Friday, July 26, 2013

watercolour whimsy

Here's a snapshot of some pieces I've been working on between projects

watercolour and pen

watercolour and pencil



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Love Craft!

I wanted to let you know about an exciting new project brought to you by the lovely ladies at Sophia's Influence. Based in my hometown of
Preston, Lancashire, their new project is called Love Craft

Love Craft, Love Lancashire
You can find them in what was once the Curry's shop in the Fishergate Shopping Centre, where they will be bringing crafty goodness  to our fine city on the first Saturday of every month. Everything is made or sourced in Lancashire so make sure you don't miss out on this great opportunity to support local crafters and purchase some beautiful items from around the county. 

At Love Craft's next event on Saturday the 3rd of August they will be holding a raffle to raise money for Royal Preston Hospital's neonatal unit - if you would like to donate a prize or find out more information get in touch with Love Craft through their facebook page.




Sunday, July 14, 2013

etsy update!


Hello lovelies! Remember those sea worn tiles I was on about last time? Well here is my latest finished piece using these little Spanish treasures. 
I've painted the tiles with vivid hue watercolours in a drip design

then I triple glazed them with heavy duty jewellery glaze

the backs needed a little something, so I've decoupaged them using matching tissue paper and triple glazed those too

and finally I've attached this beautiful vine and leaf toggle clasp to keep it secure and gorgeous.
this necklace is for sale in my shop

             I've also been busy in the earring department. Here are a couple of my recent creations...

the mother nature earrings made with green acrylic leaf beads

and these lovely little danglers made with real turquoise.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sea Worn Tiles

A recent stop off in Almuñecar on Spain's Costa Tropical has left me with an abundance of beautiful sea worn tiles that I found scattered throughout the pebble beach . This new answer to sea glass has kept me busy for the last couple of weeks. Here are a few of my latest beach inspired creations. 




 I have left the tiles bare for this necklace. I love the natural smoothness left by time and the sea. I wonder where each tile came from and how long it took to wear them down.



                                                           



These white tiles gave me the perfect canvas for these small fossil drawings which mirror nature's influence and allude to the effect of time on all things, living and inanimate 






  I had fun with bright watercolours and natural dripping forms for these pendants. I finished them off with the same glaze I used for the fossil tiles and attached bails to make them into a necklace. It's almost finished. I'll post the final piece soon.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Spring Sweet Earrings

I'm excited to introduce to you the latest additions to my shop, these lovely dangle earrings for spring. 







They come in 3 colours, a deep and vibrant purple, pastel mint green and pale pastel baby pink. 
My favourite part about these earrings has got to be the larger speckled glass beads that remind me of  the jawbreaker sweets from back in the day.

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Another great thing about these earrings? They are only £4 a pair!  For an extra pound sterling I'll ship them anywhere in the world. There will only ever be 3 pairs of these bad boys so get them while you can.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Adventures With Mum: A Photographic Journey

And now for something completely different : a photo adventure

For the last few years, on an annual basis, my wonderful mum has whisked me off to a new and exciting location for a few days where we've spent our time adventuring mother-daughter style. Here is a selection of snapshots from our travels starting with Marrakesh, Morocco

poor, skinny donkeys carry people and stuff all over town
                                 
the edge of jamaa el fnaa, the main square

great place to go if you want a basket

no rug shopping for us..hand luggage only

we're not too comfortable with the whole venomous snake thing



Now lets hop back into Europe with a trip to rainy Bruges, Belgium
                                               
yeah, we're those tourists

view of the cathedral

one of the old canals

taken from a boat tour, just before the rain came


the weather gave us a great excuse to take shelter in a bar  and commence drinking 8% belgian beer for the rest of the day with these lovely folks
                                 
off we go for drunken fondue
                                     
next day: a quick stop into france to visit lille 

it looks like a classy blackpool


                  And finally our most recent adventure in Spain. The main event is Palma de Mallorca

again with the segways, it's just how we roll

keeping it classy with cocktails at abaco

mum being showered in rose petals. this happens everywhere she goes

these lovely ladies are our new buddies
                                 
Now back to Granada for a final, weird farewell

believe it or not, this was actually part of my husbands birthday present.
what a lucky guy

it gets better. here we are bringing a little lancashire to andalcuia


Next year it's Budapest or Istanbul. Lets hope they do a segway tour!
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Little Pictures

Hola ladies and gents. I hope this blog post finds you well. Here's an update of what I've been doing this week. I've been making lots and lots of little pictures on spare pieces of card I had lying around. They are all done in watercolour and pen 


 Here's a selection to give you an idea. Please excuse the photography, I was blinded by the intense sunlight     on the terrace so this whole photo shoot was done with streaming, squinting eyes.





So then I had this idea. What if, for a limited time, I paired my jewellery with these little works of art so that when you buy something from my shop, you also get a nice little original Grace Galdo watercolour as a bonus. The colours or theme of the painting would be in keeping with the style of the jewellery, making it a kind of creative combo for no extra cost. I really like the idea of people having a little painting along with their necklace/bracelet/earrings/whatever, because it gives them a better sense of  who created their jewellery and I love the thought of my art being owned by many people, even if it does mean giving it away for free!

I started playing around a bit with photos for my shop showing the paintings with their corresponding piece of jewellery to see how it would look. I'm still not 100% sold on these photos and they may never end up on my listings but hopefully this will give you an idea of what it is I'm getting at.





                                                                                                               
         What do you think? Does the idea of getting a little painting with your handmade jewellery entice you, or is it just going to end up gathering dust or being chucked in the bin? I'd love to hear your opinions.