My faith stands at the forefront in my life; it guides me, inspires me, and heals me.Read More
I am not one to do the same type of project idea multiple times. This one was an exception. I embraced a challenge courtesy of a very good friend of mine who wanted a custom necklace. She wanted black with bright, bold colors. Since I never work with black, my natural response was, "Challenge accepted!"
As most already know, I do love working with beads. I find something calming and almost therapeutic about gluing each bead into place and watching my sketched design come to life. When the piece is completed, the sense of accomplishment and completion is enough to stoke my creative fires.
While the overall design is simple, the bead work is where the magic is with this piece. The creativity begins to flow and new ideas spring forth. The second layer of the necklace that has the cross was one such "AHA!" moment. The addition of a few stone skulls on handmade eye-pins stitched together the elements seamlessly.
As many of you know I not only create art inside, but I also create art outside. I have been gardening for as long as I have been working. I use art both inside and out as a release from the stress of work. So whether it is in the gardens or in the studio, it relaxes me. It frees me.
So for me to be able to make something I can enjoy for my gardens is a bonus. To sit in one of the many places in my gardens and enjoy the true art of nature and to see a beautiful piece of art that shimmers and shines in the patches of sunlight breaking through the leaves is a reward in itself.
Nature and Art, they go their separate ways
It seems; yet all at once they find each other.
Even I no longer am a foe to either;
Both equally attract me nowadays.
Some honest toil's required; then, phase by phase,
When diligence and wit have worked together
To tie us fast to Art with their good tether,
Nature again may set our hearts ablaze.
All culture is like this; the unfettered mind,
The boundless spirit's mere imagination,
For pure perfection's heights will strive in vain.
To achieve great things, we must be self-confined:
Mastery is revealed in limitation
And law alone can set us free again.
-Selected Poetry of Johann Wolfgang van Goethe, 'Natur und Kunst' (2005: 124-125)
I wanted to make something functional but yet stunning, a piece special for my gardens. Enjoy the process of this piece.
But with all artists, there is the idea, implementation of the idea, following through, altering the idea, and then through many other steps, set backs, and "AHA!" moments, there is the completion of the idea. It is then time to capture the completed idea so others can envision in their own eyes the true beauty and elegance of a piece.
Of course, with any creative process, getting the picture to capture its true essence is sometimes just as long, complicated, and tedious as the project itself. The things we will not do to try and get the perfect picture are few and far between. The balance between the perfect project and the perfect photo is sometimes literal!
Relics & Artifacts® Crosse Icons
Relics & Artifacts® Chandelier Pendants I
Relics & Artifacts® Chandelier Pendants II
Relics & Artifacts® Chandelier Pendants III
Relics & Artifacts® Facia Familiaris
Relics & Artifacts® Cameos
Relics & Artifacts® Flaming Hearts Ex Votos
Relics & Artifacts® Medallions
Relics & Artifacts® Visage
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics (Titan Buff, Paynes Grey, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Cobalt Turquoise Hue)
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream (English Red Oxide, Patina)
DecoArt Media Gesso (White, Black)
DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze
Swarovski Crystals (Copper, Clear, Smokey Topaz)
Iced Resin German Glass Glitter Shards (Ancient Gold, Sterling, Onxy)
Iced Resin Opals (Crystal, Fire Opal)
Iced Resin Bronze Shattered Mica
A friend at work recently was admiring my badge holder I had made with a Relics & Artifacts® piece. She said she wouldn’t mind one of those and asked if I could make her one. I am always up for sharing my art, so I went for it.
I made a variety of holders, not knowing which one she would like. I used Relics from different sets, wanting a variety for her to choose from and then I just sat and played around one day.
Out of all of them I made, I can’t pick a favorite. They are all unique and with the extra badge holders I made, I am able to switch things up a bit when the mood strikes me.
Not to mention, there has been an piqued interest when co-workers see them. They ask, “Where did you get that?” As a result, I have had some personal requests. I think after wearing the same navy blue scrubs for as long as some of us have, adding a little variety in the work attire is welcoming. How fun it is to get to wear the Relics & Artifacts® to work!
Relics & Artifacts® "Figureheads"
Relics & Artifacts® "Medallions"
Relics & Artifacts® "Flora"
Relics & Artifacts® "Regalis"
Relics & Artifacts® "Crosse Icons"
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Trim "Coat of Arms"
DecoArt Fluid Acrylics
Paynes Grey Quinocadone Gold, Transparent Yellow Oxide Hue, Titanium White, Quinacridone Red, Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, Carbon Black, Aquamarine, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Violet, Titan Buff, Antiquing Cream Carbon Black, Interference Blue
Texture Sand Paste
Ever since I was a young girl, I can remember getting ready for church with Grandma and how she just loved this brooch of the Blessed Mary. It was rich in blues and golds and just made me feel something. It made my Grandma look regal and rich in my opinion. It was one of her most prized pieces.Read More
At the very top my son's Christmas wish list was something that actually caught me by surprise. He wanted a cross necklace. Of course, being the dutiful mom and trying to make that wish come true, I began my tireless search for a cross necklace.Read More
Eligius, as a boy, had quite the flair for designing and creating splendid jewelry. He was apprenticed to a goldsmith who was also the master of France's Royal Mint. After his apprenticeship, Eligius took advantage of his master's royal connections. He traveled to Paris where he offered his services to King Clotaire II.Read More
When I look at this angel, it brings me peace and reminds me to have faith and never give up hope. It’s like my own little guardian angel to watch over me.Read More