Senin, 31 Januari 2011

Speed Indeed

Art at the Speed of Life: Motivation and Inspiration for Making Mixed-Media Art Every Day

Art at the Speed of Life, Pam Carriker's new book, is now available. This book is filled with high quality art, tons of step-by-step projects, essays that cover the most current topics, and suggestions that will help you to better integrate art into your busy life! I am blown away by the quality of this publication. This book is a reference that you will return to over and over.

I want to thank Pam for inviting me to be a part of this book. I am honored to have four pieces of art and an essay included in its pages. I will be sharing my work from the book in upcoming posts.

Monthly Challenge Blog Tour

Treasures Found - We start off with ABS editor Erin Prais-Hintz sharing her renewed commitment to participate in each monthly challenge for 2011!

Palumbo Polymer Jewelry - Created a textural treat with a color mokume gane polymer clay beads combined with wood and shell.

Bead for Busy Gals - Shares an etched metal and lampwork glass creation.

Stories They Tell - Created a polymer clay necklace that is swimming with color.

Jenn Judd Rocks - Shows off a copper river entwining a lampwork art bead.

Mackin-Art - Pulled out the seed beads and created a freeform swirling river.

Leggende Segrete - Created a bold polymer clay necklace inspired by the texture of our challenge painting.

Kristi Bowman Designs - Transformed a sari ribbon into a color river that accents a bronze pendant that she created.

EE Bead and Metal Works - Mother and daughter design team created an enamel and beaded necklace in this collaborative effort.

Shaterra Clay Studio - Looked on the sunny side of the brown river to create a color and fun necklace.

Inslandgirl's Insights - Was so inspired she created two necklaces for the challenge and incorporated her new favorite metal - copper!

Linda Landig - Created a vibrant ceramic pendant that pulls some of the brighter colors from the inspiration piece. 

Beading by Malin - Shares a story of artistic connections across the globe inspired by this month's challenge.

Create with Spirit - Pulled together ribbon, wire and ceramic art bead for a completely unique bracelet.

Art with Moxie - Fashioned a mixed media beaded collage of unique elements for a show-stopping necklace.

A Dose of Inspiration - Created whimsical polymer clay beads inspired by this month's painting.  And she offers a peek into the making of her clay pods.

Mary Harding - Shares cherished childhood memories brought back by this month's inspiration.

Beautifully Broken Me - Created a metal and ceramic stunner in this modern necklace.

Bee Tree By Me - Was able to break out of the winter doldrums with an infusion of bright floral and heart creations in her challenge necklace.

For the Love of Beads - Whipped together a sugary-sweet necklace with a bright and fun color palette.

Thanks to everyone who participated - this was such a great month of creativity!  I'm totally inspired.  Join us tomorrow to find out who is the winner from this month's Challenge! Wednesday starts a brand new challenge for February, I'm looking forward to seeing what you create next.

(If I missed your blog post, leave the link in the comments below and I will add you to the list.)

Minggu, 30 Januari 2011

Sunday Night at CHA

Another fantastic day here at the Craft and Hobby show in California. I know lots people are posting from here and no one does that better than Suze Weinberg, one of my blog links. Her pictures sum up the daily experience for a lot of us! So, until I return, I recommend reading her blog so you can see photos and some of the fun events I am attending!

Sundays with Cindy....Beadbloggers weekly links

Happy Sunday, ABS Readers! There's a great line up of links for you this week. Enjoy!

A Bead A Day
Lisa continues to hammer happy thoughts into wood jewelry pieces over at A Bead A Day Blog! Jewelry Making
Sign up for this fun e-course themed around "love." Perfect for the up-coming Valentine's Day holiday.

Art Bead Scene
Believe it or not, sometimes an Art Bead Scene editor just can't come up with the right words.

Beading Arts
Cyndi put the finishing touches on her beaded postcards!

Beading & Books
Michelle reviews a "top 20" list of craft tools from Martha Stewart and compares it to what's in her own studio.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi creates a very soft and warm felted bead necklace. 

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Cindy has chosen one single word to keep her creative juices flowing. What do you think it is? 

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Bang, bang, bang! Melanie makes another Response Saturday post featuring the loud sound of texturing hammers on metal.

