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Colorful Ocean Creatures Swap Pictures

November 19, 2011

The swap has finished and the participants have recieved their boxes so now it is time to share with you. This swap was for a colorful ocean creature and as always this proud swap mama is so amazed at the entries. I hope you enjoy them.

Next Swap is for mini food and I can not wait to see what comes off everyone’s clay table. This time they will get their boxes very close to Christmas so it will be special well more special than it usually is.

Tin Swap Pics

August 14, 2011

I am finally able to share with you the participants for the tin swap 2011. We have such a group of talented artists who really made this swap fun. I hope you enjoy the pictures and if you would like to join in on the fun the next swap has already started it is colorful ocean creatures.

 

Again I want to thank all the participants. Without you I would have nothing to sort and send. Thank you for all the hard work, time and determination you have proven to complete this task. Great job!

Julie

Swap Pics

May 31, 2011

Yea another swap is finished and you get some eye candy.

Fred

Leila

Mozelle

Julie

Luny

Janice Beads

Janice Ladies

Beth


Beth Close Up

I want to thank all the participants who were able to participate in the fun. I am sure the individuals who get our beads will feel like it is their turn at Christmas as it is for us when we open our swap packages. This time I want to thank you for donating your beads to the Beads of Courage Charity.

http://www.beadsofcourage.org/

If you want to join in on our next swap stop by City O Clay. Kick your shoes off, grab a beverage and stay a while just do not drink anything when you are reading one of Luny’s posts. If you do I am not responsible for any damage to your keyboard or computer.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CITY-o-Clay/

Have fun claying!

The Eyes Have It

March 27, 2011

 

This week for me has been about transferring files on the computer so they are not lost forever, finishing the Rock Purse Swap, and making eyes.

I am working on a face cane and it must start with a sexy eye. How often in life do you get to make an eye out of clay??? You must start with a good eye tutorial and I think I have found the best one ever!

http://www.kerstinsfimoseite.de/fimo/index.html

This is a realistic eye cane that is easily made once you follow the steps. My recent switch to Kato Clay will make this one even better than an attempt that was made a few years ago. I got a paper cut to the eye and when the local eye doctor took such great care of me I took eye tokens to the ladies in the office. They loved them! 

So here is my new Kato eye that just so happens was made in green as the tutorial.

And the finished eye not reduced fully…..

Tomorrow is a short day at work and I hope to build the face cane at that time.

You can expect swap pics in a couple of weeks since we had so many international participants this time we have to wait until they get their packages which takes a while.

Enjoy your artistic journey even if it is making an eye! I can not wait to see how the face turns out!

Project 365 App Drawing

February 15, 2011

 

Happy Valentines Day!

The heart has special meaning to it and today is the day of all the days in the year for hearts. This heart has a special story and I thought today was the day to share it with you.

This was my attempt at a take on the water-color technique by Maggie Maggio. As I recal I cold not find the place I had saved the tutorial so I winged it and made sheets in blue which is my favorite color. This was the end result one blue bead.

This is my favorite bead ever made.  Well not this one of course when taking pictures I could not find my favorite one, just know that it looks way better than this one lol. I only have a few beads left because I made it into a necklace for a gift for a special friend. I of  have no picture of it to show you and one of the things on my to do list is to start taking more pictures. I loved it but forgot to write down what I did to get that sexy bead and when I went to recreate it in pink I just was not happy with the results.

Are we ever?

I did end up with a lovely bracelet! And I wanted to make a heart. I started by making a ball which I kept reshaping and reshaping to get a heart. I must have spent a half hour on this never being happy with the results.  Hubby came into the room to ask a question and I ask him if he thinks he could make a heart for me. He took the clay and within a few minutes (with me the entire time sitting there my mouth open) asks me if that is a good heart?

I told him I was so baking it as it was and not touching it. I was never going to sell it or give it to anyone. I said it was my heart made with his hands and I was never parting with it. It brings a smile to my face when I wear it which as a designer is all you could ever want an emotional attraction to a piece of art made by you. This time I got a little help.

If you recall I am announcing the winners of the Project 365 app today as my way of sharing the love. Here is the original post.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/project-365-pro-app-drawing/

 I guess no one wanted to pay for the app and wait to be reimbursed because no one signed up. SAD FACE After contacting the artist I was given 5 promo codes to download the app for free. So the first 5 people who comment on this post will receive a code that will allow you to download the app for free. It is up and working again here is my snapshot of January so far.

