Everybody’s talking about it!

After listening to all the chatter, then deliberating for a while, I finally bit the bullet and decided to take a metal clay workshop at BeadFX. What the heck have I been waiting for? I thoroughly enjoyed my Holiday Gifts workshop with Liz Reynolds, last Sunday, and I’m afraid that this just might lead to yet another addiction!! According to Wikipedia: “Metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper, mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan …

Create and abandon!

News flash! I’m going to jettison the post I was originally going to write today, and focus on the process of creating and abandoning some of my work! I confess that I’ve been a member of a Facebook group called Art Abandonment (sorry, I tried to include a link, but it didn’t work, so you’ll need to search on Facebook) for years, and have never once made a conscious effort to abandon anything (shame on me). Sure, there’s always the bookmarks that I forget in my library books, but these accidental abandonments, don’t really count. I have left mystery presents, …

Which way did it go?

Have you found that you’ve lost interest in your art? Staring into a hole in your creativity is certainly scary, but if you open yourself up to possibilities, you may be surprised at what the tide washes in! I just had to take a walk on the beach last Friday, as the weather was unseasonably warm (18C), and totally delightful! What better time to blow out the cobwebs, and gather some natural elements for future projects? Camera in hand, I set out to see what I could see. Art is apparently everywhere!!! I wonder who took the time to build …

What’s on my bead mat – November edition!

I’m happy to say that my little purple doll, has finally started talking to me! I couldn’t take the rejection much longer, so decided to choose a couple of tubes of beads, and just start stitching!! Sometimes that’s all it takes!!! I decided on a purple and grey colour scheme (that has since been revised), pulled out all the tubes I own in those colours, and then proceeded to stall once again (one step forward, two steps back). So, I decided to sleep on it! It only took a week or so, before I woke up in the middle of …

Power to the pendants!

I know that we all drool and gasp in delight, at many of the magnificent jewellery creations, that we see in magazines, and on the internet, but are they comfortable and practical? I think not! They’re certainly the best the beading world has to offer, but how often do you think they’re worn? My old favourites, and the ones I tend to grab from my jewellery box most often, are those that are simple, light, and definitely easy to wear (and now, mainly made by myself). I prefer longer necklaces and chains (28-30 inches), followed closely by those that hang …

To brooch or not to brooch?

Apparently, brooches are back in fashion, so we should all expect to see more of them for 2017 and beyond. Is this because of the return to more ladylike fashions, like silk blouses, dresses, and pant suits? I haven’t worn a pant suit in years! Have you? I’m no longer in the corporate world, so formal suits, pantyhose, etc., are but distant memories. Ask me if I’m sorry? (Note: photo of Swarovski Bow pin, courtesy of Google Images). You should probably avoid wearing brooches on light silk blouses, but they’re perfect on jackets, coats, heavy sweaters, ponchos, hats, scarves, and …

Colour your Art!

I’ve never really been a trend follower, but sometimes it’s interesting to see what the runway gods predict that we will be wearing in the coming seasons (colours, styles, etc.). It always seems to be open to interpretation. After all, we are artists in our own right, and as such originals, so there is no real need to blindly follow the masses! Perhaps I should soften that approach! When I Googled jewellery trends for 2017, it gave me both fall/winter 2016, and spring 2017. It appears that we will all be wearing rhinestones and sparkly stuff (thank you Swarovski), oodles …

BeadFX Shenanigans!

I bet you think that we spend all of our time, playing with beads! No so!!! Two big events, and a road trip, over the last few weeks, made for a burst of early fall shenanigans. We started with the introduction of new Swarovski products (at our evening launch), towards the end of September. Next, Pam and I took our travelling road show of products, to the Needle Arts Fair, sponsored by The Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts, in Kingston, Ontario (last Saturday), and then back home, to participate in our Sunday, Artist’s Trunk Show. Whew! A very busy couple …

Texture talk!

I didn’t think that this blog post was ever going to get written! Some of you know that my old desktop crashed, only to be replaced by a new notebook. Unfortunately, my photo editing software doesn’t appear to be compatible with Windows 10, so I needed to search for a quick replacement! No time for research, so after a few misfires, I ended up just using Google’s own photo editor (the one that replaced Picasa). All I can say is that it works, and I was able to download my photos. No other info to share! The real subject of …

Dirty is, as dirty does!

I’ve started experimenting with “dirty pours”, and I think that I’m in love!!!! They’re so much fun, that I’m sure it will become yet another fascinating addiction for me (heh, heh, and perhaps for a few others)! ! As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, you could use either resin or acrylic pouring medium, as the base of your pours. I used pouring medium this week, but I do promise to work with Ice Resin next time. The small measuring cups were overkill, as no measuring was required with the pouring medium, but you will need to remember to …