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December 11th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Julie of Blue Morning Expressions Artisan Interview

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I was recently introduced to Julie through her great blog, The Blu Print. She holds a weekly link party where online shop owners help promote one another. Julie not only is a big supporter of online shops, she’s also quite a talented artisan and photographer. She even offers supplies for fellow jewelry makers!

Lampwork Bead Bracelet Lavender Glass with Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?

I am a self representing jewelry designer and bead artist. I work primarily with my own polymer clay beads and lampwork beads that my favorite flame artists have created.

In addition to polymer clay jewelry, I do a lot of buttons and novelty items that are geared towards a lighthearted bunch.

I mainly create beads and polymer clay canes, which is raw clay that has been used to create the flowers that are thinly sliced and applied to the clay bead before baking. Polymer clay is not a clay, but a plastic that is easily manipulated and used to mimic many different mediums and things like bone or gems.

How long have you had an interest in polymer clay and making jewelry?

I have been making polymer clay beads, sculptures and jewelry for almost nine years. My beads, sculpture and jewelry have been seen in Beadwork, Stringing, Beads 2011, Polymer Cafe and Beadstyle.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?

I got interested in polymer clay after a hurricane in 2004 when we were without power. The library had power and I was working with colored pencil flower sketches and picked up a book on polymer clay flowers.

I took the book home and decided to give the clay a try when and if we got power restored. As it turned out, we had another direct hit by a hurricane and I went to work for FEMA for about a year, so my clay was put on hold for a year while I worked and read every book I could find on clay.

I have learned the medium by reading every book I could find and making a lot of mistakes and hideous creations. I have not taken a class and probably won’t in the future, but there are a few classes I would love to take. I do have a lot of dvd lessons that I have had for a few years, but have never looked at them because I never seem to have time.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?

Besides polymer clay, I have done a lot of pencil portraits and love to work in colored pencils. My portraits have sold at auctions and I have done commissioned drawings. I cannot paint worth a lick, but love to look at paintings and some of the details amaze me.

I am a writer and a photographer, so I do work in those two artistic mediums professionally.

Polymer clay fun dangle earrings

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?

My mother is a professional artist and she works primarily in oils. I would love to be able to paint with something! I would love to be better at my color pencil work and devote more time to learning other sketching, drawing and painting techniques.

I have a passion for lampwork beads, to the point of being an extreme hoarder of beads. I would love to make lampwork beads, but realize that is not something I will ever do because I cannot conceive one more work space to set up and I am fairly certain I would end up setting something on fire. So, I will be content in coveting the beads of those talented flame artists.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I read – a lot. I always have a book in my hand. The bigger, the better. When I am not reading, I am hiking and taking photos of the mountains in Montana and Yellowstone. I am on an extended vacation in Montana and am all over the Rockies and a regular visitor to Yellowstone.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)

The most important things to me are my family, friends and the ability to create. If I am not able to create, I am fairly certain I would blow up.

Santa Claus Thimble

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).

1-I am a published author in numerous magazines and newspapers. I write music and have done some public performances. I have done a lot of plays over the years. I am still afraid of a lot of people and terribly shy.

2-I think my dog can talk. He has his own blog.

3-I love the movie The Wizard of Oz and have seen it more than 30 times. I even own it. I am over 50, I suspect I will see it a few more times in my life.

4-I love cotton candy and know how to run a cotton candy machine. Do not run one in the wind; it blows into your hair.

5-I have read the John Jakes’ American Bi-Centennial Series – The Kent Family Chronicles (all 8 books) over 10 times and the first time I read them, they were just coming out and had to wait as they were released. I have all of the books he has ever written.

6-I have been to all but 8 states in the United States and plan on getting to all of them before I die. I travel as much as I can and am a buff of all things National Park.

7-My brother-in-law is a jockey and he was in the Kentucky Derby. My son is a police academy graduate and he is in security in a Florida beachside community.

8-I think Stevie Nicks is one of the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I have all her music, in triplicate and every outtake she ever accidentally recorded.

