Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Mosaic Project!
This beautiful wedding platter was given as a gift to a friend of a friend of mine. Karen brought me the original platter which had broken pretty badly on one edge, and she wanted to see if there was a way to "fix" it. Well, I have a great desire to make mosaics out of and onto almost anything, so this was a great challenge for me. I decided to carefully cut the rest of the edge of the plate, try to save the middle, and mosaic it! Once the pieces were in place, I grouted it with regular sanded grout and seed beads and crystal gems. The finished product looks very cool, and Karen was happy with it, proclaiming it even better than the original! I love it when things work out like this....

Thursday, December 07, 2006

This beautiful mandala was created by one of our "R & Art" participants, after her relaxing massage. Josie used Shiva Oil Sticks, along with her creative mind and fearless approach to blending colors, to make this 18" mandala. Josie is a great artist, who not only paints and enjoys working with encaustic, but writes books and offers art retreats at her home studio. Check out her website: http://yagottahaveart.com/. Thank you to all the cool folks who joined Betsy and me for our second "R & Art" event yesterday! We'll be offering it again in the New Year....Happy Holidays!