Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ornament Thursday is Back!

We had such a good time that we're doing a monthly version of artistic expression until we get to December when we'll be posting all-things-ornamenty on Thursdays. So, this month is "Love Story." I was asked to do these two paintings for a skincare line created by a Bulgarian homeopathic acupuncturist. She wanted to include something of her Bulgarian heritage and asked me to use the Cyrillic alphabet. No problem! And she wanted to include the word love in the packaging. Except that the cyrillic version of love is...kinda ugly. She wanted a flower and she wanted 5 petals to represent the Chinese acupuncture five elements. So we settled on taking 3 letters and spelling out L-U-V. The center of the flower is the first letter, then the next letter in the center of each petal, and then each petal is the last letter.
I drew it out on paper and then primed each canvas board (8 X 10). I used graphite paper to trace the image onto the canvas and acrylic paints (mostly Americana from Michael's). I used sparkle varnish where it's sparkley and I used sparkley dimentional paint to outline the flower.
LINKS to other Ornament Gals:

Art Bead Scene The designers at Art Bead Scene have two jewelry love stories for you! Elaine Ray links together a little love with her ceramic heart components while Melanie Brooks Lukacs tells a little tale of romance in a Gothic Garden
Cindy Gimbrone Beads Cindy's Love Story is about a hook and beads
Earthenwood Studio Bead Blog What is sweeter than a mix CD for your Valentine? A yummy gift box in which to present it, filled with candy themed decorations, including a cute bracelet and cell phone charm!
Heart mobile painted paper pulp hearts
Humblebeads Heather shares her favorite bracelet design in a Valentine inspired color scheme.
Jennifer Heynen of Jangles Jennifer has made a fun "Ornament" for her neck that looks good enought to eat.
Joolz by Lisa This "Love Story" will last all year long! Lisa shares how beads and books work together.
Katie's Beading Blog Here's a happy little heart project for you - use it to embellish a bag or your jeans, or as inspiration for a necklace or bracelet.
Kriss Cramer - Art Interrupted Grow Love! Nuture and care for your loved ones every day. Use this heartfelt book, you can make yourself, to remind you of all the love you have to give.
Linda Augsburg at Make It Mine magazine Linda's love story project is a dress she embellished by stenciling dancers and a big band along the hem. Read why and learn how to do it yourself on the Make It Mine blog.
Michelle's Love Story... The band is getting back together again! Ornament Thursday celebrates the story of love...
Savvy Crafter Candie's love affair with big rings continue...she's making her own now! Love Stories and more over at the Savvy Crafter! XOXO!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Ah, Love ! This satirical creation of Jean's immortalizes certain women's profound affecton for their ... handbags!!!
Strands of Beads Love speaks many languages. Learn how to say "I Love You" in an untraditional way with Melissa Lee's whimsical jewelry project.
SwellDesigner Alexa shares with you her truly swell and punny Valentines!
The Impatient Blogger Love is in the air at The Impatient Blogger! Margot shares two vintage inspired jewelry designs that are oozing with a good way!


Melissa J. Lee said...

This is sooo clever. What a beautiful design!

Kriss said...

They are lovely! I enjoy hearing the stories behind the projects -- thanks!

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

you are astounding. I really am glad I got the opportunity to see your thought process as you worked this beautiful creation for your customer!

Elaine Ray said...

Thanks for explaining the process of coming up with the design - amazing.

Heather Powers said...

What a beautiful solution for your client!

Margot Potter said...


This is effin' brilliant! I love it! What great, effective, beautiful design work.

Thanks so much for joining us!


Cindy Gimbrone said...

Just lovely! You incorporated your client's Bulgarian heritage perfectly!

Hali Chambers said...

WOW. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! I feel so honored and grateful to be in the company of such talented artists. You all are such an inspiration to me. To quote our Madge: You effin' ROCK! :-) LOVE, Hali

Michelle McGee said...

Holy CRAP! That is AMAZING!!! I am so wicked impressed!

Hali Chambers said...

Thanks, Michelle! You're pretty wicked impressing yourself! :-) H.

Linda Augsburg said...

Great way to incorporate all of the needs and desires into one really lovely design. I love that it has so much meaning to the client, like it's her own little power symbol!

melanie brooks said...

ooh, I love when there are hidden words in cool designs, it makes it so meaningful. And the design is beautiful. Great work!

Katie Hacker said...

this is going to sound weird, but your design would make the coolest tattoo!

Alexa said...

I always love hearing back stories to a project. You did a lovely job with them. Love the sparkle.

Hali Chambers said...

Linda, I hadn't thought to call it a power symbol, but you're so right. Which would make a really cool tatoo! Not weird at all, Katie! It's great getting feedback because I'm seeing it with new eyes. I didn't think of it as "hidden" meaning, but I guess it is. Thanks, Melanie. And thanks, Alexa--you *sparkle* :-) H.

Anonymous said...

Very nice Job!