Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Little Something Yellow!

One afternoon, I was watering my flowers and knocked the head of one of the flowers straight off, clean cut! My daughter immediately decided we needed to place the flower into water so it wouldn't die. So humoring her, I decided to look for something small, besides the usual paper cup, to hold the yellow flower head. After a little searching, I came across the green shot glass. Perfect! I placed it on the window sill above the sink to get a little sun and figured it would probably die in a few days, but it made my girl happy so why not.

Well a week later it's still hanging in there, and it gave me an idea. I was just watching this past Tuesday's Design Star, and one of the camera challenges inspired me. One of the contestant suggested bringing the outdoors in, by placing greenery into a clear glass lamp for color and interest. So I took her advice, did a little more searching within my cupboards and found some unused margarita glasses, cut the rest of the yellow flowers I had that were in full bloom and arrange them on my kitchen sill. What a cute little center piece to look at when I do the dishes, throughout the day.

I have also noticed a pattern, lately I have centered a lot of my post around flowers. Now i don't have a very green thumb. It's a very seasonal thumb and a short season at that, but it seems my mother's love for flowers has been passed onto me and I can't help but admire them and use them for inspiration. I hope you enjoy the floral photos throughout the summer as I design, create and share my inspirations.

Still working on the design layout of cork pieces on the red wicker charger and hope next to figure out how to cut the corks into their 1/2 inch pieces without cutting off any digits.

Don't forget, all of you with the love of the countryside, there is still a wall hanging up for sale at Jolene Marie Designs.

Design with you soon!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"Corkful" Charger

As I start my next project I go through a process that helps me brainstorm ideas and put some of my computer and art design skills to use.

First off, there are a lot of measurements of material, and doodles. 

Then depending on my project: PICTURES!

Some for inspiration, others to document the process of development from raw materials to the finished transformation. And of course, pictures for my blog. Colorful visuals are always wonderful when reading a little story.

For this project I am working with a table setting Charger, that is red and wicker; great texture and love the worn look. Along with a number of wine bottle corks. We have collected the corks over the past year and was about to throw them away when I had a brainstorm to re-purpose or even up-cycle them into something new. So into a bag they went for storage until I had a moment to create.

Now that the time as arrived to create something with the wine bottle corks, I measured a number of them, in diameter and length. With the right number of original corks, I can triple the number of cork pieces by cutting them into thirds with each piece now being around 1/2 inch wide, hoping to create a shape or cluster on top of the charger for some visual depth and contrast.

I've used the measurements, placed them into the computer and created some spec images to get a feel for what the final project "could" look like without having to actually cut up the corks, and arranging and rearranging these little pieces hundreds of times. This way I wouldn't lose a good design by trying something different and not being able to return to the first design. Great time saver!

After an hour and a half of brainstorming designs, I am not so sure if the computer rendition is depicting what the final design could look like, by not being able to really see the depth and texture of the material on the computer. It has helped me work out some of the layout concepts roaming around in my head but I'm still a ways away from a final design to glue in place.

On a side note, I realized that most of the wineries we drink from use the same style corks; the lengths of the corks to their diameters, were very close. The diameters only shifted in size by 1to 2 sixteenths of an inch and the lengths were either 1 13/16s or 1 1/2 inches. So either these are standard sizes or we drink a lot of the same type of wines; whites and blushes with occasional reds. 
Thank you Barefoot, Charles Shaw, Edna Valley, Camelot and Beringer for the inspiration.

So I continue back to the black board, and might have to cut the material into life size pieces and start arranging them to see what this new wall decor piece could actually turn out to be. Wish me luck!

Don't forget to keep an eye on my new "Jolene Marie" Online store to see what new design becomes available next.

Have a great week! The first day of Summer is right around the corner, go soak up some rays

Friday, June 8, 2012

Backdrops of texture

I finally bought my annual "Spring Potted Flowers" for my little back yard!

Once planted the colors always inspire me as an artist and graphic designer. Each plant is so vibrant in color and so different in texture, I must photograph them and work the images into wonderful backdrops for my next projects or designing adventures.


The  great thing about advertisements, post cards, greeting cards, banners, signs and such, is that they all need either a gorgeous background or a lively focal point to draw in the eye and grab the attention of the customer. Things like nature: flowers, trees, wood, leaves and water, are all great elements to use in the background of an ad or post card. There's plenty of color and texture to give contrast to the text that is to be placed on the page.

With an open mind and great photography, the simplest lines in a leaf, or the layers in a rose bud can give life to that much needed background, for the most spectacular piece of business literature.

Never limit your visions, for the most unexpected photo could have the biggest possibilities!

Have a moment? Take a look at my newest home decor design. The link is just to the right below some of my favorite websites and blogs, Hand Made Artist - Jolene Marie.

New Home Decor ideas brewing daily: wine corks, a red wicker charger, bottle caps and fabrics... just a few of the elements I'm working with in my newest concepts. Can't wait to give you updates on their progress!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fences in Spring

Its official, the country inspired wall hanging is complete, and up for sale!

"Fences in Spring"

The canvases are painted, the photos printed, the "bling" has been added. The shop to buy this fun wall hanging is up and running.

Visit my new little online shop, "Jolene Marie Designs", at this great website  or click on the link on the right hand side of my blog that shows this wall hanging on display.

I can't wait to add more wonderful wall hangings and home decor elements to my store, for all to enjoy. Many new ideas and designs are starting to show up on my workstation, its only a matter of time before I have them ready for you to add to your home.

So please be patient, for creativity is not always quick (especially with two little girls in the house) and keep a look out as I update you and send teasers out of what is to come!

Have a great First week of June!
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