Hello there! It's been a busy month so far. I now have a dedicated art studio corner space at the Painted Ladies Studio in Issaquah! Very excited about that. It will give me the space to continue my artwork rather than clogging up my dining room table:) Whoo ee! Very nice. Have a lot more paintings to put up on the walls there, but it's a wonderful start :)
Since I do a variety of artwork, from brooches, to earrings, magnets and mixed media I never really know what will come out next. Am working on a couple of paintings currently, and in the meantime was inspired by some lovely thread to make these magnet mandalas :
These are easy to make.
I find shapes I like to put together and so this one is wood, painted with a soft lilac metallic glaze, the pre-drilled holes are ideal for sewing interesting textural threads through, and then adding a found metal object with such an uplifting message.
The next one has the same idea only I painted gold in the center and the soft metallic lilac for the edges and sewed the goldy beads on the edges for more texture.
Actually, as a side point, I looked for a thimble in lots of craft and fabric shops- the kind my mom and grandma had - and it seems they have gone out of fashion! It took me a while to find something that helps hand sewing, and protects your fingers from the needle. It is not a metal one like my mom had, it is leather with a round metal insert. Am sure it will be helpful in the future, as I tend to sew beads directly onto the canvas ( as in my painting Lily),. Am sure it will help!