Most of my life, I wanted to be a painter. I was an on again/off again college student for years . I finally completed a BFA and MFA in Painting. Then I decided I wanted to do something else and stumbled on Alison Headley’s “I Like Beads”. I admired Alison’s work and enjoyed her wit and honesty. Sadly, Ilikebeads.com is no longer online but I found a screenshot on the wayback machine that will give you a feel for it.
“I Like Beads” inspired me to start playing around with silver, copper, and gemstones. Along the way, I collected several hundred jewelry tutorials, magazines, links, and how-to books. I would flag projects I intended to make and buy the appropriate tools and supplies.
I did the same with watercolor paint. Watercolor was never a focus in college. I don’t quite understand why it isn’t part of the art school curriculum? I’ve always been drawn to it, especially botanical style. My Mom gave me a membership to Anna Mason’s online school for Christmas and I have a robust collection of watercolor books, dvds, tutorials, links, and supplies.
Since I have all this stuff, I decided to stop collecting, throw up a blog, and start plowing through it. I don’t always follow a tutorial exactly so I decided to call them “experiments” to give myself space to play.
I hope you join me in this journey. Participate as much as you want. Feel free to share what you’re making and suggest experiments you think I should try. If they are a good fit, I’ll add them to my list. You’ll also meet my dogs, Jackson and Isabelle, along the way.
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