Thursday, December 27, 2007

Bead Journal Project

Check out the Bead Journal Projct.
Valuable information and ideas for all mixed media artists, beaders, journalers, etc.

Monday, December 24, 2007

filigree ornament
An excellent tutorial for making a lovely filigree ornament. Too late for this year?
Remember all your promises to get going on next years gifts and decorations? Here's a great place to start.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Snow man switch plate cover

The above URL will take you to Penni Jo's great directions for a the winter scene light switch cover shown here. Isn't it cute?
It would be fun to have seasonal switch plates that you could change accordingly.
I'm already thinking spring.
Hey! Thye longest night has passed. Spring is on it's way.
I say YAY!

polymer clay winter light switch cover

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ocean2 the art of Dr. Eddie

Dr Eddie is an artist, a digital artist and an instructor of digital art at Eclectic Academy.(
He created this seascape in Painter a wonderful realistic program that allows you to create digitally just as though you were working with the natural media.
The dream-like quality he achieved here was accomplished by simply going with the media, in a sense letting the painting create itself.
I find it both exciting, and thought-provoking, natural and mystical. I knew you all would like to see it and so I share.

Monday, December 17, 2007


Is there a time when a person should forget the advice to set goals?
Long term, short term, any term?
Is there a time when a person should quit planning and plotting and just do?
Did Grandma Moses make a check list?

Buy art supplies
Choose subjects
Set up easel
Take photos
make business cards
figure where to advertise

Maybe she just paints?
Sometimes I think I do too much planning and not enough doing.
I'm no kid.
I think I'd better paint! write! bead! clay! Now!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Poly Play Clay

PolyClay Play is a great site with a lot going on.
You may want to check out the free tutorials for dozens of fun items.

There are also directions for a switch plate cover, Happy Santa, table decorations and more.
Join the club and participate in swaps and challenges. Trish Hodgens has a good thing going here. You'll like!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Creating Porcelain Beads, an Insider's view

Melanie Brooks Lucacs gives us a complete run-down on her method of creating a beautiful bead and finishing it into a gorgeous necklace. The instructions are down-loadable. If you haven't signed up for Beading Daily from Interweave Press maybe you should.
they are full of super information and tutorials that shouldn't be missed!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Little Star Ornament

The above link will take youto a great tutorial for making a bead embroidered star ornament. Use the above directions as a starter to go off on your own. It is a great tutorial.
thanks to Amy Clarke Moore and Beadwork magazine.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Check out this blog

The above blog is written in French but you don't have to know another language to appreciate the beautiful polymer clay work shown here. The tutorials photos are so clear that many could be done quite satisfactorily despite the language difference.
Check it out.

Thursday, December 6, 2007


While the winds blew and the waters rose all around, it seemed a good time to me to dsign and run off my annual holiday cards. But the wind was still blowing when that was done so I also designed and ran off mailing labels and return labels. It is good to keep focused when the world appears to be coming to an end, as you are sadly limited in what you can do and the mind can run away with "what ifs".
Be prepared as the tendency to eratic weather is becoming the norm not the exception.
You know the drill: Store potable water, canned food, a portable radio, batteries, oil lamp and/or candles and matches, warm blankets, your pets supplies and your favorite pass time. Yarn and needles or hook, threads and fabric for stitching, polymer clay or sketch book and pencils. Sometimes there is little you can do as Nature has her fit so you may as well accomplish something. Use the fury outside to spur your inner desire to create. Then you will at least dome through this with something. At least as long as your fingers are not too cold to hold your needles or pencil!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Free tutorial, polymer clay family ornament

Really cute family ornament tutorial free!
Saw this on Clay-Polymer, check it out!

Monday, December 3, 2007

More storage!

This little corner holds a dresser and a little shelf unit.
The top blue drawer holds tapes and the second ribbons, twine, rat tail cord, duck decoy Cord, waxed linen, and leather lace. The third drawer holds small plastic baggies for jewelry , earrings, and jewelry boxes.
The Small white top drawer on the right holds, crochet hooks, knitting needles, tatting shuttles, and specialty needles. In the right drawer is chain of various types and sizes.
First large white drawer has plastic gloves, face masks, and other safety supplies.
The bottom drawer holds wooden boxes, plastic and glass bottles and containers and various items to cover with polymer clay.
On top is saved twisted willow branches, and limbs from a red Madrona.
The small spice bottles hold special buttons and beads.
And we still have not been all the way around this room.

more storage

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add more caracter

TreeMan 2

Tree Man 2 is a smaller version of the tree man created in class. I can show you more! Begin with a face with character. Use someone you know, or search out an image using Google images.Find one free of copywrite.

1.choose a paper with a little tooth. I used pastel paer in a warm light brown.
2. set out a variety of colored pencils, many browns, gold, dark grey, black, a few greens and a background tint. This time I used blues.
3. begin by sketching in the nose.It is the, (along with the yees) what will give your pencil painting character. The bulb of the nose is formed with three spheres, the center ase, and the two nostrils. The shaft of the nose is a column which becomes somewhat less as it reaches up to the corners of the eyebrows.