Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Art Journals and Encaustics

Beautiful art journal page by Julie Ann Shahin. Check out more of her beautiful work here.
For some strange reason art journaling has been calling to me. Art journaling is the process of recording thoughts and feelings using art, words, and colors. I listen to lots of artist interviews on various podcasts, and many of them say that art journalling helps keep creativity flowing and allows for experimentation.

I do have a history of paper crafts and collage in my past (including scrapbooking). So it could speak to those parts of me as well.

Public domain image
I also have a growing fascination with encaustic (wax) painting. When I view paintings done with encaustics, I love the effect it has. Although traditionally done on a hard surface, I have been researching its use on paper. I was thinking maybe I can combine art journaling with encaustic techniques. 

I Hope everyone has a Happy Easter! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Graceful Leigh goes to the Races

I am very excited to announce that Graceful Leigh is one of the sponsors for the Crossroads Community Ministries fundraiser called Saddle Up with Crossroads. Crossroads works tirelessly for the homeless population in Atlanta. For an example, check out these numbers and statistics. 

If you click on one of the first two links above and scroll to the bottom of the page, you can find the logo pictured above!

If you are in the Atlanta area and can join in this dinner for a worthy cause, I urge you to do so.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Twisted Sistah Workshop: the Results Show!

I recently enrolled in an online workshop taught by Diana Frey called Twisted Sistah. First, anything bold and sparkly is very me, so I was immediately attracted to the overall design. I created the focal charm by embedding a vintage pocket sain in Ice Resin with rhinestones and art glitter.  I also enjoyed getting to make these sloppy soldered links.

I am currently learning even more metalsmithing, so I will be sharing that soon.