Gallery Zoo Art Blog

Working With Metal: Hammered Copper Rings

Silver Flower Copper Ring I love copper.  No other metal responds to a torch with such a varied palette--not just warm near mocha pinks, but vibrant marbled teals as well.  Plus, it is easy to add texture and create a rustic finish (much more interesting than the shiny sheet metal of its…(continue reading)

Vintage Bingo Materials: A Perfect Addition To Your Arts and Crafts Toolkit

      Photo by Kathleen Cavalaro Jewelry, Mixed Media, Altered Art... You Can Spice Them All Up With a Dash of Vintage Bingo   One of the things I love most about arts and crafts is that almost anything can be repurposed and made into something entirely new and exciting...(continue reading)

Etsy Trunk Sale Handmade Jewelry Catherine Jeltes Last Chance Sale

 Yep, you heard right...a Last Chance Trunk Sale in my Etsy shop :)  My jewelry designs are heading in a different direction:  more stones, wire work and wraps...more rustic minimalist styles...so the early designs must go. Prices are marked way down...things must go...good news for...(continue reading)

Wire Work Jewelry Pendants Three Quick Designs

Recently I had the misfortune of losing my internet connection for 3 days.  Yep.  Three.  Whole.  Days.  What's a girl to do?  Aside from making daily treks to Starbucks and Panera to check e-mail, I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to work on new jewelry designs...(continue reading)

Rough Cut Gemstone and Blue Ocean Stone Pendant Necklaces, Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art

With the start of 2014, my jewelry design studio is heading in a new direction.  Leading the way are these beautifully rustic pendant necklaces, two in fabulous rough cut gemstones:  citrine and February's birthstone, amethyst.  Citrine Stone Pendant Necklace, Bronze Wrap   ...(continue reading)

Humor, Thanksgiving Day Musings, GalleryZooArt

 Tranquil Garden While pondering what I am thankful for this holiday season, I decided to take the opportunity to admit that while my life is far from a schmaltzy Hallmark card, I guess it certainly is pretty charmed.  As I choose to be a terminal optimist despite it all, here is what...(continue reading)

Etsy Holiday Sale Fine Art Photography 5 x 7 Prints

Just in time for the holidays...a fine art photography sale in my Etsy shop!  A perfect opportunity to get someone you love wonderfully personal handmade art.  From now until December 31st, buy any two of my photographs as 5 x 7 prints for only $20 (a twelve dollar savings!)  Simply click...(continue reading)

Using Pine Cones and Acorn Hats As Rustic Pendant Necklaces Catherine Jeltes

"Blush" by Catherine JeltesQuite simply, I love fall.  I love the colors:  vibrant oranges; reds; golden yellows; chestnut browns; mocha browns;  the textures:  cable knit sweaters; chenille blankets; pumpkin guts; knotted acorn hats; the sounds:  crunchy dried leaves; acorns...(continue reading)

Photography Pumpkin Prints Autumn Fall Art

I had a delightful surprise this summer when I realized our pumpkins from last fall managed to quite successfully re-seed themselves in our vegetable garden.  (Apparently if you use mini pumpkins to decorate winter snowmen it is important not to forget about them once the snow melts--you will be...(continue reading)

Blue Abstract Art Painting Focus On Color And Texture

Eternal by Catherine Jeltes The catalyst for my abstract paintings is most always color.  Blues--particularly turquoise and teal--are often paired with deep ink blue and rusty oranges for contrast, like in Fire and Water.  In Eternal, all of these colors mix, merge, and marbleize into...(continue reading)