Our Aesthetic Sense Can be a Wise Guide to Our Work

Closet of Glass. Photo by Margaret Almon.

Part of being an artist is being surrounded by my materials, and my art unfolding from their inspiration.  Our surroundings may bear the imprint of our aesthetic passions.   Ivan Chan, over at Interior Voyeur, posted a photo of a chest of drawers he described as part card catalog, part Chinese apothecary cabinet.  Perhaps part […]

Wordless Wednesday: Piece in the Studio

Rainbow Piece Sign for a Quilter by Nutmeg Designs

Pencil Crayon Love: From Laurentians to Prismacolors

Prismacolors by Wayne Stratz

Due to the kindness of family birthday gift certificates, Stratoz broke open a box of 150 Prismacolors, and also did an inventory of the ones he already had, in various states of stubbiness. The smallest ones, often consisting mostly of the color name and nothing more, will go to the school with him for student […]

Red Dwarfs, Nanoparticles and the Colors of Glass: Guest Post by Michelle Francl-Donnay of Quantum Theology

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Today I am sharing blog space with Michelle Francl-Donnay.  Michelle found Stratoz’s blog, because she too was going to Wernersville Jesuit Center for a silent retreat.   I met Michelle  in 2008, when she came to one of our craft shows. She wanted to meet us, and ended up smitten with my Spiral Mandala, and […]

Wordless Wednesday: Say Grout!

Margaret in the Studio

  Finished mosaics after grouting. More Wordless Here.

A to Z Challenge 2012: G is for Grout & A Grout Monster

Grout is the mysterious element of making mosaics.  Grout can unite the pieces or make them stand apart.   The word Grout may come from the Old English “gruta” meaning coarse meal, a kind of porridge.  Grout fills in the spaces, as if a sustaining porridge, yet has no adhesive quality in and of itself.  Grout obscures the […]

Wordless Wednesday: Peace and Self-Control Remain

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Related: The Fruits of the Spirit:A Commission for a Wall of Mosaic Refreshing Roots and Bearing Fruit Over at Stratoz: The Fruits of the Spirit Emerge More Wordless Here.

Fruit of the Spirit: Refreshing the Roots and Bearing Fruit

Fruit of the Spirit in Polyester

When I wrote earlier about my Fruit of the Spirit Mobile that I painstakingly stitched from polyester double knit, my mother emailed this photo to me, as she has it hanging in her dining room.  I had forgotten how pleased I was with the pineapple of Goodness, and the plaid on a diagonal for texture!  […]

The Nutmeg Designs YouTube Channel: Mosaics and Stained Glass in Motion

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In our partnership of marriage and craft, it is good that one of us has some geek talent, and that Stratoz puts it to such good use.  Over Memorial Day weekend he took on iMovie and made 4 videos about our art, and created the Nutmeg Designs YouTube Channel.  I admire Stratoz’s ability to learn […]

A Sand and Sea Mosaic Mandala: Beach Colors and Exploring New Shores

I love it when someone challenges me to play with new colors!  A customer, who used to live in Pennsylvania, but now lives in Florida, described how her PA colors seemed too dark for her light filled, spacious rooms in her new home.  She is drawn to beach colors, aqua for the sea, sandy browns, […]

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