Monday, March 30, 2009

Mosaic WIPs

Yes, more WIPs! I have probably half a dozen projects in various stages of progress right now. Here's what I've been working on today.

I acquired Laurie Mika's book on Mixed Media Mosaics a few of weeks ago and was utterly captivated, especially since the majority of the book focused on making tiles with polymer clay and using rubber stamps to embellish them. My two most favorite mediums!

I had two boxes already stained that would be perfect for mosaics on the lids, one box green and one blue, so I decided to go with a mosaic "theme" for each-- water for one and earth for the other. I pulled out my stamps and started making a big ol' pile of tiles. Now I am in the process of fitting everything together on the lids of these boxes.

So far, so good, and I'm really loving playing with the tiles. Its sort of like putting a puzzle together, only with this puzzle, if the pieces don't fit, you get to trim them until they do! I'm excited to finish them and I have tons of ideas for more mosaics. So fun!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hero Panel WIP

I think I've mentioned a couple of times that I'm participating in Mother Henna's artist collaboration project. The subject is Hero & Shadow, creating a 6" x 10" panel for each persona/archetype.

Above is the background of my panel and below are the pieces and parts that will fill it in. I decided to go with lots of color, texture and quite a little bit of tarot influence for my Hero panel. Can you guess which cards have inspired me?

I've been experimenting with some new ideas and techniques, some sculpting, and adding a tiny bit on non-polymer media like beads and wire. I'm not exactly sure what kind of art category my panels fit into, it's not exactly collage, not exactly sculpture. Whatever it is, its coming together at last.

Want to participate in this art collaboration project? There are still 7 artist spots open. Contact Mother Henna through her blog. Want to see everyone's finished Hero/Shadow panels? Mother Henna will be publishing a book containing all participants' submissions and it will be available at

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Companions During Earth Hour

... cats and candlelight...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Snow Dancing

I said if we got snow, I'd go outside and dance in it...

... and I DID.

I Have Created... SNOW

My wish for snow? I got it! Finally! A big ol' heap o' blowing snow. Yesssssss!

Of course, its kind of turned into one of those "be careful what you wish for" situations. Businesses and schools have closed. Interstates and highways are being shut down. And that's just in the first half of the day-- supposedly, the worst is yet to come later this afternoon or evening.

If you look carefully in the foreground of the above picture (click on it to embiggen), you will see the snow is flying horizontally, that's how hard the wind is blowing. Personally, I am overjoyed. We need this snow soooooo badly. Plus, I just love wild weather. I may have been a storm chaser in another life.

The wind was blowing so hard, the feeder in the backyard was rocking to and fro. This poor little feathered friend was hanging on for dear life. I don't think she was getting much to eat, she had to work too hard just to stay at the feeder. Poor little cheeper.

There's a lull right now in the snow fall and wind, seems like a good time for me to put on my little booties and go out to refill the feeder. And do a little snow dance while I'm out there.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spring Disconnect

I don't know why, but I am having a hard time connecting with the spring seasonal tide this year. I think it's because it feels like we haven't even had any winter yet. There's barely been any snow at all this year and everything is dry, dry, dry, and the weather has been unseasonably warm for most of the winter, too.

I suppose some who have been pounded with snow and ice all winter would find this a blessing, but I don't. It feels so wrong. And the land seems so parched. We desperately need moisture.

Usually I am so geared up for March to arrive and the spring equinox. But not this year... it feels like the weather has been in a holding pattern since October. Most years, I would have made a trip to the local greenhouse for seeds already and have planted them on spring equinox. This year I haven't. I just can't even imagine seeds wanting to sprout or being able to survive in this dry, dead weather, although I know seeds are tenacious little souls.

My hyacinths came up in the front yard, which is always a sight that gladdens my day; but the blooms dried up after a few days. The peonies have thrust their red shoots up from the ground and I give thanks when ever I pass by. My eyes greedily drink in the sight of the green leaves of the crocus and daffodils working their way out of the hard soil. I fear for them, will they dry up too?

My whole being is calling for heavy, wet snows or thundering, pouring rains. I swear I will go outside and dance in it, I truly will. The land, and my soul, thirsts.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Confetti Egg Revenge

It took him a year, but my husband finally got his revenge...

Ostara confetti egg revenge... it's a messy business...

Hope you are enjoying some Spring Equinox festivities this weekend! I am! Blessed be!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Creative Chaos

Thought I would post a picture of what my work space can look like when I'm in the midst of a creative frenzy. Basically, utter chaos. Behold~

You're looking at about 4 different projects in various stages. The main chaos is created by all the stamps and cutters as I'm working on making mosaic tiles. Then there is the covered egg experiment in the background, the beginnings of my Hero panel for Mother Henna's art collaboration project (right side) and the world's ugliest flower cane just off center.

Just looking at this picture is making me insane. You can bet your booty that right after I took it I couldn't deal with the mess anymore and began to clean. But this is a good example of what happens when I really start to get into my work-- one idea follows another and I just keep pulling out one more tool or cutter or color of clay or whatever until... chaos ensues.

