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Artisan Photography, Painting, Jewelry. en-us Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:54:41 CST Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:54:41 CST Home Decor: Art Print Series Dried Flower Floral Still Life Prints <div> I adore pleasant surprises.&nbsp; One of my most favorites is that unexpected gift which keeps on giving (cliche I know, but nonetheless true.)&nbsp; This past fall, I was a volunteer in a program for a local chapter of <a href=""><em><strong>Girls On the Run</strong></em></a><em><strong></strong></em>, a program that promotes developing and nurturing a healthy mind, body, and spirit for girls in third through fifth grade.&nbsp; As a thank you from our school team, I received a rather colorful bouquet of daisies, roses, and chrysanthemums which I set in a vase beside my computer to brighten my workspace.&nbsp; As the holidays approached and the season began in earnest, I noticed that instead of simply losing petals and decomposing, the flowers were actually drying out and developing another kind of beauty.</div><div><h5><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/VintageFlower_web.jpg" width="395" height="395" /><strong><em><a href="">Floral Art Print&nbsp;</a></em></strong></h5></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>&nbsp;The flowers were originally a brilliant yellow, but as they aged they developed a charming antique white, ivory, vanilla cream palette, which paired perfectly with a pale grey blue backdrop.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/VintageFlowers_web.jpg" width="453" height="453" /> </p><div><h5><em><strong><a href="">Dried Flower Still Life</a></strong></em></h5></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The resulting images are dreamy...full of romance and nostalgia.&nbsp; When grouped together, this series of dried flower portraits is perfect art decor for a rustic, handmade wedding...</div><div><h5>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/VintageFlower2_web.jpg" width="418" height="418" /><em><a href="">White Flower Botanical</a><br /></em></h5><div>&nbsp;Or rustic elegance for a master bedroom.&nbsp; And because they have a neutral palette, these fine art prints compliment nearly every home decor.&nbsp; If you can't wait for the bright colors of spring to start popping, you can view my <em><strong></strong></em><strong><a href="">Flower and Floral Photography Gallery </a></strong><em><strong></strong></em>for even more botanical prints.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>All printing for images 13" x 19" and smaller is done in studio on professional Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper, a museum quality, archival, 100% cotton ragg paper, with Ultra Chrome K3 inks that last 100+ years.&nbsp; Each print is hand signed, professional quality fine art.</div></div> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:53:41 CST Studio On the Road: Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague Virginia <div><h4> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/BeachScape_web.jpg" height="335" width="335" /><em><a href="">Assateague National Seashore</a><br /></em></h4></div><div>As October slides into the Midwest (though I do love autumn) I admit to being slightly nostalgic for my summer travels.&nbsp; Assateague Island National Seashore, an even smaller island off the small island of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, is an amazing haven to enjoy the ocean along the Atlantic coast.&nbsp;</div><div><h4><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Waves_web.jpg" height="303" width="303" /><em><a href="">Assateague Beach</a><br /></em></h4></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chock full of shorebirds and marine wildlife (horseshoe crabs, rays, and dolphins to name a few) it's easy (and quite blissful) to wander past the crowds and find unoccupied (and blessedly deserted) pristine stretches of beach.&nbsp; Here is where I took my studio on road.&nbsp; Not only did I collect seashells (the clams...oh the variety of clams!) for later still life photography at home, but I stumbled upon many scenes of beauty and charm unique to this barrier island.</div><div><h4><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Fisherman_web.jpg" height="337" width="337" /><em><a href="">Fisherman Seascape</a></em></h4><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><p>&nbsp;From clams to sand dollars, a piece of my heart will always belong to the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague.&nbsp;&nbsp; (And yes...the blue striped clams are my faves.)<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Clam_web.jpg" height="351" width="351" /></p><div><h4>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <em><a href="">Blue Striped Clam</a></em> </h4></div><div><h4><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/BeachCombingShells_web.jpg" height="313" width="313" /> <em><a href="">Seashell Collection, Beachcombing</a><br /></em></h4><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h4><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Clams_web.jpg" height="246" width="371" /><em><a href="">Clams Still Life</a></em></h4><div><h4><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/SandDollarBW_web.jpg" height="234" width="355" /><a href=""> <em>Sand Dollar Black and White</em></a><br /></h4><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h4><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Lighthouse_web.jpg" height="306" width="204" /> <em><a href="">Assateague Lighthouse</a></em><br /></h4></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>All of these coastal decor prints are available for purchase here (just click the title of the image to view in my website gallery) or in my <a href=""><em><strong>Etsy shop</strong></em></a><em><strong></strong></em>, where you can change the size of any image in the <a href=";ref=shopsection_leftnav_8"><em><strong>Choose Your Print Size</strong></em></a><em><strong></strong></em> gallery.&nbsp; If you have ever visited Chincoteague, please share your experiences.&nbsp; I'd love to hear about it!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>All images are copyright 2014 by Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art</strong></em>.&nbsp; <em><strong>All rights reserved.&nbsp; Any use without express permission of the artist is a violation of copyright.</strong></em></div></div></div></div></div><div> </div> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:17:01 CDT Working With Metal: Hammered Copper Rings <div> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CopperDaisyBand_web.jpg" height="172" width="172" /></div><div><em><a href="">Silver Flower Copper Ring</a></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I love copper.