Hello! My name is Carol Blackhurst. My journey to becoming an artist and jewelry maker has been a long, strange road.
I have always been artistic and considered majoring in Art in college, but I needed a degree I could use to find a well-paying job. So, I majored in Computer Science and had a lovely 30 year a career in the IT industry. Alas, mounting issues with battling Fibromyalgia made it impossible for me to continue in my chosen field and I gave up that career 6 years ago.
About 15 years ago, I went with a friend to a 3-hour One-Stroke painting class. We came away with an adorable paper wastebasket adorned with daisies and butterflies. We had so much fun we decided to take a few more classes. Donna Dewberry, the creator of One-Stroke began to host a convention here in Orlando. At one such convention in 2005, I took a little demo class in watercolors. Eureka! Where had these been all my life?
Over the past 12 years, I have developed my own watercolor techniques. I definitely do not painted watercolors properly, but I do what works for me. I focus on animal and flower studies. I joined a small non-profit cooperative gallery in 2010.
Etsy has been where my art has taken root. I joined Etsy in 2011, but it took 2 years for me to get the courage to list anything of my own. My first sale came in less than a week – a magnet featuring our basset hound, Sophie.
A DIY TV program demonstrated uses for shrink plastic – like Shrinky Dinks when I was a kid. I wondered if I could print on shrink plastic and use it as jewelry. That experiment was a dismal failure. It took many months of experimenting with different ideas before I finally landed on the process I use today. My Etsy shop now offers a large variety of jewelry items including: flower pendants & earrings, pet pendants & earrings, cufflinks, tie bars, clips & tacks, kitchy jewelry and more.
Check back with my blog as I offer more musings on my art and my Etsy shop!