Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Versatility of Glitter - Who Knew?! Fantastic Designs by ArtisticWill Studios

I have been waiting months to do this post! I have had the pleasure of getting to know one of my fellow indiExhibit artists recently by way of having her complete several commissioned pieces of art for me. One as a gift for myself, and several as gifts for others.

If you haven't yet seen the work of ArtisticWill Studios, check it out!  She uses glitter in a way that I haven't seen before. When I first think of glitter, I think of my two young kids and glitter pens on construction paper. This could not be further from what ArtisticWill Studios does!

According to her Etsy shop description, the artist, "developed a technique using multiple layer of irredescent glitter paints on clear acetate in a stained glass style for an unique art and keepsake."

The result is just stunning. One of my favorite birds is a great blue heron. I decided to order a custom paperweight of a heron for my desk. The artist worked very closely with me to make sure the design was exactly what I wanted. I was thrilled with the final product! It's a beautiful addition to my desk.

Once I received my heron, my mind started thinking about some upcoming gift occasions and so I went back to ArtisticWill Studios for more!

I had this custom paperweight made as part of a wedding gift for some friends (one of whom loves penguins).


Purchased this beautiful paperweight for my Mom for Mother's Day.


And commissioned this birthday present for my sister, who loves golfing.

ArtisticWill Studios also offers beautiful keepsake plaques, pendants, bookmarks, and, of course, custom pieces. If you have someone on your gift list that is hard to buy for, this might be exactly what you are looking for! Take a peek and see glitter in a new way!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New Bookmarks and Saline Farmer's Market!

I have been happily plugging away at some new bookmarks for my Etsy shop. I have a few listed there:

 Midnight Sodalite Macrame Bookmark.

 Rhyolite Macrame Bookmark.

Pietersite Macrame Bookmark.

Golden Sunflower with Botswana Agate Macrame Bookmark.

And have created some new ones (with more on the way!) Here's a sneak peek:

Green Enamel Leaf Macrame Bookmark.


Black and White Sardonyx Macrame Bookmark.

I am trying to get some extras done this week since I will have the opportunity to sell my wares at the Saline Farmer's Market this Saturday, June 9. An artist friend of mine had an extra spot in her booth and kindly invited me to join her. I am very excited! If you are local, stop by and see us! We will be there from 8:00 a.m. - noon.

Friday, June 1, 2012

My First Exhibit!

I am very excited to announce my participation in this wonderful exhibit on scientific illustration that opens tomorrow, June 2, at the Ann Arbor District Library downtown.

The exhibit, "Illustrating Science: From Anatomy to Zoology", showcases scientific illustrations on a range of subjects, done by local illustrators. Four of my botanical illustrations are on display.  It runs for a month and a half and includes not only finished artwork, but also field studies and sketches. If you are local, be sure and stop by the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library!

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