Monday, December 31, 2007
So, the DH comes into the bedroom and throws this THING into the bed. I thought it was a cat or something, or a small, dirty child. It turned out to be this old doll.
She has that 20s-30s eyebrows and eye makeup, but she's dressed in a pinch waist pink silk outfit with lots of old ratty brown lace. She appears to be made of a combination of that hard stuff and soft body limbs and such. I don't really care -- she creeped the beejezus outta me, lying there on my sickbead, innocently expecting him to bring me a burrito and coke!
But for the price he paid for her, I would have no qualms cutting her up (once I get past all those serial killer cable detective show memories) and using her in assemblage and such. I'm sure the rest of her face will crack off if I'm too rough. We did have a brief discussion about hanging her from the ceiling with some wings, along with our Balinese angels and frogs. That's a definite possiblity.
But hey, she did get me up out of bed to take these photos! Now if I could only get her to put that arm down and quit staring.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I think I even have Sarah F. working on a Bead Journal Project lens!
Here are my first two "lenses" (what Squidoo calls their topic pages):
of things. So I'll probably rearrange this a bit, and of course
add more artists!
Favorite artists, books, and a wee bit of my own work
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
WHAT THEY ARE
- The first is a plastic stylus. They're used to write on the screens of handheld computer devices like Palm Pilots and iPaqs. They're also used to play GameBoy, PSP, etc. videogames. They're very inexpensive and come in lots of different colors. The cheaper ones -- like the yellow one in the photo -- will break more easily than the black, weighted ones that cost a bit more, but feel great to use!
- My second "fave" is a plastic credit card. I get offers for credit cards in the mail, but they're often on coated cardboard, not plastic. Toss those. Hold out for real plastic, or wait until your debit card expires, or hang on to a gift card after you use up the balance. These cards are sturdy enough for the job and clean up very easily.
- I use the plastic card to burnish down 2D collage elements. First, I apply the adhesive, and then put the image into position. Then I lay a piece of white paper over the image to protect it, and drag the card across it, working from the center out toward the edges, in different directions. Some people don't use the paper, but I like to keep my plastic card as clean as possible. Still, if you do get glue, paint or ink on it, just wipe off, or rinse off, or scrape the edges to keep them smooth.
- The stylus makes a great scoring tool for heavy paper stock. I use it especially for envelopes and miniature projects that have critical folds. For small projects, you can use the credit/gift card as your straight edge -- line it along where the fold will be, and then draw the stylus along the edge to mash the paper fibers and make folding easier.
Both of these tools fit easily into my tiny traveling art attack bag.
Friday, December 21, 2007
I do like the simple house and shelter motifs, the old photos I chose that reminded me of folks in search of shelter, and the windows that allow you to see through to another page. I also like the weird little "paper doll" creatures that are comforting each other.
I put 12 of the photos of on my Flickr site -- just click the photo above to go there. 8-)
Thursday, December 20, 2007
(yeah, who knew I could blog on blogspot straight from Flickr??? Prolly everybody but me...)
Sunday, December 2, 2007
My friend Rita uses a big plastic storage container turned on its side, with the hot lights on the outside. I think she had a big piece of white paper draped across the bottom and back of the container. I'm not sure lights and a light box would help me much...but maybe after the holidays I'll check it out.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Seems they are planning to start selling reprints of projects and tutorials in their online store, and (unlike any other similar magazines I know of), they will pay royalties to authors for whatever sells.
Here's a link to their FAQ:
The trick is, you do have to sign up for the program. Also, Interweave might not choose to put your stuff in their store, so obviously you wouldn't earn anything... And another thing -- the reuse fee only covers revenue from the online store, not reprints and excerpts and such that are published in future books or magazines.
I think this is really COOL! especially since they're not contractually obligated to pay anything for reused content.
What do YOU think??
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Sorry if the color cast is weird, I'm still playing with my new-used digital camera. So far the outside shots look better. These are the ones I'm selling on Etsy. Click the image for a bigger view!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
A Needle Pulling Thread
A new publication from Canada, featuring all manner of handwork.
And here's Canadian Beading.ca
Not sure if they are soliciting articles or not...
Monday, October 8, 2007
Meanwhile...here a link to the updated post:
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Woohoo, it's bead retreat time and I've finally had a chance to finish up my September Bead Journal Project -- on the last day of the month. This pictures shows the almost done version, taken with Sarah/Beadnik's digital camera:
I created this piece to showcase various sequin stitches that I've gathered from mostly East Indian textiles (see the book "The Shining Cloth" for inspiration). I beaded on a black-gesso-coated beading substrate, thinking I'd paint the background, but that didn't happen. Now I have to go back and touch up my sketch marks with more gesso. Hmmm, or maybe some acrylics? We shall see...
