Friday, February 28, 2020

Art Elements February Theme Challenge – Letters

Photo of letters that say Love by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash
This month we celebrated Valentines Day. One of my favorite traditions of this holiday is the tradition of sending handmade cards to loved ones. In our digital world, handwritten letters and cards have become nearly obsolete. I don’t really like this. In fact, I love making cards and I refuse to give into this trend. I know people appreciate getting handwritten mail and cards. I know that those who I send the handmade cards seem to keep them for long awhile. I see them at times when I visit friends' homes.  I see them in my son's and daughter's home.  I sell some of my cards in my Etsy shop so I know people are still looking for a unique card for a special occasion like a wedding, birth, and anniversary.  

The meaning behind the theme of “letters” has so many interpretations. For example, the idea of using letters can be applied to vintage, stenciled or messy writing or stickers or stamps, etc.  Letters could be in a collage, painting, embroidery or carving in paper, metal, clay, fabric, or whatever media your heart desires. I decided to focus on the handmade cards that I made for this month. 

Valentine's Day Card by BayMoonDesign
Of course, I made Valentine cards for family members. This Valentine card has a heart shaped from flowers. I added tiny white pearls to the larger flowers. I layered red and white cardstock onto beige cardstock.
Inside of Valentine's Card by BayMoonDesign
It has the saying "Happy Valentine's Day" hand stamped inside.

This month I celebrated the birth of my first grandchild. I plotted and planned for months before the birth to take a special photo of him. I found LittleWearsCreation an Etsy shop that had this cute red outfit and a photo of a baby wearing it. The photo was very similar to the one I took. I used silk petals that I found in the wedding section of a craft store to form the heart. I was counting on the sun providing additional light but it has rained ten days straight so I went with the light that I had.
Baby Card by BayMoonDesign

This is the new baby card that I designed for my grandson. It features a cute brown teddy bear. The saying "Welcome to the World" is in aqua blue ink on the front of the aqua cardstock. There is a panel of paper with stripes layered on aqua paper. Since the sex of the baby was not to disclosed until the birth I went with gender neutral colors.  I liked this baby card so much I made one to sell in my Etsy shop.
Inside Baby Card by BayMoonDesign
The inside of the card are the words "Hello Baby Love You". There is plenty of room for you to add your own personalized note. This baby card is perfect as a gift card holder, infant money enclosure, baptism or christening card. The card comes with a high quality white envelope.
Floral Wedding Card by BayMoonDesign

I always like to have a few wedding cards on hand, This is a handmade heart wedding card for a bride and groom. This floral card is made with a high quality deep pink and white card stock. The front of the card has tiny white pearls on the largest of the flowers.

Inside of Wedding Card by BayMoonDesign
It has the saying "May your love grow stronger, deeper, and more beautiful with each passing year" hand stamped inside.

Wedding wishes card by BayMoonDesign
This is a handmade blue wedding card for a bride and groom. This card is perfect for a wedding or anniversary! It has the saying "Wishing You a Day of Love and Joy" hand stamped and framed on the front. Inside the card is stamped "Congratulations" in blue ink.

Inside wedding wishes card by BayMoonDesign
Inside wedding wishes card by BayMoonDesign

This is a blog hop so I am looking forward to seeing what the other participants created.  We love comments!

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Photo of letters by Susan Holt Simpson on Unsplash
Photo by Susan Holt Simpson on Unsplash

Thursday, February 20, 2020

We're All Ears :: February Inspiration :: Sculpt the World

land art by Jon Foreman
Land art by Jon Foreman

February's All Ears inspiration is the work of Jon Foreman who is a land artist from Wales. He is inspired by the natural materials found in his seaside location there which include stones, sticks, shells, leaves, sand, and more. He uses these materials in his mandala-like sculptures. 

Land art by Jon Foreman
Land art by Jon Foreman
Foreman says, “I create using material that is made from that environment for that environment. The tide washes it all back to the tide line, and I come back the next day with an empty canvas to work with. People often ask if it bothers me that the work has to disappear eventually. To that, I say: not at all. If anything, the fact that it’s short-lived makes it more special to me.”

Land art by Jon Foreman
Land art by Jon Foreman
For this challenge we can focus on the patterns and shapes like Foreman uses or we can incorporate natural elements like sticks and stones and leaves into our interpretation. His creations are not just something he enjoys but it is also a therapy for him, an escape from the stresses of everyday life. My creations are also therapy for me.

I love the beach and spend as much time there as I can. My usual haunts include the beaches in Lewes, Delaware and Key Largo, Florida. Both places provide lots of inspiration for my jewelry and handmade cards. I enjoy walking the beaches. I am always on the lookout for sea glass and interesting shells. Most of my sea glass is from my past visits to the beaches in Mexico and the Carribean. I went through my sea glass collection and found two pieces that were the same color, shape, and size to use for a pair of earrings. Triangle shaped glass is the easiest to work with. I used 22 gauge silver craft wire. Any size between 24 and 18 will work.  I recommend finding a tutorial on the Internet that works for you and your sea glass project.  There are a number of them to choose from.

Natural Sea Glass Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Natural Sea Glass Earrings by BayMoonDesign
For my next pair I decided to stay with sea glass, but this time I used faux sea glass or what is known as cultured sea glass.  I a pretty shade of aqua blue that reminds me of the water in the Carribean and a pair of blue quartz beads on hand.  I love sand dollars and I have a collection of them that I cherish.  These sand dollars are sterling silver.

Faux Sea Glass Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Faux Sea Glass Earrings by BayMoonDesign
I added sterling silver ear wires to this pair of dangles. I love how the faux sea glass gives them a casual look. I also love blue paired with silver. It is a favorite color combination of mine.

This is a blog hop so I am looking forward to seeing what others were inspired to create.   Pop on over to the Earrings Everyday blog HERE to see what everyone else was inspired to make!