F is for Full Moon Inspiration

I gained creative inspiration from the full moon.

April 4, 2015 was a ” Blood Moon” , “Rose Moon” full moon in Hawaii.  I was able to experience my first night hike to an area lighthouse to watch the moon rise.

Makapuu Lighthouse, Oahu
Makapuu’u Lighthouse, Oahu

I took photos at the Makapuu’u Lighthouse at different times of the day.  I had late afternoon, and early evening photos from the vantage point of the hiked trail.

Full Blood Moon Rising
Full Blood Moon Rising
Full Blood Moon, April 04,2015
Full Blood Moon, April 04,2015

To prepare with a theme and draw upon inspiration of the full moon phase process, I created a pair of bead embroidery earrings in advance of this hike.  The earrings I created featured rose-colored round pearls as an resemblance and reference of the “Rose Moon”.  The “Blood Moon” is also referred to as a “Rose Moon”. And, to me any type of full moon is special.

This was my first moon-lit hike, it was also a great time to share the Club Creative Studio “Trail Treasure” art as well.  This is the series of art items that I refer to as “Trail Treasures” that are given freely. It is a gift to the universe. Finders of my abandoned art are keepers of it.

Blood Moon/Pink Moon rising at Makapuu Lighthouse, HI
Blood Moon/Pink Moon rising at Makapuu’u Lighthouse, HI

Sometimes, I do hear back from those who have found Club Creative Studio art and they express their appreciation.  Below, I share with you a photo that the “finders” took and their words of gratitude sent to me in an e-mail. I am grateful for their enthusiasm.

Club Creative Studio Art was discovered!
Club Creative Studio Art was discovered!

“I just wanted to tell you thank you for the earrings that we found at Makapuu ‘u hike. My girlfriend and I found it on Easter morning on our sunrise hike. She loves them and wore them to church that morning. I just wanted to say thank you so much that was so thoughtful and kind! God Bless!”

Have you ever encountered free art in your community? If so, please share what type, where and what your reaction was to discovering abandoned/shared art.

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C is for Collecting

It’s one part of the creative process; collecting.

Collection of buttons.
Collection of buttons.

Once you are inspired to create, you have to have materials. It is because of an ample supply of collected materials I feel that at any moment in time, I can borrow from these different collections stashed in my studio, and create.

Shell collection takes time.
Shell collection takes time.

Creating with mixed media stems from using items that have been collected. I have several containers of buttons, shells, papers, paints, beads, wires, tools, fabrics and completed jewelry items that are collecting upon my shelves, just to name a few.

A section of my studio with a collection of paint brushes and seed bead container tubes.
A section of my studio with a collection of paint brushes and seed bead container tubes.

Having your collections at your disposal not only provides you with materials to create with but sometimes offers items that have special meaning.  The shells in the photograph above for example, are not shells bought from a craft store. I actually picked up each one from the shores of Japan when I lived there. Gathering and collecting items such as shells bring meaning to my art when they are incorporated.

A collection of colored pencils are ready to be used in my studio space.
A collection of colored pencils are ready to be used in my studio space.

Do you have items that you collect? How useful or meaningful are your collections?

I think that the most satisfying of my collections are the completed jewelry projects that I have.

I don’t mean to collect them, in fact they are all looking to be shared and sold!

Often times, when I start a new line- I tend to collect a certain number of a certain style before I actually place them online or in a boutique setting for public sale.

This gives the admirer more of a range to chose from.  It is perhaps a practice that leaves me with art on hand but, it also creates a view overlooking a theme when art is placed in collective bunch.

Collection of Club Creative Studio beaded bracelets.
Collection of Club Creative Studio beaded bracelets.

If you happen to see something you like in this particular hand-beaded bracelet collection…let me know!  In this case I am happy to deplete a collection if it means that someone will be enjoying my hand-made art!

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J is for: Jewelry

J is for jewelry.  Many appreciate hand-made jewelry…and for good reasons.

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When I decided to design my own jewelry art items and make my own hand-made beads to incorporate in jewelry and other items, I knew it was going to be an expressive time for me.  It has become a welcomed challenge to be creative everyday.  I knew I was going to be able to help people become more bold in their personal styles, and I knew I had the time and talent to share art and share my creative journey efforts with others.

