About artpodstudios

I am what you would call a Serendipity Artist. I love to work in a large variety of mediums and styles. Creating to me IS art, so everything is a potential art project waiting to happen. I have worn many hats during my 24 plus years of art experience. Designer, Artist, Craftsperson, Vendor, Mentor and Teacher. I have sold items to customers from coast to coast in the US, Hawaii, Canada and England. It has been a very enjoyable experience as I love meeting people through my art. Like the caterpillar wrapped in a cacoon we are caught in the everchanging seasons of life. Growing, changing, evolving into the butterfly we know lies within. Just a little of my homespun philosophy ~ I hope you find your butterfly.

Hand Painted Jewelry

Impressionist style painting……

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I love the freedom that modern impressionistic painting with fluid Acrylics and Alcohol Inks brings to the canvas.  The abstract designs lend themselves to so many applications.

Recently, I have not only painted in this style to make artwork to hang on the wall, but have also been making other art pieces like these jewelry items…

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I have been making necklaces, earrings, rings and even bracelets!

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Some of these were painted using acrylic paints and some were made using alcohol inks.

I love the many feelings and styles of this jewelry so I decided to name the lines of jewelry that were made from each of the particular canvas.  Here is a list of some of the names I came up with….

Slice of Nature, Mesa Verde, Gold Rush, Dragon’s Lair,  Under The Sea and Autumn Splendor.

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Here is an example of how the process to make these beautiful pieces begins.  First I must decide the additives I will use with my acrylic paints to get the desired effect in my painting.  This took me quite a while to work out my favorite 2 or 3 formulas.

Once I decide on the formula, I then decide whether the application of the paint will be on Canvas or Yupo paper.

 Once I even took some of the leftover paint and splashed it on these little cups.  No paint ever goes to waste!

 Here is an example of how some of the paintings turned out before making them into jewelry.

The process of making the jewelry is a test of my patience for sure as once the painting is finished I have to allow the artwork to cure for 2 to 3 weeks.  It’s hard to have to wait that long to see my finished pieces.  Once the paintings are cured I then clean and dry them which takes another 2 to 3 days.  To give the artwork a beautiful finish I add 3 coats of sealer to them.

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The above picture shows some of the pieces I made using Alcohol Inks, these are part of my Autumn Splendor Line.

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The above bracelet with several round pieces is from my snap jewelry.  I have made additional pieces in a variety of colors, so the artwork on these is interchangeable.  Meaning a person can take these 5 round pieces off and put different colored snaps in their place.   Being able to change out the round pieces makes this jewelry very versatile, I love that aspect of this style.

This is how the pieces work.  As you can see it is a lot like an actual snap.  And it really is that easy to change them out!  How fun is that?!

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Another  project I just finished were my new business cards……

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I am so please with how they turned out!!  What do you think??

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Well it’s time to get back to work on my new studio spaces, so I will end this post.  I  look forward to our next coffee break and bringing you up to date on the latest adventures here at the Art Pod.

Until next time……

….I wish you Peace!

 

FRIENDSHIP…..

Friends Are The People Who Know The Words To The Song In Your Heart……

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I am so fortunate to have had many friends in my life that definitely know the words to the song in my heart.  And something that makes me very sad is when one of them is going through something difficult in their lives.  You know that you can’t “fix” it for them but all the same you somehow want to help build them up and encourage them that they will get through this hardship.

Today I wanted to share a weaving project that was meant to do just that.  A friend of mine was going through something tough and was feeling pretty discouraged and I began to try to think of something that might cheer her up.  

I decided I wanted to try to weave something colorful and cheerful for my friend.  I was just finishing up a project on one of my floor looms that had some leftover dark brown cottolin warp threads, so I decided to try an experiment.  This purse was the result of that experiment. 

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 I knew my friend loved very colorful things so I knew that the purse would need to have lots of color.  I went through a bunch of leftover yarns that I had from other projects and made a pile of them by my loom and then began weaving random  patterns.    This is how it looked on the loom during the weaving process.     

