DIY Beads!

Sure BeadFX has tons and tons of pre-made beads, but haven’t you ever thought about making your own? I bet that you’ve lusted over artist-made beads, but aren’t you just a little curious about how they’re made? DIY beads come in many different flavours. I’ve personally experimented with paper, Tyvek (think Fedex envelopes), fabric, threads, epoxy clay (Apoxie Sculpt & Crystal Clay), polymer clay, wool felt, acrylic felt and various types of wire (some successful and some not). My beads have been varnished, glued, baked, wrapped, painted, gilded, mica powdered, heat distressed, coated with resin, soaped up, watered down, and …

Rings and things and resin!

I started thinking about what I was going to write this week….and then….absolutely nothing!!! Don’t you hate it when that happens? Nothing funny or bright or even remotely interesting crossed my thinking path. Were my creative neurons on strike? What to do, what to do? Then I started reflecting on what was going on around me, and came up with a few ideas! The first one is freeform related (see last Wednesday’s post), and has to do with my obsessive need to try out everything that interests me. Karen Williams posted some delicious little Valentine rings on her Baublicious blog. …

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 …

February Classes Will Make You
‘Leap’ for Joy!

Yes, 2016 is a leap year where we get to add one more day to the calendar! Leap Years are needed to keep our modern day Gregorian Calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. Did you know, it takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn’t add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every …

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, …