Sunday, 23 October 2016

Making Jewelry from Salvaged Metal

While most of my time is spent outdoors creating art and jewelry with salvaged wood, there is a part of me that loves reusing old bits of metal in mixed media art and jewelry. The environmentalist in me is happy to give these discarded pieces a new life and the artist in me feels inspired by the beauty of each unique piece that I find. 

Over the past few years, I have gathered many interesting pieces of metal from garages and workshops. 

I thought these were so unique and beautiful that they should be worn by someone.

 Goddess Pendant - Made from an antique swivel link

Goddess Pendant - Made from an antique lock cover

 Brass Pendant - Made from an old piece of hardware

Monday, 3 October 2016

WildArt at Fish Creek

This week we set out to make leaf prints with black tempura paint and a handmade brayer (roller). Finding the materials was easy enough but whittling the small poplar branch to fit snugly inside the Y-shaped willow branch, while still being able to roll, took a little time and perseverance. We planned on wrapping a piece of leather around the roller to absorb the paint but decided to leave it bare and roll it as a stamp instead.

We were pretty excited to see it roll across the paper and then it popped out. I squeezed it back in and we tried again. This happened many times. We might need to work on our design a bit :) This led to leaf prints, rock prints, and stick scratches. It was very messy and very fun.

Paul with our prints

A close up of the brayer

 Heading home