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews Tammy Powley's amazing new book, The Complete Guide to Jewelry Making--what a thorough and terrific teaching guide and inspirational powerhouse for designers!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Can you feel it? Andrew is on the verge of many big projects with limitless possibilities ahead!

CPS 203 Part 1

CPS 203

CPS Designer Ideas

Designer: Kim Moreno

Cardstock: Core'dinations
Buttons: SEI
Stamps: Stampotique Originals
Twine: Jillibean Soup
Punch: Martha Stewart
Markers: Copic
Ink: Storage Unit Inks

Happy Birthday
Designer: Angie Hagist

Stamps: Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock
Ink: Close to My Heart
Markers: Tombow
Ribbon: Offray

Designer: Kimber McGray

Cardstock: Jillibean Soup
Pattern Paper: Pink Paislee
Pocket: KI Memories
Stamps: Stampotique Originals
Ink: Memento
Pearls: Queen & Co.
Twine: Jillibean Soup
Punch: EK Success
Markers: Copic

Designer: Linda Beeson

Stamps courtesy of Stampotique
Cardstock – Core Gemstones and Core Essentials/Core’dinations
White Copic Xpress paper
Patterned paper – We R Memory Keepers
Black Versafine stamp pad
Clear embossing powder – Stampendous
Copic markers
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Glitter heart brads – Recollections
Rub-on sentiment – Making Memories
Corner rounder punch - Fiskars
Foam tape – 3M

This week's prize is sponsored by: Stampotique Originals. Be sure to check here each Wednesday to see what you could win along with some great samples from our sponsor.
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.

Sabtu, 29 Januari 2011

Greetings from the "Fig"

I am posting for the first time using using BlogPress on my Ipad. We are at the Hotel Figueroa which is an old but well known hotel. I am hoping to experience some paranormal activity...but our window air conditioner is so loud that if a ghost came by I wouldn't hear a thing. The rooms all look like this.
I will have lots to post about when I return. I will just keep to a few short messages until I return.

Collectors Edition: Chapter 5

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. Links to the first four projects (Secret Sunday, The Book Guild, StudioScapes, Viewer's Choice) can be found on the sidebar of my blog.

Collectors Edition is the fifth installment in which your favorite artists share their favorite collection or obsession.

I collect unmounted stamps, postage stamps showing people´s heads for using them in my artwork, and vintage papers.

I collect earrings. I have over 200 pairs from all over the world. Some women feel naked if they leave the house without make-up. I don't wear make-up, but I feel naked if I leave the house without earrings. I also collect tarot decks (I stopped counting at 400), Devil figurines and statues, skeleton figurines and Day of the Dead sculptures, and Betty Boop figurines, bobbles heads and snow globes.

Golden's iridescent and interference acrylics

You only have to look at my blog or etsy shop to see I am a bit Buddha obsessed. I am drawn to most things with an Asian flavour and style. Here's a painting of mine. The fun thing about it is, it was a palette and had so much wonderful colour and texture that I couldn't throw it away. I painted over it and then with an exacto knife I cut the little nubs of dried paint so that they emerged from the background. I stamped the words "form is emptiness, emptiness is form" which is from a Buddhist text called The Heart Sutra but it also speaks to art work. Then I put a little box frame around it made from some old pieces of trellis wood.

My current obsession is gouache paints.

Old books. Some I repurpose. Some I just keep to look at and smell.

My current fascination has been using holiday windows as a kind of ready-made photo collage.

I do think it is awfully enlightening to see what we unconsciously collect. The things we imagine we do not have enough of and keep gathering. In my last organizing purge of the studio I put together a pile of dice, a stack obsolete library index cards, and a mound of smashed souvenir pennies.

Consciously, though, I collect things that I can not make. the rusty bent nail, a flattened flour scooper, those old telephone connectors. Even when I cannot imagine (imagine that) not using these time-altered items, the history of the thing pulls me and muses me into the building in texture, words, and crossover from 2D into 3D book form.

As others may find also, the longer one works, obsessions seem to cycle and rebound. Moving from one burner to another. As working with one media gives energy and rise of another, more familiar channel. I do think it has something to do with wanting to exhaust all possibilities. An intuitive relationship with my own workings go from the visual vocabulary to the written word and altered planes. Looming big, for me, is the religion myths as a tool to understand and evaluate the human condition searching for the threads of resonance that connect us all.

