Thursday, December 15, 2011

30 Days of Drawing: Day Fifteen

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I have this wonderful Fabriano journal filled with colored paper.  It’s around 8” x 6” and is perfect for quick studies like this one.

30 days day fifteen

I also worked on this large piece from my 14” x 17” Canson XL Mixed Media pad.

30 days day fifteen detail

I’m really enjoying blending the colors on these pieces.

30 days day fifteen detail two

It’s nice to have such a large space to work in, and since I am doing these to play I am not stressing over how realistic the finished image is.  It’s letting me explore different ways of laying down the color and apply the layers. 

There’s still time if you want to join us!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

30 Days of Drawing: Day Fourteen

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I just love the handles on these old kitchen utensils.  From the top: potato masher, spatula and sieve.  Or as I call them , Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear.  Image size 12” x 15”

30 days day fourteen detail

Detail.  I used mostly Prismacolor pencils, with a few Derwent Inktense and Graphitint pencils for the details.  The background is Grumbacher Acrylic in Payne’s Gray and Martha Stewart craft paint in Cloud, satin finish.

I promised a peek at the really big drawing. 

30 days days twelve thru

This is on Strathmore 400 series drawing paper, and measures approximately 60” x 36”.  I have to stand on a stool to reach the top of the drawing.  I’m using graphite sticks in 3B and 6B.  It started with just random marks but has evolved into this image.  The working title is “Eclipse”.

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

30 Days of Drawing: Day Thirteen

30 days day thirteen

Today I chose to go a little larger and also on a white background.  It was more difficult to build up a good layer of color as the texture of this paper was very defined.  I also was challenged by recreating the metal of the beads and buttons on this necklace.  I’m pleased with how the turquoise bead turned out as well as the black bead in the lower right corner.  Overall the drawing worked for me.  I do think that I may pre-color the paper before attempting another drawing on it, at least if I go for another color drawing.

Monday, December 12, 2011

30 Days of Drawing: Day Twelve

Yes, I did draw on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (also known as Days Nine, Ten and Eleven)  I just haven’t scanned them yet.  I need to find a more effective way to draw over the weekends.

I picked up some darker red pencils on Friday (I had to take my daughter to the airport, and since we were near the art supply store anyway….), so this morning  I took them out for a test run.

30 days day twelve

I tried to avoid using the black pencil for the black beads.  I think it turned out well.  I enjoyed drawing the big cinnabar bead on the upper right. 

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Another red handle.  Eventually I will draw the entire tool, but for right now I am enjoying the weathered look of these old utensils.

Something else is literally on the drawing board, I will post pictures of it when I post days 9, 10 and 11.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

30 Days of Drawing, Day Eight: Draw Hard

When I was little, my grandpa worked at the General Motors Tech Center.  He would bring home tons of Prismacolor pencils for me to play with.  I think he’d be pleased to see that I am still drawing all these years later.

Today I finally got back into the studio for a little while, so I went a little hog wild.

30 days day eight a

You might recognize this necklace from the past two days of pencil and pen and ink drawings.  The bone beads with the incised detail were a pain, but I’m overall pleased with how they turned out.  I really love the lampwork beads and the detail in them.

30 days day eight b

I wasn’t ready to go back downstairs, so I did another drawing, this time based on a small sieve my friend picked up for me at a yard sale.  I just love old tools.  I wanted to detail the handle of the piece.

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Here’s a different version of the same tool, from a large drawing I was working on last month.

I’m not sure what tomorrow is going to bring, but I know it will be fun!  There’s still time to play along, head over to Traci’s journal and add your name to the caravan.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

30 Days of Drawing: Day Seven

30 days day seven 

Uni Ball Vision Needle in my Moleskine journal, worked on while waiting for my oldest son to finish class.  This is the same necklace I drew last night, just in different media.  I am hoping to get into the studio tomorrow and do a color drawing (or two or three….)

30 Days of Drawing, Day Six: Drawing Noir

30 days day six

I wasn’t able to get into the studio first thing in the morning yesterday, so I ended up doing this pencil drawing right before bed.  I’d forgotten how pretty the beads I used on this necklace were.  I think today I am going to render them in color.

Monday, December 5, 2011

30 Days of Drawing; Days 3-5

Now with more cowbell.  If I had a cowbell to draw.

30 days day three

Saturday was a lazy drawing day, as my son had two hockey games and we had to run errands in between.  So I did this quick gestural sketch of the game.  Not every drawing has to be finished.

30 days day four

I drew this pendant from one of my necklaces before heading out on Sunday morning.  The background is inspired by the many layers of paint on my drawing table.

30 days day five A

I’m still working on how to render the bone beads in my piece.  I’m much happier with how the bone turned out on this drawing than I was with the bone in yesterday’s pendant.  Having the right tools makes all the difference.  This piece mixes Prismacolor, Supracolor, and Neocolor II crayons.

30 days day five B

I had so much fun with the light colors on the first drawing that I decided to do another rendering of a different necklace.  The button in the lower left is kind of muddled, and next time I would leave it out of the picture.  I also went with a different color scheme.  The original necklace is dusty pale blue. 

