Art Elements Monthly Theme: Luna Moth

Thanks to Jen Cameron for picking out this month’s Art Elements Blog Hop Theme: Luna Moth.

With an Entomology background I am fascinated by the scientific approach, but can get way too involved in the details. So this month I thought that I would just go along with what attracts me to these lovely creatures: The color and that long wing that looks like tail feathers…

First I began to make the wire form with pipe cleaners.
I wrapped Sarafina Off White Chunky Core Roving around the wire and stabbed it a bit to get it to hold. I used Gold core wool to wrap the antennae and left the pipe cleaner legs alone.
To get the right shade of green, I mixed gold and green, a bit of blue and a lot of sage green.
I felted the wings onto the wool wrapped wing wires and added some extra brown wool along the top of the wings and yellow wool on the top of the thorax (wings and legs attach to the thorax).
I tried to remember to get photos, but once you start going with needle felting, it’s hard to stop all that bit of stabbing and the instant gratification.
I added a little wing detail and would have worked a bit more on the long extension of the hind wing, but though this would do for a first try.
I love seeing photos of moths resting on human hands. There is something about how tender they are and often how large and fragile that gives a sense of awe.
Getting back to the scientific side of things – it is SO important to make sure to get the next generation involved with nature. And to provide habitat for these critters.
This is a Spicebush Swallowtail (left), an actual Spicebush plant (center), and the wee little Spicebush Caterpillar rolled up in a spicebush leaf that it had been munching on earlier in the day.

Luna moths and many other winged insects overwinter in the leaf litter in wooded areas. Please keep this in mind for your “clean-up” and maybe consider how your keeping things tidy may actually be doing harm to our natural populations.

Thank you for stopping by! Make sure to take the time to see what everyone else has created this month:
Guests:
Tammy
Beth and Evie
Rain
Alysen
Rozantia
Sarajo
Karin
Sarah
Divya
Colette
Art Elements Team:
Niky
Caroline
Cathy
Jenny
Lesley
Marsha (you are here)
Lindsay
Claire
Jen

If you want to learn more about needle felting, check out the shop where I work part time: SarafinaFiberArt.com

Art Elements Blog Monthly Theme: Birds of Prey

Welcome to this months Art Elements Blog hop: Birds of Prey theme picked by Cathy. As a child I loved watching birds. In college I took a few Avian Biology classes that established a firm base knowledge and appreciation of many kinds of birds. My passion has kept my field guide and binoculars at the ready.

My 20 year old, well loved Avian Field Guide.

These days I keep an eye on the nesting pair of Red Tailed Hawks in our back wooded area and the competition with the Great Horned Owl that showed up a few winters ago.

I have been working on getting better with my 3D needle felting skills over the last month. Working part time at Sarafina Fiber Art allows me direct access to Sara (the artist behind the business) and she is helping me along so I can teach some beginning classes in the Sarafina Art House so she can focus more on the advanced classes. So this Birds of Prey theme was the perfect way for me to practice some Owls.

Here starts my journey…

The first thing I do when I am about to launch into some creative time is find some inspiration: Pinterest is a great visual place to go. Knowing I wanted to brush up on my Sarafina Needle Felting Techniques, I headed to watch some Sarafina Videos: Sarafina Mini Tutorial: Owl and Sarafina Baby Owl Tutorial.

I picked up some scraps of Sarafina’s Merino Prefelt: Flat Matt at work and cut it in small bits that I pulled into some owl head shapes. I was just adding layers of top coat roving and fooling around with wool sculpted shapes loosely based on the Sarafina Owl Mini Tutorial. I ended up with two flat ornament size Great Horned Owl (inspired) heads.

Moving on from the flat 2D owl head I thought that I should try to make it in 3D. I was a bit freaked out as it looked like a decapitated owl head – not really what I was thinking… However it did spark an idea! I love Jim Henson’s Labyrinth especially the Fireys. “Hey Lady! That’s My Head!” Yes – I had to attempt a Fireys head! I plan on making that one better again when I’m not so tired from felting everything else that day.

