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The Diva Challenge #166, Prototype Bangles and a Mother’s Day Surprise!

Well, I started out the week not feeling very well, so I worked on a ZIA. I’ve been working on learning to draw, especially portraits, and this is the girl I came up with. The full view photo was just to blurry, but the close-up gives you the idea of how she looks. My daughter came over on Friday to give me purple low lights for Mother’s day and fell in love with her, so I am making her one for a belated Mother’s Day present. Nothing is more satisfying to me than when the people I love express their love for what I create.

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I’ve also been working on The Diva’s Challenge #166. You can find it here: http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com/  She created a new pattern and we were to use that pattern and we also have the opportunity to suggest a name for the pattern. When I first saw it, it reminded me of pinball, but I didn’t think that would be a good name, nor did I want my name suggestion to reflect something literal. Much later in the week I made the connection from Pinball to Plinko. Plinko is a game they play on the television show the Price is Right. Contestants drop discs down a board of pegs and it bounces back and forth across the board until it lands in a slot at the bottom of the board that contains a dollar amount that the contestants win. That image/connection to this pattern just  seemed to fit perfectly, so I designed this ZIA for the challenge. It’s kind of like an abstract idea/view of the game Plinko.

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I also thought that even though Plinko is a real thing, it would still be a cool name for a Zentangle pattern, and plus it’s just a fun word to say.

I was pretty busy this week creating stuff. I said in my last post that I would include some polymer clay items in my next post and I’m  not one to go back on my word. I created 4 prototype bangles to see if they would be something I would enjoy making in the future and whether or not people would like them and want to buy them. I got the seal of approval from my daughter, but I would like to know what you think. Please if you would be so kind as to leave a comment regarding your thoughts on these bangles and what you would pay for one. Pricing your own creations is so difficult it is always important to find out what potential customers like and at what price they value your work.

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This bangle was made using a Wilton baking mold, Lumiere paints, and two different types of blue crystals.

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This bangle was made using the same Wilton mold, Lumiere paint and orange crystals.

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This bangle was made using Premo polymer clay mosaic tiles that I made.

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This bangle was made using Lumiere paint and Hampton Art Graphic 45 stamps. Circling the rest of the bangle are jazz musicians. I think in the future I will stamp images into the raw clay to give it more dimension. I was a bit disappointed with the results of just stamping onto baked clay.

As always, Thank you for reading and please leave me a comment!

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I’m Back!!!

For those few wonderful readers who read my blog, I appreciate your support. I was very ill and without a legit computer. I was stuck with my phone and my notebook which did not lend themselves to blog writing ease. It has been about 6 months since my last post, and I have explored many other artistic avenues during my downtime. I plan on sharing my projects as I finish them and blogging on a regular basis now that I’m back. I will share some sculptural mixed media, regular mixed media, art journaling, watercolor, and Zentangle, along with any other ventures I take along my artistic path.

I would like to share a Zentangle page I made in my art journal for my first post back. While surfing the web for Zentanglely stuff, I happened upon The Diva’s weekly challenge. http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com/ I love having a prompt or specific idea to follow when designing my Zentangle inspired art (ZIA), and this challenge provides a wonderful prompt each week. This week’s prompt was Earth Day. I came up with this ZIA.

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I apologize for the deplorable quality of this photo. I will be working very hard at taking better photos in the future. Here are a couple close ups that may give you a better look at this ZIA. I am going to keep this post short and sweet (like me) lol! I have to pace myself, but please keep an eye out because you’ll never know what I’ll come up with next. Who knows, you might even like it!

 

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The “E” in Earth

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The “A” in Earth

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The “R” in Earth

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The “T” in Earth

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The “H” in Earth

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Perched bird and butterfly

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Flying Bird

2 Legit 2 Quit!…Almost

Okay, okay, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written a post, and you were wondering if I’d just quit, but no! I’ve been working on turning my hobby/therapy into a legit business. I’ve been taking this course called Dream Your Success http://dreamyoursuccess.com/ and I’ve been learning both the business aspect and the online aspect of starting my own business. It’s been extremely helpful, and because of this you are now visiting http://jossetteholland.com/. I’ve also added a handy way for you to subscribe to my site by email. (Facebook will be coming soon)

I’ve got a lot of updating to do, so this will be a long one, but informative and celebratory nonetheless. Let’s start with a celebration! I won a little challenge with one of my latest sculpted mixed media projects on http://craftylink.com/ It’s titled “Octopus’ Garden” and I’ve decided to name him Ringo.

Ringo is hangin' out with his treasures on a hot summer night. Everything  with the exception of a few metal items was sculpted with polymer clay and attached to an 11 x 14 canvas board.

Ringo is hangin’ out with his treasures on a hot summer night. Everything with the exception of a few metal items was sculpted with polymer clay and attached to an 11 x 14 canvas board.

If you would like to see detail photos of Ringo go check out my other blog. http://polymerclayproductions.com/ That’s right I’ve become a designer blogger for Polymer Clay Productions and will be blogging every other Friday for them. There may even be some that pop up in between, so check their site on Fridays.

I am now going to make a commitment to you, valued reader that I will post a new blog every Wednesday. I’ll be updating you on my projects, business progression, and hopefully providing you with some creative inspiration.

And last, but certainly not least, if you have read previous blogs of mine, you will know that my poor mother didn’t get anything from me for Mother’s Day. Well, I’m sorry to say her birthday rolled around and I still didn’t have the “big gift” finished for her then either, but she came unexpectedly to visit me on the 4th of July and we collaborated and she now has both her big gift and her pigs-in-a-blanket earrings! Here are some pics of her piece. I hope you enjoy them and I’ll be back next Wednesday with another update!

This was a collaborative piece with my mother. (She told me what she wanted and I did it)

This was a collaborative piece with my mother. (She told me what she wanted and I did it)

The words were all sculpted from polymer clay. My Mom requested the lyrics from Amazing Grace which is scattered throughout.

The words were all sculpted from polymer clay. My Mom requested the lyrics from Amazing Grace which is scattered throughout.

I also added keys near some of the words as a symbol that those actions bring about healing.

I also added keys near some of the words as a symbol that those actions bring about healing.

I used a fabric lily and added some pink pearls and chain, which attaches to the pocket watch in the middle of the piece.

I used a fabric lily and added some pink pearls and chain, which attaches to the pocket watch in the middle of the piece.