Tag Archives: handmade

My latest obsession

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I LOVE watercolor…and don’t even get me started on abstract …. Photo realistic art is not my goal.  I am fascinated with and hold in high regard those who can create realistic looking images.  I’m more interested in a playful exploration of mediums and tools which is why this process and finishing result hits my sweet spot combining 3 criteria for my time spent creating.  1) color filled, 2) simple, 3) functional.

Now, before you challenge me on that last criteria…You are correct…not all art has to be functional.  I am a lover of process.  An enjoyable process in which I learn and grow as an artist is enough of a function for me.  After getting this question time and time again in class “what do you ‘do’ with it?”  I finally came up with the response….”what do you ‘do’ with a massage?”  or “what do you ‘do’ with a meditation session?”  There is intrinsic value in simply enjoying the process and a beautiful token of my time spent creating is a huge bonus as far as I’m concerned.

And without further blabbering on my part…here are some of my playful abstract watercolor “master sheets” ready to be turned into mini books (appx. 4″x4″)

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As you can see…I progressively have a difficult time leaving white space…even when I know that white space is so lovely in the finished product.

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I’ve developed a template/design to insert these folded single sheet booklets into a hard cover.

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I’ve really enjoyed not only making these mini journals but actually working in them.   They are the perfect surface to practice hand lettering and zentangle inspired art.

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If you are in the bay area and are interested in making one of these beauties for yourself, there are 2 workshops on the calendar currently.

Wednesday, May 10 from 10am-12pm (click here to register) OR

Sunday, May 21 from 10am-12pm (click here to register)

If neither of those dates work for you and you still want to take an in-person workshop, consider using our “pick your class” option by clicking here.  Find a date/time that works for you (and preferably a couple of friends!) and request it by using the RSVP option.  In the notes section type Abstract Watercolor Mini Journal.

If you’d just rather purchase a pre-made journal of my original artwork, click here and buy one in my etsy shop.  I’ll also have a tutorial up soon (ish) for you to purchase if you’d rather make your own at home.

Thanks for reading!

New 8-Week Jewelry Series

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New 8-Week Jewelry Series

Folks tend to like to commit to a series of classes to really learn something in depth.  To that end I’ve put 8 of my favorite, most popular and most fundamental jewelry classes to give you a chance to really explore the world of handmade jewelry.  Even if you’ve taken a few of these classes, the series is a great deal for you to come back and expand your skills.

Check out what we are starting on Wednesday, January 13th.

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Week 1:  Wire Wrapping 101 – This is the basis for most (if not all) of the jewelry construction workshops we teach here.  Learning and refining your wire wrapping skill takes the sort of repetition this class offers.

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1/13/2016
Wire Wrapping 101 (daytime)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
or
1/13/2016
Wire Wrapping 101 (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Week 2:  Wire Findings:  Bead & Button Bracelet – In this workshop you will advance your wire skills by creating your own jumprings and headpins.  By the time you have finished both week 1 and week 2 you will be a wire bending expert!
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1/20/2016
Handmade Wire Findings: Bead & Button Bracelet
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
OR
1/20/2016
Handmade Wire Findings: Bead & Button Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Week 3: Fused Silver Bracelet – Now it is time to move on to something else you can do with wire…fine silver wire that is.  In this workshop you will wrap coils and cut with precision so that you create links that will actually be melted (fused) back on themselves.  This process can be used to create your own fine silver chain and even rings.
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1/27/2016
Fused Silver Bracelet
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
OR
1/27/2016
Fused Silver Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Week 4:  Triple Wrap Rhinestone, Leather & Bead Chain Bracelet – In this workshop you will branch out to metal stamping, riveting and continue your practice of wire wrapping as you create this fun and easy to wear, stylish triple wrap bracelet.  It is so comfortable I wear mine all the time!
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2/03/2016
Triple Wrap Rhinestone, Leather & Bead Chain Bracelet (daytime)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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2/03/2016
Triple Wrap Rhinestone, Leather & Bead Chain Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Week 5: Hammered, Soldered & Stamped – Copper Bangles – In this workshop you will continue your use of the torch and metal stamping as you hammer out all your aggression on some heavy gauge copper wire, learn about annealing and flood solder a join that is suitable for metal stamping your special “One Little Word”

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2/17/2016
Hammered, Soldered & Stamped – Copper Bangles
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
OR
2/17/2016
Hammered, Soldered & Stamped – Copper Bangles (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Week 6:  Soldering 101 – One of the staples in basic jewelry creating is Soldering (saw-der-ing)  In this class you will learn the basics of selecting just the right something to sandwich between hand-cut glass, taping, fluxing and soldering, adding a jump ring and before you know it…totally custom made jewelry for you and everyone you know.
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3/02/2016
Jewelry: Soldering 101 (daytime)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
OR
3/02/2016
Jewelry: Soldering 101 (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Week 7: Etched & Wrapped Bracelet – Etching is the cool process of adding a resist to metal then dipping it in a corosive chemical that will eat the metal away except where you placed the resist.  Don’t be scared though…we teach you all the safety precautions and hold your hand (figuratively) through every step.  As your metal is doing it’s magic you will have a chance to practice your wire wrapping skills as you create the band portion of the bracelet.

