Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Not a Zentangle

I mention at the beginning of my Texture class that my "Texture Doodling" (copyright 2010) on clay is based on Mehndi and Henna Designs.  Now that the class is up on CraftEdu, I feel that you might like to see the kinds of designs that I've subconsciously been influenced by. 

I had already been working with texture for a while when a few months ago, I ran across some images on Flickr and was mesmerized by the complexity of the designs.  Soon after, I realized how much some of the shapes and designs were working their way into my polymer textures. 

I finally sat down with a two sided sharpie (fine and extra fine tips on one pen) and a piece of copy paper. When I began, the intention wasn't meant to make such a large design, but I just couldn't stop.  I've worked on for the past 4 days and I'm pretty happy with it!  Okay, I'll admit that I'm VERY happy with it.   I even went out today and bought some spray adhesive (I already had some black poster board to mount it on)  and a cheapy black frame.

I discovered that I still  have a very steady hand.  I used to do a lot of watch and some jewelry repair in my younger days selling fine jewelry, and I remember a customer telling me that I must have the hands of a surgeon to be able to work with such tiny parts in watches.  I had forgotten that I could actually draw a pretty straight line!

But, I have to tell you...please don't say this looks like a "Zentangle."  Of course I've seen the black and white drawings and heard of the method, but I have no idea what the rules or constraints are supposed to be.

Anyhow, now I feel like this could be a new addiction for me.  All I know is what I'm influenced by and luckily,  I had a piece of  white paper and black pens to help me express what is in my head.  I know, pretty scary isn't it? ;o)  It looks like a bird to me...

Friday, December 03, 2010

Bazinga? Yes, Bazinga!!

This is a new word to most of us :o)  What it means is that a particular class is being offered up at CraftEdu for 25% off for 24 hours.

You can Bazinga my class (I haven't decided if this new word we use is a noun or a verb) until 12noon MST on Saturday, December 4th...tomorrow!!

This really is a versa"tile" lesson (pun intended)...I used mine for a bracelet, but there are oh, so many things you could about ornaments?  You could theme a small or large tree with a southwestern style tiles!  Here are a few other items you could create from Textured Tile Tessellations:
  • Pendants
  • Necklaces
  • Belts
  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Rings
  • Bookmarks
  • Picture Frames
  • Mirror Frames
  • Frame a Window or Door
  • Decorate a Door or Cabinet
  • Kitchen Backsplash
  • Poker Chips
  • Magnets

Let's see...what else is new ;o)  I have a page here with some earrings up for sale for the sure to visit.  I'm thinking of doing more selling here on my blog, so you may see more items here than on my website.

Each purchase will be sent on a black signed card, gift boxed and shipped (first class) for free until Friday, Dec. 17.  I've also uploaded some pieces to Flickr, they are for sale and the same free shipping applies.

Ummm, oh yes.  I had an excellent November, hope you did too.  I was notified that a piece of mine is a 2011 Niche Awards Finalist...still can't believe that one.  The winners are announced at the BMAC in February, but don't think I'll be able to attend.  I believe that to have my finalist piece displayed at the show, I need to bring it in person...don't think that's gonna happen.

Also, had a good show Thanksgiving weekend here in Albuquerque and had an artist profile article in the Dec/Jan 2011 issue of Beadwork magazine.  Great people to work with, thank you guys!

Lastly, I was invited to join the oldest co-op gallery in Old Town...about 5 minutes from my house...Yucca Gallery.  I'll be taking some pieces in for jurying next weekend.

Whew!  Have you ever seen so many links in one blog post?!  Happy Holidays all, and thank you for your business and friendship this past year!