Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Trying out new things...

I have found a website that offers a free course - all about being creative - and using mixed media - so I signed up!
Even though the course doesn't 'officially' start until January 7 - they gave us some early goodies to work on.....the first being an 'artist background paper' and then a second one to use this as part of a gift tag. Was supposed to be a 'holiday' tag, but Christmas is over, so I just went with what appealed to me - and I really liked how it turned out!

Here is the tag - in closed and open views..

The background of the tag is the music pattern paper that I painted over with gloss medium, giving it some texture and fading out the pattern. On top of that I stamped some designs - only have a couple of stamps, so I was pretty limited there. After the stamped images dried, I colored part of them in with Pearl-Ex pigments - in purple.

I folded the paper, added a decorative purple vellum paper piece, attached with tiny black brads, and on top of that I added a tiny little envelope out of other musical pattern paper. I found a little dragonfly that just needed to be part of the design, going across all the layers. The last item was a tiny square of paper with a tassel attached through an eyelet, that just fits inside the little envelope - on which the name of the 'gift person' would be written when I use it.

I love how it turned out....and think I'm going to enjoy venturing 'outside the box' during this class....and who knows where it will lead?

New Beginnings.....

January is traditionally the time for new beginnings....so I'm jumping the gun...a little. I have been giving great thought to what direction my crafting should take....and since I have a brand new studio (built for me by my loving hubby)....this blog will go along with it.

I named my new space "Studio 2:14" ....from 2nd Chronicles 2:14:
...He is trained to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him...

This expressed perfectly the desire I have to learn different techniques and use my hands in the service of God - however He guides me to use them. Honoring God with my efforts will be the primary goal - and sharing what I learn will be a large part of it too.

I hope you will join me on my journey...