9-I love to cook and bake. I am forever trying new things and I have a homemade pizza that is about the only pizza we eat any more. I come from a family of bakers.

10-I was raised in the midwest with horses and farms before I moved to Florida in the mid 80s and embraced Jimmy Buffet. I have a home in Florida and am renting a cabin in the Rockies. I will have to go back to Florida sooner or later. I will miss the mountains. They provide me with a huge sense of security and peace.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online
Blue Morning Expressions
The Seed Bead Pattern Store
X Stitch Patterns
Clip On Earrings Boutique
Blue Morning Expressions on Artfire
Saracom on Etsy
Polymer Clay Beads on Etsy
The Blu Print Blog
Polymer Clay Canes Blog
Julie L. Cleveland
Julie L. Cleveland on Zazzle

Christmas Cheer necklace

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December 3rd, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Artisan Interview with Kate of ESArt

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Photo above: Black Labrador Charcoal Drawing

Today’s interview is with Kate of ESArt. As you can see, she’s an amazingly talented portrait artist!

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
My mainstays are custom charcoal and pastel portraits of people and pets drawn from my client’s favorite pictures. I love many kinds of art. I also offer watercolor paintings and photographic prints on canvas. I’m looking to soon expand into oil painting.

How long have you had an interest in drawing?
I guess every kid loves to draw. As a child, I did love art class and projects. But I don’t think I discovered that I had a particular talent for it until high school. Once I realized that I could paint and draw well, then I really started devoting more and more time to it. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn.

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?
I got my start professionally when a few acquaintances asked me to draw their children and pets because they had seen my work. A month or two after I had completed these commissions, the recession hit and I was laid off of my job in banking when my position was eliminated. With the feeling of joy I had received from completing those drawings fresh in mind, I thought I would use my severance to take the time to start a small business doing what I loved – art. It has been a lot of hard work, but I enjoy it very much.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
Drawing in charcoal is my favorite medium, hands down! In fact, I want to make charcoal become better known as a gold standard medium like oil is in portraiture. I love the deep black contrast in provides. I love the techniques you can use shading with it to create both incredible tonal depth and precise detail. When I started drawing, it was with pencil. But the day I picked up a charcoal stick, drawing in pencil was blown out of the water. Now I use pencil only to lay out my compositions before creating the bulk of the image in charcoal. The only downside: you can’t truly erase it. So you have to go slow and get it right.

Photo above: Custom Charcoal Portrait

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
Yes, oil painting. Although I love charcoal portraiture, I feel like I need to branch out into oils as well to offer my clients more variety. Sometimes black and white just doesn’t do it for you and you need a little color, you know? I have been hesitating because I want to invest in the best quality oils, and they are pricey. It is also going to be a challenge to accurately capture my subjects well in color when I generally work off of photographs emailed to me from all over the world and rarely get the luxury of meeting them in person and painting from life. But then, I love a good challenge.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to run, though I’m not very good. I start off slow and taper off. I live in a remote area so the activities around here are mostly outdoorsy. No shopping and few restaurants, but if you like to hike, kayak, raft or boat, this is the place to be. I like all of those things.

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
What is your favorite quote? “Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” Henri-Frederic Amiel

Photo above: Watercolor of Old Man

Please include ten fun facts about yourself. (Example, I like black jelly beans; I love “24;” etc).
-I don’t have any kids except for my two Italian Greyhounds.
-I can eat an entire watermelon by myself in one sitting.
-I volunteer my time taking photographs of homeless animals for my local animal adoption agency.
-I was lucky enough to photograph Antelope Canyon in my high school photography class, which is a destination that has since exploded in popularity among professional photographers.
-I have two sisters, one in Colorado and one in Washington.
-Another quote I love: “Getting fired is nature’s way to telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place”. – Hal Lancaster
-I had all but quit art when an old high school art teacher tracked me down, gave me supplies, and made me promise to paint again. I’ve never forgotten that, and I’ve never been able to find him to thank him and tell him I am now a professional artist. If anyone knows Dan Shaw, who taught art at Page, AZ High School in the late 90’s, please let me know. I want to thank him for that.
-I am allergic to one of my dogs and not the other.
-My favorite complement is I have moved the recipient of one of my portraits to tears by capturing their loved one.
-I am only 5’1″

