Jewel School Schedule
August 15 & 16 (today and tomorrow) tune in to Jewelry Television's Jewel School when Guest Artist Sara Oehler (aka 'Sara O') will introduce NEW, holiday themed project ideas for Soft Flex Trio kits! Sara says, "Whether designing for yourself, friends, family or customers, you have to get started early. I designed a free project idea for each of the 4 Soft Flex Trios being offered. These designs are exclusive to Jewel School and the instructions cannot be found anywhere else." What a great opportunity to begin thinking about and working on your holiday gifts!
One of Sara's new designs, reminds me of New England bittersweet we used to gather for autumn arrangements.
August 19 and 20- yours truly will represent Beadalon on Jewel School; with my favorite Beadalon pliers, a couple of unique metal smith tools and some brand NEW wire kits and project ideas!
There's still time to enter your personal jewelry design in the Jewel School Design Contest....but hurry!! The entry deadline is August 18- this Saturday!!
Last Week's Reader Poll
I know it's going to take some time for you all to respond to my poll requests, but I am tickled that so many of you wrote to tell me which of Katie Hacker's new earring designs was your personal favorite! Most like the black/cross earrings, while some chose the silver/blue (like me). Overall, we all agree that Katie's choice of colors and clever styles covers the spectrum of design.
Weekly "Cougarism"- Inspiration
Answering reader Cathy's request about how to overcome "artists block", Sara O's new design (pictured above) actually was my inspiration for this week's tidbit, as well as a new poll question!
Finding inspiration for either your next or future designs can be a challenge if you have a "brain dead" moment. Often I just put some cabs and beads on a white paper plate and move them around a bit. Sometimes an idea pops out and sometimes it doesn't. Many years ago when I worked as an advertising artist, we had what are called "cut books" to refer too. Using that idea I added a folder to my computer called "Inspiration" where I save interesting photos that might be used to wake up my brain. This is easy to accomplish, as I either carry a small digital camera with me or I use the one on my phone. (You never know when something jumps out and might be a future design element!)
Last week I took this picture of bright green grass in a lake; flowing with the waves it looked like a possible necklace to me.
More along the lines of a traditional cut book, I also have what I call my "Design Album", which is nothing more than a photo album where I put pictures cut from magazines to browse through. I often turn it upside down for a different perspective, thus the reason many of my chandelier earring designs evolved!
What do you use as an "inspiration data base"?
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