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Gayle Dowell

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Growing up as a child, I wondered wooded paths looking for rocks to pocket, flowers to pick, and other natural finds to tote home. Not much has changed. I still wonder wooded paths, prairies, and open fields looking for prairie plants to cast in metal, flowers to paint and other natural elements to inspire my art and jewelry making. Come follow me on the paths that I take. I hope that you've brought a backpack for all that we will find along the way...

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  • Improving Drawing Skills for Jewelry Designers
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    Improving Drawing Skills for Jewelry Designers

    2 days ago

    Designing jewelry requires some knowledge of drawing. This is a book review on a great book, Draw Better, to help with basic drawing skills using a technical drawing approach.

  • Lettering in Art Journals
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    Lettering in Art Journals

    2 years ago

    Adding lettering to an art journal can be as creative as the art work on the page. What to write may come easily, but sometimes how to write it is a harder task. Get creative ideas in this article.

  • Adding Patina to Metal Jewelry
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    Adding Patina to Metal Jewelry

    2 years ago

    Adding color to metal jewelry has never been easier. This article explains different ways that jewelry artists can bring color into their metal jewelry designs for some unique looks.

  • Best Supplies for Art Journals
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    Best Supplies for Art Journals

    3 months ago

    What are the "have to have" supplies for art journaling? Here are my top picks that I constantly use whenever I journal. This list would be a great basic supply list for those who are just starting!

  • Prairie Grass and Wildflower Jewelry by Gayle Dowell
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    Prairie Grass and Wildflower Jewelry by Gayle Dowell

    2 days ago

    I live in the heart of the beautiful prairies of Kansas. I'm Gayle Dowell and I design jewelry that uses the grasses and flowers of the prairie. My goal is for people to see the beauty of prairie.

  • Derwent Inktense Blocks for Paper or Fabric
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    Derwent Inktense Blocks for Paper or Fabric

    7 months ago

    Derwent Inktense blocks are a great artist medium. I use them for art, art journaling, and for art on fabric. It is a very versatile tool for artists of all skill levels. More information is listed.

  • Art Journal Prompts
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    Art Journal Prompts

    7 months ago

    Keeping an art journal can be a fun way to record life events and daily activities. This article gives ideas on what to write as well as how to write in an art journal. New ideas are added regularly.

  • Recycled Glass Earring Tutorial
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    Recycled Glass Earring Tutorial

    2 months ago

    Making your own glass cabochon by recycling glass and old glass beads can make way for new ideas and inspiration in making jewelry. Read my tutorial for more information.

  • Painting with Watercolor
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    Painting with Watercolor

    2 months ago

    When I first started watercolor painting, I got frustrated with my results. It was only after practice and some helpful tips from other artists that my love for watercolor grew along with my skills.

  • How to Make Jewelry Head Pins and Ear Wires
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    How to Make Jewelry Head Pins and Ear Wires

    4 months ago

    Making balled headpins and ear wires is a very easy jewelry making technique. My tutorial shown here will get you making your own in no time!

  • Making Molds from Nature
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    Making Molds from Nature

    2 years ago

    This is a review of molding compounds and how well they pick up detail in grasses and flowers. It also includes a tutorial on how to use these compounds to make molds that can be used for metal clay.

  • How to Soldered Glass Art Jewelry
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    How to Soldered Glass Art Jewelry

    3 months ago

    A tutorial on how to use a soldering iron to create soldered glass art pendants for jewelry making. An easy step-by-step guide that will get anyone making this type jewelry in no time.

  • Jewelry Poll, Determining Jewelry Trends
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    Jewelry Poll, Determining Jewelry Trends

    2 years ago

    Take this informative jewelry poll and discover today's trend in jewelry. Are you a jewelry designer? You may be interested in seeing these results.

  • Best Jewelry Making Suppliers and Tutorials
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    Best Jewelry Making Suppliers and Tutorials

    24 months ago

    Purchasing supplies for jewelry making can be a daunting task if you are not familiar with reputable online suppliers or tutorials. I share my experiences with both suppliers and tutorials here.

  • How to Paint Dark Watercolor Backgrounds
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    How to Paint Dark Watercolor Backgrounds

    21 months ago

    Need to paint a dark background in watercolor? Need help in achieving depth or luminosity in your painting. This tutorial is my step-by-step process for creating both dark and luminous backgrounds.

  • How to Create Altered Books
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    How to Create Altered Books

    2 years ago

    Altered books are a fun way to do art. I use them as art journals to record my thoughts, creative ideas, and daily events. This is a tutorial on how I use altered books for art journaling.

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