Brandi Jasmine is an artist who works in a wide range of styles and subject matter. She is best known for her “embeadery” technique, a combination of bead work and micro-mosaic. The background is painted first, then covered with thousands of tiny seed beads. This unique form of fine art uses beads, semi-precious stones, adhesive and Brandi’s own proprietary tools, and a finished piece can take from 30 to several hundred hours to complete.
Recently, in one of the Facebook discussion groups I frequent (Beaddreamz), we were discussing alternatives to metal hooks for people who are allergic to common metals. I discovered some nice looking plastic hooks on eBay. I promised a review when they arrived. I am a little disappointed. They are small, about half the size of […]
Milliput is kind of a cross between polymer clay and an epoxy putty. It comes with two sticks of clay/putty that you kneed together for about five minutes. When you have one solid color, you are ready to sculpt or mold the material for a wide variety of possible uses. Milliput first came to my […]
Recently I scored an older version of this nifty little program, Pixarra Tree Brush Studio from Shareware On Sale. Shareware On Sale often features art-related and design tools from a variety of different companies, and are well worth following. This program provides a variety of tree forms and shapes. You pick a trunk shape, then paint the […]
I know most art students expect to see easels on the table during paint nights, but I have decided not to use them in my paint night classes. There are a few reasons I don’t use easels in my paint night classes, primarily cost, transportation and student interaction. They make for a more traditional “artsy” atmosphere, but […]