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There was no rhyme or reason to how I laid the colors or patterns out, this was just random treadling and colorful playing in my threads.

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I really did not even try to repeat or keep track of any of the patterns I was weaving.

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Once I felt like I had a big enough piece woven to make a small purse I stopped weaving.  Of course I also stopped because I ran out of warp 🙂

At this point I really wasn’t quite sure if this was going to look like the cute little purse that I had envisioned.  I did the finishing wash and waited for it to dry to see if this was going to be a big enough piece to make the purse.

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During this same time period I had been experimenting with dyeing some silk scarves.  I went through some of my finished pieces and picked this one to use for the lining of the purse.

 

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As I began the construction of the purse I decided it definitely needed some

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embellishments, so I added the mirrored and hand buttonhole stitched circles and the scroll that I had made by crocheting together multiple threads.  I added a button and closure threads that had been braided and sewn into the flap.  

I twisted a bunch of the leftover weaving threads together, putting a knot at each end to make a tassel, and hand sewed it onto the purse for the strap.

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Before sewing the lining into the purse I stamped it with this friendship saying and the music notes on each side.   I heat set the printing to make sure it was permanent.  

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My experiment was now complete and I was anxious to wrap it up pretty and give to my friend.  

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I was so glad to have something to give to her that I had handmade to brighten her day.  She is still very much in my daily thoughts and prayers.  Even though we now live many miles apart we still keep in contact and are still a part of each others lives.   

I hope this article inspires you to make something beautiful, and treasure your friendships! 

Until next time……..

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….I Wish You Peace.

 

THE START OF A NEW ADVENTURE…..

ART POD STUDIOS moves to Nashville, Tennessee!

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It was hard to believe…..

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…it was finally all packed!!

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And we were headed to our new home and studio space in Nashville!!

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AS YOU CAN SEE from this picture of our new place in Nashville, it is going to be quite a bit of work transforming some of this space into studios.  This is the area where Studio I will be.    

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We are slowly making progress on transforming this into an area where I will be doing a lot of weaving on my floor looms.

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Once the painting was done we started moving supplies and equipment into the studio.  It still needs lots of tweaking and organization to get the studio up and running but I can now envision the metamorphosis of this studio into a great creative space.    

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More shelves put together and getting lots of fibers unpacked.  

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And would you believe it more fibers!!

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I’m sure like many other artists I am surprised at just how many fibers and supplies I have in my stash!  

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It’s been fun going through all this stuff and being reminded that I have some really cool books and videos I had almost forgotten I had.    I love rediscovering them all over again!

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I still have a long way to go in getting this Studio space ready to use but I am feeling like I am making lots of progress.   Once it is finished I will post some more pictures of the finished room.  

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I know this Studio will be in progress for quite a while yet as I am feeling that I may need to repaint the room again.  I painted it with a white medium quality paint and instead of it looking white it looks Peach.  Not at all what I wanted!  So back to the drawing board as they say….  

I have started work on Studio II and it is almost finished.  Next week I will show the before and after pictures.  I’m definitely loving the way it turned out!!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking a look into what Art Pod Studios is up to these days.  I will soon have some postings on what art projects I have finished recently.  

Until next time…..

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…..I wish you Peace.

At The Loom – Purse Project

Last post I gave a hint about the next project I was starting to work on and the following is an update on how that project is going.  I started out with this gorgeous  hand dyed warp thread I got from Robinjedmundson on Etsy.

IMG_0546I decided it would be cool to make a purse using this colorful rayon warp by combining it with a cotton weft.    For the weft I used a mercerized cotton flake yarn.   I felt that this combination of fibers would give the cloth enough body to make a purse.

I warped up the loom with a combined twill pattern using a 15 dent reed.  The loom was warped with 130 threads (this included the 2 float threads).

IMG_0594Because I had already done this pattern once with the same number of warp threads for another project … 

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IMG_0597This process saves lots of time if you are making the same pattern several times but want to do different colors.

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I wove using a mercerized cotton flake yarn in a dark teal color for the weft.

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I really love the play of colors in this dyed warp combined with the dark teal weft.