I ended up making this Mini Owl (minus the sheep curls/locks from the tutorial). I like making a few of the same kind of pieces and tweeking them as I figure out things. The last image with the small green owls are made in a similar way to the larger owl – but at 1/3 scale and with lots of colored locks.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and for checking out the other artists participating this month:

Guests:

Tammy

Beth

Cat

Anita

Kathy

Alysen

Linda

Rozantia

Jennifer

Hope

Sarajo

Melissa

Sarah

Team Members: 

Caroline 

Cathy 

Claire

Jen

Jenny

Karen 

Laney

Lesley

Lindsay

Marsha (you are here)

Niky

Sue

Handmade Component Bazaar Jan. 3 Destash Sale

Handmade Component Bazaar Facebook Group
Marsha Neal Studio Handmade Ceramic Beads
Marsha Neal Studio Medium Sized Textured Disc Beads
Marsha Neal Studio Ceramic Pendants (Necklace Focals)
Earring Sized Pairs and Disc Beads ready for de-stash.

I am ready for the new year to begin and to start a new body of work. This one day show in Handmade Component Bazaar Facebook Group will be your chance to pick up a bunch of my pieces at discounted pricing. I will have things marked down into the range from 20% to 70% off retail pricing.

I will also be marking down ready to ship ceramic items in my Marsha Neal Studio Etsy Shop as well – and will create a special SALE Category for those items.

The Handmade Component Bazaar Group show will start around 10am on 1/3/19 and listings will be removed beginning 1/4/19 around 7am, with the wall being cleared by 10am to be ready for the next artist show.

My Etsy Shop sale will run through the weekend, and I may end up adding some items there as well. Please let me know if you plan to shop both so I can ship your items together.

Happy New Year!

Art Elements Monthly Theme: White

This months Art Elements Theme is based upon using white in your work. When I think of white, it tends to be in a base color sort of path. It is something to give definition, light, a brightness behind the color.


Peyote Fan Earrings in Clear, Silver Lined, and AB finished with white fireline and sterling silver findings.
I love any bead with the AB finish that reflects a bit of color.

Earlier this month when I was making the blog post for the Linda Genaw’s Peyote Fan Earrings over on Art Elements Blog, I made sure to make up a pair that would fit into our white theme. Here are some other items from around my studio (holidays and both of my kids birthdays are in December, so my time got away from me).

Marsha Neal Studio White Crescent Pendant with simple chain necklace.
Silver and White are so elegant together.
Marsha Neal Studio Small Ceramic Seed Pod Collector in White Glaze (over white clay body).
White glaze can pop or make the items it is next to pop.
Marsha Neal Studio Chocolate Stoneware Clay with Rustic White glaze.
White can show off the details.
Capturing some early morning frost.
White reminds me of cold and winter.

I hope you have fun hopping around to see what these other wonderful artists came up with for this months theme! And please stop by the Art Elements Blog for details on our next theme.

Guest Artists

Alysen

Anita

Beth

Cat 

Divya

Elaine

Hope

Jill

Karin

Kathy

Lucy

Rozantia 

Sarajo

Susan

Tammy 

Art Elements Team

Caroline

Cathy

Claire

Laney

Lesley

Marsha 

Susan

One Sweet Bead Market One Day Show December 4, 2018

I’ve been working non-stop since my last online show, and not all in my clay studio. I did an Etsy Shop update and plan another one shortly for your crafty gift giving or for self satisfaction with gifts to yourself for working so hard on life! Now it’s time for my One Sweet Bead Market Show!

Marsha Neal Studio One Day Facebook Group Show in One Sweet Bead Market Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Begins around 10am Eastern US time, the wall begins to clear on Dec. 5 at 8am. 

Around 10am on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 I will start listing my ceramic bead items in the One Sweet Bead Market Facebook Group. I do a lot of BIN (Buy It Now) and MTO (Made To Order) for a set price. It is a bit too much for me to keep track of auction pricing during these 24 hour shows as it is quite crazy trying to keep track of listings as is.

Here are some photos of the pieces I have selected to put up for sale in this show (I sure hope I can photograph them and get them labeled in time!):

Ones that do not sell may very likely head over to Etsy. I know not everyone is on Facebook and a lot of people work and do not have the time to shop in these online groups. But if you are around, I have some giveaways planned. I always start with one in the intro post, so make sure to comment to get entered into that one.

Here is a link to the One Sweet Bead Market Facebook Group.

My next online show is scheduled for January 3, 2019 in the Handmade Component Bazaar.

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