Words to live by – and other fripperies!

Its 2018, and its time to focus on some words to live by! Which words, I do not know, but hope to by the end of this blog post. New Year’s resolutions have never been my thing, and that’s something I share with many creatives. For me, it would be just setting myself up for failure! As words seldom fail me, they will certainly be a better option! The logical first word will be CREATE! I would go crazy without this word. Of course, you’ll say that I do that anyways, and yes that’s true. However, with looming workshop deadlines, …

Tangled Techniques – and other stories!

If the truth be known, I’m all about tangled techniques! The tanglier (of course, that isn’t a real word), the better!! There’s not really much that I haven’t tried. I doodle, but do not tangle (as in Zentangle). I paint, but mostly Gelli print. My stitching life is not current, and I neither knit nor crochet. Collage and Eco-printing are favourites of mine, but I do not scrapbook, or make cards. I do know how to draw and sketch, but do I do it now? Not often! Resin is a definite yes, but I’m sadly behind on my artist concrete, …

Components to die for…and I’m not kidding!

A messy keyboard is not a pretty thing! Whenever I surf the Internet, &/or flip through magazines, I drool over exciting new components! Cabochon, pendant or bead – who cares? I’m not a purist, and I believe that you should experience anything your little heart desires. Art jewellery is generally viewed as its own entity! Not all makers, sell finished jewellery! They make components to sell to consumers, and other artists. A nice production line, and the revenue it generates, is very seductive! Perhaps you don’t want to spend time and effort, developing components of your own, but you want …

The great reveal – Zentangle on polymer

I decided to try two different types of image transfers. Both were printed on a laser printer, as toner works far better than ink jet. I have heard of options for ink jet users – but never paid it much mind as I have a toner based printer anyway. If you have any links to share for ink jet users, please feel free to comment below. In both instances I used Kato White Clay. I’ve got to admire you Kato Clay users out there….It is not easy to condition, but once you’ve got it conditioned – it really has a …

Zentangle on polymer

As you may remember from my posts just before Christmas. I ordered myself an official Zentangle kit for myself as a Christmas present. It arrived just after Christmas, and I’ve had a bit of a chance to do some tangles – both on paper, and on polymer clay! Here are some of my very first ‘Zentangles’ that  I posted on Flickr I tried tangling directly on a polymer clay pendant, rather than use an image transfer. For the first one, I let the ink dry for about 30 minutes, then tried doing some shading with pencil. This didn’t work. As …

Not beads

I know I promised pics today – Life got in the way yesterday, and I don’t have them ready. Instead I have a Friday linky love post. The first is the blog of Dawn Schiller – Odd Fae and Autumn things – Dawn makes art dolls out of felt and polymer clay. Very cool stuff! Second up (and this one does have beads) is the blog of Zuleykha – Zuleykha is a polymer clay artist as well, and you should check out the teeny tiny cupcakes she made! If you want to know more about polymer clay in general – …

More playing around

I don’t have any pics today, but they will come tomorrow. I’ve been playing around a bit more with resin, and polymer clay! I’ve always been extremely challenged when it comes to polymer clay. Everything I’ve ever made looks like it was made by a child 😉 What was always most frustrating about this, is that I have seen some fabulous work combining polymer clay with metal clays. My problems usually occurred during baking. It would bubble up, and/or burn, among other problems. I recently came across a tutorial from an artist whose patinas I’ve long admired. Shannon Levart of Miss Fickle Media. She …