Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

“Think Spring” Jewelry Design Contest-Bead Away Your Winter Blues

Spring is just around the corner, and what a better way to celebrate the arrival of a new season and a rejuvenation of life than to express it with beads! Beadazzled, a bead shop located in Baltimore, MD is hosting a Spring beading contest.

For more information, visit there website a

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Paper Wheel Accessory Tutorial

Like most artist/crafters I carry a sketchbook around with me most of the time. In this sketchbook I scribble ideas or sketch things that catch my eye. Every once in awhile I flip through my sketch book and I always find a little something that I forgot I had...this tutorial is one of those sketchbook Easter eggs.

This easy to make paper wheel can be used for a multitude of projects and is super easy to make. I made two samples, one uses photos and can be used as gift tags or party decorations. The other I turned into a flower name card.

Other ideas:
  • Gift topper instead of a bow
  • Christmas tree ornaments
  • Gift tags

Card stock paper
Glue stick

  1. Download paperwheel_template.jpg and print it out full size (a scale has been placed on each jpg to help with printing at the correct proportions).

  2. Trace six circles onto a piece of card stock paper and cut them out.

  3. Place the triangle template in the center back of one of the cut out circles. Trace two sides of the triangle using a pencil. Repeat this step for the remainder of the circles.

  4. Use these lines as a guide to fold the paper. Fold all six circles.

  5. Place glue on the back side of the folded circle flaps. Glue flaps together with the point of the triangle facing in towards a center.

Flower Pot Notes: Take a small pot and place a piece of floral foam in the bottom. I covered my foam with moss. You can use a dowel for the stem, I painted a 9” dowel. Glue the paper wheel to the top of the dowel and use the leaf patterns at the bottom of the paperwheel_template.jpg page to create your leafy nameplate.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I Heart Art: Baltimore - Meetup this Friday!

The American Craft Council show is a gathering of more than 700 of the country’s top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor artists from across the country. Please stop by and meet members of Etsy, BEST, and MICA, for our second I Heart Art: Baltimore meetup. Get hands-on experience doing bookmaking with Julie from Etsy, building polymer clay with Jen Wilfong of YummyandCompany, and even make your own buttons! The event begins at 6PM, and admission after 6 is only $6 (normally $16)! For more information, visit the ACC’s website here.

In addition, don't forget to check out demos by BEST members Megan Van Wagoner and Janice Fowler. Megan will be leading Printing on Porcelain at 4pm, and Janice Fowler will be leading Metal Castings at 5pm. See you there!

Monday, February 21, 2011

March Papermaking Workshops in Hamilton

Learn how to make paper using flowers, seeds or scents. Handmade paper is great for use in collage prints, card making, painting and much more. Instruction is provided by local paper artist Nan Thompson. Easy to learn techniques provide instant results the first time!

Saturdays: March 12, 19, and 26. 10A-12P. $50
The Hamilton Gallery is located at 5502 Harford Rd in Baltimore, Maryland.

To register call 410-419-5033 or email

Sunday, February 20, 2011

March Art Opening at Charmed Life Studio

Charmed Life Studio is excited to present a Roland Dorsey Retrospective for the month of March. The show opens March 4th, 6:00PM till 10:00PM. This event is free and open to the public and features complimentary food and beverage. Live music will be provided by Trio De Jaz.

Charmed Life Studio is located at 4505 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214.