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Artist Interview with Anna Roberts

AnnaRobertsI love doing artist interviews because I meet so many interesting people and I learn more about their craft medium in the process.

Today on Serendipitini I’m featuring artist Anna Roberts.

Anna has always welcomed the challenges of life and different art mediums.  She received a BFA in printmaking from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  That marked the beginning of her interest in pattern and texture.  She was often more intrigued with the plates than the actual prints, so it’s natural that she began exploring sculptural mediums. She moved west to Colorado and worked for several years in a bronze foundry and studied with master stone carvers in the area. Since her return to the east coast she has been painting and exploring real and surreal subjects.

I asked Anna to choose a few of her pieces and tell us about the process involved in making them.


Pictured at left is a clay relief sculpture, Fern Fiddlehead.

“I made the original sculpture in an oil based non-drying clay. I then made a rubber mold with a plaster backing.  Rubber molds are great for capturing details and slight undercuts. When the mold was completed, I pressed natural clay into it.  I high fired the clay piece so that it would be suitable for indoor or outdoor use.  I attach a wire hanger on the back and then hand paint each piece individually. It is approximately 7″ square. These pieces are perfect for your porch, fence or garden shed!”

Here’s a link to the work on her etsy shop. https://www.etsy.com/listing/103681252/clay-relief-sculpture-fern-fiddlehead





At left is her painting, Trees in the Breeze.

“This was the second painting on my series of tree people paintings. I have always been inspired by the human form and the structure of trees. One day my tree people were born! This painting received special recognition in a landscape competition with the online gallery Light Space and Time. It is acrylic on canvas and measures 18″ x 24″. Whether I am working in two or three dimensions, my work is about pattern, texture and emotion.”


You can connect with Anna on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/annarobertsart


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Jewelry Giveaway from Alison Story Jewelry

alisonstorryjewelry-giveawayThis marks the first of many giveaways I plan to promote on Serendipitini including giveaways of my own handmade items.

Alison Story of Alison Story Jewelry is giving away a $30 gift card good in her jewelry story.  The contest ends September 30th.

Here’s a link to the jewelry giveaway  contest


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Crafty Saturday Show & Sell #36, Fall Colors

Show-and-Sell-250pixThis week for our Crafty Saturday link party we’ve doing a fall color theme. Any handmade artist is invited to participate. Before we start posting, here are my two top picks from last week’s Crafty Saturday.

TurtleEarringsSea Turtle Earrings by Bead Brilliant

These cute sea turtle earrings feature Swarovski fern green crystallized elements and cute sea turtle charms. They are lightweight and perfect for every-day enjoyment. They make a great gift for someone who loves turtles! The green beads capture the beautiful color of turtles. These earrings come in a cute organza bag ready for gifting. See our link for a matching turtle necklace below!

LENGTH: 2 & 1/4 inches total (ear wire to end of charm)

Abstract Windy Autumn Tree Decal by Miss Lindas Decals

Black Tree, Orange Flowers, Brown/Green Leaves.

Product created by “The Decal Workshop”, partners with Miss Linda’s Fancy Finds



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Wire Wrapped Beach Glass Earring Winner

E005aCongratulations to Caitlin Tieu the winner of this month’s handmade giveaway. Caitlin won the green wire wrapped beach glass earrings. The earrings are handcrafted by me from recycled glass similar to beach glass and wrapped with copper wire.

I plan on having a monthly giveaway so be sure and check back.




Crafty Saturday Show & Sell, #35

Show-and-Sell-250We don’t have a theme for this week’s Crafty Saturday but we are doing something new, inviting participates to create a treasury if possible and to share that link. Look for that info below. You find that link up below the two top picks from last week’s Crafty Saturday which I am am featuring this week.
Sead of Life Pendant
Sacred Geometry Seed of Life pendant by Wook Nook 13
Beautiful Seed of Life pendant sprinkled with small amethysts with a custom amethyst bail and set in 925 sterling silver. 
Chevron Hematite Bracelet with Copper Clasp by Blue Copper Jewelry Designs
Beautiful Seed of Life pendant sprinkled with small amethysts with a custom amethyst bail and set in 925 sterling silver. 

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Scratch Art Wild Horse on Recycled Canvas

horsescratchart2Horsescratchart3I recently acquired a bunch of used canvases. They went from being used for art, to being repurchased and covered with fabric to hang in a coffee shop as a music sound buffer so the sound wouldn’t reverberate, and then I acquired them after the coffee shop closed. I removed the fabric to find various conditions of canvas underneath. Some could easily be Gessoed over while others had assorted types of paper glued onto them. I pulled off as much debris as I could.

I applied a liberal layer of Gesso to this one. When it dried, I had a somewhat rough white canvas with a lot of texture. I wanted to do a scratch art design, in particular, a wild horse. I found a picture of a horse that I liked. I drew an enlarged outline of the horse on velum paper in pencil to serve as a pattern. In my mind’s eye I imagined trees and sun in the background and I wanted vibrant colors to show through. With this in mind, I painted acrylic paints on the canvas, with a 1″ flat brush. I chose bright blues, purples, oranges, golds and reds, blocking in patches of colors where I imagined the trees would be. Once I had the gesso covered in colored paint, I allowed this to dry.

