Freeform is the star!

I may have mentioned my love of Freeform Peyote stitch in the past, but this time I’m dedicating my entire post to the subject. I drooled over it for years, then made one or two aborted attempts before getting a little “kick start” from Karen Williams‘ “Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading” book. I made a bracelet fairly quickly, and then turned around and beaded the little pendant in the same colours. Do you think that I like turquoise and acid green? Was it merely a phase? It’s obvious that I wasn’t ready to abandon either my Intuitive Bead Embroidery or …

Finding your own voice!

I’d like you to join me in a journey to find your own voice. Do you spend precious time trying to figure out why you’re not satisfied with your work? Do you realize that it’s probably because you haven’t found your own artistic voice yet? I began my journey as a fibre artist, yet years later morphed into jewellery and mixed media. I’ve been told that my work is easily recognizable, but it doesn’t always satisfy me. Should it? Artists such as Sherri Serafini and Marcia Decoster have voices that are impossible to miss. They’re simply magnificient! I confess to …

Paper jewellery collage or decoupage?

What is the difference? Collage, according to dictionary.com is “a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theatre tickets and fragments of an envelope.” On the other hand, the Decoupage definition from the same source is “the art of decorating something with cut-outs of paper, linoleum, plastic, or other flat material over which varnish or lacquer is applied.” Sounds similar, except for the fact that decoupage uses cutouts and lacquer or varnish. For the purposes of this blog post, I’m …

Beading on the wild side!

There’s beading and then there’s beading! Most of us start out learning the basics of stringing. Others start with bead weaving, loom, wire or metal work. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with these options, but wouldn’t it be fun to be a little more adventurous from time to time? Traditional peyote stitch (also known as the gourd stitch), is an off-loom weaving technique, and may be worked with either an even or odd number of beads per row. The free form version of this stitch is very organic, as it bends and even breaks many of the rules of traditionsl …

Let’s talk texture!

Texture is one of those things that we seem to take for granted. It’s all around us, but how often do we make a conscious effort to notice it? Raindrops on a lake, cracks in cement, rusty metal, peeling paint and rippling grasses, are all examples of textures in the great outdoors. Now let’s examine some ways to include texture in your work! Pair the creamy texture of pearls, with the soft sheen of silk. Match semi-precious stones, with fibre, wire, leather, buttons or metal. Create a collage of textured elements, and then add a smooth coat of resin. Or …

There’s nothing wrong with your beady status quo!

But it might be time to evaluate, just where you’re going, in 2016.  If you’re anything like me, you rarely make resolutions, but when I do, they are quite unstructured.  I do make plans, but most of them evolve and expand, naturally over time.  Ideas committed to paper, make me feel anxious and guilty, and no one needs that type of negativity in their life.  No guilt allowed, as it’s sure to mess with your creativity!  Loose plans, can always be adapted, to the changing nature of art, work and life.  Planning is a positive thing, and combined with goals, …

What’s on my bead mat?

Or perhaps I should say, “what’s on my bead mat”, and rolling around in my head, this week? I had a lovely, quiet holiday, and find that when I have time on my hands, my hands just naturally turn to creative pursuits. During the holidays, I watch sappy movies, eat more snacks than normal, and search for projects to play with. Although, I do start new projects, I confess that I love to dig into some of my UFO’s (unfinished objects)! Not just components (stash), but projects that I’ve started, and haven’t found the the time, or inspiration to complete. …

Reflections on an exploding stash!

Santa Baby, I’ve been a very bad girl this year!! I purchased tons of stuff, with absolutely no idea, what I was going to make! Sure, I whipped up some class samples, and made an Inspiration or two, but did I really need all of those pearls? I ask you, would you? Then, let’s chat about the paint I purchased. Yes, I absolutely needed the Pebeo Fantasy paints, Adirondack, Alcohol Inks, Ice Resin, Iced Enamels, Gilders Paste, Mica Powders, and Spectrum Noir markers, for workshops I was teaching, but did I need so darned many of them? Not to mention …

I’m late, I’m late, and my creative dilemma!

Once again, I seem to have given myself a bit of a challenge! What better time to do this, than when you’re supposed to be madly shopping, creating, wrapping and sending gifts off to the west and the north? Rats! I do this every single year, while vowing to never do it again. Despite this fact, I don’t remember ever being late for the big event. If you pay enough dollars to the postal gurus, and remember to send your parcels a few days early, your package will get there on time (I always keep my fingers crossed,and still worry). …