Thursday, October 23, 2008

Friday Favorites October 24, 2008

Life is Messy Treasury 10/24/08

I grabbed a treasury today for my Friday Favorites this week. The title is "Life Is Messy, But Oh What A Ride!" . I am a big fan of woodblock and linocut art, and this week, I found a few prints that I really liked at Etsy: David's Tree by serendipityartist; Ride The Horse by sheridesthelion; Eighteen Trees On The Hill by magprint; and Pomegranates by casart

I also love the Love Is In The Air necklace by katswearableart and those gorgeous Copper Turtle Earrings by karmeldesigns

Thursday Clay and Play October 23, 2008

I am planning to finish some more Christmas Ornaments tonight for our weekly PCAGOE Clay and Play session.

Frankincense Pot Glazed 8Frankincense Jar Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament

Here is a photo of the gold glazed frankincense jar compared to the one embossed with red embossing powder...not a keeper, I'm afraid. Almost all of the detail of the leaf stamp is lost. It will make a lovely paperweight for my desk, though!

I did make several Christmas ornaments I really liked, but I turned them into brooches. I put these three in the Etsy shop:

Gift Wrapped 2"Good Things Come in Small Packages"brooch

Sleigh Ride Brooch 2"Sleigh Ride"brooch

Holly Brooch "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas" brooch

Hopefully, I'll be able to finish a few more tonight, and pick one for our annual PCAGOE Holiday Ad.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Favorites October 17, 2008

These are my favorite finds at Etsy for this Friday. I absolutely adore the Fall season, and Autumn in the South is spectacular. If you've never seen Biltmore Estates near Ashville, NC in the Fall, you are truly missing a really special treat.

I am so inspired by the colors of nature, and nature is at its most magnificent in Autumn. The colors of Autumn are my favorite colors: Pumpkin, ochre, sage, aubergine, plum, the red of maple leaves, mustard, chocolate, caramel...

Two of my fellow PCAGOE members are included in this sketch, SpiritMama and ArzuMusa. I am adding Arzu's sweet little buckets to my Christmas wish list!

I love daydreamers little spotted bird and JMcGuinness' Single Red Maple Leaf photo.

Thursday Clay and Play October 16, 2008

My plan was to work on some Christmas ornaments for the PCAGOE ornament swap. I got a few ideas transferred into clay pieces, and a whole lot of new ideas cropped up I want to do as well, but here are the initial efforts.

Thursday Clay and Play 10/16/08 Myrrh Jar 1

The myrrh pot seems to be the most popular one so far, although this is definitely a prototype. I figured out some things in making it which I want to correct, but will be making more.

Frankincense Jar Polymer Clay Christmas Ornament

I'm going to tweak the frankincinse jar, too. I think I'm going to add a glaze of liuid sculpey and bright gold mica powder and see what that does. I am not crazy about the red embossing powder. I think I used it incorrectly, it's tacky to the touch. I brushed it on the raw clay instead of embedding it, which seems to make a huge difference.

Momma's Christmas Letter Polymer Clay Ornament

This little guy is my personal favorite because it has sentimental value. My mother writes a Christmas letter to her children, grandchildren and son and daughter-in-law every year. She puts them in little decorated envelopes and hangs them on the tree for us to find. This one is for Momma to hang on her tree this year. I will definitely be making some more of these. I want to try the flap in different colors and patterns. I think the holly berry transfer I did on the myrrh jar would be pretty on one.

I'll be tweaking and working on more this weekend. Off now to find my Friday Favorites! Be right back!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Aubergine Leaves

Aubergine Leaves Necklace

This is my entry in the November PCAGOE Challenge, the theme of which is "Autumn Leaves". I started by blending Gold Premo, Sedona Studio by Sculpey and a tiny bit of Alizarin Premo to get a rich pumpkin color. I rolled out a 3/8" sheet and embossed it randomly with a maple leaf stamp and cut out my pendant shapes. I then mixed a glaze of liquid sculpey and plum, navy and a touch of gold mica powders to get this beautiful aubergine color and applied it liberally to the uncured piece and baked it. I wet-sanded it through 6 grits of sandpaper because I wanted some of the pumpkin undercoat to show through, and buffed it. I think the result looks like glazed pottery from the 1930s and 40s!

I decided to make this my entry into the November challenge sponsored by the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy. Be sure to check back here or at PCAGOE on November 1st for your chance to vote on my entry or others. You could win handmade polymer clay pieces from our artisan members!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Favorites October 10, 2008 and Studio Time

I've been slack about blogging this week. I've been running myself crazy with meetings and the day job, leaving very little time to create. I had a Treasury for my favorites for today, but sadly, it has already expired. Some of the featured items sold, too, I think, but here it is!

One of these days, I'm going to buy out tljessup's shop. When I win the lottery, or the government gives me another surplus check, Ha! Ha! I just love his/her photos. "Pod" is fantastic!

Last weekend, I did into the studio and made these brooches and pendants. I love the Baroque and Renaissance alphabets and images, though, and I just bought a color laser printer, so I may have to do some more...

Brooches and Pendants 10/05/08

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday Favorites October 3, 2008

This new treasury features my favorite bird, the beautiful Cardinal. I have one as a regular visitor to my office window, and he inspired me to create a treasury for him and his friends. I am also a huge fan of South Carolina's own James Dickey. I say South Carolina's own, although he was actually born in Atlanta, Dickey, was Poet-in-Residence at the University of South Carolina in Columbia from 1968 until his death in 1997. The title of the treasury, "Hours of the Cardinal", and the subtitle "A Half-Inch of Blue Sky", are from his collection of contemporary poems.

I am a huge fan of ara133photography's work, and her photo of a fat little, female colorful cardinal is way up there on my list of favorites from her shop.

I am also very excited that my friend and fellow Lowcountry, SC resident, Helena of SnowPondPrimitives has FINALLY decided to open her Etsy shops. Helena actually has two etsy shops, HelenaCStudios and SnowPondPrimitives. Helena is a wood carver and painter, and her Bird On A Bowl, featuring a red cardinal, is the first item she has listed. Helena is a very talented artist, and I cannot wait to see more of her things listed. So, hurry up and get that shop filled, Helena! Your adoring public is waiting!