Next, I sprayed the entire canvas with semi-gloss black paint. I made sure to do this outdoors. After that dried, I flipped my pencil drawing of the horse over and used white chalk to cover the design on the wrong side. Once I had a good coating of chalk on the back, I flipped the horse pattern right side up and placed it on my canvas, taping it in a few places with masking tape to hold it in place. Next, I used a stylis to trace over the lines of the horse. This gave me a faint white outline of the Horsescratcharthorse to work with. I didn’t trace the background but planned to do that freehand.

I wanted the lighter highlights of the horse to show through so I scraped more heavily in those areas, doing minimal scraping where I wanted the the most shadow. I began scraping by using a small awl which looks a lot like a miniature ice pick. I switched between that and an exacto knife which I wanted to scracp more heavily. When I finished with the horst for the most part, I began scraping my background.

Once all had this in, I still felt that the brighter highlights were too dim. In the past I have worked with colored pencil and I love the three-dimensional look they can provides. I use white pencil and some other pastels to bring out the clouds, mountains and add some pizzaz to the painting. I also cross-hatched in places for more effect and texture. I’ve included a close up so you can see the details on the horse’s head.

Here is a link to the painting in my Indiemade Shop


Crafty Saturday Show & Sell #34, “I Love Geometry”

Show-and-Sell-250pix Wecome back to Crafty Saturday Show and Sell. As always, you are invited to share links to your handmade items. This week we have a geometric theme.  I’ve chosen two top pick from last week.

feltowlLittle felt owl ornament by Studio Pars


Don’t feel like crafting yourself? Studio Pars’ shop also has  hand-made owls.

This little owl is made out of felt.
It is about 8 to 9 cm tall and hangs from a piece of ribbon.
It will look great hanging from you bag or keys, as decoration in your home or in a little while as an ornament for your Christmas tree. 





chevron pillowChevron Pillow by Creative Obsession

This decorative chevron pillow is made from upcycled jeans and has regular cotton for the back. The chevron print is fashionable and will go very nicely in your living, family room, or bedroom. Comfortable and cozy this pillow is perfect on your couch, sofa, or as decoration on your bed. The jean material is very versatile and will match easily with your decor. Choose from a barn red fabric with flowers or a navy blue cotton for the back of your chevron pillow. Options pictured in the 5th photo. Don’t forget to select your preference before ordering.

Measurements: 18 inches by 18 inches



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B008bA month or so ago, Ellen of The Chilly Dog invited me to participate in a creative reuse tutorial challenge. We were to each come up with a tutorial for making some sort of craft item from a material of our choice. I chose plastic and made wire wrapped leaf necklaces and earrings. If you missed it, here’s the tutorial, How to Make Beautiful Wire Wrapped Earrings from a Recycled Milk Jug. I am a huge fan of creative reuse because I hate waste and by reusing items, we help the environment. I incorporate recycled materials into my work whenever I can.

I got so fired up about reusing plastic I tried my hand at making something else. The result was these wire wrapped decoupage map bracelets.  It’s amazing what you can do with old maps, recycled plastic bottles, a little bit of Mod Podge and an electric carving knife. Here’s the  the tutorial

b007aI have these bracelets listed on my Indiemade store. Here are the direct links.

Wire Wrapped Decoupage Map Bracelet

Orange and Green Stripe Wire Wrapped Decoupage Map Bracelet


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Crafty Saturday Show & Sell #33


School started for some states. Here in NC we’re still waiting so kids are trying to pack in their last moments of fun. Last week’s Crafty Saturday had a school theme and we had some great submissions. I’m spotlighting two of my favorites. You can  participate in this week’s link party too. To help us get even more exposure I invite you to leave a comment on this blog as well. I can’t wait to see your new creations this week.  BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY EARRING GIVEAWAY.
Leather tote by May K0 Bags.
Beautiful tote bag, designed from italian soft leather in distressed
brown color, handmade by Mayko.
Mid size, fitting body proportions, It is durable, a great choice for a work or school bag, supple and strong with thick leather straps and long enough to fit comfortably over your shoulder, big enough to carry your daybook, an Ipad, cosmetic bag, cell phone aswell as many accessories.
Still Life Painting, Granny Smith Apple by Anna Robert Sart 
Great kitchen decor!

5 x 7 original acrylic painting on museum quality Gessobord

This painting has been varnished for protection


unframed, fits into a standard 5 x 7 frame, no glass needed

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Beach Glass Earring Giveaway

E005aBeach Glass Earring Giveaway. Enter to win these handmade wire wrapped beach glass earrings from Serendipitini. Made from recycled glass similar to beach glass. Wire wrapped with copper wire. Earrings measure 1 3/4″ long from top of earwires to bottom of glass. Silver plated earwires. $20 value.  Offer limited to U. S. residents.

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For additional chances to win, leave a comment with your email below on this blog.

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Contest ends 9/5/14


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