How to Make a Plaster Cloth Masquerade Mask

This post features how to make a plaster cloth masquerade mask. Here is a suggested supply list: Rigid Wrap Plaster Cloth Sculpey polymer clay Vaseline Card stock You will need to create a clay mask to use as a mold. Please refer to a previous post, "How to Make a Masquerade Mask." READ THE ENTIRE …

Life Branding: Focused Fresh Starts

There’s something special about the new year with its fresh starts and blank canvases. For a moment, you hear life’s urging to brush your dreams across the space of possibility. When possibility presents, you only have a brief amount of time to break from inertia and get into motion. Soon, everyday living will squeeze out motivation. …

Relinquish the Unrealistic

When life plucks feathers from your expectation’s wings, relinquishing the unrealistic helps you to land safely and walk in contentment. Here I sit on the fourth day of my Spring Break with a “To Do” list far longer than the remaining two days I have left to accomplish my goals. The inner agitation finally forces …

How to Make a Vintage Masquerade Mask

Soft and feminine yet brazen and bold; Hardly descriptors seeming to go together, except when you’re making a vintage, mixed media masquerade mask. I’d envisioned a vintage mask for weeks. In fact, the concept captivated me because I love all things vintage—aged colors of yellow ochre and burnt sienna with a splash of aqua green; …

Full Wings for Full Flight

I wonder whether bouts of depression occur when an artist’s soul goes into creativity’s womb to conceive an artistic expression. Dark, damp places of soul wrap around huddled form, smothering mind with doubts, obstructing hope from filtering through a mood so somber that it makes her flinch. Then in the chrysalis of creativity, she comes to …

50 Renaissance Thank You!

Renaissance: Rebirth,  Reawakening, Resurgence.   Recently, my husband and I revisited the Renaissance Faire held in Erwindale, CA. This is a spectacular event worth the trip for any one seeking fresh inspiration.        Participants are eager to pose for pictures and discuss their ornate hats and costumes.      Everywhere you look another photo jumps out at …