Some wonderful memories there already in the month. On the first those are stop signs that you can barely see with all the snow. My son on the 3rd throwing panty hose filled with ice melt to hopefully melt the snow. The morning of the 4th we both agreed it looked like a teenage prank with all the black hose on the roof. On the 7th 2 of my managers trying to walk across a very icy parking lot I kept telling them that the first one who fell was defiantly going to be my picture of the day neither one of them fell thank god. The 10th my first car scratch and it is a bad one, the 11th was all about the news of Egypt and Mubarak stepping down. On the 13th my son keeps trying out wrestling moves on me so he jumps on top of me while I am in bed I make him freeze while I take the picture the whole time he is asking me “Is this your picture of the day? I will show you picture of the day!” 

It’s a really cool app first 5 that comment on this post get it free!

Winter Blues

January 29, 2011

Looks nice hunh?

Winter Blues I am sure you have heard of them but have you really noticed when they are present in your life?

I have been in a funk this past week and have spent my final Christmas gift card in the hopes that it would cheer me up a little.

I was also able to participate in a quick Z Net buy with the bulk buying group I am in. I plan on making gifts for family and friends in Lebanon for gifts when we visit this summer. Its going to be hard to let go of the turquoise ones they are reallllyy nice quality.

The reason for the bead purchase now is that I am in a funk and thought they may get my muse goosed quickly. I have a problem with the delayed satisfaction when working with clay. With beads you can string a cool necklace, bracelet and earring set in an evening, with clay my cane is still resting.

This week while talking to people I realized that many are in some kind of a seasonal funk I am not the only one. We just don’t get enough sunlight in the winter months here in the North East we are like hibernating bears.

This is my view now sitting on the couch with the laptop but positioning myself so the sun is beating down on me. I can’t be out in it I have no desire to play in the snow but I know my body needs some rays. Whatever you do at the work table take a few minutes and sit where you can get some sunrays. On the couch, in the car with the heater on because it is cold, whatever you can do to get some rays just do it.

If you do this for just minutes a day in a few days you will feel the funk lifted and your creativity will be spurred without spending money to stimulate your muse. Try it you will like it.

Still Mixing

December 22, 2010

 

I keep focusing on the move to Kato and color mixing by following the exercises in the color inspirations book. This week it was about making my color inspirations collage.

The biggest setback for me in this came while gathering images for the project. I somehow thought I needed pictures with no white in them not pictures with no white boarders as it clearly states in the book that I must have read and re read 100 times. I kept trying to find images with no large white areas and kept cussing and saying to myself “well this is a book about color of course they do not want you to focus on white Julie it is all about the colors”.

Once I corrected this error this exercise was fun and enlightening. Here is my first collage…….

Since it stated in the book I needed a collage with yellow, red and blue to base the rest of the exercises in the book I made one then thought well if I am basing all the rest of the exercises in the book after this collage I should make one that shows colors I like regardless of where they fall in the color scheme of things. So I made another collage based on my favorite colors only.

They look soooo similar could it be that these are my favorite and influential colors all in one? Not looking forward to the tasting tiles exercise but I finally have confirmation and the order from Munroes shipped so I will have the missing primaries to do this…..I can do this…..I know I can.

This was my post for last week and I went ahead and mixed the tasting tiles and was not impressed at my results. I do not know if it is my lack of knowledge with colors and mixing but I tried to get the closest color in Kato that the exercise called for and the mixes turned out so similar that I tried to get some variation by adding samples mixed with white, silver, and black.

Being so disappointed and sick of mixing I then tried the Pinched Petal Necklace and was impressed at the color flow throughout. I know hubby and son were impressed because son’s remark was fresh and hubby’s was that turned out real nice. He then tried to rearrange the way the petals laid, and gave me suggestions on how to make them lay next time I make it. Oh I love him so especially when he likes what I create.

 Back to mixing and will be posting pictures of the Holiday Swap 2010 either Friday or next year lol. Please enjoy time with family and friends and realize it is not what is under the tree but what is in your heart every day of the year.

God Bless.

Art & Design Collide

September 5, 2010

Pretty positive week for me. I tried to make my days :).

I wanted last week to give you a quick tut and so here it is with my drama of Art & Design colliding in a not so positive way.

At a recent swap I found out a cool way of using an o ring for a bail.

Can you see that those are wonderful clay creations with bleeping o rings!

I asked her how she did them and here are my black and white beads an unfinished project that just wont complete no matter what I do. I say it is the design gods telling me in a not so subtle way that this is not the project for these beads. Astrid thank you for the instructions on how you do it!

Take your baked and finished bead and drill a hole in it in two places where you want your o ring ends to be glued in. Make sure your bead is finished because you are now ready to assemble your piece once you put the o ring in. Photo note this is me trying to show the drilling step WHILE taking the picture I need more hands for good pictures.

Go to your local hardware store and find some o rings. I recommend you get various sizes because different pieces require different sizes. Start cutting your o rings.

