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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 / 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!







3  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.



4  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





5  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!



6  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.





7  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".


8  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.


9  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.



10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Tiffany-style Watercolor Paper Mosaic on: July 23, 2014 11:39:32 AM
Every year I volunteer as a mentor artist for a big fundraising auction and gala to benefit juvenile arthritis research, in which I'm paired with a teen who has juvenile arthritis, and we create a big piece of art together, then auction it off at a fancypants gala for the charity. You might remember the city map papercutting we did last year! So this year, we wanted to top what we'd done before, and decided to do a paper mosaic, in a stained glass style. WELL. Let me tell you, hand-gluing over 100K pieces of paper the size of a grain of rice or a bean TAKES WAY FREAKING LONGER THAN YOU'D THINK. It took us a full 6 weeks longer than we thought it would, oopsie!

Our piece "Wichita Proud" is a 28x36" watercolor, Tiffany-Style paper mosaic mounted on a watercolored canvas. Each piece was individually painted, cut, and meticulously hand-glued to create a stained-glass effect of the iconic Keeper of the Plains silhouetted against the Wichita flag (I also included a pic of the Keeper- he is an iconic symbol of our city, a 44-foot tall steel sculpture created by legendary Kiowa-Comanche artist, Blackbear Bosin). Many of the pieces of paper are as small as a grain of rice, and had to be placed with tweezers, with final details stitched to the canvas in bronze thread. The work was incredibly time consuming; the Keeper's headdress alone took more than 18 hours.

We worked together (often with enthusiastic help from my kitties) to paint, cut, and glue, with frequent breaks to watch movies, sing showtunes, and learn to play ukulele. Oh, and play with the kitties, of course. With this piece, we wanted to create something that would inspire hometown pride in the viewer (three cheers for Wichita, woo!), showing off some of the iconic imagery that is unique to our home. With the Wichita flag illuminating the Keeper like a setting sun, golden light and twilight shadows surround this symbol of our city. The map last year was a huge hit, and we actually got quite a few requests for another show-stopper that was city-centric (a lot of the winning bidders have downtown office buildings or are city officials, so quite a few of the art pieces hang publicly, and the Wichita-themed stuff seemed to really get people excited!).  







And some process pics, because why not?





Some of the many little bowls of colors, all nicely separated out so we could pick precisely the exact shade and gradient and texture of little bits of paper that we needed.





This is Rufus. He was very helpful, as you can see here.





And here's a photo of the Keeper of the Plains, watching over the city at the confluence of the two rivers. We liked the way the sun and shadow looked on this particular shot, so we tried to emulate that in the shading when choosing our individual pieces.



And here's the Wichita flag.



 
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