We are so rushed in our everyday lives that our inner sparkle is often lost. We move from this point to that often forgetting to let ourselves shine. However, when we stop and play, when we allow life to slow down that glitter, that sparkle explodes out of us. That's exactly what happened this week. These talented artists allowed themselves to shine and as a result we are left with some of the most fun, inspiring, playful celebrations of all that makes us unique.
Please join me on a glitter ride......
Jodi, creator of Jodi Horgan – Beaded Art to Wear, created this gorgeous piece.
“The glitter shoes inspired me,” said Jodi. “Unfortunately, I didn't have any red rivolis so I went with the pink. Perfect for Valentine's Day.”
Maureen, a talented artist, created this glowing piece.
"The sparkle ended up mostly inside Maureen this week, when she tried something new and it didn't go AT ALL the way she intended, but she enjoyed the process and was excited by the sheer joy of experimentation. She watered down translucent acrylic gel, then colored it with watercolor ink, then slapped it all on watercolor paper. The results shone more than they sparkled, but the artist definitely sparkled when she found herself playing, with no self-criticism, only joy."
Jenjen, creator of Gotta Love Mom, created this beautiful piece titled, “The world as my stage, my canvas!”
“I just enjoy nature (unless of course it creates havoc to mankind)," said Jenjen. "It snowed today (Wednesday) and I thought I definitely have to play today thanks to TST”s theme, “All that Glitters is Art.” I am so amazed on how the sun shines through the skies, and how the colors of nature just blend in so perfectly. I’ve been working on my four seasons since last year, and Wednesday’s snow completed my collage. I hurriedly drove to the park and took a picture of my favorite sceneries. (I even postponed my P90x work-out challenge). The task of completing the four seasons may seem trivial, but I am so proud that I finally did it! I am so psyched. I feel like I can cross out the items on my 2010 list! WOW, an inch of snow changed all that!"
Amanda, creator of Persistent Green, created this mixed media painting in progress (soon to be offered as a print) titled, Find Your Spark.
“I was really struck by Natasha's comment that we don't celebrate our inner sparkle often enough," said Amanda. "My piece ended up focusing on that part of the challenge (although I did use a sparkly gold pen): what makes us spark? Are we making room for that spark in our lives?”
Teri, creator of Giraffelabel, created this stunning beaded ANNIE hobo bag.
“This weeks creation was, in a way, a continuation of last weeks,” said Teri. "I had such fun looking through, choosing, and adding beads that I wanted to try it with a bag. I love this fabric, and working off of the colors in the fabric I added some beads to give it that extra special touch. (I think I will be experimenting with this even more in the future!)"
Trina, creator of Woven Chains Jewelry, and her playmate Rose created these stellar pieces.
“I had fun with colors and sparkle this week, plus creating some pieces in my own creative theme...” said Trina.
“First, A pendant and earring set that used some of the "leftovers" from last weeks Carnivale necklace (there's the personal theme I spoke of...). Shhh...I get to keep these!”
“Second, my sparkle flower earrings. Lots of swarovski crystals, and some sterling and niobium flowers. Here comes spring, ready or not.”
“Finally, I just had to make something gold, so I chose dragonflies. I thought their sparkly, glittery, colorful wings were perfectly suited this theme. Plus, their good-luck and re-birth symbolism just seemed right.”
“And...I was lucky enough to have a playmate this week. Rose (her chosen "nom de plume) joined me in making her Sunshine Rainbow using modelling clay and LOTS of gold glitter. She had a fantastic time with her first Sweet Treat experience.”
Rose's 1st magnificent TST creation
Kris, creator of LisianBlue, created the sensational "Magical Tetrahedron".
“While browsing through my daughter's books, I found a book with 3-d geometric shapes. My head started spinning with a zillion ideas. While in Co. I made some out of paper, but was thinking of how to do them in glass. Home: I started with the tetrahedron or pyramid, and I have made a few, but this weeks theme was a perfect fit for where I wanted to take this fun shape. 1. I wanted to be able to open and close it. 2. put a motion activated light inside. Figuring out the hinge system wasn't too hard, just tricky to do, but making a latch for it was a real challenge - I accomplished both finally with this piece. It has more places to go in the future!! I'll be writing about it on my blog later today if you want to read about it, or see more pictures of it. http://lisianblue.com
1st pic - w/red crystal "Dazzlers" light not on
2nd pic - w/red Dazzlers - light on
3rd pic w/clear Dazzlers light on
Bird, creator of CrowTarot and CrowTarot Tours, created these phenomenal pieces.
“Way more restrained than I expected to be this week, color-wise, :-D” said Bird.
“Some pretty, glittery baubles for you... soon to be available at our CafePress store.”
Talismans by CrowTarot
found at http://www.crowtarot.etsy.com/
"Helping you put the 'normal' in 'paranormal'! :-D
http://www.crowtarottours.com/ - Coming Soon!
Natasha, creator of Doodlestar, created this art journal page. The birds sparkle although it's hard to tell here. She may turn it into a journal cover.
As a special treat, her Mini-doodle created this painting using glitter paint.
Mini-Doodle's 1st splendid TST creation
After viewing this beautiful TST are you feeling full of sparkle that needs to be shared?? Are you ready to dive in and start creating for the next theme??
Well, the next theme is theme is.........."A Bead, a Button and a Little Bit of Flair". Create whatever moves you and be sure that it contains: 1. a lavendar color and 2. either beads or buttons or some other embellishment that gives your work that added bit of flair. Try using a material you have never used but always wanted to!