SOMETIMES I'm asked how I started making painted jewelry. I didn't always paint so small. In fact, I've painted on walls from time to time. Some are small-ish but a couple of times I've painted the entire wall. This topiary is a sample I made on paper as a possibility for a friend's wall. But now that I'm looking at it again, I'm thinking I might have to find a place on MY wall for it. (yay!)
I typically painted on canvases like this 16" x 20" bike with the basket. I haven't been able to part with this one, it hangs on the wall above my computer. I can lean way back in the chair and see it up there. Then I can imagine I visit there one day, and ride that bike with the flowers, and see the ivy hanging down over the beautiful windows. (As you can tell, I get easily distracted!)
ONE day,I came across a pendant in a magazine that caught my eye. The pendant had a picture of flowers on it and was somehow magically made from broken china. It was beautiful. Right then and there I had a sudden urge to paint one of my own. It didn't happen quite as suddenly as I thought it would. The long process of finding what to paint on and what to put it in began. I learned lots of new jewelry terms, like bezel and cabochon, findings and jump rings. Deciding what to paint was next. But throughout this whole process I realized that hey, you know what? I really like doing this.
Etsy shop and on my business cards. When one of my sisters first saw it, she bought it from me while I was wearing it -- right off of my neck. That's been a good thing because I still get to see it! I painted a few others for myself and people started noticing and asking about them. Before I knew it I had an online Etsy shop.
But the thing I didn't expect is the fun I'm having with custom orders. Sometimes people have a particular item in mind, or something personal they want painted. Like this horse... the parents wanted a painting of the horse their daughter rides. I had never painted a horse before but I was really excited about it!
So now I'm continually learning what looks best on a pendant and what size. I've learned I really need to take my camera everywhere I go (which I don't!). And I've also learned I have so many ideas for new pendant designs I don't know that I'll ever catch up with myself!