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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Amethyst Mala on: March 03, 2017 03:47:28 PM
This is a string of Mala beads! It's 108 amethyst 8mm beads, each hand knotted on silk with a rose quartz guru bead and chevron amethyst point. And let me tell you, I was playing chicken with the thread. I had a literal half-inch left when I finished, and had to tie it off with needle nose pliers. I was seething as I finished, 110% certain that I'd have to cut every.single.knot and start over, but I made it to the finish line!





Look at all this thread I had left over!

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Venus Kusudama Ball on: December 24, 2016 12:45:53 PM
Thank you! Right now it's hanging on my tree, but when it's not on the tree, it has a special place hanging from a hook at the center of the fireplace mantel. I don't want to hide this one in a box for 11 months out of the year!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Venus Kusudama Ball on: December 11, 2016 03:42:17 PM
I finished my first origami Venus Kusudama ball! Omg it took me foreverrrrr. It's 36 individual flowers sewn together, with gold glass beads, a 3D bead ball that I made, and a little paper crane. There's a teal Swarovski crystal at the center of each flower, and holographic glitter nail polish around the edges of each flower. The thread is teal with silver foil woven into it, so it sparkles, too. The ball is about 3" across. If I have the patience, I'm going to try to make a cactus one next!







4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Watercolor and Gold Leaf on: December 11, 2016 03:35:11 PM
At it again with the gold leaf! I'm just smitten by the way the payne's grey contrasts with the gold. This one is on the smaller side, 5.5 x 8.5". It's hard to tell, but a lot of her freckles are gold leaf, too.



5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "Agony," watercolor and gold leaf on: April 18, 2015 12:32:27 AM
This is part of a series I've been posting as I complete them, with monochrome watercolor and gold leaf. This one was a little more therapeutic in nature because I've been dealing with some stuff lately, but it felt good to get it out. 12x18" watercolor and gold leaf on paper.



And a couple in progress shots because that's a thing I do





6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Watercolor and gold leaf Hamsa on: April 18, 2015 12:27:46 AM
I painted this for a friend in a craft swap, watercolor and gold leaf, 6x9". Yay!



7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sparkly watercolor TARDIS! on: April 18, 2015 12:25:51 AM
I painted this in a craft swap with a friend who is a Whovian, and love how it turned out! I used liquid latex to keep the white areas white, then used an iridescent medium in the paint to give the galaxy a sparkly effect. It really shimmers in real life! The yellow tint is just because of the lighting, it's actually on bright white paper. 6x9" watercolor on paper.





8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "Awakening," watercolor and gold leaf on: March 28, 2015 02:48:57 PM
So this one was a total adventure and experiment, and I had no idea it would actually work. But yes, this is white watercolor on black paper! I love the effect!

"Awakening," watercolor and gold leaf on black paper, 18"x24".


9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "Perception," watercolor and gold leaf on: March 28, 2015 02:46:55 PM
This is "Perception," another watercolor and gold leaf on paper, 18"x24". I tell you, those circles were hard! After jerking around with my compass for what seemed like ever, I finally just found a template. UGH. It's hard to tell with this compressed file size, but the color fades down to little bits of dandelion fluff.


10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "Ascension," watercolor and gold leaf on: March 28, 2015 02:43:23 PM
Hello all! I haven't posted for awhile, I know. My art output has just been utterly barren for the longest time, but I'm back on board, with a departure from my usual style.

This is "Ascension," watercolor and gold leaf on paper.



As always, here are some process shots, because that's a thing I like to share.

If you're curious about the gold leaf, it's actually pretty simple. I got some gold leaf adhesive and 24kt gold leaf from Michael's. The adhesive is about the consistency of cream, and you paint it on with a brush (a lot like liquid latex). Takes about 20 minutes to dry, then you lay the leaf over it and gently press it to the adhesive, and brush away (and save!) the excess with a stiff paint brush.





Here's the adhesive painted on, before the leaf.



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