Posts Tagged ‘pink’

I just realized it’s almost a month since my last post! I don’t know what happened…too many things to do all the time, plus I’ve been having issues with getting decent photos to post (that’s why this post has none!).

Anyway, I decided to scrap my “pink Christmas” ornaments. I’m not completely happy with them – they’re a bit messy looking, they’re too big, and I’m just not loving them anymore. I still love the “pink Christmas” idea though, so I wanted to come up with another idea…

And I thought of making an inchie garland. I really like this idea – I so enjoyed making my Halloween inchies last year, and would love to make Christmas inchies. It will take a lot of inchies to make a decent-sized garland! But I think it would be so cool. I am not planning on having this done for Christmas, at least not Christmas this year!

Other than that I haven’t even done much arts and crafts. I’ve been working on my soldered pendants, and hopefully will have those posted soon. I’ve been trying to clean up my art space – it is so messy that I feel depressed every time I look at it. Time time time – I need more!

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I finished my “pink star” collage…I think it turned out so cute!

wish upon a pink star

The only thing I wish I had done better is the outline around the lady. First I did it in marker and it was terrible! So I went over it with a charcoal pencil, which helped.

I was debating about the arms…I couldn’t figure out a way to add them that would look good. I decided to look at Ms. Hellmuth’s book (Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected), which was my inspiration for this piece, to see how she did hers, and a lot of her collages feature armless folks. So I figured if that’s good enough for her, then it’s good enough for me too!

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odd & end #1
I saw my first opera! (This was a few weeks ago). It was Manon Lescaut, about a young woman whose desire to live the good life leads to (what else) tragedy. It was very good – I like the second act the best. The singing was in Italian with English translations, which definitely helped a lot.

to the opera!

Afterward we ate at this restaurant, Barbuzzo. The food was delicious! But the most delicious thing I ate was the dessert – budino. It was a type of pudding in three layers – crushed chocolate cookies on the bottom, then some kind of creme fraiche type pudding, topped with a layer of salty caramel goop. It was amazing. We only got one and split it. I regret that decision very much.

odd & end #2
I’m working on some Christmas ornaments to submit to Somerset Studio. Here’s what I have so far:

pink and glitter

I cut strips of paper and glued them to a piece of cardstock to create a new background paper to use. Then I dry-brushed gesso on it and spritzed it with glimmer mist. The theme is “pink and glitter”, inspired by a song by Tori Amos. Each ornament (I’m making three) will have a phrase in the center, and will have beads and fringe. That’s the plan, anyway!

odd & end #3
Still working on my April page in my calendar journal…

journal page

This green paper will be cut into the journaling squares. I splattered it with white acrylic paint.
splattered paper

At this point I’m wondering if I want to use it for 2012 or save it for next year. I enjoy working on it and it’s a great way to try out techniques, but it’s a lot to have to do in my limited amount of time. I definitely will not do this again next year!

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modern vintage, or vintage modern?
I have a new Artbeads challenge piece to share. The challenge this time was to combine old and new, vintage and modern. I had strongly wanted to incorporate an actual vintage component into the piece, but I had to accept the fact that I just don’t have anything vintage that is easy and simple for me to incorporate into a piece of jewelry at this point in time.

After much thought, I let myself be inspired by a base-metal bead I had received from the previous Artbeads challenge. It was a TierraCast black-finish pewter bead, which was so gorgeous and I just loved it. The bead was antique-looking in design, but the black finish was very modern.

And, I remembered there were several other styles to choose from. So for this challenge I chose a butterfly, a bow, angel wings, a bird, the aforementioned bead, and another bead.

To bring some more modernity to the piece, I chose fuchsia heart- and flower-shaped Swarovski crystal pendants. The incredible sparkle adds a modern element. Plus, the deep pink color lends itself to the vintage feel, as well as using the heart and flower shapes.

And, since I love charm bracelets, I decided to combine all of these beautiful components into just that, again bringing together the old and new.

So finally, may I introduce Gertrude Goes Goth?

dear gertrude

The title is also a combination of the old and new. I love old-fashioned names. And since the bracelet is black, I thought goth was a good modern description. A young lady from the past, interpreting her favorite motifs into a modern object of beauty and charm.

dear gertrude

dear gertrude

Everything on the bracelet is from Artbeads, except the round and bicone Swarvoski crystals and the headpins, all of which were from my collection.

I hope you enjoyed this little bracelet!


Disclosure: I have received these products (beads, Swarovski crystals, chain, and findings) from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said products and have not been paid to endorse said products.

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