When deciding on the o ring for your piece you also must consider that you can cut it in half or even three-quarters depending on the look of your finished piece. Take some super glue and place it in the hole stick your o ring ends in and voila.

These beads have special meaning to me and of course a story. If I try to tell it it’ll be a long one and you will fall asleep before I finish showing you how Art and Design collided for me this week. So I will say that I drew out on a piece of paper how I wanted the piece to lay. You can see it  in the picture it is the one on the very bottom if you look close. Looking good so far……….

Its looking good but as I am working I notice that if I move it too much it seems like the layers are getting tangled and not laying the way I want them to.  I am concerned at how I will store it when not wearing it….but keep building anyway. It has been forever since I have been able to sit down and create, most of my time lately if working on clay has been spent finishing the magazine article.

This is me arguing with my son because I need a shot from the neck down only focusing evenly on the necklace gone wrong. This is take three………….

This is the necklace gone bad! It just does not hang right. Not sure if it is the beads with the o rings, the lightness of the chain or the design but it aint working for me. I will take it apart and put it back in the drawer until I am inspired again by these beads. I do not know why they do not want to be made into a finished piece it seems like they have a mind of their own.

How many times have you had a vision of a finished piece only to have it not work out when you actually got to making said finished piece? What did you learn from it? Did it make you stronger? Or did it send you into a corner pulling your hair out and cussing?

I think we have to learn from an episode like this……however until I finish my piece I will never be able to tell you of what I learned. This makes me think of a topic in the book Art & Fear, where they were talking of the two different aspects of a finished piece. There is the buyer who sees the finished piece and forms their opinion, and the artist who can tell you of every twist and turn in the making of said finished piece. Two mindsets.

Once this one is done ……….the story will be a long one  but all mine because this one is mine and not for sale lol.

A Day is What Cha Make It

September 1, 2010

What the heck?

 A day is what cha make it? I thought this blog was to be about art and clay not philosophical stuff. Bear with me for a few hundred words and  learn about me and maybe yourself in the process.

We all have bad days. I am talking the lose your job, car crash, illness or loss of a furry friend days. Those times in life are just bad days and on those days laughing, crying, friends and alcohol can not even help. All you can do on those days is just get through them the best way you can.

What about all the other days? The ones you do have control over?

Case in point our 23rd wedding anniversary was August 27th. This is the one day of the year I get to be sappy, and have him tolerate being sappy with me for at least a few hours anyway. We have dinner or orderves (sp?) and just enjoy talking of our life together and talk about how far we have come and where we think we will go together in the years to come. For me that is what I want on my anniversary and I am a happy camper.

Usually I get my wish but this year someone  in our lives came to town and needed (or so hubby said) a ride from the airport. I tried gently reminding hubby about our anniversary without actually coming out and saying it.

Me: What day is Saidi coming again? Did you find out what time yet?

Him: He is coming Friday and no I do not know what time yet I will call him on Thursday before he leaves and find out the flight information.

Next Day

Me: Do you have to go and get him Mahmood is closer wouldn’t it be more convenient for him to go and get Saidi?

Him: It’s Saidi Julie even if Mahmood can pick him up we will go together and get him from the airport.

Me: ((inside hmph! Go get him WITH Mahmood))

next day

Me: Did you get a mattress for Saidi yet?

Him: No I will do that Friday with Mahmood.

Me: Did you find out what time he is coming yet?

Him: No I just know he is coming the 27th. Whats today? The 25th? Yea he is coming Friday the 27th……….(huge eyes I mean huge eyes) Ohhhh that’s why you keep asking about Friday. Its our Anniversary.

Me: Honestly its okay I just want to know when you will be home because if its late I am going to go for a mani pedi with Roseanne.

Him: Dont you ever learn? You are going to go with her? Good Luck!

We both really love Roseanne but she has a bad history of actually showing up for our mani pedi’s the first three or four times they are scheduled. We did end up going out to get our mani pedi’s on Friday night and I told her how happy I was to spend the time with her. I honestly think that if she stood me up too I may have had a bad day. While getting our pedi’s I heard of her anniversary woes and she has got me beat hands down. Hers is the 28th of August and now I feel responsible to remind her hubby because all she wants is to have her hubby remember and he isn’t doing that if she has to remind him. (ohh we went around and around that one for a long time and all she wants is for him to remember).

I could have been mad, cried, thrown a hissie fit, started a fight when I did not get what I wanted from hubby. But right now in my life that is not where I am as a person. Years ago not so but now I am okay with it and spent the time with a dear friend laughing and talking about our marriages and children. It was a really nice day.

