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Etsy update.

November 22, 2009

2009 Thanksgiving Update!

This month, give thanks for my hoarding tendencies! For I have more flea-market jewelry than I will ever wear, and more beads and other supplies than I’ll ever put to use! So look for some new-to-you items under the Destash section! 😀

Also, in regards to items I actually put effort into, I am now offering some of my felt-lined hollow books, plus a special blend of herbal tea that I hope you’ll all enjoy!

And as always, traditional and original pysanky, plus some diverting paintings to liven up the home!

Due to their fragile nature, eggs must ship Priority Mail. US and Canada only, for now. Paintings, jewelry and books go first class anywhere!

More items are always being added! Stay tuned, and thanks for looking! 🙂

Cor Ardens by corardens on Etsy.


First completed oil painting.

April 17, 2009

Neko Shrine

Oil on canvas panel, completed as an assignment for a beginning painting class I’m taking at West Valley College. Painting is the one field of art I have never felt sufficiently self-taught at, but with just a few paintings under my belt (in both acrylic and oil) I feel pretty competent so far.

Not laurels enough yet.

September 2, 2008

I’ve only been at writing pysanky for three years, I really hope the best isn’t behind me already. Maybe I’m just not inspired. Admittedly a lot of my favorite eggs are pretty unoriginal, being essentially fan art:

Figbash & Fantod Homage to Escher

This one arguably so, the subject being a friend and the egg itself a going-away prezzie to her:

Tempest On An Eggshell
(See Tempest’s own work at

This is about the only one that (IIRC) is completely original that I also love:

Swan Cameo Swan Cameo

Bah, insecurity. I’ll think of something new, eventually.

Back to the dye mines!

Currently favoring eggs over velvets.

August 30, 2008

I know I should really aim for honing my talent on my own terms rather than feeling pressed to monetize it so soon, but my invite to an upcoming festival has tempted me to convert my rather knickknacky notions into more wearable forms, since wearable art inevitably sells better:


Bobwhite egg earrings decorated in the pysanky style.  I ordered the eggs preblown from an ebay seller years ago, along with some finch eggs which are much smaller and more fragile and may in fact be functionally useless for this kind of thing.  Do it anyway, I guess.

First attempt at actual paint on velvet.

July 11, 2008



And photographed, with subject:

velvetpeach 001

You can zoom in really close on the first and see how matted the nap got with the acrylic paint. I either used too little or too much extender/retarder in an attempt to layer thin glazes of color. Note to self: lint roller first, and look into different brush types.

Also, I am 28 as of today. That is all.

First finished piece of black velvet art.

June 20, 2008


Medium used: oil pastels. Very easy to manipulate, but hard to achieve saturation on the same level as paint. This was scanned in rather than photographed so the brightness and contrast are much higher than life.