Thursday, August 27, 2009

Save $$ Now on Earrings!

My summer earring sale is coming to an end. There is still a chance to save 10% off any pair of earrings from now through August 31st. Get some early Holiday shopping done or treat yourself. Come and check out the great prices at AKrauseStudio!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bracelets & Rings - Such Wonderful Things!

A new line bracelets and rings will now be offered in my shop. More to come!

For details visit AKrauseStudio.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Conceptualization & Process

As mentioned in my previous posting, I have been working on a series of paintings that I like to call the Tweed Series. I wanted to share a bit about what goes on during the actual process of creating my paintings.

Of course, the very first stage of any painting is the conceptualization. I usually have a couple dozen ideas brewing in my head at any given time. And I always jot them down in my handy dandy sketchbook. Not only do I use it for my drawings but also for notes and inspirations as well as color and pattern swatches.

Pictured to the left is the initial sketch for my original Tweed painting. I started with the basic shape that I knew I wanted to work with and was able to lay out the design of the piece as a whole. Nothing fancy or special just your basic rough draft.

From there I was able to map out a color scheme and play with mixing my paints to get the right hues. And also transfer the image to my canvas panel.

Next comes the process of layering the acrylic to get just the right amount of opacity. I wanted some rich colors so I painted three or four layers.

The final steps to my process include touch ups and varnishing. Normally, for any other piece I would be thinking about presentation and framing. However, these will be left unframed so that the buyer may choose a frame that best suits their taste.

I hope you
enjoyed the summary of my process with this series. This is just a basic run through to give you a taste of some of the steps involved.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tweed Series

This original piece is titled "Tweed Mini."
It is part of my Tweed series that features these abstract organic forms that
I have fallen in love with.

For more pictures and details visit AKrauseStudio.

See other Tweed images here on my blog.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Things with Wings!

This new necklace is a must have for butterfly lovers. Adorn your neck with this beautiful butterfly and pink faceted teardrop!

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The mixture of sky blue teardrops and teeny tiny angel wings in these earrings are oh so heavenly!

Check them out at AKrauseStudio.

Team Jacob or Team Edward?

Attention Twilighters! Here is something special for you. This is my Twilight/New Moon inspired locket. It features a tiny antique black and red glass moon bead and a tiny heart shaped locket. Whether you're team Jacob or team Edward, you'll surely love this!

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Some New Goodies!

This is an original watercolor and ink illustration entitled, "Third Day." It was originally part of a "Creation" themed art show. It is a nice little piece that would be great in any home, office or studio space.

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These new little earrings are juicy and sweet! If you want to spice up your jewelry collection, then these babies will do the trick.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Black Rose - New!

Newest creation! Check it out at AKrauseStudio.

This necklace is simply stated and romantic. A single black teardrop hangs from a round rose bead. It is a little bit modern with a touch of vintage flair. A fusion of two great things! It would make a great gift for a loved one or a special treat for yourself.

Blog Giveaway

Nova Design is having an amazing giveaway on her blog. It is for a pair of beautiful flower earrings. Check it out.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Congratulations to my Contest Winner!!

Congratulations to Kristina of KT Paper Crafts for winning my earring giveaway contest!!

A big thank you to everyone who participated. Thank you for following, fanning, twittering, blogging and posting.

Check back for my next giveaway coming soon!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Photo of the Month - August

Nothing says fall is right around the corner better than some sunflower sprouts! These were my 6 year old's little flowers last summer. We didn't grow any this year but hopefully people in the neighborhood will have some pretty ones for us to admire!