Sunday, September 2, 2007
But since I got the journalling bug this summer, I've been carrying my little Paper Chase travel journal (It's sort of like this but with a different cover, and it contains pockets, zippered compartments, etc., along with several kinds of pages -- graphed, blank, ruled).
So I brought my journal with me, along with a little makeup bag full of art supplies (packed in my checked bag because of the scissors)
- A fine point black India ink marker -- doesn't bleed through like permanent markers
- A black calligraphy pen, also India ink
- A glue stick
- A set of 6 teeny tiny gel pens (I looked for mini-colored pencils just before I left but couldn't find them)
- A miniature white out pen
- A small pair of scissors
- A small glitter glue stick (clear with AB sparkles)
Before I left I tore out some pages from a used bookstore find called The Art of Tarot, and stuffed them into the journal's zippered pockets along with the pictures that were already stashed there. The images are small, and contain lots of historical images.
In the room I journalled about something that was bugging me, using collage, and words I wrote radiating outward like a sun. I also added to a mermaid page I'd already started.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
My theme is Peyote Stitch Beadwork -- do check out the cool seller's items there if you get a chance before it expires (Tuesday or late Monday night I think):
Bead on! 8-)
Thursday, August 16, 2007
- Visit the Bead Quilt Benefit auctions on Ebay (here's a LINK to the Bead Quilt postcards up for auction, for example)
- and/or email me for the bead quilt Paypal address if you would like to give a donation.
- Don't forget to visit the amazing Bead Quilt website at http://www.beadcave.com/beadquilt. To view the squares, go here:
You can click on a square and zoom in closer and closer, it's really cool!
Thanks for putting up with this blatant soliciation!
Foxy Ladies! I made this series for the latest BATC swap on All About Beads (Delphi). I think this is the fourth swap so far -- the only rule (other than size) is that each card has to have at least one bead. I made 8 cards and got a chance to practice one of my 3D sequin flower tricks. Each card is on leopardskin EZ Felt, the next best thing to Lacy's Stiff Stuff (or Rita's Bead Backing, same diff). I also used this series as my August Bead Journal Project and journalled about my new, lusty affair with fancy sequin stitching.
After I cut the felt to size, I collaged each piece with a cutout image from my vintage postcard collection. Then I stitched the sequin flower with shameless pink lipstick cupped sequins, and sprinkled just a few acid green metallic seed beads around, in the printed flowers.
I backed each card with distressed paper printed with tiny pink polka dots -- not a shabby chic pink but more of an old fashioned rose.
The edging is scalloped silver metal tape. Now, this is where the Lacy's product is better than EZ Felt because it's stiffer. Normally when I wrap the edges, I use one continuous piece and turn the corners with a neat little tuck -- but the edges bowed too much so I cut each side to length, and it turned out just as nice, I think, and just as durable.
Not sure if I'm quite finished yet -- I might need some words torn from a book...and it's hard to resist embossing a little pattern in the silver tape.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
The card above was painted, stamped, collaged and stitched with beads and sequins.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
~~The kit is for copper lovers, for sure~~ it features all-copper findings (and a copper-over-sterling clasp), plus an extra large feather pendant made from mother of pearl, as well as carnelian and red aventurine stone beads. In each kit are special secret goodies to help you customize the project. I have 5 kits left -- 3 are on Etsy and I'm saving the other two for custom orders.
~~The stringing part of this project is at the easy level. To make the charms and such, you'll need a few basic jewelry making tools (listing in the Etsy description). You'll learn a few little tricks for covering bead stringing wire, creating clusters that have great movement, etc. The instructions are simple.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Sandy Greenfield sent me pictures of her finished project -- WOW! She is an accomplished designer already (see more of her jewelry designs at http://roadsidefinds.biz/rsf/jewelry.htm) and uses color really well, but I guess this is the first time she'd embellished the strands with additional stitching (look at the ropes and chains in the second photo!)
Sunday, July 29, 2007
My favorite Castaway discharge project -- unfortunately, no pictures thanks to the "great hard drive crash" of summer 07...unless, that is, I ever find time to go through my backup CDs -- was using the refill bottle instead of stamps to apply Castaway ink directly to black card stock. I divided an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet into bands, then made mudcloth designs in between the bands. After heating, I punched the sheet into large tags.
The effect was very mudcloth-ish because the Castaway ink turned the paper kind of a creamy off-white, fading to dark brown around the edges.