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Here is a close up picture of the interplay of colors in the pattern.

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The Weaving progressed very nicely, and the fibers were a joy to work with.

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The colors did not show up very well in this picture but this is the piece as it was being taken off the loom.

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And this is the piece laid out before finishing.

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Once I did the finishing wash, dry and cutting off of the spliced in weaving tails,  the finished cloth measured about 7 inches wide, and 64 inches long.  I cut the fringe on one end 4 inches long and at the other end I cut it 9 inches long.

The end of the cloth that has the shorter fringe will be the top flap of the purse, and the longer fringe will be at the bottom of the purse.

I decided to add some copper and beading embellishments to the shorter fringe that will be on the top front flap of the purse.

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First I strung some beads and added them.

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domed another and added more copper accents by twisting some copper wires and flattening them.IMG_0738

I am also considering adding these items……

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Using  this purple perle cotton, I thought I would add these beads by sewing the thread in and out of the fabric so that it shows through on top while tacking down the beads at the same time.  I also though I would use some of these purple beads (right side of the picture) to add a few more strands of purple accents in 2 or 3 other places along the fringe.

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I feel the purse is progressing nicely and I have several ideas already on how I want to piece it together.  I don’t have very much of the warp thread left, but there is enough to add some into the inkle band that I am going to weave for the purse strap.

….So for now, it’s back to the loom….

Thanks for dropping in, hope this project inspires you to make something beautiful today!!

Until next time…..

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                  ….I wish you Peace

SHIMMERING SCARF FINISHED!

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Do you remember that beautiful shimmering warp I posted about last week?  Well, it just turned into an even more beautiful shimmering scarf !!  This is the finished scarf.

 I thought you might like to see some pictures of the scarf being woven so here are a few.

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After I added the warp to the loom then the weaving process began….

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…and the twill pattern began to show through the woven threads.

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This picture shows the texture of the twill weaving.

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I love how this zig zagging textured twill pattern looks intermixed with the bands of plain weave.Image

Time to cut the woven scarf off the loom and start the finishing process.

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I wove the scarf about 98 inches long but as expected it did shrink a little in the finishing wash.  But before I washed it I tied the fringe at each end of the scarf.

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This is how the scarf looked after it was washed, air dried, then fluffed in the dryer.

It has a very fluid and silky drape.

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I love how my shimmering scarf turned out!

Here is a sneak peek at my next project going on the loom.  I will be using these beautiful hand dyed skeins of rayon yarn to make another twill patterned scarf.

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 I purchased this beautiful yarn on Etsy from the vendor  –  robinjedmundson.etsy.com

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Guess it’s time to get back to the loom and warp up another project !

 Until next time….

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                   …..I wish you Peace

At The Inkle Loom

STRINGING UP A GUITAR STRAP

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Late last fall I started warping up this Inkle Floor Loom to make an earthy colored guitar strap for a friend.

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 I hate to admit, it is still very much in the beginning stages of weaving.

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Last fall I made about 10 table runners in an overshot pattern for Christmas gifts and pretty much “forgot” about this guitar strap.  Hopefully I will get a chance to get back to this project and finish up.  Especially when you see from the pictures below the results of my last two guitar straps I did get finished for gifting…..

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……hope this inspires you to make something beautiful today!

Until next time…..

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                                          ……I wish you Peace

Shimmering Warp

Normally for me, winding a warp for a weaving project is at best,

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yawn“ho-hummm”.

But today the room I was working in was flooded with sunshine,

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a plus in itself considering this is the middle of February!

Winding the warp for this scarf has been pure JOY !!

As I turned the warping mill round and round

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the sun beams caught the metallic threads and seemed to

literally dance like little fairy dust across the warp.

I immediately pictured a little odd figure of a man, Rumplestiltskin,

spinning–spinning–spinning

all night long to make the gleaming golden threads.

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The warp is now being added to the loom and I can’t wait to see the finished scarf filled with

Magic Fairy Dust !!

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May your days be filled with JOY !!

Until Next Time……

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I wish you Peace….