Happy Halloween! I’m Barbe Saint John and I am frighteningly pleased to share my favorite holiday with you!
1940s pin-up girl Dusty Anderson is
quite the glamorous witch! Makes me wonder just why the moon is smiling as she
flies by on her broom.
Costumes are a Halloween tradition and while I adore dressing up for the sake of dressing up, I think costumes allow us to explore our
alter-egos. As a child I dreamed of being a ballerina ~ those dreams were
squelched as I grew to 5’ 11”. As a teen I remember dressing as Jeanie from the
I Dream of Jeanie TV show. In college one year I dressed as a preppy ~ shocking for a punk rock girl! Most recently I created and wore and elaborate Isis costume. Halloween is also fun because it’s my hubby’s birthday. Edward Scissorhands? Star Wars bar character anyone?
All Hallow’s Eve has a long and intriguing history that has evolved over the years into the Halloween we know and love today-carved pumpkins, trick or treating, ghost stories, etc… I could do an entire month’s worth of Halloween inspirations, but here are a few more of my favorites.
I have always had a pet cat. Now I
have two. Boris (black) and Seti (hairless) are the bonded pair of rescue babies that expanded the Saint John family by two a few weeks ago. They are hiding
during my move but I know that they can’t wait to play in my new studio.
In the first part of the 20th century, Dennison Bogie books were great sources of festive party planning. Dennison Bogie was a party favors company and their themed books were sales pitches for their products ~ paper cut outs for the table, crepe paper, even crepe paper costumes that would put ol’ Martha Stewart to shame.
Gotta love that huge haul of Halloween candy! I think that the “treats” got added to Halloween when the
adults got tired of the “tricks”. How many of us as children used candy corn to make quick fangs on our teeth? Brach’s was THE candy neighbors handed out in the 1970s. If it says candy on the wrapper it’s my favorite.
My Halloween inspiration would not be complete without “Every Day is Halloween” by Ministry. This song was a mantra to Goth kids in the 1980s.
Keep an eye out on the ICE Queen Zine each Monday in November as we welcome Stampington & Company’s editors as Guest Curators!
I can create molds for ICE Resin, but the Brummer familys has been molding chocolate fantasies since 1904. Brummer’s is my hometown choice for chocolate made by hand.
Blog: Artist Girl’s Muse
Mediums: Watercolor, Acrylics, Polymer Clay, Pencils, Colored Pencils, Airbrushing, Resin (just recently)… honestly, too many to list.
Books: Clay Techniques to Dye For, No-Bake Air Dry Clay, Ink Essentials
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Twitter Name: artistgirlsmuse
Q: If you could learn to create art in any medium you have not tried (or have
not mastered), what would it be?
A: Hot glass. The work of Dale Chihuly is mesmerizing.
Q: What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?
A: Van Gogh. The pure pleasure I experience from looking at his paintings is amazing. I love the energy & vibrant colors.
Q: What key piece of advice have you
learned in your creative journey that you share with others?
A: Make your art a priority, give yourself time & space. Express your authentic self.
Q: What adornment could you not go without?
A: The metal clay heart charm I made. It has the Chinese character love stamped into it.
Q: What 5 items do you have in your studio that you use nearly every day?
A: Paint brush, Pliers, Pin vise, Ice Resin®, and Archival Ink®
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When Dorcas Midkiff of Wonderous Strange Designs posted
“Blood Moon” she simply had to be our featured choice for our Flickr Friday pre-Halloween post. She told us she is a great lover of the old black and white horror movies.
“My two favorites are The Mummy and Dracula. It seems all things vampire and
Egyptian seem to catch my attention. Of course, you cannot have a horror movie
without the classic full moon or a bat silhouette against its glow. This Blood
Moon piece was an attempt to capture a child’s encounter with old fashioned
eeriness of the old time movies.
“This piece represents my first venture into ICE Resin®. I made many mistakes…but
it really gave me a foundation to work from. I look forward to working with
resin frequently in the future!
“I have been a fan of Susan Lenart Kazmer since her
first Cold Connections book came out. Inspiration always flows when I read
through her books, or buy one of her Industrial Chic charms. And inspiration is
always a good thing!”
Dorcas’ Halloween wish for our readers is health, happiness
and abundant creativity.
Don’t forget to post a comment for you final chance to win a box stuffed full of an assortment of Industrial Chic goodies. We will anoounce the seven winners on the blog, Twitter and Facebook tomorrow.
JOIN THE ICE Queen on Flickr: We invite you to become a member of our ICE Resin Flickr Group. If you want us to publish your work, be sure to make it so we can download the image. (You may need to reset the photo license to “attribution no derive
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important your designs are to you and will always credit you on the blog. If
you provide a link to your website or blog, we’ll be sure to add that to the
I used a wet erase fine point marker and a ball point pen to create artwork on vellum. The marker bled on the surface of the paper and the pen lines turned green. What
did I do wrong?