&nbsp; No other metal responds to a torch with such a varied palette--not just warm near mocha pinks, but vibrant marbled teals as well.&nbsp; Plus, it is easy to add texture and create a rustic finish (much more interesting than the shiny sheet metal of its beginnings!)&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Grab some sheet metal from your local hardware store, along with some metal sheers, a texture hammer, a metal file and/or emery board, safety glasses, and a bench block.&nbsp; Add a butane torch for heat patina, plus some <a href=""><u>Renaissance Wax</u></a><u></u> to seal the color finish.&nbsp; A ring mandrel (even a plastic one) will be useful to bend and shape the finished band.&nbsp; With those essentials, a basic band ring can be formed...becoming a sort of blank artist's canvas.&nbsp; Embellishments such as metal flowers, stones, etc. can be riveted or wired using a metal hole punch or center punch, making each ring a true artisan original.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CopperFlower2B_web.jpg" height="193" width="193" />&nbsp;<em><br /></em></div><div><em></em><a href=""><em>Copper Flower Band Ring</em> </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For the copper flower band ring, each component--save for the center stone--was handcrafted from sheet metal:&nbsp; cut, filed, textured, bent, folded, wrapped, and torched.&nbsp; A wonderful book, <em><a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1404859291&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=metal+flowers">Metal Jewelry In Bloom</a></em> by Melissa Cable, has flower templates that include the metal tabs above I used to hold the center stone in place.&nbsp; For those just learning the basics of working with metal, this book is an excellent addition to your artist library.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CopperWrapRingA_web.jpg" height="196" width="196" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CopperWrapRingE_web.jpg" height="285" width="285" /></div><div><em><a href="">Jasper Stone Copper Band Ring</a></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For my jasper stone copper band ring I used a similar tab concept, riveting a narrower copper band to the center of the ring and using it to wrap around and secure the stone.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Next up for my studio supply list:&nbsp; a disc cutter and dapping set.&nbsp; I can hardly wait :)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> </div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:00:23 CDT Vintage Bingo Materials: A Perfect Addition To Your Arts and Crafts Toolkit <div><img alt="" src="" /><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/bingo.jpg" height="324" width="488" /> <em></em></div><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Photo by <u><a href="">Kathleen Cavalaro</a></u><br /></em></div><h2> </h2><h2>Jewelry, Mixed Media, Altered Art... You Can Spice Them All Up With a Dash of Vintage Bingo </h2><div>&nbsp;<br /> 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. Have old bicycle tire spokes? Just bend them and you can turn them into a cool little bracelet. Find a bunch of old bric-a-brac and assorted materials? Simply pull out your crafting kit and create a mixed media collage! <br /> <br />Recently, equipment associated with the old game of bingo has become a popular choice for arts and crafts and DIY enthusiasts. A simple search on Etsy yields a lot of results within a few seconds. Last year, Ken Erickson, the Theatre Program Manager at the <a href=" "><u>State College of Florida</u></a><u></u>, even crafted an elegant Elizabethan costume that incorporated recycled bingo buttons and sheets as well as other old repurposed materials. <br /> <br />What's with all the brouhaha over all these old bingo materials? It can probably be traced to the massive advertising push that gaming companies are constantly pouring into the online bingo market. The market&#8217;s grown big enough in the past few years that even a supermarket chain like UK&#8217;s Iceland has its own bingo site: <a href=""><u>Iceland Bingo</u></a><u></u>.<br /> <br />As these companies push bingo further into the spotlight, they seem to have also inadvertently stirred up memories and vintage leanings in today&#8217;s generation of arts and crafts aficionados. Vintage bingo materials have become pretty commonplace in online stores as well as yard sales. <br /> <br />This ready availability means that vintage bingo materials like markers and cards have found their way into the magic boxes of arts and crafts enthusiasts, and by the look of things, they&#8217;re here to stay. Here are a few ideas on the many wonderful mixed media projects you can make using them: <br /> <br /><ul><li>&nbsp;Homemade bingo jewelry (rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces) such as the ones being sold in online stores like Etsy </li></ul><ul><li>&nbsp;Altered art collages. If you need some inspiration, <a href=" "><u>Pinterest</u></a> should quickly become your new best friend. </li></ul><ul><li>&nbsp;DIY notebooks, sketchbook, and journals like those made by <a href=" "><u>The Burlap Lady</u></a></li></ul> <br />With a little creativity and the right materials (and sometimes even the wrong ones!), you can easily make your own bingo-based arts and crafts projects. </div> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:16:01 CDT Wire Work Jewelry Pendants Three Quick Designs <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/WireWorkPendants_web.jpg" width="290" height="290" />Recently I had the misfortune of losing my internet connection for 3 days.&nbsp; Yep.&nbsp; Three.&nbsp; Whole.&nbsp; Days.&nbsp; What's a girl to do?&nbsp; 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 and play with wire.&nbsp; The three stones had been sitting on my desk for months (I knew I wanted them together in a design but I had yet to decide how) and I am thrilled with what has emerged.&nbsp; I love how the stones are united yet remain separate, and how each can move individually on its own segment of wire--a wonderfully rustic fidget pendant!&nbsp; The teardrop and near open heart designs were experiments of twisting, hammering, and wrapping wire, then adding patina via torch and Guilder's Paste.&nbsp; Now it's just a matter of determining complimentary components to complete each piece.&nbsp; Stay tuned... Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:33:55 CST