Yesterday I picked up a roll of drawing paper, 36” wide, and a few graphite pencils and sticks.   The next few days of drawing may be process photos of a larger piece.

Friday, December 2, 2011

30 Days of Drawing, Day Two

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This is a drive-by posting as I have to go play Mom’s Taxi in a minute.  This is a glass bottle I picked up at a yard sale and one of my Gran’s brass bell collection.  Supracolor II pencils and Prismacolor pencils on chipboard. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

30 Days of Drawing, Day One

Traci Bunkers, of Bonkers Handmade Originals, is hosting a challenge to draw every day for 30 days.  It will be a little tricky with the holiday season and all, but I have been getting back into my drawing and I decided to play along.  You can find out more information about how to join us at Traci’s blog.

Earlier this week I started a series of small drawings on recycled chipboard, so for now I’m going to continue in that vein (smaller drawings also makes it easier to do a whole drawing in a day ;)

etsy drawing five

Last year I made myself a necklace for my birthday, and this drawing is a detail of one of my favorite beads from the necklace.  I used a Derwent Graphitint pencil to lay down the initial outline (after drawing a guideline square in the center of the chipboard), then filled in the rest with Caran D’Ache Supracolor II and Prismacolor pencils.  I’ve been painting in the backgrounds of most of the drawings with various acrylics.  This piece is painted with Jo Sonja acrylic gouache, Martha Stewart craft paint in aqua glitter, and a thin wash of red iron oxide to provide the shadows.  I like how the smooth surface of the paint contrasts with the rougher surface of the drawing.

You can see the other pieces in this series at my Etsy shop

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Studio Clearance

Some of you may know that I used to own a bead store here in town.  What most of you don’t know is that much of the inventory from the shop is still stored in my studio.  With all the art making that has been taking place lately, I am finally out of room, and it is time to send some of the inventory to new homes where it will be used and loved.  That’s where you come in.

I didn’t realize I still had so much Nymo beading thread.  It retails for $1.00-$1.50 for a bobbin that averages around 64 yards.  I have:

Nymo Size D (thickest size) 1 box of 26 bobbins assorted colors $13.00 + shipping

Size D  1 box of 52 bobbins assorted colors $26.00 + shipping

Size B (medium thickness) 1 box 45 assorted colors $22.50 + shipping

Size B 1 box Black and White assortment 52 bobbins $26.00+ shipping

Size 0 (thinnest) 3 boxes assorted colors 52 bobbins each $26.00/ box + shipping

Size 0 1 box 39 assorted colors $19.50 + shipping

I also have a box of assorted Czech glass round beads (druks) in 6mm and 8mm size.  Colors in the box include White AB (white opaque with iridescent coating), Rose AB (clear iridescent pink), Rose Opal (opalescent pink), Rose Matte, Cream Matte, Bright Red Opaque, Sky Blue Opaque, and Hematite (silvery black).  There are over 6,000 beads in this box, and the retail would be $400+.  The whole box can be yours for $75 + shipping (they will fit in a medium flat rate box, so shipping is $10.95)

Finally, I have a box of mixed basemetal findings, including several gross of barrel clasps in goldtone and silvertone, spring ring clasps, hoop earrings and bead tips for leather cording.  $20.00 for the box, plus shipping.

Leave a comment here if you are interested in any of these deals.  Thank you!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Art of Bead Embroidery: A Preview

Over the years, my bead embroidered creations have drawn the most comments and admiration.  I learned the basic techniques from Joyce Scott and Robin Atkins, and took them from there.  I even wrote an article for Quilting Arts about bead embroidery.  You could say I know a lot about the technique.

I am currently in the process of writing an e-book about how I do my bead embroidery, with tips and hints to help you make this simple technique part of your embroidery repertoire.  Here’s a sneak preview of some of the work I’ll be sharing.



The technique can be used for jewelry, as in the two pins shown above.  These are great for using those accent beads that you’ve been collecting but don’t know what to do with.

This piece is designed to be wearable, but it could also serve as an embellishment on a quilt or piece of wearable art.

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A detail of “Grandpa’s Garden” a bead embroidered tapestry.

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The full panel “Grandpa’s Garden” 2003, bead embroidered tapestry, approximately 10″ H x 30″ wide.

My e-book will explain how to make objects like this using simple embroidery stitches with beads.  It will also include a gallery of work to inspire you and a listing of suppliers so you can get started on your own bead embroidery journey.  I am really excited about sharing this knowledge with you, and love that in the e-book format I can go deeper than I was able to in the article.  I will post when the book is closer to launch, I look forward to sharing it with you!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sale at my Etsy

Hey all, I am still blogging over at Andrea Stern Art but wasn't sure how many of y'all have joined me over there.  I am running a sale at my Etsy shop , 20% off everything with the coupon code MAYDAY11 thru May 31st.  I will be adding some of my new purses to the shop later this week, those will be included in the sale.  Thank you!