It sounds like you didn’t use any kind of sealer on your paper. When the wet resin hit the paper and ink, it made the ink bleed. Be sure to seal your image with Mod Podge, contact paper or PVA glue to keep your artwork bleed free!
The ICE Queen would also like to direct your attention to Michael’s for a TREAT:
Think outside of the box! Use beautiful Industrial ChicTM jewelry components by Susan
Lenart KazmerTM to embellish a handmade journal. (Designed by
Melissa Manks for Michael’s.) Glitter Shaker Box Journal
Presenting Creative Team Member: Andrea Ring
Andrea Ring has been making art jewelry for more than 20 years with
a focus on found objects. She uses cold connections to join her redesigned
found objects to precious metals. Fans in need of a City Bird brooch or a Roger
necklace cleverly crafted of copper, sterling and license plate tins, can find
her in person at trunk shows or on her blog or Web site, Amuck Design.
Andrea also loves sculpting with paper and built several
wearable dresses from Christmas cards in 2010.
“I absolutely love the challenge of being given a few materials
and told to make something.”
Andrea studied metal smithing and design in college which is
also where she met her husband and jewelry making partner, Bryan.
Her work has been featured in books: Ring A Day, 30 Minute
Earrings, and 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, on the Web: TreeHugger.com, and written up in Somerset Studios as well as local publications. One of her future goals
is to write jewelry project books.
Andrea’s experimentation with resins began in the early 1990s
and she spent the past weekend in her Missouri studio working on new projects
with ICE Resin®. We are excited to see how her use of ICE Resin will play into
her mastery of color infused cold connections.
You can make it respond to your every creative whim ~ twist it around a rod, pound it, fire it ~ when you know the right temper to use in your mixed media projects.
How maleable a piece of wire is in your hands and its ability to hold its shape is indicative of its temper.
Dead soft wire is commonly used for wire wrapping in jewelry because it bends with little resisitance thus making it easy on the jewler’s hands. This maleability also means that the wire is harder to control and distorts easily.
Despite the fact that the more you work with dead soft wire the harder it gets ~ called work hardening, dead soft wire is quite forgiving and will often let you fix a mistake.
Wire straightening tools (such as a hammer or nylon jaw pliers depending on the efftect you desire) can also be used to harden dead soft wire.
Next week we’ll explain 1/4 Hard, Half Hard and Spring Hard wires.
Think outside of the box! Use beautiful Industrial Chic™ jewelry components by Susan Lenart Kazmer™ to embellish a handmade journal. (Designed by Melissa Manks for Michael’s.) Glitter Shaker Box Journal
Hello everyone! My name is Krissi Sandvik and I’m a
blogger and painter. I draw inspiration from different cultures and aesthetics,
most notably the Mexican Day of the Dead, a holiday that celebrates, remembers
and honors the lives our deceased loved ones. It’s not all skulls and marigolds
though – here are more items that spark my creativity (and I hope they spark
This song always makes me want to paint: Times Like These (acoustic) by the Foo Fighters
Handmade Mexican Talavera pottery celebrates the beauty inherent in imperfection
Indian culture, food and people are warm and beautiful. (saris photo)
A play on words is good. A play on words made into upcycled art is better!
I love that Australian photographer Peter Lik hikes off the
beaten path to take these photos and that he sees things with his camera that
we can’t with the naked eye.
Ocean Fire by Peter Lik Photography
As a child in grade school I liked to draw images and incorporate numbers or draw numbers going around a page.
Even numbers represent balance and stability.
Odd numbers represent risk-taking.
If I am running late or life is feeling too crazy I find myself looking for fours.
Now that I am a single mom to two great children, threes are taking on special meaning.
I also use numbers in my work as Talismans.
Medium: Jeweler, Mixed Media Artist
Your Books: In a past life I wrote 4 sewing books but nothing yet on jewelry.
If you could learn to create art in any medium you have not tried (or have not mastered), what would it be?
I would love to learn how to weld, a friend of mine just
took a class in basic welding and made some amazing yard art. I can see it
mixing well with large glass pieces.
What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?
I would choose Leanardo Divinchi, he was an extreem forward thinker and I wonder
what he would think of all our inventions since his death. If he lived in this
time I wonder what he would invent for our future.
What key piece of advice have you learned in your creative journey that you share with others?
Be true to yourself and your art. Don’t let someone
dictate to you what they want to carry in their shop or gallery. If they don’t
want to carry what you are loving to make at the moment move on because if you
end up hating what you are being forced to create it will show in your work.
What adornment could you not go without?
Bracelets, because necklaces you wear for eveyone else. When wearing a necklace you normally can’t see it but when you wear a bracelet you and everyone else can enjoy it. A bracelet will also be the first thing someone sees when you go to shake hands.
What 5 items do you have in your studio that you use nearly every day?
Oh that’s easy:
Swanson disk cutter,
Lampworking tools ‘n torch.
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