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I’m pretty excited that I’ve stumbled Encaustic painting,  painting with hot beeswax tinted with pigment.  The hot wax is layered, and texture, photos, and other materials can be added into the painting to create some pretty dynamic works.

Our Friday Feature Artist, Jamie Ribisi-Braley, is an encaustic painter who also sells her own home-made wax as well as tutorials for getting started.  Check out her “Amount of Tea” paintings – my favorites (I can totally relate) – and this “Hot Mess: Painting With Wax Tutorial”.  I’m seriously considering purchasing the tutorial myself and testing out this new medium!


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Need a little pick-me-up?  visit Sofia Masri’s etsy shop!  I just love the vivid colors and incredible textures Sofia uses in her porcelain jewelry!  Just taking a peek in her shop cheers me up and gets me excited for spring!


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This week’s spotlight features Christelle of L’Atelier à rêver éveillé (In English this translates to  “The workshop to dream awaken”).  Christelle is a children’s author and illustrator in France, and she has the most charming illustrations in her Etsy shop!  I love how Christelle incorporates her art into a variety of useful objects, such as jewelry, bookmarks, pocket mirrors, and postcards.  This gives you the option to enjoy her artwork throughout your day, not just on your walls.

Christelle was generous enough to share a little about herself:

How did you get started in your craft?
First, I wrote stories for children. I have several books to be published in France this year :) After, I decided to illustrate my stories and then to include these illustrations in jewellery, boxes and so on!

Where do you find your inspiration?
I think my 3 daughters inspire me a lot! The older is 6 and my twins are nearly 4 years old (a lot of work but a lot of love !!). Music also inspire me, and everything around me I think!

How do you promote your shop/work?
I have a facebook page. I love facebook (by the way, I really pass to much time on it ;))

I also have a Twitter account:

And I just created a new blog too!

Name a guilty pleasure… what do you do to treat yourself?
I LOVE chocolate!! I eat some everyday :) What do I do to treat myself? Nothing!!! That’s too good!!

How would you like to be remembered by future generations?
Good question… I think I just want my daugthers to be proud of their mum. I don’t need more!!

Thank you Christelle for sharing a little about yourself and your work.  Be sure to stop on over to Christelle’s shop and blog.  Also,  Christelle is collaborating with Etsy seller Polarity to create some lovely locket sets – I just love it when handmade artists collaborate!

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Salty and Awake

Oh, I am so excited to introduce you to today’s spotlight artist, Tina Crespo!  Tina is a talented photographer.  She says she is drawn to everything that has stillness, beauty, and wonder, and she captures these ideals perfectly in her photos.  I love the color palate and the play of light in Tina’s work, and I love that her passion for her work shines through each and every shot!

How did you get started in your craft?
I took B&W photography in high school. They only offered it for 2 years, which bummed me out. So my senior year I spent my study halls there anyway. I had a really great teacher who supported me and we started a tech camp for kids. Teaching the little ones about cameras & photoshop was really inspiring.

At this point I had already taken the AP tests for English Literature credits for college in the Fall. With one quick sweep, I took a chance and went to Antonelli Institute of Art & Photography. I’d say that was the smartest move I could make.

Pink Ladies


Daisy of Love

Where do you find your inspiration?
In literally everything. From beautiful people on Flickr, the amazing photographers I’ve met, to hometown landscapes, birds soaring, the smell of the ocean. I live within my 5 senses constantly, it all works perfectly in unison for inspiration.

Given to Dreams

How do you promote your shop/work?
I have a Facebook Fan Page where I list sales or new items. Flickr has been huge, that is definitely my home base. As much as I hate to admit this, I do Tweet. ::shakes head:: What can I say, it’s easy & seems to work :)
I also blog (www.townabovewater.blogspot.com)

When you were younger, what did you dream of being?
When I was real young I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. I think every little kid who grows up near the ocean dreams of living & working in it for the rest of their lives. I think sometime after that I wanted to be a Dance Choreographer.


What four things you could never live without?
Ooo, coffee for one, my amazing family & friends with their love & support, my cat Piggy (Piggles, Wiggly, Chief Wiggums), & warm, toasty blankets. Is it bad I put coffee before my family? Oh well, I think they’ll understand.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
This is a fantastic question Kara! Ok. Ready? This is how much of a nerd I am.
I wish I had the power to touch old buildings and see & feel it’s past.
A recent trip to Fort Delaware had my mind spinning, and I childishly complained that it wasn’t fair I couldn’t see all the happenings from the past by one touch. Told ya, nerd.

Leaving Town

What is the most valuable thing you have learned within the past year?
Even though your artistic path crosses with other artists, it’s truly important to not be discouraged by someone else’s work or success. You are on your own path, working it out in your own way. It can be easy to be sidetracked & feel like your running with no end in sight. This insight was a huge change in how I felt about my work.

How would you like to be remembered by future generations?
Wow…I wouldn’t know how to answer this as an artist. As a person, I want people to remember me being awkwardly funny, a total nerd, & a person who will always have time to listen. I want my niece & nephew to look up to me and I hope I can be a good role model for them.

Thank you Tina for sharing a little about yourself and your work!  If you’d like to see more of Tina’s work, you can stop by her Website or her Etsy Shop.

Also, Tina is holding a giveaway over on her blog – stop by for your chance to win any TWO prints from her shop (the giveaway ends Saturday Feb. 20th, so hurry on over)!

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I recently stumbled across the Josee Lafond Designs shop, and I just had to share Josee’s talent with you!  Josee’s handbags are all individually designed and handcrafted.  I can only begin to imagine the work that goes into each of these fabulous bags!  The designer’s attention to detail and focus on quality shine through each unique design!  I love it!  I hope you do too!


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I am quite excited to introduce you to this week’s spotlight artist, the friendly and talented Elizabeth of Prince Design UK!  Elizabeth makes the most amazing poppy bowls and lacy birdies, and I’m in love with her heart-shaped ornaments!  Elizabeth was lovely enough to give us a little glimpse into her ceramicist’s world:

How did you get started in your craft?
I studied fine art and specialised in sculpture for my degree, and then worked as an interior designer in domestic interiors for seven years. During this time, I found ceramics as a hobby, and quickly became obsessed.

Where do you find your inspiration?
This is tricky for me to answer really. There are many many things that inspire me. Everything around you can inspire you, and not just the good stuff! Sometimes I will see something I dislike and think about how I could use an element of the concept behind it and create something that is better. Other times I am inspired by natural forms, objects that I find, patterns, textures, interiors, art, design, contemporary culture and visual codes. I guess the real answer is everywhere and anywhere!

Share with us a little about your creative process.
I draw occasionally and jot down notes of ideas to persue, but only as a starting point. Most development is done in clay these days. I will make a prototype, and sometimes I will then discard the idea. Other times I will make more and more and refine the form until I am happy with it. Often I will change the surface, or experiment with many variations until I am happy with it. Other times, I will make the same object in a range of versions.

How do you promote your shop/work?
Etsy has been a great showcase for my work. Having work on there has enabled me to reach a much larger audience than I could have ten years ago. From there and other online marketplaces, I have had wholesale enquiries, and some of these have lead to great press opportunities. I have been really lucky in that I have had great support from bloggers too.
As I sell online, I promote my work online too.
I have a page on facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prince-Design-UK/139789272731?ref=ts
and also a blog –  http://gonepotty.blogspot.com/
I also show work in commercial galleries.

What does 2010 hold in store for you?
2009 was a great year for my business, and I hope to keep steadily growing throughout the next year too. I love doing what I do, and feel extremely privileged to be able to make a living this way. The run up to Christmas was so hectic with fulfilling orders that there was barely any time for making and I have really missed it. As a result, there are quite a few new ideas spinning around my mind that I cannot wait to get started on!

If you had a day free of any obligation, how would you spend it?
Doing what I do now, or on a beach somewhere hot with cold beer and good friends.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned within the past year?
You get out of life what you put in. I have seen people who have done wrong get back exactly the same, and I have seen positive people get positive results. Be positive and be kind, even when the going gets tough.

How would you like to be remembered by future generations?
I’m not sure that I really want to be remembered at all! One of the most wonderful things that has happened over the last year has been that people have commissioned me to make bowls to hold their wedding rings on their wedding days. It has been great to make objects that will serve as visual prompts for other people to remember special moments in their own lives.

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing a little more about yourself and your work!   Stop by and check out Elizabeth’s shop and her blog!

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I love the detail and texture of these darling wreaths made by whtieserenade.  Each wreath is made with vintage sheet music or paper from antique books – what a beautiful way to upcycle!


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