs such as the Frost Links...

...and versatile findings like the double dips....

Although I love these and will keep making them, the wholesale hasn't taken off, so it's time to switch gears. I miss making painted beads like Thoughtful.

I know I want to freshen up my line of beads and make something in my style yet I'm not quite sure what. So, I'm asking your opinion. After reviewing the style of beads I make, what do you think is the next logical step in style? Do I pursue the modern, clean lines and create graphic style beads or pursue the painted beads or maybe something completely different from those choices?

I look forward to your suggestions! Leave a comment and you'll be entered to win the Red Art Modern bronze pendant.

Jumat, 26 Maret 2010

Book 'em

The drawing for and posting of my blog giveaway will take place this Sunday March 28th. If you haven't signed up for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post and tell me which of the following five books you would most like to receive. But hurry, because you only have till the end of today to enter.

Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression by Diana Trout

Printmaking + Mixed Media: simple techniques and projects for paper and fabric by Dorit Elisha

Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista

Cover to Cover: Creative Techniques for Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums by Shereen LaPlantz

What It Is by Lynda Barry

The drawing will coincide with the first day of The Book Guild.

Beginning March 28th, The Book Guild will meet on my blog every Sunday. Come for links, book reviews, giveaways, interviews with many of your favorite authors, and a few surprises. And come for the discussion that is an integral part of any book club. Hope to see you there!

Fit to Print Book Review: Totally Twisted

The subtitle of Kerry Bogert's new book is "Innovative Wirewire & Art Glass Jewelry." And that is exactly what you'll find in this colorful and fun book. 

I love that Kerry wrote in a conversational tone, you feel like you've stopped by her studio for the afternoon where she shares all her best tips and tricks for working with wire.

The book includes great step by step photos and clear instructions on the techniques.  The projects vary from using sterling silver wire to Kerry's signature mix of sterling and brightly colored artistic wire.  You'll learn how to make findings, your own chain, wire beads and how to use wire as a design element.

I love that the author shows 'tools' from common objects found in the studio like shaping a bracelet around a glass or links around tube of beads.  The idea that working with wire is easy and accessible is a common theme in the book.  I also enjoyed seeing the alternative views of the projects in different colors to show the versatility of the design and to spark the readers own variations.

Now let's talk art beads! Kerry is a glass beadmaker and every project in this book features a juicy collection of lampwork beads.  The projects could easily be adapted to showcase art beads of any medium.  I gave one of the projects a test run last weekend and worked up Kerry's Scrolliriffic bracelet using some of my disk beads, aquamarine stones and recycled glass, shown below.

I have wanted to make a chain using those s-links forever but just couldn't work them up successfully on my own.  After reading Kerry's directions I was whipping them out like a pro. 

You can find out more about Kerry on her blog and website, where sells her lampworked beads at http://www.kabconcepts.com/

Order a copy of Kerry's book today, I highly recommend it!
Totally Twisted: Innovative Wirework & Art Glass Jewelry

Reviewed by Art Bead Scene founder and editor, Heather Powers.