Thursday, February 17, 2011

Newest Leather Additions

Don’t be Color Blind

     Often, as artists and creators, we find ourselves working in colors that are visually appealing to us. But not everyone sees through the same eyes. I read some recent chatter about folks who create primarily in certain colors. So I’ve put together some interesting facts and resources about choosing colors.

     An excellent free resource is “ColourLovers” It is an interactive site that allows you to make your own color combinations and add it to a huge database of other users color combinations. You can see what color combinations other people find appealing. I guarantee that you will come across some combinations that you would never put together. They say that color reflects a “mood” or state of mind and that it can evoke certain feelings when viewed. Perhaps, as artists, we should consider that when creating.

Colors are associated with feelings and emotions. Below is a list gathered from several resources matching colors with emotions

blues - calming, restful

creams - calming, restful

yellows - happiness, creativity

oranges - excitement

reds - passion, excitement

greens - peacefulness, nature, imagination

purples - deeper shades associated with depression

black - anger, fear

browns/neutrals - sadness

pink - pale tones are calming, brighter tones more exciting

     I wasn’t able to find research on it, but would be curious to know is “Are the artists color choices in creating, a reflection of their own state of mind when creating”
     And now I would like for you to take an introspective moment and think about the colors you most use in your artwork and see if there is any correlation between those colors and your state of mind.

Friday, February 11, 2011

JMcCoy in the Spotlight

I recently recieved a Turned Deer Antler Perfume Pen from a very talented woodworking artisan named Jim McCoy.

He has a shop on ArtFire called JMcCoy Logs to Lumber.

A little bit about Jim. He is a retired Paramedic (22 years in the business end of an ambulance) Trying to devote more time to his shop. Jim says "Before I retired I learned on every call as everyone was different and the same applies to my woodworking where I also learn a few lessons daily as every piece of wood is also different."

Nearly all of his material comes from trees that were removed for various reasons and very little is bought commercially. Between a chainsaw, saw mill and a band saw he produces the majority of his material.

Some of the items he creates are Pens, Barrets, Jewelry Boxes, Signs, towel holders, peppermills, tealights,
Perfume pens and Weaving tools.
Please watch the slide show of the amazing progression of my perfume pen.


A new Guild has formed on ArtFire. Still in it's infancy, JEWELRY CREATORS UNITE IN NUMBERS is growing at a fast pace. This guild uses the numbers of jewelry makers to help each other in promoting and improving, in hopes to increase sales amongst members.

The Guilds Mission is to use the sheer number of jewelry makers to help promote each other to increase sales amongst members. It is mandatory for each member to create a collection featuring guild members and a blog post with at least 5 links to members items, monthly. Our Guildmaster is Yini from Redrubyonfire.

JEWELRY CREATORS UNITE IN NUMBERS is an International Guild and Welcomes anyone willing to abide by the Guild guidelines. Check out this Collection curated by one of our members.