Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Paper flowers, Collage and Time to Reflect....I'm Back..

I have missed blogging in the last few years.
The job I had was so stressful at times that it sucked all the creativity and fun out of my life. I dealt with so many people on a daily basis and yet I have never felt more alone in my life.

I have retired now and I plan on making up for that time.First thing I did was write out an actual bucket list of all the art and craft projects and techniques I want to explore.
I will post that on a later blog entry.

I had a real struggle doing a flower themed art piece for the Splendora Gardens show.
 I just don't do flowers ...but forcing myself to come up with a simple collage piece that fit the theme got me to thinking about years and years ago (the ice age) when I used to make tissue and crepe paper flowers to decorate my apartment because I could not afford the real thing.
I remembered today the last times I made them. A co worker had asked me to be her witness at the courthouse for her marriage, since she was pregnant her family would not attend ( that was how it was back then).
I surprised her with a bridal bouquet and when I handed it to her she broke down in tears....
She said she loved it but I never made anymore after seemed sadder than fake flowers could handle.

So once I had finished the collage for the show I decided to make some paper flowers.

I found the video that Jennibellie did for these on YouTube here:

Jennibellie Funky Paper Flower Tutorial

She did a clear step by step video and it is super simple to follow. I used some odd buttons I had for the center of the flowers. The paper is a mix of printed and painted card stock and paper.

As for the show, that turned out to be great and I am glad I went. It was interesting to see all the directions that were explored from the theme.

The top picture in the black frame was my entry in the show. It is a collage over a mono print on watercolor paper.

Friday, November 27, 2015

New Contest Enter Here

I am starting a new contest to find out what inspires other people.
The prize will be a 25$ gift card to Michaels
You must be 18 or older to enter and each comment gets one entry. For this contest I will be asking that only US entries only.The odds of winning depend on the number of people entering.

All you need to do to enter is answer the question in a comment below:
What inspires you to create arts or crafts?

The winner will be randomly picked from those who post comments on this page.

The contest starts at 12AM 11/28/2015 and ends at 12AM 12/18/15.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I seem to be in a cheerful mood. Everything I have made this week is bright and colorful.
Very unusual for me. There must be some way to get out of this and slide back toward the dark and brooding side of my personality.
Check these out they are enough to make you run for insulin.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I have been playing around with using inspiration photos to design jewelry pieces around. I knew if I did this I would be making things that probably would not appeal to a large audience but it would be more me.
So this is one of the photos I took in New Orleans and I fell in love with the color and texture of it. The first design is a simple pair of earrings that I torch fired the beads in a mottled teal/green.
I hung them from chain kind of the same way the plants are dangling off the balcony.
I am working on a few more designs using that photo to bounce off of but they are more complicated.

I have also been using my enamels in a more painterly fashion even when using it in powered form.
this next photo is of a necklace I put together with an enameled focal that was meant to look like an abstract painting.

I can see a lot of promise in both the abstract and the New Orleans themes.

Monday, November 16, 2015

I have started enameling jewelry items again. I love enameling but I do prefer the torch firing to kiln firing. I am hoping to get used to it because the results are more consistent with the kiln.
I did the two below and I just love the horse.
The second one is a necklace focal. I love that it looks like and abstract painting

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Christmas Coupon Codes

Use coupon code CHRISTMAS2015 to get 15% of any item in my ETSY shop.
Use the link to the left or find my shop by name on ETSY.
Look for silververtexdesign on Etsy.
Get 20% off your second purchase the code will appear when you pay for the first item.
It is a wonderful life........

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Discovering Old Treasures

Well I have been back on ETSY for a month and on Ebay for a week and I forgot how hard it was to create, photograph, list then create, photograph and list over and over again.
If I could just do the creating and skip the last two steps I would be a happy camper.

But pulling out some of the stuff I made just before I had to go back to work in the real world has got me itching to get out in the studio and rifle through my printed tin stash.