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
ESArt on Artfire
ESArt on Etsy
K Sumners on Twitter
Endless Sumners Art on Facebook
Endless Sumners Art on Zazzle
Encless Sumners Art Blog
Kate Sumners on Pinterest

Photo above: Colorado River Artwork 26×40

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July 30th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Adriana Willsie Artisan Interview

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Today’s interview is with Adriana Willsie, whose Etsy shop if filled with beautiful pet portraits! If you’re an animal lover, you’ll love her portraits. She even has some cute silhouette pillows of dogs and cats. :)

[Photo above: Custom Dog Portrait]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?
I’m a commission-based artist who primarily does custom pet portraits! I also sell pet silhouette throw pillows on my Etsy shop.

How long have you had an interest in painting?
I’d been painting casually since 2008, but I only started selling my work at the end of 2010. I’m on the new side when it comes to being a professional!
How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?

It’s kind of a funny story, actually. In 2008, my boyfriend gave me a big set of paints and brushes as a holiday present. He was somehow under the impression that I’d been a painter all my life. To this day, I have no idea how he got that notion into his head. In reality, I’d never painted a thing. But I didn’t want to embarrass him, so I figured that I might as well give painting a shot. One night after dinner, I took out my set, and started working on a portrait of my boyfriend. And I didn’t put my brushes down until I finished the painting at 4:00 am — I was totally hooked! Since then, I’ve done a lot of experimenting, reading, and observing as I develop my own personal style.
[Photo above: Note cards of your custom painting]

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?
All of the work on my website is done in heavy body acrylics. I love how quickly acrylics dry, and how you can put down layer upon layer. This is the technique I use to give fur a lot of depth.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?
How I would love to experiment with some oils! But I’m a little intimidated by all the harsh chemicals, so I want to take a class on how to use them safely and properly before I dive in on my own.
[Photo on left: Silhouette cat throw pillow]

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to cook and get out in the fresh air. I live in downtown Chicago, so during the warmer months I love to go to all the live concerts and festivals. And if there’s a craft show in town, you’ll definitely find me there spending my whole life’s savings…

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)
Q: Of all the types of painting, why do you paint pet portraits?
A: I paint pet portraits by commission because I’ve discovered that it’s a tremendously wonderful way to connect with people. We get to talk about your pet, his quirks and personality traits, his favorite toys, the way he tilts his head when he watches you eat something particularly delicious. And then I take what I’ve learned and produce a painting that has personal significance to you. I love seeing people connect to my work in a deeply individual way. It keeps me going!

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.
I hoard paint color swatches from home depot. I can’t help it, look at all the colors!
My nickname in college was “A-slice.”
My favorite class of all time was Astrophysics.
When I was young, I sewed clothes for all the elves I was convinced lived in my back yard.
I’ll eat anything with coconut on it.
My favorite book is Love in the Time of Cholera. After Harry Potter, of course.
All my jeans have paint on them.
My two thumbs are completely different shapes.
After college, I went to and then graduated from culinary school. Pretty much on a whim.
In my 26 years, I’ve lived in Washington, New Jersey, Missouri, Massachusetts and Illinois. And now I’m moving to Wisconsin in a few months!

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.
Adriana Willsie website
Adriana Willsie Etsy shop
Adriana Willsie on Twitter
Adriana Willsie Art on Facebook

[Photo above: Custom 11×14 pet portrait]

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March 26th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Handmade Halloween – 1 Day Left!

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Tomorrow is Halloween! Are you ready!?! I hope you’ve enjoyed the handmade Halloween spotlights I’ve done throughout the month. It’s certainly been fun. For November and December, I’ll be spotlighting various autumn and Christmas handmade items!

Spooky Halloween table runner

Under a Halloween moon pendant

Halloween clay pumpkins

Skeleton Halloween candle holder

Witch’s hat

Creepy “bloody” candle

Halloween cat art print

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October 30th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Handmade Halloween – 2 Days Until Hallow’s Eve

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Just two more days left. Are you ready for the little trick or treaters?