Art Journals 

Including bits and pieces of everyday life into a journal made of leftovers!

This Week's Winner (CPS 202)

The winner of this week's prize from PSA Essentials is....

47. Andrea C  

Please send your contact info using the link at the top of the page. Winner's have one week to claim their prize.

READER IDEAS - Week of 1/30/2011

This week's prize is sponsored by: Stampotique Originals. Be sure to check here on Wednesday to see what you could win along with ideas from our sponsor. Please post a direct link to the page featuring your CPS #203 inspired card below by Saturday February 5 at 8pm CST to be entered into this week's prize drawing.

Studio Saturday with Jennifer Jangles

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. Congratulations Malin De Koning , you won on of Cindy's Wired Red Lotus Pods. .

This week we are in the studio of Jennifer Jangles.

Hi everyone, last month I was working on setting up my new studio and store. Guess what...I am still working on it! I feel like I am making great progress, but I have to admit, I had no idea what was involved with doing this. The studio was up and running enough to make beads and buttons right away. It's all the little things that I am still working on. Last week I tackled the gallery display. I will be making work and filling the store as I go. I thought if I got the "bones" of the space all ready, it would be much easier.

This is what I did...

First I had really dirty and ugly peel and stick tile on the floor, but since the space is rented I didn't want to tear anything up. I bought vinyl the size of the shop and taped it down. Did you know they sell double sided tape especially for vinyl flooring? If I had known that I would of changed floors in most of my studios. It was a really inexpensive fix.

Next I hit the restore, after taking inventory of what I had for displays. I found a large metal book shelf for 10.00 and a corner desk cabinet that was solid wood for 75.00. To make the place all flow, I painted everything white. I really wanted my bright work to shine, not the fixtures. I did decide on one accent color. I need some large pops of color. I, of course, choose lime green. Actually it's called lemon grass. I could paint my entire house in it I love it so much.

I figured by the time it's my turn for studio Saturday again the store will be up and running. Yikes, I can't believe that! But I am working on some Art Bead Scene posts for in the meantime on display ideas. I have been playing around with all sorts of ideas and thought I would share some with you.
My question for this week is about color. If you had to choose one for your signature color, what would it be?

Leave me a comment and you could win one of my new spring bead sets.

And if you want to win more...I started a contest today on my blog that runs until Monday. It's called "Guess What's in the Box?"

Happy Saturday!

Jennifer Jangles

Felted Heart

Something I made to wear this weekend at the Craft and Hobby Show in Los Angeles.
I am traveling light on this trip. I hope to post using my blackberry or IPad.

Jumat, 28 Januari 2011

Fit to Print Review: New Color Palette Ebook

When it comes to teaching color, Margie Deeb is the queen.  I've had the fortune of working with Margie on the Bead Cruise last year and she is brimming with inspiration and focused on helping others use color confidently. 

Her ebooks are filled with great tips, beautiful photography and down-to-earth lessons. In 7 Strategies for Extracting Color Palettes, Margie walks you through creating color palettes for your jewelry based on photographs, fabrics or colors from focal beads. 7 lessons show you how to translate those colors into beads and jewelry, explaining the theories of why they work.

The photos above feature the cover and an inside page from the book. I included the bead vignette showing art beads that use the same color palette to give you an idea of how you can translate the information in the book into your own work.

7 Strategies for Extracting Color Palettes is available as a PDF to download instantly.

Margie is the author of The Beader's Color Palette and The Beader's Guide to Color.  She teaches color classes across the country and online. Visit Margie's website for more information.

The Resin Candy Hearts

I would weigh a lot less if this was the only candy I was exposed to.

This cute heart ice cube tray is at my Dollerama store...for you guessed it $1.
A one dollar mold is fantastic! I am showing this now so that if you do live in Southern Ontario you can run right out to get one. These will not be in stock after Valentines.

These resin candy hearts are made up of two different resin pours. The first was to create a sparkly pink layer.
The second clear pour was to finish the hearts.
I have a fair amount of sanding and finishing to do. I'll start on that next week when I get back from the Craft and Hobby show in Los Angeles.

Are you my Facebook friend?
I am going to do some extra Facebook posting while I am in California.