Personal Note From Tonya
Happy Friday! I hope you are having a great fall. It finally dropped out of the high 90's here in Arizona, but I'm holding my breath wondering if these temps will stick. So grateful that the a/c hasn't been on for two days. Yay!
I am not Jewish but very much enjoyed an article by Michael Berg, co-Director of The Kabbalah Centre. Gwyneth Paltrow shared the article with her readers of her blog last week and I thought it would resonate with you as well.
Rosh Hashanah gets it's name from the "head" (Rosh) or beginning of the Year (Hashanah). It is the beginning of the lunar calendar year and a time to "seed" the coming year.
"The seed of a tree, even before it is planted, holds within it all the potential that the tree will become. It will take time even after the seed is planted for the tree to manifest its complete growth and potential," said Berg. He goes on to say if you plant an apple tree you aren't going to get oranges from it.
So it's really important to know what you are planting, to manifest these desires and hopes with a positive and loving intention, and to to sow it fully.
"Rosh Hashanah is meant to assist in planting the right and best seeds for the blessings that we want and will need in the coming year."
A beautiful idea no matter what religion or theory you practice, or what two days you pick out of the year. Why not set aside two days in your life to stop the "busyiness" of life and work to draw on the energy of renewal for the important areas of your life!
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New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy
I have been an independent artist, teacher and author for over 15 years, and in that time I have seen artists burst onto the teaching scene, flourish for a few years and then fade away, I have seen artists with some amazing designs dazzle us for awhile and then stop producing, and I have seen bead stores open and close with the unforgiving turns in our economy. The trick for the artist and teacher is "how to reinvent yourself" every couple of years and the trick for the store owner is to keep the inventory fresh, interesting and up-to-date with the current trends and styles.
To be able stand the test of time and remain relevant in this industry is no easy task. I came to know Whole Lotta Whimsy about 5 years ago and I have watched this company flourish through the best and the most trying of times. It is a testament to the visionary and insightful nature of its owner and Tonya's desire to never rest on her laurels and let the status quo ever remain.
Over the last 4-1/2 years I have been honored to call Tonya friend, mentor and the "go-to-know-it-all-guru" that can always get me jump started. She has a way of getting through your blocks and right to the heart of what is stifling my creativity and/or motivation. She does not pull or hold back from an honest critique and will be the first to parse an accomplishment. This is a rare quality in life and one that I try to emulate daily.
- Anne Mitchell
FEATURE ARTICLE - 5 of Our Most Popular Tools and Why
The last ezine feature 5 Great Tips for Working With Metal Clay. It got such great response, that I thought I'd showcase 5 of our most popular items, why you'd want to use them (in case you haven't tried them).
1) Photopolymer Plates (PPP)
Many thanks to Maggie Bergman for showing our industry this fantastic tool!
Photopolymer plates allow you to make your own custom textures or stamps. You can make one in about 10 minutes with your initials, logo, special texture you designed, clip art (copyright free designs of course), etc.
It's a low per item cost of about $1.70 for a 2" square piece of material.
You will need a small amount of startup items (glass sandwich, UV light, nail scrubbing brush) which will cost you about $45 total and can be used for about 40-60 applications before needing nominal maintenance (bulb change).
Why the PPP over the clear ImagePac material?
?PPP is a harder material and will not move, ghost or squish when trying to make an image in your clay. It's going to be the same thickness throughout after exposure where the liquid sachets often are not. It is not sticky after the final cure compared to the gel clear photopolymer. It is less expensive. It can be used in a hydraulic press to imprint foil for enameling and will take high temperature applications.
We even have a complimentary 10 minute video showing you how to do it from start to finish.
2) Syringe Keepers
These inexpensive .20 items are one of our best sellers. They are great for your bench or for travel to keep the syringe from drying out once you open it.
Put water in it, use your craft knife to make the top hole just a little bigger if needed, and then insert your syringe.
There are other items that also do the same job if you want to pay $14.80 more, but why not spend that on more tools. A set of 4 of these upright in a coffee cup will work just as well.
3) Watertight Containers
These containers have been our best sellers for about 8 years strong. Why? They will keep just about any material moist for years. Nothing leaks out of them when they are full of water either.
When I taught I would take all the syringe tips and throw them in one of these with water and they traveled perfectly even if they turned upside down etc.
Perfect size for clay, paste, paint, and more for only .90 each!
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Teacher, mentor, artist and founder of The Artful Success Program, Tonya Davidson helps artists take their techniques and business skills to the next level. As the CEO and founder of Whole Lotta Whimsy she has passionately empowered artists to live creatively from the inside out. Her ezine goes out to over 11,000 subscribers. Create the life you love by subscribing to her eZine at http://www.wholelottawhimsy.com/wo/content/newsletter. Be sure to check out her blog at www.tonyadavidson.com for complimentary tutorials and articles.