In art we can have a bad day heck any real artist will admit they have them all the time. Say you sit down and nothing flows from your fingertips or what does is not good looking at all to us anyway. Remember we are our own worst critics with our art. So when these days happen what are you going to do as an artist?

Well you can cry, cuss, learn from your mistakes and cry, post pics on Facebook for where/how did this go so wrong feedback from our friends and family there are so many things you can do. One of my favorites is to reach into the bowl! Another one is to make Natasha’s.

Being an artist is such a solitaire life. I mean it is us sitting at the work table or bench, by ourselves, all the time. I know we have the great option of clay groups and Facebook but in the end it is us sitting down to make that blend, or cane and no tutorial will ever prepare us for that moment when we actually do it. Having it not turn out the way we want to can really lead to a bad day but only if you let it.

The next time you doubt yourself as an artist get feedback to either help you get better, or help you get over your feelings of inadequacy. A day is what cha make it!

What will you make your next studio day be? Uplifting? or  Nothing but negative?

Only you have the power to choose because in the end it is you sitting solitaire at the table!

Beach Swap 2010 Inspiration

June 19, 2010

http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/polymer-clay-hits-the-beach/2008/03/12

Since I have been so busy this week I am using my swap inspiration post to the city o clay list as my post this week. If you would like to join the swap you gotta join city o clay first.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CITY-o-Clay/?yguid=270898503

Have fun with the inspiration even if you do not join the swap may the summer inspire you and your artistic work!

Beach? What in the heck are you guys trying to do to me?

When thinking of the beach the first thing that comes to mind is sand.
White sand, black sand now just how to incorporate that into a polymer clay piece??
Had an idea of layers of sand with small shells and a mini crab in a pendant with epoxy on them.......
So since no sand links could be found lets try pebbles you always see them on the beach.
No free links there. There are some nice looking beach pebble tutorials but they are for sale and we are not spending money on tutorials, 
and I sure in the heck am not making one so what am I going to give you for inspiration?
There are shells lets find a tutorial for shells.
Now that stinks I can not find a tutorial for shells.

I know polymer clay has hit the beach before because this links says so!
http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/polymer-clay-hits-the-beach/2008/03/12

While I am finishing writing this I am going to post on Face book and City O Clay to see if I can get some help.

What the heck how am I going to inspire you??

In my mind I just saw a 3d pendant with a wave gushing down somehow......maybe on some sand. That may be to literal though I mean beach 
can mean so many things.

Hey, I did not see the little link that was for shell beads on that page. Finally a link.
http://www.humblebeads.com/shells.html

Okay that is at least a link but for me I was picturing a real shell.
Beach ball ..no
Sunglasses...no
Frisbee...no
Boat....no
Found a crab
http://www.sargam.asia/video/9mzZPC1mSGA/Tutorial-granchio-in-Fimo-Cernit-Polymer-clay-Crab-Creazioni-wmv.html
but the problem with this is it took a long time to load even on a fast internet connection. So you got a 50/50 shot on that link working 
for you. I have decided no mini crabs for me that would drive me crazy.

No way you could do this for a swap but it is polymer clay and at least beachy....
Sea Goddess Vase 

At this point if you have a link to a tutorial of something beachy I need it.

Since I got nothing on the link end here is your homework. If you are able to go to a beach in the next month you need to. Go and be inspired.
 Take a sketch pad and a couple of pencils with you and you may be amazed at what you sketch.

Just pictured a thong on  bunz of someone bending over. ROFLOL that would be a good piece of jewelry, paperweight, or magnet!

If you cant go to the beach do what I am doing now and look at some pictures of beachy things and see what your mind comes up with.
 Again when doing this you need to have some paper handy and a couple of pencils. I say a couple because if one breaks you have another
 ready so you do not loose what is in your mind.

I found this site that has some wonderful pictures check it out. FINALLY LINKS!
http://fiveprime.org/flickr_hvmnd.cgi
with this link in the search box that is on the left hand side of the page you can enter in whatever beach word you come up with and 
it will search the corresponding flickr photo. Some super photos that are very inspiring.

Google is a great site to get images from
http://www.google.com/

Bing has some images as well
http://www.bing.com/

I am sure you all have your favorite photo inspiration site I recommend you go look at some pictures and see what comes out of your
 mind and off your clay table.

I feel like I am letting you swappers down in a way not providing links for tutorials on the items you could make but as I finish 
writing and searching I am realizing more and more that this could be one of the best swaps yet for the participants involved.
No one is guiding you but your muse and if she has not been goosed yet you better get goosing. I cant tell you how to make what is in
 your mind you have to figure that one out. The list will be there when you are trying to work out how in the heck to do this or that 
but you have to figure out what you need to do.
I think this is going to be a great swap.