Growing up with creative ideas and armed with an Art Education background, I already had the stepping stones laid out for me to follow a creative path.  I have looked forward ever since then to ways that I could help others overcome ordinary and appreciate being individual and one-of-a-kind, just as my jewelry line and other hand-made beaded items offer.

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One of the coolest aspects of making exclusive pieces of art is knowing that the process can not and will not be duplicated. I have happily discovered that there are limitless ways that I can create and although a technique may be used in the same manner, the experience, materials and product outcome are always different. This allows me to continuously offer one-of-a-kind jewelry items. I am so proud of that.  Jewelry makes women, men and gift-givers feel good. Holding on to good moments and memories are what makes life more full.

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My exception to creating items with a similar outcome are for wedding party requests or specific custom orders for matching sets. When this is possible, I oblige.  Sometimes jewelry art calls for commonality as in those special cases.

The most rewarding art creations however, come from the times that I am able to experiment and create “free-form” art. Without any pre-conceived notions, expectations, sketches or even particular materials in hand- those are the challenges that face me with the most satisfaction. These are the times that jewelry works with me and for me.

To view more creations, remember that Club Creative Studio can be found on many different media platforms such as our Newsletter (see sidebar click-in option), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblar. Are you following the creativity?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I is for: Interior

I is for: Interior.

Collect your ideas to use when you have the time to decorate as you truly desire.
Collect your ideas to use when you have the time to decorate as you truly desire.

Interior design and designers interest me because creativity is constantly around.

I can appreciate those that can and do decorate confidently and have fun. I love that creative people can embrace a design idea and create a space based on that.

I move quite often as part of a military family and so I have to reinvent and redecorate my surroundings often.  I decided that for the letter “I” blog challenge, I will share a few interior decorating tips that I use on a regular basis as I move and relocate every few years.

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Useful Decorating Tips

Start: take time to collect your thoughts and ideas. Use a journal or an online source like Pinterest, or collect pictures from magazines for inspiration.  Take your sketches or file bag to stores with you. Include measurements, floor plans or carpet/fabric/tile samples when you are shopping for the perfect color combinations.

Select and Respect:  colors that you can live with and are not just trends. Although you can always repaint or buy new accessories, it is easiest to stay inside your comfort zone when you are on a tight budget.  When selecting colors on the walls, take a step back with a squint. Chances are, if everything blends well in a squint then your colors will work well together. And by all means, consider those that you live with and their opinions. It pays to have everyone comfortable and in agreement with color and décor choices. You can always ease someone into your more unconventional or preferred style taste slowly.

Variety:  Alternate soft and hard items in your rooms. Hard items are things like furniture, chests and tables, you know surface items.  Soft items are items like plants, pillows, and cushion or upholstered chairs.

Recycle: To save money and time, recycle or reinvent the things you have. Paint, reupholster, or just discover a new use for an item you once used at a different location.  Also, give your household goods a second glance in a new setting. Sometimes the change of space, lighting and a different wall color make your old things look new again.

Accents:  Place items in groups of odd numbers. When hanging framed artwork- lower is better than higher.  Eye level is good. Include lighting in different places for ambience.

Unique Style:  Adding home décor items that are unique to your taste and style create a space with personality.  Make your mark in the room by including unique, personal, or even odd items for comfort and conversation starters.

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G is for: Grateful

 

Close-Up Bead Soup Challenge 2014The Bead Soup Challenge is underway for me at Club Creative Studio. I have received my beads and I am grateful that I can finally start my creative journey.

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The bead soup challenge allows those paired up to exchange a stash of beads that are challenging and inspire creativity, then they share their final creations online, in their blogs, and on Pinterest to name a few platforms.

This year, I assigned myself on the list as a “seed bead” artist, which was a new category.  I also was granted by special permission, a second “Bead Angel” whom shared a variety of great beads. I got both boxes in the mail recently.

Bead Batch from: Robin Reed Artistry Hand Crafted Bead Designs.

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Here is a generous and inspirational portion of beads shared by Robin.
Here is a generous and inspirational portion of beads shared by Robin.

