Friday, November 22, 2013

Holiday Updates! 1859 Magazine, Holiday Craft Shows and Special Etsy Coupon Code

Welcome, readers of 1859 - Oregon's Magazine!  My Geometric Yellow and Green Mandala Record Clock is featured in their Holiday Gift Guide, and this blog address is listed there, so - greetings, anyone who came here via 1859!  I am so honored to have my item included with so many other great Oregon made products.

Check out the Ultimate Oregon Holiday Gift Guide.

And here's a special coupon code for my Etsy shop!  Get 20% off with the code GREENGIFTS at, now thru 12/15/13.

My business recently turned TEN YEARS OLD and I'm really excited to still be here and to be getting ready for my 11th holiday sales season.  Thank you to everyone who made it possible!

You can shop my items in person this year on Dec. 7 & 8 at the da Vinci Arts Fair (a benefit for the arts focus middle school that my son attended), and on Dec. 14 & 15 at the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale.  Please see my locations list for a complete list of stores and websites that carry my work.

Here's a peek at some new products - Hit Record Earrings in various colors of recycled vinyl record:

You can find these earrings in my Etsy shop or at Tender Loving Empire in downtown Portland and Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Space Needle in Seattle.

I also have a bunch of cute new vintage record clocks like this one titled "Sleigh Bells Ring":

As always, my shop is full of many offerings under $20 and even lots of stuff under $10. Be sure to check out these stocking stuffer ideas: vinyl record cuffs, mandala suncatchers, mandala window decals, and vinyl record guitar picks - don't forget the coupon code GREENGIFTS!

Since I don't update this blog very often anymore, you might want to follow me on facebook and instagram to keep up with all the latest Eye Pop Art news. 

Thank you again for your support over these last ten years. It has been an incredible journey so far and I am grateful!  Happy holidays - I hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mandalas at Hillsdale Art Supply Company (Class coming up this Sunday!)

There's a new art supply store in town, and it's run by none other than my friend (and one of my crafty heroes) Ryan McAbery of Littleput Books!  I'm so excited that she and a friend have partnered up to bring Portland's west side a much needed resource for unique art materials. They also buy and sell recycled art supplies - which is fantastic. Yay for small, independent businesses!

I recently taught a small all-ages mandala class at the Hillsdale Art Supply Company, and wanted to share some photos. Below is the mandala that I designed, and the rest of the pictures are of the students' work.  We had such a fun time!  (By the way, I am offering the class again THIS SUNDAY, June 16 from 2-4 pm.  Yes, that's Father's Day - bring dad for a fun and relaxing afternoon of drawing and painting!  More info here.)

Monday, April 15, 2013

The beat goes on with my new upcycled drum head mandalas

I'm excited to share a new product I'm working on.  This is a large hand painted mandala suncatcher made from an upcycled drum head!  It's a faux stained glass window!

I've been collecting drum heads from all the drummers in my life for some time now, and I'm finally inspired to go forward with the idea.  I'm feeling super inspired lately - maybe it was the amazing visit with one of my old best friends who stayed with me last weekend (she lives in England and we hadn't seen each other for 16 years) or maybe it was my recent session in a sensory deprivation tank at Float On...or maybe it's the fact that I'm going to be vending at Crafty Wonderland's spring sale on May 11 and I really need some new work for my booth!

At any rate, I'm going for it!

Above you see the clear drum head with my original design on it. I drew it with a black marker and then went over it with "liquid leading." That stuff is kind of a pain to use. You are supposed to squeeze it out so that it looks like actual leading. Unfortunately my hand doesn't like doing all that squeezing. It hurts - I've tried it on some of my small CD spacers that I use to make my regular Mandala Suncatchers and found it to be quite painful and unsatisfactory. The lines ended up looking kind of shaky anyway and I just couldn't make them perfect. This is one of the reasons why I never went on to do the drum head art that I'd been planning for so long - the experiments with clear CDs were too disappointing. 

So, this time around, I decided to draw it with a marker and then apply the leading over the top with a paintbrush.  This worked out just fine!

Above is a shot of what the liquid glass paint looks like when it is being laid down on the surface.  Obviously this is a plastic drum head, not glass, so I'm really not sure how different this is from actually painting on glass - but I found it pretty cool and fairly easy to work with.  The paint goes on really thick and puffy and opaque from a little squirt bottle - it flows like crazy, almost too fast, but I managed to control it.  As it dries, it becomes flat and clear.  I like it because it goes on fast, only needs one coat, and you don't have to go back and outline afterwards.

Whoa - I managed to get a little bit of BLUE SKY in this one!!!

(Close-up of the design)
I love my kitchen!

So, I am still in the process of working out this product idea.  I know that I need to figure out a way to make them hang-able, and I also need to get some more colors of paint!  I will be experimenting with adding hardware (perhaps a chain) so that it can be hung from a hook at the top of your window frame.  I hope to have a good selection of these for Crafty Wonderland and will be adding them to my Etsy shop too!

I'd love to hear what you think - please leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mandala Records at the Portland Jewish Academy

Last month, I had the pleasure of teaching a mandala workshop for kids at the Portland Jewish Academy in conjunction with their unit on upcycling.  Here are some photos of their beautiful creations!

Please contact me if you are interested in having me teach a workshop at your school!