Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Thanks Trinity Brass Co

Wow what a surprise I got yesterday when I opened a gorgeous package from the US.  The lovely Lisa from Trinity Brass Co sent me a beautiful selection of charms, jewellery findings, components - you name it, it's here.  Lisa held a competition where you had to like and share a pic on facebook and....I won!!!!  Woohoo!! I never win anything.  
Lucky me!!!

Huge thanks Lisa and Trinity Brass Co - here's hoping I can do it justice.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Precious Powders

Working with powders is exhilarating - I simply love it.  If you're interested to see what I've done, grab yourself a copy of  the latest "The Polymer Arts" magazine.   Sage puts together an incredible magazine with inspiration everywhere.  Thanks Sage for allowing me to be part of it all.

My latest tutorial, "Surface Embellished Beads" will soon be released through CraftArtEdu as well which showcases a special powder I've been working with over the years.  There's plenty of tips and tricks included in the class, together with some great variations on the basics and I'll also share with you some incredible products I've discovered along the way.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mixed Media Mayhem

I loooooove mixed media.  There are so many different products out there that work beautifully together.  My gorgeous homeschool kids came to me on Friday so we dragged out all the "fun stuff" and got creative.  We made fabric and lace beads and organza flowers and I have to say the  results were sensational.  I got a few pics of the incredible beads and flowers they made but unfortunately the pics I took of the kids in the studio didn't turn out.  We had 3 tables full of goodies and mayhem everywhere - it was so much fun.

Let's have a look at what the kids created.  Next up we're going to work on a canvas - mixed media style - we loved it that much.

Fabric, lace, ribbon, wire, glue gun, thread, beads, organza, metallic wax, friendly plastic.

Gorgeous organza flowers.

The finished flower sculpture.

The yummiest beads ever.  Kids loved these ones.

Beautiful organza flower.

We created 3 hanging strands with all the beads we made.  The blue acrylic beads tied everything in nicely.

I just love the finished result of these mobile.  Needless to say - so did their mum.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam Pics Revealed

If you haven't read my previous blogpost about this project let me explain a little bit here.  Pia Boschett is a local resident who "grows her own pearls" off  the midwest coast of Western Australia.  For the last few years she's taken her boat, a crew of willing volunteers and headed off to the Abrolhos Island to assist with Clean Up Australia Day.  She came back with a boatload of rubbish and put a challenge out to all - come gather your beach junk and create an artwork!!  What a brilliant idea.

I decided to gather a carload of "beach treasure" and see what my gorgeous homeschool kids could do with it.  I got the kids to help me bring the "treasure" into the studio and I so wish I had a camera to capture the look on their faces - especially Kye, the youngest.  He was mortified we were going to create something with "junk"!!!  It was hilarious.

The kids created the most amazing pieces which then went on display at the Flotsam and Jetsam exhibition held at Pia's shop, Latitude Gallery.

Check out some of the pics.