Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thanks so much to Arlene Harrison from Harrison Hollow Designs www.harrisonhollowdesigns.blogspot.com and Maria Psaltis www.mariapsaltis.blogspot.com for the One Lovely Blog Award! If you have not visited their blogs please do, they have the most wonderful creations there!
Now it's my turn to pass this award on to some of my newly discovered favorites. Here are the rules:
~Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
~Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
~Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award!
My 15 newly-discovered lovely blogs (not in any particular order):
Such wonderful varied talents and styles. Take time to visit each of them, you'll be amazed and inspired. I know I was!
Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!
This is a vase/candle holder that I just finished for my Dad. It has an organic look to it don't you think? Lotus pod type texture and roots or vines meandering across the surface. It is a glass bubble bowl covered in black and brown Fimo and painted here and there with acrylic and metallic paint. There are holes cut in the clay to allow the light to shine through. Hope he likes it! You can click on this blog title and it will take you to my deviantART gallery with more views.
The second photo is a little arrangement I made using things that I found on my walks through the woods; a fungus of some sort, a small stone, galls on a twig, a spikey dried seed pod and artificial ivy leaves and berries (didn't find those on my walks of course :) ) all arranged in a little ceramic pot.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I'm so excited about my new vase, it turned out so pretty! I love PearlEx Powdered Pigments and especially if you use them over black Fimo. Shimmery, shiny metallic sheen that changes depending on how the light hits it. Soooo pretty :)
This is a small ceramic Mikasa vase covered in polymer clay. I added glass gems, the pigments and metallic gold leaf Rub-n-buff then rubbed it to a satiny shine.
It measures 4" x 4" and is water-tight.
Also pictured is a fun little Halloween trinket box that was a custom order for a buyer on Etsy. I hope they like it! It is a metal tin and the lid is covered in polymer clay. The jack-o-lantern was formed around a cobalt blue glass gem and was painted with acrylic paint.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Yep, can you believe it. I've created a fan page on facebook. I cringe everytime I say that LOL! Like I'm some super star or something heh heh! No no no, it is just a way to promote your art on facebook. Posts on your fan page can be viewed by anyone, not just your friends. Anyhoo...I' m giving it a try. I am hopelessly clueless and it is pretty basic and boring right now but, if you'd like to stop by and offer comments or suggestions, please do! . If you have a fan page of your own, I'd love to see it and become your fan.
I was uploading photos last night and was falling asleep at the keyboard! (I have to get up every morning at 3:30-4:30am so by 10pm my behind is dragging!) So... you may notice there are photos without descriptions yet! I will rectify the situation very soon. LOL!
I plan to post some of my ACEOs such as the one in this post. (Who doesn't love a Rainbow Rhino right?) That particular ACEO was purchased by Wendy Gaffaney. I was so honored! Have you ever heard of Wendy. She is an incredible artist. She was selling her ACEOs on eBay and Etsy but some of her work can now be found at stabandstash.com I own a couple of her original ACEOs and they blow me away. The incredible detail she can put in a tiny painting and her wonderful, whimsical imagination is such an inspiration. Google her, you'll find some of the most adorable paintings ever.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I've just finished two new vases and I'm really pleased with the way they've turned out!
One is a Mikasa ceramic vase that I have covered in polymer clay in various shades of green and blue-green. I added a brass butterfly and aqua blue glass gems then textured the clay. After it was cured I gave it an acrylic wash in burnt umber and black and wiped it off the raised areas. This adds 'shadows' and gives depth. It also tones down the bright color of the clay. Once that was dry I added touches of metallic Rub-n-buff in emerald, jade, gold leaf and chinese red.
The second vase is my most favorite. This little stoneware vase was covered in black Fimo Soft polymer clay, the texture was added then the czech iridescent glass beads, iridescent red glass gems, clay ropes and pebbly bits were added. Once cured I added Rub-n-buff in Chinese Red, ruby, emerald and jade green and gold leaf.
They are both water-tight and could be used for fresh, silk or dried flowers. They also look pretty all by themselves. :)
Today is the last day for the 'Yart' Sale on Etsy! Lots of juicy deals in my shop with free shipping offers, discounts and free OOAK handmade (by me) gifts! Check it out! Just click on this blog title to visit my shop. To see other great deals just search "Yart Sale" and for other wonderful polymer clay creations search "PCAGOE" (Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy)
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Hey Everyone! The Grande Finale of Etsy's 'Yart Sale' ends tomorrow evening ('Yart'= 'Yard' + 'Art') Don't miss out on great discounts, discounted or Free shipping and Free gifts! Click on my link above to check out my deals then search 'Yart Sale' or 'Father's Day' for some great ideas and great offers! Don't forget Etsy sellers offer Edibles and Plants too. :)
Above are pics of a few of my items above and here are some links to items from other Etsy sellers. If these items are sold by the time you read this blog-Check out their other offerings, these Etsians have some unbelievable handmade one of a kind treasures Dad's would really love.
Whimseyandspice-A Father's Day Gift Box full of tasty unique treats like; Beer marshmallows-a Chocolate Stout Marshmallow infused with Fort Collins Chocolate Stout, Cashew Cocoa Nib Chipotle Brittle, Hazelnut Whisky Sandwich Cookies, Chocolate Orange Cardamom Cookies, and Espresso Dulce de Leche brownies. Yumm! Great presentation too.
rah4mu-One of the cutest handmade Father's Day cards I have ever seen!
GlassyArt-My Dad is a cat lover and this stained glass suncatcher is precious!
julieboyles-A beautiful handmade leather bound journal
WindwoodGlass-Stained Glass Necktie jewelry box that would be perfect for Dad's watch, change, cufflinks etc.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I finally found out why I was having problems with my ArtFire gallery. I set it up back in March and just recently posted my first item. I was so excited and watched as the views rose rapidly. (New postings are on the front page until they get bumped off by newer posts. Great exposure, if only for a little while!)
But...when I clicked on my item (a polymer clay decorated flask) it flipped to the front page instead of my Studio/gallery. I tried all kinds of things to try to fix this but to no avail.
What reminded me of my ArtFire account was that I stumbled upon the President and founder of ArtFire; John Jacobs on Twitter (ArtFireJohn on Twitter). He sent me a message introducing himself and said to contact him if I had any questions etc. I was impressed that he takes the time to touch base with people and makes himself personally available. So...I trotted off to my ArtFire account and opened it up again.
After trying everything I could think of to fix my problem, I thought I would take advantage of his offer and contacted him. He responded so quickly and gave me their toll free number. I called and pressed the appropriate buttons for ArtFire customer service and was connected almost instantly with a live person......that is almost unheard of these days! She was really pleasant and helpful and in less than a minute had activated my account for me. (something I had failed to do back in March when I initially signed up....enter sheepish grin here).
I'm very impressed with their customer service and invite all artists and crafters to give them a try. Oh, and did I mention that it is all FREE! Basic accounts such as mine are completely free.
"No listing fees, No final fees, No hidden fees, No kidding!"
Now, I shall create more goodies and fill my shop.....If you build it, they will come
Wish me luck!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Team ESST on Etsy is sponsoring their second annual Yart Sale! This sale runs June 10th through June 14th. All sellers can participate just search 'Yart' on Etsy to find all the great deals! I am offering discounts, free shipping and free gifts with purchase. Check out my shop for the details! www.mandarinmoon.etsy.com Here are some of the great items you'll find in my shop. Cheers!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Here are a few pics of new pieces of my polymer clay decorative pins or brooches. Brooches seems much too prim and proper for my style but...for lack of a better word.....:) The dragon eye pin features an old watch face for his eye. He really is....are you ready....."watch"-ing you. (sorry for the terrible pun heh heh) Let me know what you think!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Today I decided to try my hand at polymer clay jewelry. I made nine brooches out of various colored clays and added iridescent crystals, sterling silver, rhinestones, turquoise, pearls and glass cabochons among other things. Lots of sparkly bling!
I'm really pleased with the way they turned out and hope that they will draw more attention to my Etsy shop.
Hurrah! I just became a member of the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE) and I'm really excited to be a part of this Etsy team!! It's an amazing active group of Etsy artists. You can visit their website at www.pcagoe.com Check them out!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Just finished this polymer clay and glass flask. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out! I took a glass flask and covered it in black and brown Fimo, gave it texture in some areas, then added some creamy glass gems and pieces of chain. I added the swirls and little pebbly bits of clay (it takes forever!) and then it was put in the oven to cure.
After the clay was cured, I put a wash of burnt umber and black acrylic over the surface and wiped it from the raised areas. Then I touched it here and there with metallic paint. It looks like it is covered in tanned leather. My friends say that it looks like a secret potion bottle or that a genie will appear if you rub it.....hmmm....let's give that a try! It is listed for sale in my Etsy shop.