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Feature Friday- Beautiful Beads

19 Aug

I posted on the Club Creative Studio Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio a photo of small plastic disks.  The disks are used in golf as markers for golf ball placement and they are pushed into the ground and stay put by the protruding part in the middle of the disk.

I use golf markers differently

I pose the question:  What might someone do with this item that is different from it’s intended use?  How creative can you be?  Think hard. Do you know a way that a common item can be used differently to help you?

I recently posted  a great definition of creativity on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/clubcreativeart “New thinking leads to new possibilities.”  I do believe that you need to be able to open up to new experiences to gain the opportunity to see things in a different light.  Also, being brave is a big part of creativity.  One has to step out-of-bounds to experience a different view from the world of rules and expectations. When speaking and referring to creativity, risk-taking is a desired characteristic.  Being strong and willing to look deeper with new materials and techniques is what can transform creative juice into a totally new concoction.

I have used a common golf marker disk in an uncommon way in art.  The disks now help me in my business because it makes a job easier.  It was a challenge for me to take a photograph of a bead because of its potential to roll.  It  is now an easier task for me as I conveniently place an individual bead onto the golf placement disk.  It is held secure, still and is a solution to better picture-taking.  The ease and swiftness of  attaching my bead leads to a smooth photography session, and ultimately a better photograph.  Yeah for thinking outside of the box and making it work for my needs.

Club Creative Studio Hand-Rolled Clay Beads

Enjoy admiring the details of my hand-rolled polymer clay beads. I enjoy creating one-of-a-kind, limited count beads in various sizes, shapes and with hand-mixed colors.  You will find some beads are also hand-glossed and some are left sanded and in their natural state after baking.  These wonderful beads are so fun for me to create.  Most beads involve upwards of 13 steps before completion of a single bead from start to finish.  Club Creative Studio beads are a labor of love to say the least.  Items that incorporate our hand-made beads are considered ART THAT SETS YOU APART because of  uniqueness and special visual qualities. I strive to BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY!

Enjoy the View at:  http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

I love to share great ideas!


Color Me Happy

17 Jan

                                                  An artist, uses some aspect of color theory everyday.   I hand mix my clay colors and when I  hand-torch my glass, I combine the molten glass rods together in different ways each time using color theory as a basis for making a variety of colors in the creation of my hand-made beads which are incorporated in jewelry or in a home decor item.

The understanding of the color wheel gives one an opportunity to appreciate the relationship between colors and their combinations.   Bands of color are arranged in a segmented circle or “wheel” to show their relationships more effectively.

The use of color is a skill that needs to be learned.  In interior design, color can arouse appreciation, and invoke and stimulate more thoughts and feelings than any other aspect.  Color and the combinations of color can stimulate, soothe, or enhance your world.  In clay, I color myself happy too.

Within the color wheel, red, yellow and blue are known as the (primary colors) .  Mix together two specific primary colors and you will create one of the (secondary colors) violet, orange and green.  Mix red and yellow to make orange, yellow and blue to make green and red and blue make violet.  Mixing equal parts of primary and adjacent secondary colors will produce tertiary colors.  For example, red and violet make crimson, blue and green produce turquoise, and yellow and green create lime. 

When I work with clay, I mix my own colors to use in my art.  I mix by hand and by use of a pasta machine.  Clays are simply twisted and rolled together or when I use a pasta machine, the clay is folded over after each pass through the rollers until the color is solid or until the marbled effect is achieved.  I have many considerations when I mix colors. Learning simple rules means that I can adapt, interpret, and break the rules to suit my own aims.  That type of messing around with color makes me happy.  Color me happy!

Examples of color use for me are: harmonizing …color combinations with similar tonal value … no one color stands out from the rest, contrasting …color combinations which strongly contrast with each other (black and white, or light and dark, etc.), accent …a small amount of color used to add a spark of contrast or interest.

There are other ways that I am able to color clay.  Alcohol-based inks can be added to white or translucent clays.  Oil paints, pastels, fabric dyes, acrylic paint in small amounts even concentrated tea an also be added for clay tinting.  Inclusions like powders, pigments, dry tempera and crayon shavings can also be added to clay for tints.

I use the color wheel many days to define hue, value,and  intensity. Color scheme considerations are the next step to consider what I will mix.   I discovered a site that will help you if you need a site to ”color you happy” easily, it’s a professional color-matching application that will help you build beautiful color schemes quickly and easily.  The site: http://www.colorschemer.com/online/ and software at  http://colorschemer.com takes it a step further. 

Color yourself happy.



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