Dec 08, 2009

My Artfire Studio’s Item of the Day special

While I have my 15% off sale going on until December 10, I also am doing a daily "Item of the day" special, which is free shipping on that particular item for the day, for shipping in the USA.  International shipping will be 50% off for that item.  I will change the special every day, I've been trying to start with items with the lowest views. Today that item is my hematite heart bracelet (non-magnetic hematite). If you're interested, click on the picture above and it should take you to my…

Dec 05, 2009

Artfire Crazy Train Rider - Clara Clips

I've been quite bad about keeping up on these promotions of other studios, so I am going to work on that from here on. Today's Artfire Crazy Train Rider is Clara Clips. She has such CUTE items in her shop!  If you have little girls and love to put barrettes in their hair, you might want to check out this studio! Here is a little snowman: Or maybe a poinsettia? Or a cute little butterfly headband? She is located in Canada, however, so keep this in mind if you're shopping from the USA, shipping…

Nov 15, 2009

Results of testing out Pardo Clay

So I baked the Santa, Snowmen and Angel beads I made over the past week, yesterday. Here they are all together: I forgot to put halos on the angels, and I'm debating whether to add them since their flesh color already seems to have darkened just from the 30 minutes they spent in the oven already, compared to the Santas where I used the same type and color of clay. I'm a little disappointed with the green Pardo that I used to make the holly leaves on the Snowmen's hats, it turned out very dark.…

Nov 15, 2009

Book Review: The Polymer Clay Cookbook

  I purchased this from Amazon about a week and a half ago, as one of the things I am interested in trying out with polymer clay is making mini foods. Not dollhouse style mini foods, but precisely what this book is demonstrating - mini food charms. I am anxious to try my hand at this but I need to finish up some other projects first before I dive into it. The projects in this book are extremely cute. I have my eye on the cupcake, cinnamon roll and pumpkin pie projects specifically, so when…

Nov 13, 2009

Claying again

I tend to flit back and forth between projects.  So I started painting the picture of my daughter, got as far as getting a little of the undertones of her skin in place, and then set it aside in favor of working with my polymer clays again. Hobby Lobby is opening stores in town, and I came across one very near my day job, so I went to check them out one day at lunch, 40% off coupon in hand.  I walked out with a few packages of this new polymer clay made with beeswax, Pardo - in red (ruby),…

Oct 23, 2009

Final sketch - I think I got it!

I worked on my initial sketch of my daughter tonight, and after two tries and then some clean up to lighten the pencil marks for painting, here it is: [caption id="attachment_79" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Final sketch of my daughter"][/caption] I can hardly wait to start painting it, though I may not get to that until tomorrow night after a family outing, due to the late time tonight. 😊  Then again I may try starting with some skin tone mixing on scrap paper to get an…

Oct 20, 2009

My current project - art not jewelry

Based on one of my previous posts where I said I was going to start back into drawing and watercolors.. well, here is my first project: [caption id="attachment_75" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="my daughter"][/caption] On an artists' forum I recently joined, it was suggested in a class that was done back in 2006, to try overlaying a the reference photograph and the sketch to get an idea of where any tweaks or fixes may be needed.  I did that and there are a few spots that I will need to…

Oct 20, 2009

Trying Networked blogs thru facebook

Just a test post more or less.

Oct 19, 2009

Comments are open

Sorry folks, I hadn't realized that my comments were set to close after 14 days. I opened it up so there is not currently a limit. I may set it again later though but for something like maybe 90 days instead.

Oct 06, 2009

Re-emerging Interests

I was at the craft store the other day during my lunch break, just looking around mostly to see if there was anything I could use my 40% off coupon on. I came across a book from my favorite watercolor artist, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.  (Also, see her blog at this address). I haven't done watercolor in a very long time, probably not in earnest since high school.  There's a story behind that, but for another day.  Anyway, occassionally I'll check out her site, and something deep down will stir and…

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