Monday, July 1, 2013

paper art earrings

I love wearable art!!
In all its forms, in all its styles, created by artists from around the world. A little piece of artistic expression that you can wear or carry to embellish an ensemble or a mood or event. Special and unique, often one-of-a-kind and hopefully treasured. Sometimes these little treasures are affordable! And that's my goal...

'Blue & Green Dangle Paper Art Earrings' - OOAK Handpainted Watercolor & Pen/Ink

Other Dangle Paper Art Earrings - OOAK Handpainted Watercolor & Pen/Ink

These earrings I started quite some time ago and for one reason or another, just never got around to completing them. I finished quite a few and these are just some of them. There are many more in my Etsy shop now. I wish I had taken photos of the process though. They start out as a watercolor. Nothing specific. Just a collection of beautiful merging colors and shapes. Then I add layers of vintage book pages onto the backs of the watercolor paper.
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For all of these earrings, I used pages from a beautiful vintage bible that I found years ago that had most of it missing and was completely falling apart. I really think it adds to the beauty of these tiny pieces of art. Next, I start cutting the paper into specific shapes. I try to match up pieces that have similarities in color once they are cut. Then I get to add pen and ink work to them. I love this part. The watercolors and shapes of the paper tend to dictate my design and essentially I have no idea what I am going to draw until I see the colors and designs from the watercolors. When all is said and done, I add layers of thick, clear, archival safe resin. Of course, this isn't where it all ends. Nope! The final stage is adding the jewelry findings and embellishments.
Whew! That's a bunch of steps.

No two earrings are alike. They are delicate, yet sturdy and they have such beautiful movement when worn. Photos just never do justice. My confirmation though, was when my 14-year Hannah told me..."Mom, these are sooo cool. I love these! Will you make me some?"
Score!!!

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