Mix it up!

When I say mix it up, what do you suppose I mean? I’m not really sure, but it’s a subject that we’re going to explore! I call myself a Mixed-Up Media Artist, and that’s because I like to play with just about anything. Beads, paint, alcohol inks, stitch, fabric, resin, concrete, paper, stones. Also, enamel, polymer clay, felting, metal, rusty objects, and even driftwood. But is there anything else out there that I’m missing? Well, I’m not really into knotting (except for pearls), have never done any lampwork, and have had minimal experience with wire wrapping, metal clay, and metalwork …

May 2019 Bead Mat Update: Freeform, stitch, and stories!

My May 2019 bead mat update is late in the month, but then so is spring in Toronto! But here it is, and believe it or not, we’ve even had a few, very nice days. Not enough yet, but you learn to take what you can get! Nothing is better, than spending time with enthusiastic students! I love every minute of it, and it’s even better if you have something to show at the end of the day. My Freeform Peyote Beaded Bead class, last Sunday, was no exception! Of course, none of the beads were finished in the class …

Woven Jewelry: Would that I could!

Woven jewelry fascinates me! I’m talking about artsy jewelry pieces, that have more in common with basket weaving, and knotting, than anything traditional. My friend in Australia, took a week-long class with Mary Hettmansperger. I saw the photos, then immediately rushed out to order as many of her books as I could find (thank you Amazon!). Mary comes from a weaving background, so it’s only natural that she would be a master at woven jewelry. She’s even written a book on it, “Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping, & Twining with Fiber & Metal”. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Believe me, …

Playing Around and Finishing Up: True or False?

I’ve been playing around, but not finishing up all that many projects. It’s not because I don’t have any U.F.O.’s (unfinished objects), but rather that my mind has been occupied with other things. I do have stash enhancing projects! That’s what you call making stuff, that you add to your stash, to prepare for making other stuff, at some later date!! I’ve been doing that a lot! When spring calls, and I’d rather spend time out of doors, I tend to work on simple things. Like Gelli printing (mono-printing with a commercial gelatin-type plate), paper decorating, fabric altering, and all …

Beading Surfaces: What do you use?

When I talk about beading surfaces, what do you think of? I started beading the traditional way, with needle and thread (peyote, square stitch, right angle weave)! Then I branched out to stringing, done with crimps, and beading wire. Was that enough for me? Heck no! I joined the Bead Journal Project in 2008 (or so), then started beading on a heavy weight stabilizer, called Peltex (it stiffens the bills of baseball caps). Then, I discovered Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, Flexi-Firm, stiffened felt, and Good Felt! All good beading surfaces, but there’s more! I beaded on (or around) small beach stones, …

Resin Play and More!

What can I possibly say about resin play and more? You all know that I’m a mixed-up media person, but did you know that my cravings often come in waves? I simply cannot resist, when my muse whispers that I must go in an entire new direction. Okay, I’m not really going in a new direction, I’m just planning on taking an old direction, down a new path! I wish that I could say that I had lots of photos to show you, but right now most of my new ideas are just percolating in my brain. It’s a virtual …

April 2019 Bead Mat Update: New, old, and UFO’s!

For my April 2019 Bead Mat Update, I want to discuss a few of the things that I’ve been working on lately! But what would you say if I told you that I’ve actually been thinking of many more projects? Sigh! There just isn’t enough time in anyone’s lifetime, to complete every idea my muse throws at me!! My brain hurts!! What’s a girl to do? So, for my April 2019 bead mat update, I’ll just show you what I’ve been doing lately! What do Resin, Beaded Art Dolls, and UFO’s have in common? Why, those are all workshops that …

Skinny Leather: What do you do with it?

Let’s talk about skinny leather? No, not leather that’s been put on a diet, but a pretty cool jewelry making supply! I’m not sure what your definition of skinny leather is, but mine encompasses both round, and flat leather, and even leather and suede lacings. Now the question is, what the heck do you do with it? Leather can be both casual, and dressy! Pair it with stones for a more casual look, or bling it out to make a real statement! I love to wear my leather, Chan Luu style, wrap bracelet with jeans (no, I didn’t make it, …

Long and Luscious: For the ears, of course!

It’s pretty bad when you start dreaming of long and luscious, seedbead earrings! I don’t have a lot of experience wearing long earrings, but I think that I’m tempted to try. My only real exposure to long earrings, were those giant Sterling Silver hoops, that I used to wear, and my freeform peyote earrings (I’ve even taught a class about them, but probably not on the schedule until the summer). Other than that, my earrings have been fairly subdued. I have been known to wear a pair, with single stones on a long chain, but other than that, nada! Even …

Rocking a Collection: Let the buyer beware!

I feel like rocking a collection! I’ve done it before, and I think that it’s time to do it again!! Collections are funny things! You start with one item, that piece whispers to you, and all of a sudden, your studio space has shrunk exponentially! You’ll notice that I said “studio space”, because some have the luxury of actual space, others only have a closet, but most need to squeeze it out wherever they can. My studio started in my spare bedroom, but has since oozed out to the rest of my home. Is it any wonder that I feel …