Show and Tell


These are pods with Ultralight cores.  They float (which made sanding interesting).  They’re also my self-challenge  of “Less is more”.  It was difficult for me to leave these mostly undecorated but I do like them.



These are mica rainbow blends with the Nail Art glitter mixed into translcent.  The glittery trans was rolled to the thinnest sheets I could manage and then put on the blends.  Pendants were cut from that.



Oil Paint beads.  The top pic is oil paint, the bottom is Pinata inks.  I like the Pinata inks way better.  Must try it in Mokume Gane.

Published in: on July 24, 2007 at 10:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Challenge results

Here’s what I came up with:  first is unbaked and then is baked.

color001.jpg  color002.jpg

I got some “who would have thought colors”.  Such as:

1.  fuchsia and fluorescent green make a brown that’s just between burnt umber and raw sienna.  color003.jpg

2.  purple and fluorescent green make a green that I was trying (and failed) to mix last fall to match a decorative kale plant I saw.  color004.jpg

And some that make sense but I never thought of trying before.

1.  fuchsia and fluorescent red make a nice red.  color005.jpg

2.  sea green and fluorescent green make a nice green.  ultra blue and fluorescent green make a nice darker green.  color006.jpg  color007.jpg

3.  Generally, adding fluorescent pink to colors makes for nice vibrant colors (you were right Lisa).

4.  The same goes for fluorescent red.

5.  fluorescent yellow makes nice greens and oranges but I like how they brighten both zinc yellow and cad yellow.  I like those mixes better than the plain yellows (and I don’t like yellow in the first place)  color008.jpg

6.  fluorescent green adds a nice kick to most greens and really give a wide variety of pleasing greens (and I’m not all that fond of green either).

7.  fluorescent pink and fluorescent red added to any kind of yellow makes very bright oranges that my husband loves.  Both brighten plain orange nicely.

8.  fluorescent red and violet make a nice raspberry color.  color009.jpg

9.  fluorescent green and violet makes a green that’s very close to sap green premo.  color010.jpg

10.  fluorescent pink and violet makes a color almost identical to fuchsia premo.

 Now to mix up larger batches of some of these colors.

Published in: on July 8, 2007 at 9:49 am  Comments (1)  

Challenging myself

I just organized my clay only to discover that I’m out of white and very low on many of my favorite colors (pearl, gold, black, trans, purple).  Guess I shoulda bought clay instead of those last 4 books.

So now I want to clay but don’t have the colors I want.

Looking at what I do have, I realize that I have all of Premo’s fluorescent colors and the glow in the dark and I almost never use them.  So tonight I’m challenging myself to use the fluorescent colors (maybe the glow, I’m not sure on that one).  I’ll mix them with the colors I do have and see what interesting new colors I discover.  Maybe I’ll even figure out ways to use them without mixing them – just the straight from the package colors.

Published in: on July 6, 2007 at 6:33 pm  Comments (1)  

It’s a miracle!

I’ve been on an organizing kick.  Yesterday I cleaned and organized my supply closet, which meant I could reorganize my shelves, which meant I could get some stuff up off the floor.

Then I convinced my husband to take me to Walmart to get some plastic storage drawers (the 4 on the bottom of the first pic).  I worked on reorganizing into those last night til I got too tired.  I finished today and then cleaned off my work surface.  I’m not sure that I’ve had this much room to work in…well, ever.  I’ve always had stuff on both sides of my actual working surface.

I wonder how long this cleanliness will last…



The top part (as shown in the 2nd pic) still needs some work.

I spose some of you would like to know just what I have in all those drawers.

Under the desk, left side: sandpaper, cutters, rubber stamps, scrap clay, flower canes, ground scrap clay logs (the ones that looks pretty good, the rest is on the scrap drawer.)

Under the desk, right side:  foil – plastic wrap – makin clay texture kit – bead rollers, acrylic paint, paints and inks (pinata, lumiere, pearl-ex, oil paints, stamp pads), large texture sheets, small texture sheets, marbles and wind chimes (for garden art).

On desktop, left side: canes, rocks and gemstones, wire and misc and Ultralight clay, more misc, even more misc.

On desktop, right side: 2 drawers of “I need a place to put this for now”, molds and large handmade stamps, pearl-ex and metallic paints, glitter and embossing powder, foils and leaf.

The middle shelf contains my clay, below that is assorted stuff I’ve yet to find a home for.  The drawers on that shell contain: unmounted rubber stamps, small handmade stamps, tools, canes, opened 2oz packs of clay, needles and hinges, 2 drawers of gemstone beads, 3 drawers of 2 oz packs of clay.

Up top are my clay books and videos, and stuff I need to find new homes for or put away.  On the top of the shelves up there is my artwork (stuff I’ve exhibited at a gallery) and a small box containing that which I have listed on Etsy.

Published in: on July 3, 2007 at 1:32 pm  Comments (1)