Halloween light up haunted house magnet

Boo to you Halloween blocks

Halloween ornaments

Pumpkin garland

Halloween ribbon wreath

Halloween/autumn scarf

Halloween place mats

Witch’s caludron handmade votive


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October 29th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

29 Days Til Halloween

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Remember to check out the latest giveaway and interview. If you love Halloween, you’ll love Suz!

In celebration of Halloween this month, I want to do some posts about the great handmade items artisans have made that have a Halloween theme. Time permitting (with my long distance move), I’ll be sprinkling this blog with such posts throughout the month. Enjoy all the Halloween eye candy!

Digital Collage Sheet – Halloween Tags – Trick or Treat Witch

Handmade OOAK Halloween Lampwork Skull Bead Earrings

Too Cute To Spook HANDMADE Collage Greeting Card

Halloween glittered WITCH door medallion

Digital Collage Sheet Halloween Potpourri

Halloween digi

Pumpkin purse or trick or treat bag
Halloween digi sheet

Scarecrow Autumn or Fall Pumpkin Art

Pumpkin head bowl fillers

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October 2nd, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Monique Jivram Artisan Interview

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Today’s interview is with Monique Jivram of My Mums a Hippie Website. Her vibrant and lively illustrations are quite memorable and alive with color!

[Photo above taken from Monique’s portfolio page]

Tell us about your store. What kind of items do you offer?

I’m an illustrator, I create vibrant works by collaging and layering ink drawings and urban embroideries.

Through my Etsy store I sell mini pieces of my art work and through my magnolia box online store I sell my large canvas prints and postcards.

My work is heavily influence by my Latin American ancestry so is very lively, striking and intricate. All the works you will find in my stores have a strong signature style that moves away from the traditional expectation of embroidery and showcases embroidery in a fresh and contemporary way.

How long have you had an interest in illustrating?

I studied textiles and fine art in Winchester, UK graduating in 2007, it was only at the end of my degree that I realized I was mean to be an illustrator.
[Photo on left: Mexico Finiti]

How did you get started? Did you start by experimenting around, or did you take a class and go from there?

The basis of most things creative is a sketch, it could be a traditional sketch or some words or photos (anything) that gets the idea down. For me the beginning of anything creative is sketching; therefore, I drew all the way through my degree and I have kept a sketching sketchbook for as long as I can remember. I have been told I have a strong signature style.

Are there any particular mediums you like working with?

I love inks and embroidery skeins in vibrant colors and I always ecstatically happy on my sewing machine.

Is there anything you eventually want to get in to and master?

Master? Eek master is such a big word. I think I would like to go back and recap screen printing.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spare time ,there’s not much of it. Around illustrating I teach art classes.
[Photo on left: Portfolio page: I can’t believe]

What’s a question you wish I would’ve asked? And please answer that question. :)

If you where a super hero what power would you have?

I would have two super powers 1. Be able to stop time so I could make more art work 2. Be able to hand embroider at super speed.

Please include ten fun facts about yourself.

1) I speak Spanish and English fluently sometimes I don’t know which one I’m talking in.

2) I m still hoping I will get taller (im 26)

3) Embroidery threads are like sweets to me.

4) I like to take photos of aesthetically pleasing meals I have.

5) I think there are not enough colorful things in the world.

6) I believe most crafters and artists are perfectionist

7) I work under the name ‘my mums a hippie’ because …my mums a hippie.

8) I think wine and fruit should be free to everyone

9) I have lived in and around London most of life.

10) I heart drawing. I illustrate because I love to draw, everyone wants their dream job.

Please list the urls to your website, blog, and/or online shop, social media, etc.

My Mums a Hippie Website

My Mums a Hippe on Facebook

Monique Jivram on Twitter

My online stores:

Magnolia Box

My Mums a Hippe Etsy Shop

[Photo above: 50s Fine Art Print]

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September 29th, 2011 at 12:00 pm