news from the studio

A NEW GOURD BOWL SERIES

Just put the finishing touches on this whimsical, colorful series I unimaginatively call “Gourds with Dots”! I don’t have them on Etsy yet, but if you’re interested, email me at marilyn@spiritedtouch.com.

COMMISSIONED PIECES

I’m currently working on 2 commissioned pieces, both containing turquoise stone inlay. I’ve picked out the gourds and for both (that’s always the very first step!), the design for both has already been determined. Easy! I love working with stone inlay.

RESIN & ACRYLIC POURS

Lately I’ve been experimenting with resin and acrylic “pours”. These are fascinating ways to layer color on canvas, tiles, wood or any flat surface. Photos to appear soon. I’ve been enjoying the work of both resin artists and acrylic artists on YouTube and continue to learn so much. I’ve also bought out just about all of acrylic and resin stock from Michaels and Jerry’s Artarama! There are a few photos to the right from my Pinterest board of a few pours that I recently did. (Pick the ones that don’t look like a gourd! The one with a white background is a resin pour, and the other is an acrylic pour).

RESIN & WOOD JEWELRY

I am totally fascinated by the applications of resin. I’ve seen some beautiful resin pendants and earrings combining resin and beautiful wood. I’m so happy that there are artists in the world who are generous enough to post good instructions on how to create beautiful pieces! I am studying them and have learned quite a bit. I’m frustrated at not achieving the kind of “glass” shine that I’d love to see, but I’m working on it! Lots of muscle goes into shining the rough-cut pieces, and that is achieved by using progressively finer grits of sandpaper and finishing the pieces with automotive fine scratch remover. Stay tuned!

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