Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ARtisan StARs

I have been working on a new project for Christmas. I have been asked (along with other artists) to create an ornament(s) to be sold for a club called Junior League, which raises money for different causes to help the community and of course I said yes ;) While this is partly charity, I will be compensated some what for each one.

After thinking about what I could create for a while, I came up with painting a wooden star I call ARtisan StARs. They are about 7 inches in diameter. I will create them as the orders come in. Right now, I've just provided two prototypes. Tonight was the reveal meeting, so I hope my ornaments were well received.

inked in the design before I picked up Asher from school

I got my husband into the act, he is cutting the stars out of wood with a scroll saw. I drew the pattern and he cut them out. He's pretty handy to have around, I guess I'll keep him.

sorry about the poor lighting, I was painting in the studio at night
another night time shot
These are fairly labor intensive but I enjoyed making these. I've got about two hours into each one not counting cutting out time. I didn't get a picture of the final product which just has a gold cord on it so it can hang from whatever. I will also have silver cord.

Each star is unique and I couldn't make two exactly alike if I tried. I've used my india ink and metallic paint technique. The designs are spontaneous. I love the way the flat black contrasts with the metallic sheen.

"Candy" - more traditional Christmas colors. Both sides look pretty close.
"Ribbon" - my kinda Christmas colors ;)
swirl side of "Ribbon"

Wish me luck!
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  1. This is my kind of art--everyone is different--how fun this must be and they're very unique. I know these will do well--Love the color choices!!

  2. I love, love, LOVE these; especially the "non-Christmas" colored one- fabUlous! I'm sure they will be incredibly popular!
    P.S. I wonder if you could cut down on the time involved by doing them in groups, like you have a handful of stars that you know will be certain colors- work on those in one segment of time; paint all the areas you want to be red at one time, then move to the silver areas and then green and so on....just an idea! I always spend a lot longer on my stuff than I mean too and could NEVER charge by the hour- so I'm always looking for ways to cut down on time spent :D

  3. Gorgeous! I'm sure they will be a hit.

  4. Awesome Stars !

    Have fun making them, Jaime ! They will be well loved.
    Hugs !

  5. Awesome project! I've just started working on some of my own holiday projects in the studio. Your sTarS are InSPiRing! Thank you for sharing them with us.* :)

  6. They are looking great, I'm sure people will love them.

  7. Wow..these are so stunning and gorgeous..beautiful Jaime!! you are fabulous and your art is gorgeous! Shine on!
    and wow..i LOVE your new header..i haven't been by in awhile so it is new to me..it is totally fabulous and dazzling..love it!
    Hugs..beautiful post!

  8. Hi J,

    These are just amazing and I can see the work that went into them :)

    Great work for a great cause :)

    Have a lovely Weekend, T. :)

  9. I love these....really different and wonderful:)

  10. Super fun! Really unique! Not a big thing to be involved with the Junior League! They do great work here in Texas.

  11. These are gorgeous Jaime! And such a good idea!
    And you know how I feel about charity♥♥♥

  12. These are absolutely stunning, Jaime. I know they will sell! Hooray that your hubby got to assist you with the project!!! :)


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