This bead soup mixture contained focal beads, seed beads, crystals, glass beads, clasps and even buttons! There is NO QUESTION that I am inspired and eager to start creating from this creative bead batch. I follow Robin Kae Reed’s blog at http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com at Artistry Handcrafted Bead Designs

I love this color palette.
I love this color palette.

Robin also included several bags of green tea- that is a wonderful surprise!

This year I am certainly experiencing a challenge with this bead soup event. I have found a way that works for me to use mismatched beads and elements and I hope that the projects I have in mind show my creative side, and growth as well as an artist.

I have certainly grown to appreciate my strengths to create with what is in front of me at any given point in time. I am grateful that I can create from shared elements.

Bead Batch From: Tami Norris

This is a mixed media bead soup.
This is a mixed media bead soup.

Tami shared wooden hair sticks (which I have never made before), plastic beads, faux pastel pearl beads, some hand-made resin dome cabochons, cream satin ribbon, seed beads, miscellaneous and irregular glass beads, metal florals, and a clasp.

I have chosen select elements from this batch and I am pleasantly surprised at what has evolved! This challenge has given me added confidence in my skills to develop art that is truly unique stemming from resources that are uncommon to me in normal use.

Stop by the additional blogs which will follow this blog post, highlighting the progress made in these two specific bead challenges. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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F is for: Finally Finished

Club Creative Studio invests time in creating one-of-a-kind, hand-made beaded items.  Today’s feature is a statement necklace that took about three days of on-and-off work. The creative process for me can be short or long in duration, it depends on the final bead count.

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Phase One: laying out a few elements for considerations.
Phase One: laying out a few elements for considerations.

PHASE TWO:

Phase Two: close-up of focal portion of hand-made beaded statement necklace from Club Creative Studio
Phase Two: close-up of focal portion of hand-made beaded statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.

PHASE THREE:

Phase Three: Half of the statement necklace. It is evolving.
Phase Three: Half of the statement necklace. It is evolving.

FINAL PHASE FOUR:

I wish I would have counted the number of beads I used in this statement necklace. Now, I  am just curious and still wondering of the actual count of beads that were incorporated.

The thrill of creating hand-made jewelry is being witness to the art process and evolution.  Although drafts and initial design ideas are considered, art changes and evolves in all phases of development. Sometimes the process is quick, sometimes it takes days to finish. It is ALWAYS, however a rewarding process to see start to finish art.

Final Phase: Finished Art!
Final Phase: Finished Art!

Do you have a project I can work on for you? The creativity is ready to be shared! Contact me to discuss your custom design jewelry needs. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

 

 

 

 

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E is for: Elegant

Club Creative Studio Elegant Jewelry
Club Creative Studio Elegant Jewelry

Club Creative Studio’s signature designs have a distinct love of color and design flair, but don’t hesitate to use the word “elegant” to also describe designs as well.

Wedding headband by Club Creative Studio
Wedding headband by Club Creative Studio

There are three words that are most used to describe our jewelry art: festive, unique and handmade. However, add the word elegant, and you have a new category all together.

Elegant beaded strands form Club Creative Studio
Elegant beaded strands form Club Creative Studio

When there is a particular call or expression for a subdued style or sophistication outside of bold and expressive, our art has also found a way to fit right in to those needs.

Vintage and elegant. Pearl wire-wrapped necklace from Club Creative Studio
Vintage and elegant. Pearl wire-wrapped necklace from Club Creative Studio

Club Creative Studio has a vast range of design and appeal.  It is a welcomed challenge to design with new and desired looks, that’s what makes the art process so exciting and rewarding.

Club Creative Studio-Hand-made Ball Gown accessories.
Club Creative Studio-Hand-made Ball Gown accessories.

I love creating for special occasions that require an elegant look. Military balls, socialite occasions, weddings, proms, and other important life events are perfect for wearing something unique, hand-made and elegant. I am always ready to design something special just for you to enable you to Overcome Ordinary and Set Yourself Apart with Club Creative Studio Art. 

Contact us to let us know what your custom design needs are.