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3/09/2016
Etched & Wrapped Bracelet
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
OR

3/09/2016
Etched & Wrapped Bracelet (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Week 8: Copper Rosette Pendant+Earrings – In this workshop you will learn some basic fold forming techniques as you create this lovely organic rosette with copper tooling foil.  Set your petite rosette in a brass bezel and move on to creating a matching set for earrings (or two more pendants to give away!)

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3/16/2016
Copper Rosette Pendant
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

or

3/16/2016
Copper Rosette Pendant (evening)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Taken individually these classes with their respective materials fees would be over $360.  Sign up for the entire series and get 15% off your registration.  Click here to purchase the series for $306 (includes all supplies/materials fees)

The good news is that if you are unable to make a session you can make it up with advance notice!  These are classes we teach often so we can be flexible in moving you to another session (with advance notice!)

Final 15 – Day 4

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This handmade bracelet is easy and comfortable to wear. It pairs nicely with other bracelets. You have 3 choices of leather color, choose from silver or gold for the bead chain and silver or gold for the rhinestone cup chain. The toggle clasp may vary from what is shown.

Normally this bracelet costs $36. Today only $18 ($3 for shipping in the US)

Click here to purchase.  Use discount code F15D4 to get your $18 off Friday, December 4 only.

Ready for Fall..Guest Artist..Special Classes

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Ready for Fall..Guest Artist..Special Classes

We are gearing up for fall around here.  I just wish the weather would cooperate (it is about 100 degrees in San Jose today!)

We still have seats available in all the following classes to get your home all shaped up for the fall holidays.

  1. Guest Artist Terri Kolte offers some sweet Halloween Decor items you can make in a mere 3 hours.
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    Trick-or-Treat with Terri Kolte
    10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ($79 before Wednesday-then $84)

    9/27/2015
    Treat Street with Terri Kolte
    2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ($79 before Wednesday – then $84)

  2. 9/29/2015
    Halloween: Primitive Pumpkin Wand
    6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ($25)
  3. 10/01/2015
    Halloween: Boo Canvas
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ($25)
  4. 10/05/2015
    Patina on Copper Pumpkin
    3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ($65)
  5. 10/06/2015
    Witchery Stitchery
    6:30 PM – 9:30 PM ($50)
  6. 10/12/2015
    Forged Copper Wire Pumpkin
    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ($50)
  7. 10/12/2015
    Juicy Thankfu”LEAF” Collage
    3:30 PM – 5:30 PM ($35+canvas(es)

Stay tuned for Holiday Jewelry Making classes.

 

Final Fourteen – Day 11

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Final Fourteen – Day 11

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This sparkle will brighten up any home and is the perfect customized gift for friends or family.

I was totally inspired by Lexi’s creation

Lexi Grenzer’s Collage that inspired my “Glittered Monogram”

Hop on over to ETSY to pick one up for only $15 today (normally priced at $22)

The piece shown is 9″x 12″ though some letters require a 12″x 12″ canvas.

 

 

Final Fourteen – Day 5

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Final Fourteen – Day 5

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We’re on a roll!  Today is another piece of customized jewelry.

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This 1″ pendant (in antique copper OR antique bronze) has a base of vintage lace (each piece is slightly different) with your choice of word.  the lace has a base of resin poured over, the word is set on this cured resin with another layer of resin over top so there is great depth.

Each pendant comes on an adjustable (upon request) 36″ matching chain.

Hop on over to ETSY to pick some up.  They make lovely gifts!  Today only, the price is $7 (normally $12.00)

Final Fourteen – Day 4

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Final Fourteen – Day 4

Just “4” you for day 4 is a set of SIX chalkboard on Kraft Gift Bags.

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As always..hop on over to ETSY and pick up a set (or two or three…) to take care of all of your holiday (and year round) gift giving needs.

They are only $10 …here are the details:

This kit contains all you need to create SIX (8 x 4 1/2 x 10 1/4″) decorated kraft gift bags. Each come handpainted with a swatch of black chalkboard paint.

The kit contains a sheet of white transfer paper, white charcoal pencil, a printout for the “Just for You” as shown in the example and 10 sheets of kraft colored tissue and of course the 6 gift bags.

All you have to do is layer the design and transfer paper and trace the design onto the chalkboard surface. If you want another design, simply go online and print something else out to fit the 5×7 (roughly) area or freehand it! Make a mistake? No problem. Transfer paper is erasable and the charcoal pencil wipes away with a wet cloth. Seal the surface after you are happy with your design with a spritz of hairspray.