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Mixed Media Art Quote Cards – Index Card Art

Mixed Media Art Quote Cards

 

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I have a fun and inspiring project for you today that’s not only creative and inspiring while you’re doing it, but will give you lots of inspiration in the future as well.

I first got the idea for making art on index cards from Daisy Yellow.  She has an annual Index Card a Day Challenge (coming up June – July.)  However, I couldn’t wait until then to give index card art a try.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I have tons of index cards because it’s one way I save and organize jewelry ideas.  There’s something about a stack of index cards that I really love.

I wanted to create a collection of mixed media quote cards on index cards.  The cards themselves are art, but then I’d also have the quotes for inspiration in the future as well.

(Watch for an upcoming blogpost on how to actually use these quote cards to inspire your creativity.)

Here’s a video tutorial on how to make a quote card:

First I found 21 quotes that were inspiring.  For a list of all the quotes I used, click here:  21 Quotes But, of course, feel free to use any quotes that you find inspiring.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Then I used watercolors and painted backgrounds on my index cards.  I used blank index cards, but you could make really cute cards with the lined ones as well.

(Even the paper towels I used under the cards were really pretty!)

I didn’t like how flimsy they seemed, so I glued another index card to the back of all of my cards to make them stronger.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I did some doodling on some of the cards.  I like to use silver or gold pens and just make marks like circles or squares or even feathers.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Then I added layers of ephemera and other embellishments using a tape runner.  (A glue stick would work fine, too.)

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I wrote out the quotes by hand and placed them on top.  (I ended up putting the authors’ names on the back of the card on most of the quote cards.)

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Most of the ephemera I use is scrapbook paper, old books and old sheet music.  I keep a collection of small-ish scraps for art journaling that are perfect for small scale art like this.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

The butterflies I used are fabric.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Other ideas for your quote cards:

  • If you’re not into collage, you could just do the watercolor background and just write out the quote on top.
  • Use any other art implement you like:  crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.  Make it your own!
  • Use any kind of art you enjoy or anything you would like to try on these little cards.
  • If you’re not into inspirational quotes, then just make art on index cards.  It’s a lot of fun!
  • Punch a hole in the corner and then use a ring to hold them together (or just wrap some lace or a ribbon around them to keep them together.)
  • To find different inspirational quotes, just use Google and use the word “quote” along with any word you’re trying to find quotes about.  If you’re looking for quotes about creativity, then just look up creativity quotes, for example.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Next week I’ll share some ways to use these mixed media quote cards including using them for art journal inspiration as well as inspiration for your jewelry designs, so stay tuned for that!

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards


Jewelry Design Workshop

Have you been making jewelry, but following others’ tutorials and have a yearning to come up with your own unique designs?

Have you seen other people’s designs, but they’re just not quite right for you and your own style?

Wondering how you even figure out your own personal jewelry style?

And how do you come up with ideas without having all day to dream about jewelry designs?

Give me a few minutes a day and I will take you from wondering how jewelry designers come up with their ideas to designing your own jewelry in your own unique style!

In my Jewelry Design Workshop you’ll learn my process for never running out of ideas for jewelry designs. Through the process, you’ll develop your own personal jewelry style and even learn how to put together a cohesive collection.

We’ll start by learning about the basic principles of jewelry design. Then you’ll learn how to create an Idea Collage, a technique you can do over and over again to get lots of inspiration. Plus you’ll get some bonus prompts for even more inspiration. I’ll share my process for pulling ideas from your Idea Collage.

Then we’ll move onto actually sketching our design ideas and choosing designs for a collection. Finally, I’ll share tips for finalizing your jewelry designs and troubleshooting when a design does not seem to be quite working.

Learn more and sign up here.

The 7 Basic Principles of Jewelry Design [Video]

7 Basic Principles of Jewelry Design

In today’s video we’ll learn about the 7 Basic Principles of Jewelry Design.

In the video I’ll teach you the 7 principles, as well as illustrate them with an example.

Here’s the video:

Most often you’ll probably only think about these principles if something is not working in a jewelry design.

If that’s the case, I suggest you go through all the principles to make sure they’re all working.

The seven basic principles are:

  • Balance
  • Emphasis
  • Proportion
  • Movement
  • Contrast
  • Unity
  • Harmony

Not every piece will use every principle, but they’re important to think about when you’re designing jewelry pieces.

#1 Balance

Balance is the distribution of visual weights of materials, colors, textures and space in jewelry design.

There are four types of balance:

  • Symmetrical
  • Asymmetrical
  • Radial balanced (arranged around a central point)
  • Intentionally off-balance

#2 Emphasis

Emphasis is the focal point of the jewelry design that catches the viewer’s attention. It’s also referred to as dominance.

Ways to bring emphasis to your jewelry designs:

  • Use a different color from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different size from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different shape from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different texture from the rest of the piece.

#3 Proportion

Proportion is the feeling of unity when all the elements of a piece (color, size, amount, etc.) relate well to each other.

Usually you don’t actually notice proportion unless something is out of proportion.  All the elements of your jewelry piece should be in proportion to each other.  You should also think about the jewelry piece being in proportion to the person wearing it.

#4 Movement

Movement is the path our eyes follow when looking at a piece of jewelry. Emphasis and contrast will create movement in your jewelry piece.

Movement is commonly achieved through:

  • Repetition
  • Rhythm
  • Action

#5 Contrast

Contrast is created by using components that conflict with one another, such as dark and light values.

#6  Unity

Unity is when the elements in a jewelry design work together.

Unity can be created by:

  • Proximity
  • Grouping like things together
  • Repeating color or texture

#7 Harmony

Harmony is how the different components in a jewelry design relate to and compliment each other.

Green and Blue Mixed Media Asymmetrical Necklace

Mixed Media Knotted Bead Tutorial

Learn how to make the Mixed Media Knotted Bead that is the focal point of the necklace in the example necklace here.


Jewelry Design Workshop

Have you been making jewelry, but following others’ tutorials and have a yearning to come up with your own unique designs?

Have you seen other people’s designs, but they’re just not quite right for you and your own style?

Wondering how you even figure out your own personal jewelry style?

And how do you come up with ideas without having all day to dream about jewelry designs?

Give me a few minutes a day and I will take you from wondering how jewelry designers come up with their ideas to designing your own jewelry in your own unique style!

In my Jewelry Design Workshop you’ll learn my process for never running out of ideas for jewelry designs. Through the process, you’ll develop your own personal jewelry style and even learn how to put together a cohesive collection.

We’ll start by learning about the basic principles of jewelry design. Then you’ll learn how to create an Idea Collage, a technique you can do over and over again to get lots of inspiration. Plus you’ll get some bonus prompts for even more inspiration. I’ll share my process for pulling ideas from your Idea Collage.

Then we’ll move onto actually sketching our design ideas and choosing designs for a collection. Finally, I’ll share tips for finalizing your jewelry designs and troubleshooting when a design does not seem to be quite working.

Learn more and sign up here.

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

In today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, learn how to make spiral earrings.

Once you know this technique, you can make all kinds of jewelry with spirals!

This month is Earrings Every Day Month!  It’s not too late to join in (but it soon will be!)

Learn more about Earrings Every Day Month and how to participate here:  Earrings Every Day Month 2017.

You can participate for free by making a pair of earrings of your own choosing each day or get a new earring tutorial each day for the month of September with Earrings eCourse.  (Registration for Earrings eCourse will close on Tuesday, September 19th.  You can still join until then.  You’ll get all the earring tutorials and have access to all the tutorials in the future as well!)

Video Tutorial:


Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own – tutorial here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Chasing hammer and steel block

Wire:  I used 16 gauge wire, but you could try a thicker wire like 14 gauge for a thicker spiral or a thinner wire, such as 18 gauge for a daintier spiral.

Hammers:  In the tutorial, I used a chasing hammer which flattens the wire.  If you prefer your wire to remain round, use a nylon, hard plastic or rawhide mallet/hammer.  It will harden the wire without flattening it.

Uniform loops:  for a tip on how to make your loops uniform throughout a project, click here.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

We’ll work right from the coil or spool of wire.  (Don’t cut any wire off.)  Make a flush cut on the end.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

We’ll start by making a loop.

Make a mark on your round nose pliers.  (See this tip on uniform loops.)

Hold the end of the wire in round nose pliers.  Line up the wire with the mark.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.

Twist your wrist away from you, wrapping the wire around the pliers beginning to form a loop.  Twist as far as your wrist will allow and then readjust your wrist and the pliers in the wire.  Then complete the loop.  It will look like a “P.”

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers with the wire off to the side.  Push the wire up starting a spiral.

Continue readjusting the loop in chain nose pliers with the wire to the side and pushing up creating a spiral.

Continue until the spiral is the size you would like.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Leave about 1/2″ tail and cut the wire making a flush cut.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Now we’ll make a loop.  Follow the directions above in Step #2 to make a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

If the loop does not touch the spiral, return the spiral to chain nose pliers and push the wire so it’s close.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Place the spiral on a steel block and hammer it.  If you’re using a chasing hammer to flatten the wire, the more you hammer the flatter and wider the spiral will become.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Follow the steps above to make a second spiral.  You can just hold the second spiral against the first spiral to make sure it’s the same size.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Add earring wires and you’re done!


PDF of this tutorial:

This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print.  I’ve added the earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.

ECT TV Episode 86:  How to Make Spiral Earrings eBook
ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings eBook
PDF eBook for ECT TV Episode 86 (Same instructions you see above, but in PDF form.)
$3.00

Earrings Every Day Month

Earrings Every Day Month is held each September!

You can participate by simply making a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.

Or sign up for my newsletter to get free weekly inspiration and encouragement.

Or get an earring tutorial each and every day for the month of September with Earring eCourse!

You get a video and PDF each day for the entire month!

Sign up and read more here.

Earring eCourse

ECT TV Episode 85: How to Make Hammered Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Learn how to make these simple and elegant earrings with my latest video tutorial (and step-by-step photo instructions below!)

September 1st starts Earrings Every Day Month and I hope these earrings get you in the mood to make earrings!

Learn more about Earrings Every Day Month and how to participate here:  Earrings Every Day Month 2017.

You can participate for free by making a pair of earrings of your own choosing each day or get a new earring tutorial each day for the month of September with Earrings eCourse.

Here’s Hammered Hoop Earrings Video Tutorial:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own earring wires)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Chasing hammer and steel block
  • Mandrel (I used Beadsmith’s 4X Mandrel)

Mandrels:  You can use anything around the house that is the shape and size you want to make.  I used an oval mandrel.  You could use a large size on a ring mandrel for a round shape.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Working from the coil (don’t cut the wire off yet), wrap the wire around your mandrel.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Cut the wire leaving about 2 inches extra on each side.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Pull the wire tightly around the mandrel and twist once.  Pull the wire off the mandrel

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  (For more about making your loops uniform in a project, click here.)

If one of your wires is longer than the other one, use the longer one.  If they’re the same, it doesn’t matter which one you use.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once.  While you wrap, straighten the loop so it’s centered above the larger hoop.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Wrap 2 additional times.  Then wrap the other wire around.

Keep your wraps as neat as possible.  16 gauge wire can be difficult to work with and the wire will get harder as you work with it.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Trim off the excess wire making flush cuts.  Then make sure that the ends are not poking out.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Hold the wraps from the top wire wrapped loop off to the side of the steel block and then hammer the hoop.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Add the hoops to earring wires.

Repeat for the second earring.


PDF of this tutorial:

This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print.  I’ve added the earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings PDF eBook
ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings PDF eBook
Step-by-Step written and photo instructions in PDF form
$3.00

Earrings Every Day Month

Earrings Every Day Month starts on September 1st!

You can participate by simply making a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.

Or sign up for my newsletter to get free weekly inspiration and encouragement.

Or get an earring tutorial each and every day for the month of September with Earring eCourse!

You get a video and PDF each day for the entire month!

Sign up and read more here.

Earring eCourse

ECT TV Episode 84: How to Make Drop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 84:  Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

I have a brand new earring video tutorial (+ step-by-step photos and written instructions below!)

These are simple and dainty drop earrings that utilize a wire wrapped loop bar.

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

This is a simple pair of earrings to get you in the mood for the Earrings Every Day Month challenge that starts on September 1st.  Get all the pertinent details here.

Here’s the video:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 2 Bead Dangles *
  • 20 Gauge, half-hard round wire
  • 2 Earring wires (or make your own.  Here’s a tutorial.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Ruler

* I didn’t show you how to make a bead dangle in this video because I’ve shown it several times previously.  Click here for how to make a bead dangle. (It’s later in the tutorial for the bracelet.)

Please keep the weight of the beads in mind when you’re choosing beads for earrings.  You don’t want them to be too heavy and pull your ears.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Cut a piece of wire 2 1/2″ long.

You can customize these earrings and make them longer or shorter if you like.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Make a flush cut on each end of the wire.

To make a flush cut:  use the back of the wire cutters toward the work.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 3/4″ from the top.

For a tip for making your loops uniform throughout your project, click here.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Wrap around once and at the same time pull the wire out straight so the loop is centered on top of the wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Make 2 additional wraps.

Trim any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Measure 1/2 inch from the bottom of the last wrap and hold the wire in round nose pliers at that spot.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Slide a bead dangle into the loop.

Now we’ll continue like we did with the other wire wrapped loop as if the bead dangle isn’t there. (Steps #5 and #6 above.)

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Open an earring wire and place the top loop into the earring wire loop.  Close the earring wire.

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Repeat for the second earring.


PDF of this tutorial:

This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print.  I’ve added the bead dangle tutorial and earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings PDF eBook
ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings PDF eBook
PDF eBook of ECT TV Episode 84
$3.00

Earrings Every Day Month

Earrings Every Day Month starts on September 1st!

You can participate by simply making a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.

Or sign up for my newsletter to get free weekly inspiration and encouragement.

Or get an earring tutorial each and every day for the month of September with Earring eCourse!

You get a video and PDF each day for the entire month!

Sign up and read more here.

Earring eCourse