I have spent the past few weeks working in tiny, tiny detail on creek pebbles. Not just any pebbles. Wonderfully slim, wafer thin pebbles collected casually over the years from a creek bank. I would fill my pockets when visiting that creek simply because those pebbles allured me with their own sort of natural perfection. I hadn’t any real intentions for them, but I did like creating tiny rock stacks on my woodstove for interest. I observed my family fiddling with them, moving the flat stones from hand to hand, stacking them, discovering their absolute allure of tactile perfection. Yes, all from a small pile of stones, pebbles, skipping rocks.
I have been admiring the art work of other artists on etsy also drawn to painting pebbles. Some of the artists will paint delicate designs as I have done, some may crochet around their perfect stones for a tactile experience, and some will drill holes in them for you to wear. I started to notice how the ancient treated stones, carving symbols and even information onto their surface. I also remembered someone in my family receiving an official Pet Rock for Christmas, complete with care instuctions. Funny, so much fuss over a naturally occurring solid aggregate of minerals. Nature is most inspiring!
It lives! After a long hibernation and some reflection, my etsy shop is filling with my various interpretations of henna folk arts. There are new features on etsy that make my Indie heart skip a beat. Gift cards are now available, as well as direct check out if you find paypal to be a hassle. This week I will be adding these earrings as well as pendents made from capiz shells, light as a feather and translucent like antique windows. I accept custom orders for that personal touch.
It’s that time when the shift happens and the gloriously hot summer fades away into cool mornings. Maybe it is all the smoke in the air making me think people have lighted their woodstoves already, or the fact my children’s school year is in full swing, or maybe it is the slow down in henna at the market. Whatever it is, all is not lost, for I spend year round coming up with artsy schemes which I try to bring to life in the fall and winter months. I spent yesterday tub dying with 4 colors from the Pantone Fall 2012 color report. From Pantone: Fall 2012 is The Magic of Color. I could use a little daily magic and imagine you could also.
I really like these colors and have some inks in great contrasting tones also from the color palette. I know eventually I will be using colors of my particular choice, but have realized through the years that appealing to many people is not necessarily a bad thing. If people are looking to add some Olympian Blue to their wardrobe, I’m ready.
I’m hoping to finish one silkscreen today, however last week I burned and then wiped clean one silkscreen 4 times! Every time I found something wrong with it, I cleaned the emulsion off and started completely over. I spent 2 days being completely disgusted with myself, no worries, it’s how I grow. Let’s hope today goes better, I make myself happy and have a nice clear and precise screen to work with, because I really want to play with my new inks!
In other fall news in my henna world, you can now schedule a private appointment in a lovely massage studio, namely “New Beginnings Massage Therapy” in Chico, California. Simply scroll to the top of this page and click the “Schedule Now” button and scroll down until you see my services and book your appointment. Henna is the perfect accessory, ask the millions of women worldwide who love their hennaaaa.
Ah feathers, so very pretty on birds and people. Birds fascinate me, their abilities, nest building skills and naturally the pretty, pretty feathers. I have been adding feathers to my henna designs this past season and love the way you can get sweeping movement with your henna cone in your motifs.
I designed this raw silk choker with a feather motif for my Etsy shop. This choker is sooo comfortable, I forget I am wearing mine! I am working on some raw silk collars, which will be taller. I need to have something around my neck in the winter, sometimes I get tired of fighting off my scarf ends while working. Yes, a scarf end has been dragged through one of my henna projects before.
Thank you for stopping by, I am heading back to my art space to create new collars and chokers for my Etsy shop.
Have a look:
but I am getting into the hang of it. I opened a shop on etsy with all my henna art projects there. It was a real learning experience for me, photographs must be very nicely done, text descriptions just so…it is open now
Really, it has been a life long dream to have a shop of my own stylings. I have brought my personal earthy toned touches to my pictures. I liked that. I really like photo editors such as piknik, without whom my photos would fall flat.
I know the world of etsy is huge and full of exceptionally talented artisans. Knowing this should keep me on my toes. Slow and steady has been my way, it will be my etsy way as well.
I am thankful for my family, rain, landscape around me, my hands and creativity.