Art Vessel – week 20

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This week’s vessel is more of a techniques sampler than a harmonious object. Some of the things I tried have potential and others not so much.

Vase by Cate van Alphen

The ruffled neck of the jar is starting to work, but next time I think I need to do that first and then work on the rest of the jar afterwards to get a more harmonious shape. The feet slipped when I put the jar into the oven on so, in addition to its other problems, the jar tilts to the side slightly.

Vase by Cate van Alphen

Because I was planning to do the ruffled top, I did the base of the jar first and it doesn’t look right as a whole. I do like the frilly feet, but not on this jar.

Jar feet by Cate van Alphen

Kooky Kaleidoscope

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Here are some of the fabric samples from the first batch of designs I did for Spoonflower. Previously I wrote about how the patterns started out as a photograph of a pair of earrings.

Art Nouveau fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

Art Nouveau fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

Surprisingly even though the sections all came from one photograph the different fabrics make some kooky colour combinations. I think they are quite fun together.

Fabric samples by Cate van Alphen

Fabric samples by Cate van Alphen

The stripes and patchwork fabrics bring together some of these contrasting motifs.

Chevron fabric by Cate van Alphen

Chevron fabric by Cate van Alphen

Striped fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

Striped fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

You can view the collection here on Spoonflower.

Spoonflower Florals

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I have finally got round to photographing some of the fabric samples I got printed by spoonflower. It took a bit longer than expected because they were shipped from USA – just be sure that if you are in the EU that you don’t pay using paypal! These are my abstract floral designs.

White floral fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

White Floral fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

Lacquer flower fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

Lacquer Flower fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

Hosta green fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

Hosta Green fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

I’m already thinking of projects that can use these 8×8 inch samples. I just need to excavate my sewing machine from under the ongoing beading projects.

Art Vessel – week 18

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I almost had my 2016 Polymer Clay Challenge piece finished on time this week, but it was sunny yesterday so we went for a walk instead:). This week my vessel is a progression of the lantern I did a few weeks ago. I have used a variation of the solid backing from last week and added a bit of shaping to the filigree snakes.

Polymer clay and glass vase by Cate van Alphen

Polymer clay and glass vase by Cate van Alphen

This time lined the inside of the top of the jar as seeing the thread through the glass really irritates me. It looks a bit chunky as I needed to build up the layers to cover the bumps, but I have an idea to try next time.

Polymer clay and glass jar by Cate van Alphen

There are a few things I’d like to do differently next time, but I think I’m making progress.

Polymer clay and glass vase by Cate van Alphen

Art Charm Exchange

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I’m really excited that Jen Cameron is doing another Art Charm Exchange this year. This year’s theme is “Fairytale”. I’ve already signed up:). Here’s what I made last time.

Phoenix Art Charms by Cate van Alphen

Phoenix Art Charms by Cate van Alphen

Sign ups are open till the 9th May if you’d like to join in too. In exchange for making 11 charms (and paying for postage) you receive 10 charms back from the other participants. The 11th charm goes to auction to raise money for Beads of Courage. So it’s all for a good cause really – not at all because you get a stash of goodies back😉.

Just listed on Etsy

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I have been struggling to fit in everyday life and listing things in my Etsy shop. I took a month off from doing the listings, but I got really depressed at the thought that the jewellery I made would end up stuck in a box rather than having the chance of finding a good home to go to. So my new plan is to put aside one day a month every few weeks and do as many listings as possible.

Here’s what I managed to do today. They are old friends but with new photos.

Purple bead earrings by Cate van Alphen

Purple glass bead earrings by Cate van Alphen

Purple and silver bead earrings by Cate van Alphen

Purple and silver bead earrings by Cate van Alphen

Silk tassel earrings by Cate van Alphen

Silk tassel earrings by Cate van Alphen

Polymer clay bead earrings by Cate van Alphen

Polymer clay bead earrings by Cate van Alphen

Apple zing earrings by Cate van Alphen

Apple zing earrings by Cate van Alphen

Shoulder duster earrings by Cate van Alphen

Shoulder duster earrings by Cate van Alphen

Art Vessel – week 17

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I have been finding my weekly challenge to create vessels pretty difficult. Part of the inspiration to do the challenge was the fact that I have been collecting glass jars (among other things) for years but I never get around to decorating them. Even with the challenge I’ve only used three of them, and not been happy with two of those. So for week 17, I decided to employ some help.

Boudoir Bottle by Heather Campbell

Boudoir Bottle by Heather Campbell

More than two years ago I bought a tutorial by Heather Campbell for a Poly Fiber Boudoir Bottle. I bought all the supplies, and then I never got around to trying the project. I decided to start off (mostly) following the tutorial, but I’ve already got ideas for a couple of variations that I’m going to try.

Here’s my jar vase:

Vase by Cate van Alphen

Vase by Cate van Alphen

It was really helpful to start off with an interesting ground to decorate rather than a naked glass jar! There was also no cracking which was a problem with the first jar I did and which I think has discouraged me from totally covering a jar again.

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Polymer clay challenge – week 16

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My vessel for this week currently has plaster drying on it as I left it a bit late before starting. I am still finding this challenge to be hugely out of my comfort zone. This week I did manage to make some beads as I find those relaxing, so that’s what I have for my 2016 Polymer Clay Challenge.

Polymer clay components by Cate van Alphen

Polymer clay components by Cate van Alphen

I really enjoyed the shape of the beads I made for my Art Bead Scene earrings, so I made a few more in a succulent blue-green colour. I added a subtle glaucous edging with some blue interference mica powder.

The pendant started off as a way to use up some of the extra glaze from last week’s bowl, and when I got it out of the oven to put the beads in, I thought the greens went well together. So I added an organic, slightly ruffled edging in the same clay as the beads.

Polymer clay beads by Cate van Alphen

I’m planning to make a few more beads, and then I should have enough to make a necklace.

Fabric design challenge

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I have been playing around with more fabric designs. This time I made a pattern for the current spoonflower competition. The theme is “Japanese Garden”.

Japanese Lacquer Flower pattern by Cate van Alphen

Japanese Lacquer Flower pattern by Cate van Alphen

I guess I still had inro on my mind when I designed this!

Your chance to vote for the winner is open till the 27th if you’d like to join in. There are over 700 entries so make sure you have a cup of tea with you before you begin.

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