You could probably get a cool batik effect with this stuff too.
Two problems though -- the paper SMOKED when I ironed it. I don't think it was the paper, actually, I think it was the product. The other problem was, if the ink was too heavy, it never, ever, ever dried. Ever.
Well, it occurred to me to do a little Google search to see what other folks are doing with this product. Here's what I found, from basic instructions, to tips, to photos of people's projects:
- Blockhead Stamps
- The Stamp Attic
- Hot Potatoes' instructions kinda tickled me when they said "the color is permanently removed" -- what? is there a discharge technique where the color comes back after awhile? ;-)
- Here are several reviews from ScrapFriends; scroll down to read them all and see project photos!
Overall, I'd say this is a fun product to play with, but it's not indispensable.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Here are all the beadwork, jewelry and mixed media publications I know of that accept unsolicited article queries and work to be featured in their gallery pages. Each mag has its own procedures -- some pay, some don't; some request you send a brief email first, some have deadlines, themes, etc. Improve your odds of getting published by familiarizing yourself with each magazine and its submission guidelines!
Note: all the links ending in .pdf require Adobe Acrobat Reader to open.
Altered Arts Magazine
Art Jewelry (Kalmbach)
ATC Quarterly (Artist Trading Cards only)
Bead and Button (Kalmbach)
Bead Unique (All American Crafts, Inc.)http://www.beaduniquemag.com/information/submissions.shtml
Belle Armoire (Somerset Studio)
Cloth, Paper, Scissors (Quilting Arts)
The Crafts Report
Jewelry Crafts (Miller Magazines)
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist (Interweave)
Guidelines not available online...try this link:
query the editor here:
Piecework Magazine (Interweave)
Editorial and calendar guidelines:
Quilting Arts (Interweave)
Simply Beads (Annie's Attic/Dynamic Resource Group)
Step By Step Beads (Interweave)
Step By Step Wire Jewelry (Interweave)
Enter the Stringing Challenges:
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Ronda Kivett is constantly exploring new creative territory. Seven issues and I'm not sure how many years ago, she started her own little self-published magaZINE about beadwork, creativity, dollmaking, polymer clay, and more. Each issue has a theme and sub-themes. It's the only zine I keep and treasure for almost-ever -- I keep them in their original manila shipping envelopes, even.
I mentioned the most recent issue -- #7 -- because Ronda included some of my beaded ATCs in the pages. Here's a link to Ronda's home page, where you'll see a link to her zine (and her free goddess doll patterns, and her artwork, and her general loveliness ;-)
Friday, July 13, 2007
Years ago (before I had nearly enough respect for the fact that books do go out of print), I acquired an earlier edition of Tibetan Thangka Painting, Methods and Materials and wrote iconographic notes right into the margins of the book! At that time (pre-Internet), it was not that easy to find information, so I stuffed the book with postcards, little pages of notes I took down at the library, etc. Then a couple of years ago when I started selling off some of my block prints of Himalayan and Tibetan Buddhist prints, I found a scads of wonderful resources on the net that simply weren't available to me (and you) before... here are a few:
- Little Tibetan Buddhist Iconography from the Dharmapala Thangka Centre
- Female Buddhas and Bodhisatvas from Sakyadhita, the International Assoc. of Buddhist Women
- Japanese Buddhist Mudras (hand gestures) and a short list of Tibetan Mudras
- Tibetan Buddhis Symbols (poke around this site for more pages on iconography)
Monday, July 9, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
I started doodling (more to come later...) and then a few days ago I cut out pictures from a book that didn't sell at our recent yard sale, snipped them to size and glued a few down rather randomly throughout. The rest I stashed in the pockets for later. A glue stick, white out marker, and black gel pen are making for a whole lotta fun! This is the page I did around 1:00 a.m. last night after working on some bead class handouts.
I'm enjoying this silliness so much I went to Borders and bought another similar journal for Fall!
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life
The author describes how Joe, a factory worker, thrived happily in the workplace, and pursued creative interests outside work, finding "flow" (absorption) in both, *unlike* his coworkers, who didn't quite grok him...he could fix anything in the plant, and at night he and his wife built rock gardens and fountains next to his house. Joe was HAPPY. 8-)
Speaking of fountains, today we drove up to the Tinkertown Museum in the mountains outside Albuquerque, where Ross Ward spent 30 years or so building walls out of concrete and glass bottles, carving wood, painting signs (he was a circus sign painter by trade), and assembling dioramas and "dollhouses".
My favorite quote of his:
"I did all this while you were watching TV"
Hehe. Now I know what to (maybe) say when people look aghast, confused, or pat me on the head right before they say "How long did it take you to bead this?"
Monday, July 2, 2007
Managed to finished our first month's "page" just 1 day late -- not bad considering I did a month-long grad school class online, taught 2 bead class sessions, had a hard drive crash, and oh yeah, there's the 40-hour a week job... Not complaining mind you. But I will if this happens every month! Hehe. I was telling my students that all you need to do is a comfortable arm's length of thread each night and you can get quite a bit of work done each week. Without the repetitive strain injuries, mind you. ;-)
Ok -- so have you other BJP participants decided whether to look at pictures or not? If the answer is "No," then hit the back button NOW... But if you do want to take a peek, here you go:
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Seems we've been stringing bling almost as long as we've been walking... ;-)
- Moche mummy with gold jewelry (no pictures)
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I don't have pictures yet because I still have to paint, buff and polish. But everybody made goddess pendants, and we also made twisted trilobe thingies, and flat disk beads, and we did transfers onto cubed beads.
The goddesses? Not a major breakthrough for me, cause I make my own already, but Victoria has a different method of course, plus I got to play with adding a bit of Christi Friesen-esque doodads and decoration. One of my goddesses looks a little butch, frankly, and two are quite petite, so I'm calling it an alternative goddess family. ;-)
We had a lovely lunch at a cafe just down the street, and talked about developing your own artistic voice, acknowledging the history of your craft, and your teachers, the balance of influence vs. copying that will probably be discussed forever and ever and ever.
But I've realized recently that in both beadland and polymerclayland that there is a whole new "generation" of artists and crafters who perhaps don't realize that NONE of this -- the shows, the Internet groups, and many of the materials and techniques -- existed a few years ag.
So, in that light, here's a question for ya:
faux techniques such as turquoise, amber,
coral, lapis, and ivory?
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Here's a copy of my post to the NM Culture list, plus I'll add prices too since someone emailed me about that (it's in the Harwood newsletter... but what they hey) Note: kit fee is payable to instructor at first session).
I think this is the first time Harwood Art Centerhas offered bead art classes. Woohoo! ;-)
INTRO. TO BEAD EMBROIDERY
Thursdays, June 14 and 21, 6 to 9 p.m.
$50 members, $60 nonmembers, plus a $15 materials fee
MIXED MEDIA BEAD EMBROIDERY
Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2, also 6 to 8
$110 members, $120 nonmembers, plus a $15 materials fee
at the Harwood Art Center
1114 7th St. NW
My portfolio & resume:http://www.flash.net/~mjtafoya/mary
To register, call the Harwood at 505-242-6367
Harwood's newsletter with class info:
Friday, June 8, 2007
Well, no matter. That guy I married 21 years ago? He said "go for it" and you know I always do what he says, hehe. Plus as we were talking last night, someone bought a few cabs from my Etsy shop -- it seemed like magical confirmation in terms of the (very reasonable) class fee.
As busy as I am, I still get a bit of creative work done each day. Might not be the large scale months long projects I did until a couple of years ago, but it keeps me level. But this spring at OFFCenter I realized that time-wise, space-wise, and concentration-wise, at this time in my life I really benefit from leaving the house to work. No dishes, no phone calls, no hopping on the Internet to quickly check my eBay sales, etc. Just burrowing down into "what can I get done in 2 hours of glorious creative play time?"
So yeah -- it'll be just me, the clay, my tools, Victoria, probably Frank Sinatra if she brings her CD player, a cast of local PC artists and my creative muse, who is always on call 24/7. Woohoo!!!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I decided to let students choose between two projects in the first class -- one a spirit doll pin, and the other a mirror to hold in your hand or hang on the wall. Both offer opportunities to stitch with beads, without being overwhelming for the beginner. With the mirror, especially, students will be able to bead a lot or just a little. Now...to make up a sample or two!
The second class is Mixed Media Bead Embroidery, as in this sort of thing:
Nuff for now. I just found bad code in my links and I'm supposed to be getting ready for the last day of Fiber Arts Fiesta!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
So yeah. Also, I just signed up for Robin Atkins' Bead Journal project. We will make a beaded journal page each month for a year. I have a few goals and dreams to focus on, but eh, more about that later, chicas and chamacos. <--how do you spell chamacos?
Anyway, back to Robin and the BJP. She has a rich blog called Bead Lust, read all about it there. And her website is pretty kickin' too!
With that, beadlings, I shall leave you with this self-portrait, The Artist in Her Studio: