In the last few months I have expanded my artistic journey to include jewelry making. Admittedly I have made some pieces that would not meet my level of perfection… but then I had to stop myself.
I had been throwing out everything that was imperfect and this morning it hit me. If God judged me like that I would have been tossed out a long time ago. The Imperfect Knot might not be pretty but was created from bits and pieces of metals from completed projects. While a recycled project, it can still serve a purpose. Like this bit of imperfection none of us are perfect but we all have a purpose.
While this ring may look more complete it too was a recycled project. One of my biggest frustrations in using soft metals is the unwanted scratches and dents. To make them a little less noticeable I added a few dents of my own.
Working with metal is definitely giving me a lesson in patience. Continue to follow me on my artistic journey.
Those that know me know I never stop looking for that next adventure in crafting. The past few weeks I have been tampering with metal in particular wire. While I have had experience beading I have not designed with wire itself.
While I love designing anything this is one art that has really tested my patience. I typically like things that I can complete pretty quickly with the exception of painting. I can do a painting in a few hours and sometimes it may take a week or longer.
I think some days there must be a little angel perched on my shoulder to keep me focused. Otherwise, I would surely wreak havoc with some of my projects.
Wire wrapping is not difficult but is time consuming. Here are some of my completed projects to date:
If you are interested in learning this craft there are great videos on both YouTube and Rumble.
Expand your horizon and learn a craft. May God richly bless you.
Last Monday was a horrific day so I decided I was going to make this Monday different. Despite living in an evil world, I try to put my best foot forward. Today I woke at 5 AM, sat on my bed in a lotus position, prayed, did some deep breathing exercises to music and this was my reward:
This was God’s reminder that he can give us the desires of our heart if we only ask with a committed heart. I wanted a peaceful beginning and he certainly fulfilled that.
It is not always what we ask for as it is “how” we ask for it. Instead of just going through life without purpose on that fast treadmill of life, take five minutes to slow down. The world is not going to fall apart if you do. Take five minutes to do whatever calms you and it could alter the outcome of your day.
Isn’t it worth the effort? Have a blessed and peaceful day. Hug someone today and show them you care.
This morning when I took my dog out to do “his thing” I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the sky.
Yes, you can argue the point that they are just “snow clouds” but my point is God creates art daily. You can say the universe was created by the “big bang theory” all you want to but really take a moment and look at the sky.
On most days we just go through life and don’t even notice. Standing beneath today’s sky I realized how very tiny I was compared to such a massive creation. You say big bang….I say God. Only God with the wave of his hand could create such beauty.
Take a moment or even two and just look at the sky. Really look at the world around you and realize how big it is. Have a blessed and wonderful day.
My attention span is very short. In order to expand my drawing skills I started doing this:
To start this process I started with the little box in the center, added a ruffle on the outside and x’d the center. I then created shapes like the two large butterflies and connected them to the box by way of curvy lines and circles. As the collage expanded I added things I liked or reference to like the car is the same color as my car. The doll next to it refers to my doll collection. The dog is in honor of my dog and so it goes.
I would liked to have colored this with water colors but that is the one medium I have not tried yet. The colored pencils are the easiest but I might draw the next one on canvas and paint it.
I have several of these drawing notebooks in various sizes whose paper is of high quality and will accommodate most mediums including paint. We like to go to auctions and while waiting for the auction to start, you will find me drawing in a smaller version of this notebook.
In a time of uncertain supply it is important to make the most of what you have. With Christmas coming up I have been contemplating new projects. By a stroke of luck I found a rug canvas at a local auction along with a bag of scraps. Here is what I am working on.
As you can see this canvas had a design printed on it. You could easily design your own using a fabric marker. Here is what you will need:
You thread your needle with your fabric and work this project using a basic needlepoint stitch (You can find videos on YouTube).
While this is not a project you will finish overnight it does work up pretty quickly. After you finish your design, select enough fabric of a neutral color to work the rest of the canvas.
While I enjoy the internet, cell phones and my new car that practically drives itself, there is much to be said for a simpler life. Why do you think so many people have turned to a homesteading/alternative lifestyle? They simply appreciate what God gave us not what man created. Here is my tribute to a simpler life.
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I apologize for the delay in posting this part. In part one you saw the base for my mushroom/knome house. Now we move forward on making the roof and/or mushroom top. Take a terra cotta drain pan that fits large enough to go past the base of your bottom. (8″ pot 10″ drain pan). Paint the base color, I made mine a kind of murky brown so it would look natural. Not to worry it does not have to look perfect as nature is not perfect. Pain in the circles in a contrasting color, I chose white. Here is what it looks like.
When try place your pot upside down and then add the drain pan on top like this:
To complete this project pray with a water repellant or paint sealer. Thanks for following this craft project.
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What do you do on a hot Sunday afternoon… you create. I really wanted to make some yard art so here is what I am working on.
We are making a knome mushroom house. Keep in mind these are the first stages so they are rough.
I am using a 10 inch flower pot and a drain pan large enough to extend out past the pot. You can get these from Michael’s or any garden supply.
Paint the pot with your desired base coat using either spray acrylic or you can hand paint like I am doing with artist acrylics. For the dots you can use any circular object and dip into the color you desire and use a rocking motion to make sure it makes a complete ring. Fill in with your artist brush to complete circle.
Make sure you fill in dots a second time allowing for drying time in between.
I have added the door and a knome beside the door. Continue to layer on paint until you are satisfied.
Sorry that is all for today but keep checking back for the final product.
Well this is a trial and error process as I have never painted that many dogs
This little guy named Oreo made a delightful impression on me recently. When his owner brought him to an auction we attend on Friday nights he just seemed to take to me. I took a few photos of him including the two above in hopes of being able to get enough details to paint him. Here is the result: