Saturday, November 26, 2011
Ebony and Ivory
On Black Friday I did what I always do. Stay home. I have no desire to go out to the stores and deal with the crowds!
I bought another wonderful tutorial from Lynda Moseley. I cannot sing Lynda's praises enough. Her tutorials are fabulous.
This one is called "How to Create Fabulous Faux Bone and Ivory." In this tutorial she includes 8 faux bone recipes and 3 faux ivory recipes. I haven't yet started on the faux bone yet but I will soon enough!
The beads you see in this photo are done with one of her signature faux ivory mixtures. It is a really lovely color and quite translucent which you may not be able to tell from the photo. But trust me it is a wonderful color.
I find myself enjoying repeat patterns. I think it must be related somehow to my years as a graphic designer when I would have to create borders for text books and other graphic elements.
A good friend of mine used to design textiles and I was always amazed at the way she could see repeat patterns in her minds eye. It is an acquired skill.
Me, I am still quite surprised when I sand away the excess pearl ex to see what my design will look like. it is very exciting to sand it off to see what lies beneath! I never liked sanding until it meant a big reveal!
Now I find myself sanding away! Although I still need to be careful of my repetitive stress from sanding. My holding hand gets very cramped. It was one of the reasons I stopped enameling. The sanding was killing me!