Painted Lines and a bottle of Whine …

On Saturday July 30/16 at 8am, the landlord is having the parking lot lines closest to the building repainted. This work will be completed the same day. (They say.) We respectfully request that you park your vehicles along Dolme Ave between Cranfield and Hollinger for this weekend. Once the lines are repainted, normal parking can be restored. We humbly apologize for this inconvenience. The lines better be purdy. We’re hoping for pink.

We’re trumpeting the news!

Well – bugling it – actually. Which, in the tradition of Punday means – we have bugles! You should Czech them out – the skinny on these long beads is that they are totally tubular. 7 & 12 mm. For all those ornament designs – you know – for … Christmas. Because it is almost August, and you need a good running head start on these things!   But if the thought of Christmas startled you – like this owl here – I apologize. Doesn’t his expression look like he just encountered a proct-owl-agist with cold claws? We have enough …

Alcohol + Ink = Art!

Sorry to disappoint you, but when I mention Alcohol Inks (AI), it’s all about art, and absolutely nothing to do with drinking alcohol! Of course, when you’re working with AI, it doesn’t hurt to have a wee dram of something comforting, but it’s certainly not mandatory, as these inks are so much fun! Alcohol Inks are tiny little bottles of sheer, saturated colour! I’ve used them on various non-porous surfaces (after all, that’s what they were designed for), in resin, polymer and epoxy clays (both before and after the product cures). My all time favourite slick surface, is ceramic tile, …

Time flies when you’re having fun!

Can you believe we’re heading into August? I was looking up ideas for themes of what to talk about for this blog post. Did you know that not only did the Roman Senate name a month after Caesar Augustus, but it decided that since Julius’s month, July, had 31 days, Augustus’s month should equal it. In the Julian calendar, the months alternated evenly between 30 and 31 days (with the exception of February), which made August 30 days long. So, instead of August having a mere 30 days, it was lengthened to 31, preventing anyone from claiming that Emperor Augustus …

Selling your jewellery at outdoor shows

By Cindy Goldrick Well it’s been a few weeks since my partners and I participated in the last of three outdoor summer markets and I’d like to share my thoughts on what went on. I hope my feedback helps anyone thinking about doing the same, and I’d love to hear from those of you who participate in juried and/or non-juried indoor and outdoor shows in the comments section. Together we can make each other better and more successful.  My partners and I conceived of our collective, Bench Artisans, at the beginning of the year to create a cohesive front as …

InspirationFX: Purity

Purity  by: Dwyn Tomlinson I call this “Purity” because the colours remind me of the innocence and promise of a warm summer morning. Of course, you can choose your own colours too – and maybe then it will remind you of something else instead! I have two marks on my designing bench – which is a name that I use for the folding table where I pile my beads. I have two marks, about 7.5 inches apart, labeled “Perfect Bracelet” – so when I string, I measure against that for length. So adjust the length of this as required for …

Donuts, Clasps, and SUPERDUOS!

If you saw our InspirationFX project from a couple of weeks ago – you know that firepolish donuts are undergoing a renaissance – and I am madly in love with them – and also with easy stringing stretchy cord! Easy breezy lemon squeezy armfuls of wrist candy – and today – we have more! Because – when it comes to beads – more IS more! Not only do we have a truly scrumptious selection of the medium size donuts (5x3mm and 7x5mm) and large (9x6mm) – but we also have a bunch more of the tiny little 3x2mm donuts! Now …

Crazy for colour!

Ok, so I’m absolutely crazy about colour!!! Does that make me a bad person? No of course not, it just makes me a colourful one! Colour lights up my life, and has the power to chase away, any possible threats of grayer tomorrows! Although I’ve worshipped colour for years, it’s only now that I’m finally recognizing the fact that it’s totally necessary in my life. My uniform was heavy on basic black, during my corporate years, but my art has always been colour focused. Sure, I still wear the remnants of that uniform (it’s oh so practical, and hides a …

Getting the most from your classes

Even though I love to teach, I also love to take classes. There is always more to learn and seeing how other instructors teach helps me be a better instructor with my students.  Classes are meant to be fun and a chance to learn something new. There are things that we, as students, can do to help ourselves get the most from our classes. Some seem like common sense, but all of these tips are worth sharing.      Arrive on time (or even a few minutes early). We’ve all been in a class that it has started well with …

I see a pattern developing here…

By Cindy Goldrick Pattern, in the broadest sense of the word, is a particular way something is done or organized. In the arts, pattern is a repeating motif that gives order and structure to a work.  Pattern can be natural or man made. Natural patterns can be things like waves, spirals, spider webs and crystals. In art, music, architecture and design, pattern and repetition please our senses and give order and symmetry. The Fibonacci number pattern is one sequence found in nature (think pineapples, nautilus shells and pine cones) and is also explained by mathematics.  Pattern and repetition are major …