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D is for: Discouragement

Don’t get me wrong, I love visiting friends and family in Nebraska.  But, the large pockets of areas with no internet service are just too much for me to handle. I was very discouraged.

Club Creative Studio in Nebraska
Club Creative Studio in Nebraska

I had great intentions to continue my daily Instagram and blog challenges during my travels.  I had constant interruptions of service and periods of roaming or non-existent bars.  This made for many frustrations on my part in keeping up with timely posts and being creative with blogging.

The plan now to ease my discouragement is to carry on. I have faith in my efforts to catch up.

Today, I still feel a little discouraged but, this is day one on the road to blog and photo-a-day recovery. After all, I still have things to say and share, I only need to allow myself the time to rebound from the service lapse and continue with a positive attitude. Wish me luck!

Although I was not able to connect to the internet- Art and creative blogging is dependent on a good connection!
Although I was not able to connect to the internet- Art and creative blogging is dependent on a good connection!

 

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B is for: Beaded Beads

Close-up beaded bead, hand-made from Club Creative Studio
Close-up beaded bead, hand-made from Club Creative Studio

B is for Beaded Beads. This is Day Two of the A to Z Challenge.  I love creating hand-made beads created from beads.  Think of a beaded bead as a creative larger bead made from many smaller beads.

Blue crystal and pearl beaded bead.
Blue crystal and pearl beaded bead.

There are two common types of beaded beads.

The first type of beaded beads are made by adding beads around an entire “blank” bead, or some type of inner core.  Commonly, wood beads are covered and they become the inner structure.  Beads added around it form a new beaded shell, or covering.

I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the shape I want for my bead shape.
I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the shape I want for my bead shape.

The second type of beaded beads are the kind that I most like to create because I have compete control over the final size and shape of the completed bead.  This is where imagination and creativity come into play of designing a beaded bead. I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the beads into the shape that I want when I first begin creating a beaded bead without a inner core.

Festive and colorful beaded beads hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
Festive and colorful beaded beads with no inner core. Hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
More hand-made beaded beads from Club Creative Studio.
More hand-made beaded beads from Club Creative Studio.

Creating and incorporating hand-made beaded beads into the jewelry art that I create offers yet another unique element. These beads are one-of-kind, and I believe are also extraordinary.

To view additional beaded creations from the Club Creative Studio collection, please feel free to browse the website shopping section tab at http://www.clubcreativestudio.com or write me to inform me of your custom jewelry requests. I love creating Art That Sets You Apart!

 

 

 

 

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A is for: Art

Club Creative Studio is once again taking part in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

It begins today!

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Each post runs the gamut of the alphabet. Today we start with the letter A, of course.

A is for: Art

My Studio encourages  my imagination.
My Studio encourages my imagination.

Art has been a big part of my life.  Growing up I had many opportunities to be expressive and  experiment with art materials. Happily today, I continue to value all of the saving graces art provides.  Being a full time bead and jewelry artist, I work everyday creating and sharing art.

Veronica Campos-Hallstrom, Club Creative Studio. Creating Art That Sets You Apart.
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom, Club Creative Studio. Creating Art That Sets You Apart.

Top 3 Aspects of Art for Artistic Growth: COURAGE, IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY

COURAGE: It is said that one must create what you seek but can not find. This takes a leap of faith and courage, putting aside all self-doubts. Searching our soul is what art is all about. Taking what is inside, and bringing it to vision outside. It is important to know HOW to make art but it is just as important to also know WHY make art. Be courageous, understand why you express art as you do.

IMAGINATION: Stellar ideas are a part of us just waiting to be revealed. We all have creative possibilities.  It is up to us to learn how to creatively embrace the powers of putting paint to canvas, or pen to paper so to speak and just let our imaginations flow in asking: What If

CREATIVITY: It’s the process, not the destination. The creative zone should be entered with excitement and wonderment. Creative success comes from small and methodical steps, appreciative of the unknown outcome. Be expressive. Use your creativity as a positive outlet.

As part of this blog challenge, I hope to further convey the importance of creating. There are many lessons to be learned from art.  Thank you for stopping by the blog today which always has a focus on creativity.

I welcome you to follow the creativity on our website and other social media platforms as well, and look forward to your comments and interactions.

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