What's your creative space look like in the midst of creating? Be bold, post a picture!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My First Cane

I said I would never get into canework with poly clay... well, never say never! I made my very first clay cane today and here it is:

It's a leopard spot! I know, I know, it's nothing spectacular, but I am right proud of it anyway, and made it several sizes. I even made a little square wrapped cane with the spot in the middle! Simple I know, but it's what I'm going to DO with them that's going to be so cool. (Hint: lower right corner of photo.)

And I did lots of research to make this cane-- its hard to find a decent tutorial on making a leopard spot cane. The best one I could find was one on making a leopard cane license plate holder. But I didn't think that cane looked quite right-- too perfect of a spot, you know? So I looked at lots of photos of leopards to get an idea of what it should look like, too. My gosh, they are absolutely gorgeous animals! I wanted to pet one. But I digress...

Okay, I was going to wait until the project was complete, but I'm too excited! He just came out of the oven, and I have to share:

Mr. Leopard!

But the spotted madness doesn't end here (well, it does for tonight)-- stay tuned for the completed project, coming soon!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Secret #9~ Transcending Rejections & Roadblocks

Here we are at week 9 already with TNC:12 Secrets. This week is all about rising above rejection and learning how to maneuver the roadblocks along the creative path.

I think the chapter summary page said it well:
"Believing in your creative process or project and persevering through the trials along the way make all the difference."
I think this is really where I'm at right now-- I really believe in my creative process, plus I acknowledge that I still have lots to learn, so I feel that any rejection I experience is just part of my learning process. I believe that the more I learn and practice my craft, the better I'll get as time goes on.

I think another thing that helps me is that much of what I'm doing right now is for myself. I'm creating things I want to create, I'm creating things that help me learn new techniques with polymer clay. If something turns out wonderful and I think someone else might like it too, I put it in my Etsy shop to see what happens. Even if something doesn't sell, that doesn't mean its not good, it just means that the right person hasn't seen it or people aren't spending right now because of the economy or whatever.

I had some of my rune necklaces at a local pagan shop. I sold some, but sales were slow, even though they were in a great location to be noticed at the shop. After a year (wow, they were there a whole year!) the shop owner called and asked me to come pick them up, since they weren't moving very fast. I admit, I did feel a twinge of rejection... but I also knew that these necklaces have a narrow window of appeal-- for one, they're pretty pagan, and for two, runes don't appeal to all pagans. But the ones I have sold, people have loved, and I've even gotten some special requests.

Anyway, the shop owner was very kind about removing and returning them and said she would be happy to give new items I came up with in the future a year and a day in the shop. I took some of this returned stock to the other local shop that carries my items and they were thrilled to have them. Some I put in my Etsy store and some were cannibalized for their beads and such. So it was all okay.

I have to admit, this experience was new for me. To be okay with rejection. Usually I don't deal well with rejection-- real or perceived. So I was really amazed that I was able to separate self/ego from this situation. It was a learning experience, a very good one for me. I think I came out on top of it. Maybe this won't always happen, but who knows? Perhaps I'm learning more than just how to create with polymer clay-- perhaps I'm learning a whole new perspective with which I can view life.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Goddess Journey Circle

Yesterday was the first day of Goddess Journey Circle, created and hosted by Jenn at A Trinket Treasury. I'm very excited about this journey; I've always wanted to be in a circle with creative goddess women! I hope that I will grow and learn a lot and I look forward to connecting with some wonderful women through this experience.

This is the altar I created in honor of my Goddess Journey Circle. My inner creative goddess has a thing for the colors purple and orange together. Sunrise/sunset colors! Also colors associated with energy and spirituality. I decided to include my orange pomander for its energy, and the candles are surrounded by dried herbs & flowers from my herb garden:
  • chamomile~ meditation, calmness, blessing, balance
  • lavender~ peace, creativity, healing
  • calendula~ dreams, psychic powers
  • rose~ love, emotions
  • orange~ love, good fortune, divination
  • cloves~ ward negativity, spirit companion offering
The altar cloth is a tea towel that was embroidered by my Gram a long time ago. I have a set of them in pastel colors that I love to use for altars. The 'leap,' 'dare,' and 'friend' stones are from my longtime friend, J Lo, who gave them to me many years ago. I've always found them comforting yet encouraging. The star bag holds my Tarot of Transformation deck, a wonderful spiritual and healing deck with lots of sunrise/sunset colors that appeal to my inner goddess.

I chose two cards from the deck for our Goddess circle-- authentic connection and authentic nourishment. This is what I hope I will get from the group and what I hope each of us can give ourselves, as well. The stone on the cards is rose quartz, for friendship and self-love.

If you think you've seen the collage that's on my altar before, yup, you're right. This is a collage I created a couple of years ago when I first began to get in touch with my creative self. I love this collage! It completely expresses the person I am, the person I want to be-- my creative goddess side. It's starting to get a bit faded; I'd like to redo it and frame it, that's how much I like this collage.

I'm sure more will be added, as well as things changed, on this altar during my journey, but for now, this is where I begin.