DIY Plein Air Pochade Box

For a class taught at the beautiful Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, I created an inexpensive pochade box for artists new to plein air painting. Those students received the conversion kit to transform a Hobby Lobby paint set into this wonderfully small and handy
paint-anywhere-anytime
pochade box. 

Download the free PDF with complete instructions, and supply list. Enjoy!

I hope it encourages you
to paint when you
least expect! 

A New Spin

It could be said that Spinner Rings have been the backbone of JOE’S Garages jewelry classes. Over the years there have been many basic styles, with countless opportunities on which to head into another design direction. My students and commission requests have been inventive and daring. Not everything became a reality, and many of my techniques have evolved.

I still use standard plumbing copper pipe as my go-to base. It’s always nice when this can be a recycled piece =] I have tried several ways of flaring. Currently I flare with a large dapping punch. The spinners have always supplied the most opportunity for design, but recently I have begun adding color through enameling. The flared shank is unusually stable and makes an excellent base for enameling, and the colors set off the spinners beautifully!

Here are a few of my favorites:

See also this Spinner story.