Wednesday, March 31, 2010
"Hmm," I thought. "Why not?"
So I bought it and have added it to the stack of books that lie in wait of exploration. I know what my polymer clay style would be like -- sanded, painted, maybe some transfer work -- it's just getting there, knowing the right kind of clay to use and how to cure it. Or bake it. Or cook it. See, I don't even know the proper terminology, I'm that much of a novice!
The lampworking is coming along. Today I played with BullsEye and even tried working with BullsEye frit and encasing it all. It looked good going in -- let's see what it looks like coming out.
Tonight, I'm reacquainting myself with yarn and crochet hook and taking it easy. Who knows what I'll do tomorrow, since Zack is off school for a week of spring break. But whatever it is, it'll be fun.
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Lori's work can be seen at www.lorianderson.net and she also writes the blog www.prettythingsblog.com.
Friday, March 19, 2010
I tried my hand at encasing these in light amethyst, too, and encasing is a skill all its own, I quickly discovered! I'll put that on the back burner for a while longer.
Today I went out and ooooh, Rick bought me some Moretti Alabaster. Let's try that.
BLAMMO! OK maybe not -- the stuff is either shocky or I was doing it wrong -- a huge chunk exploded off the bottom the minute I wafted it through the flame. That got bundled up and put back on the shelf for later.
Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
It seems strange to ask you to cross your fingers for something I can't quite tell you about yet, but please do? It could be something big for me, and I'm crossing everything that can be crossed. It would also be a milestone in my art exploration, so is apt for this blog!
THANKS, and when I can, you'll be the first to know!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio took some awesome pictures of the setup:
And of me when I wasn't looking. (Eek. I hate photos of me).
Notice that I have my finger in the water? Wondering why that is? I was the first burn victim. I very carefully avoided the hot flame and the hot mandrel but had no problem chasing the hot bead. Yup.
These are my beads:
I have a lot to learn -- I need to coat the beads more fully with the enamel, for one, but I actually quite like the more rustic look of the beads. You can see Barbara's professional lovelies at her web site, Painting With Fire, but hurry because her beads do go fast! You can also buy the tutorial and materials you need to get started on your own projects.
All I need now are enamel powders (I bought an arsenal of metal beads). I can see so many applications where this style of bead could be a beautiful addition in my work. I've got a birthday coming soon -- maybe I'll treat myself!
Thanks to Jeanette Blix and Cindy Wimmer for putting on this workshop, and to Barbara Lewis for sharing her talent!
Lori also writes for www.prettythingsblog.com
Sunday, March 7, 2010
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ANYWAY! Our latest project was to buy a large matchbox, decorate it, fill it with beads from our stash, and swap it with a bead partner. I've never worked with Modge Podge before, so after one woopsie and a new match box, I made this:
I put raised dots under the butterfly to give it some height, and then filled it up with goodies:
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Just the name intrigued me. What was a Zentangle?
I emailed her and she directed me to their web site and I bought a kit.
I’ll let you go to their web site and get their story, but for me, this is what a Zentangle is — a way for a non-doodler, a non-artist, to get their doodle on. Seriously, this is some cool stuff. You can stay within the simple parameters of one “tangle” per space, or get funky with it and mix two or even three in a space. I found that as I made my first Zentangle, I could feel my brain uncrunch and smooth out, and I could see where, yes, that might indeed go there, or oh, I don’t want to do this that they tell me to do, but explore this, which my own imagination chose on its own.
Here’s my very first Zentangle.
Mine is very simple, but a huge step for me. You know why? I overcame a fear. I tried something new. I bought something and didn’t put it on a shelf to collect dust like so many things before it (PMC, anyone?).
I absolutely plan on doing these again. They’re small, and they’re fun. I plan on doing these with my seven-year old son on a grander scale, with larger paper and colored markers – he’s very enamored of the dice you roll to see what pattern you draw.
I hope you take some time out today to doodle!