I sprinkle the word “creativity” throughout my blog. What a word! I’m still trying to figure out what that means in my own life.
I recently received a commercial email dealing with creativity that I wanted to share. It was sent to me by Cloth Paper Scissors, an Interweave company. The reason I find it worth including in my blog can be said in two words “Tim Holtz.” Tim is the Creative Director of Ranger Industries. The topic: Tips for Creating your own Signature Style.
Click anywhere in this sentence to take you to Holtz’ article in clothpaperscissors.com.
I’ll list just two: “Experiment. Trying new things is key to developing your style. It’s true that you won’t know what you like until you try it.”
“Look around. While our creative surroundings are full of inspiration, it’s what you take from them to make it your own that’s important.”
I hope this article assists you and me in learning more about our own creativity and signature style.
This was written a few days ago:
Since JC Penney’s is changing strategies, their advertisements have changed also. We receive their advertisements in our local paper.
Why am I talking about department stores? Their paper makes beautiful paper beads. It isn’t perfect because it isn’t quite thick enough. However, the shiny paper has a lot of solid blocks of color. They can easily only have one model on a page, which does mean a lot of color is available to use in paper beads. Recycling adds to the positiveness of this recommendation. And there you have it. Consider JC Penney advertisements when choosing the paper you can use for your next project.
May 28, 2012 – Follow-up
Bead shape and paper have a direct correlation. The beads above are quite useable for jewelry. The shape works with the paper. The beads below are a problem. I may be able to apply ink or something else to help, but you have to admit, they aren’t useable at this moment.
As gentle as I believe I was when cutting and then making the bead, the paper doesn’t reflect it. The paper was too thin. Again, I am learning to plan ahead and decide on the end product before I start cutting paper. (who knew? ;-))
Think Creatively and Don’t Forget to Consider your Materials,
I enjoy featuring artists and jewelers who produce paper jewelry. Today I want to share the name Tia Kramer. Her website is: www.tiakramerjewelry.com. From her biographic information, her work has been featured in magazines and galleries. [This is only brief information. If you are interested in her work, please visit her website.]
Her pieces are geometric and very beautiful. I wouldn’t classify Tia’s work as paper beads, just paper. (well, okay, not “just” paper.) 😉
I took this picture directly from her website. As I said earlier, beautiful.
Even though most of us may never reach this level, I hope you are inspired by this necklace. I am.
I was recently included in a Paper Jewelry treasury on Etsy. If you get a chance, take a look. [click on paper treasury in the prior sentence to go to the treasury.] Yes, I know. You think I’m doing this because of my own shop. However, there are a variety of items. It is interesting to see how people use paper as an accessory. I notice quite a bit of geometry: rectangles, circles, triangles, cones, etc. May the following pictures recharge your imagination for your specific art.
Thanks to the creator of this treasury, PhotoEngravingGift.[click to see this shop.]
After another trip to the local library, I found “Handmade Paper Jewelry” Interestingly it is by Heidi Borchers, Candace Liccoine, and Tiffany Windsor. These ladies are the three daughters of Aleene Jackson. Yes, the famous Aleene of Aleene’s Glues and Adhesives. (I no longer have possession of the book, so I’m not sure of the publisher. I believe it is Sterling Publishing, but don’t hold me to that.)
The book concentrates on paper jewelry, but not the traditional paper bead. For example, the dragonfly you see on the cover was made from a grocery bag. There is also: a metallic decoupage jewelry set; a butterfly gift wrap necklace; and a bracelet using ceramic tiles and metallic paper. In total there are 40 projects.
Art, talent, innovation, even recycling can take on many forms. Since I didn’t have many of the products required, I didn’t find this book particularly inspiring. But it may be just the creative trigger for you.
Visit your local library and see what mysteries await!
P.S. While researching Sterling Publishing, I saw they have more paper-related reference books. Hmmm. I may need to check into that further.