Winter Wonderland January 2017

We have had terrible winter storms here in Bend, Oregon since Christmas.  We kept thinking "this is it" every day but it never was and it got to the point of real concern.  We had to have our house / garage roof shoveled, many stores were closed in town, roads were thick layers of ice, and in the ground snow we had 3 layers of  snow and ice....the ice layers about 2 1/2" with a couple of feet of snow between like a bit marshmallow sandwich....  It "IS" beautiful so my camera has been busy and here are a few of the ones which are my favorite.   Notice the landscape image of upside down trees in the water drop at the end of the icicle.... the snow falling from the trees as it warmed up a bit today, and the snow by our house nearly roof high from having the roof snow removed.

Stamped Precious Metal Clay Jewelry by Laurie Matthews


The artist is Laurie Matthews and she is a seller on ETSY.   Check out her little jewelry shop at

And you can find the stamps she used at

Laurie used:  Ginkgo Biloba, Fairy Tale, Mega Jungle Love, Persian Rug, After the Rain and Tribal Zentangle stamps for the pieces shown.  

BEAUTIFUL pieces.  My favorite is the Fairy Tale one. 


The high desert of Bend Oregon.

Our "storm" has provided me a LOT of inside time and I have loved it.  Something to blame and enjoyment to be had.

I have been busy painting,  Reading m Visual Journaling in preparation of some self exploroation with images,  thinking about some mixed media pieces, working with the rubber stamps I sell and polymer clay, designing some new jewelry using antlers, gemstones, handmade lamp work, etc. and another new  book on Looming /  Weaving and checking over the mid sized loom I purchased for myself given to myself from Santa.  Gathering weaving materials from my "stash" and looking forward and loving the anticipation of "STARTING" some new and totally different pathways.
I love doing things I love.

I am SOOOOO glad that 2016 is nearly over.  It has emotionally, physically,  and spiritually, been a nightmare and hopefully I am waking up and on my way to understanding and having some balance in my day to day life.  My Mom always told me that life was "your hell" and with what this year has been like I really have to agree with her.

So I "anticipate" 2017 and KNOW that it is most definitely going to be a "better year" than last.  New starts, new journeys, new endings, learning experiences, etc.

So for those who check in periodically.......Happy Holidays.  A healthy, prosperous, New Year and blessings each and every day.


Lampwork Bead Bracelet Helpers and Magnifying Glasses

These pieces require larger hole beads to fit onto the "blank rod surface".  I love both of the items and use them on a regular basis.  The bracelet helper is a real gem.....but so is the magnifying glass when you can't see that REAL small print that is so stupid for us older people.   Time to scour my stash for more beads......which are handmade by various artists from US and overseas.

Antler Tip Design Jewelry

I love things that are different so when I saw these antler tips for sale...I knew that I wanted to design jewelry using them and it has been so much fun......except for the smell of drilling into bone....  The necklace focals in the bottom picture are made using larger handmade lamp work focal beads (glass) by various artists and now I have to design the rest .....  I am really enjoying these winter days.


Harry Potter Fan
How about the GILMORE GIRLS?
Dr Who?
Rustic Items?
Beer conisuer?
Supernatural fan?


Wooden / Wood

Artisan Designed by Michelle
Handmade by Chris



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Rubber stamps and buttons...........

NEW Rubber Stamps

I just rec'd notification that there are 40 new rubber stamps being released.  Here are my favorite 2 from the top 11 stamps I have just listed in my Etsy site.  These stamps are 2 x 4 and are WONDERFUL......  laser cut, clean, clear, and perform better than even you can imagine.  Check out my site at to see the first batch.   More to come.

Natures Bounty

I was walking in the vacant field beside our house picking up "natures leftovers" and pinecones when I came across several different patches of these little mushrooms.  It is so convenient having a phone with a camera for occasions like this......  Happy Fall.......

PutnamRenderings on Etsy

I have FINALLY decided I HAD to open another Etsy shop where I will be selling my handmade, hand painted, mixed media, and who knows what else Items.....  The boutique I had planned to participate in has been cancelled so I have "STOCK"...  All of my items are one of a kind....I don't do duplicates.  An item may be similar to another but it will not be identical when it comes to jewelry or hand painted items.  I have "started" to list and I will continue to list and add until I get everything on.

If you have time,,,,please go check my shoppe out......

Rain Drops

           Nothing can dampen autumn color..

Bear Paw Necklaces

I just finished making 3 bear claw mens' necklaces (Hand carved by an Etsy vendor using deer antler tips) for Christmas gifts.  The one on the far left is done and I will either sell or be inspired to give as a gift to someone.   They were fun and worked up quickly......  hope the recipients like them.

Check out: for these and other hand carved beauties......

Pine Cone Decoration

This is the Christmas pine cone decoration I have been working on.  I am about to add some more 
of "something".......  I have snow flakes,  silver big flaked glitter, ....  I am just not sure what but it just doesn't look "done".   This is a "test" piece so now is the time to look for other "things" that will give it the bling I want........the next one could and probably totally different.  See how pretty the down side areas of the pine cones are?  Triangular shaped darkness....they are so gorgeous this year.  In the middle of the piece is a simple bundle of pine needles wired together...
More of a natural nature ....  Wonder if I have any red glitter........  

Spiritual Orgonite Jewelry

I recently began making what is called Orgonite Pendant Jewelry.

They are inspired by the research of Dr. Wilhelm Reich.  According to Dr. Reich, orgonite is a healing device made from resin, metal and crystals, which converts negative or stagnant bioelectrical energy into positive energy.

They are a spiritual healing tool.

The resin in orgonite shrinks during the curing process, permanently squeezing the crystal(s) inside which creates a well known piezoelectric effect inside the crystal , meaning it becomes polarized electrically.  This apparently causes it to function more effectively as a positive energy generator.

Anyone wanting to know more about his research, organites, orgones, etc. can do so simply by goggling orgonite.

My pendants are made using ground crystals,  metal,  and resin inside a high quality metal pendant focal.  

Anyone wanting to know more about orgonite, organ,  Dr. Wilhelm Reich's research, the spirituality aspect, etc. can do so by googling orgonite and reading the various articles which are available.  


This years pine cones are plentiful as well as beautifully shaped and the color is gorgeous.  We have about 85 pines on our property and a vacant lot next to us so I have been out "gathering" natures bounty.  We are to have high winds tonight so I am expecting by the weekend I will be able to gather an amount greater than 100 more.

I am going to try selling some large priority boxes of them on my Etsy site (25 per box) and the last photo shows a photo of a holiday piece for on a door, or to hang somewhere that is inspiration for pieces I want to make for Christmas gifts....  Mine are going to be 3 pinecones, ribbon, bells, etc. and I
 just purchased my supplies to begin the creative
process......  IF they turn out I will post photos in a future post....

Maybe the last photo will also inspire others to create their own nature gifts...which I estimate to run about $6.00 apiece,( per each 3 pine cone decoration)  depending on the "add ons" used and the purchase prices.   I purchased my embellishments  where I got 40% off each item purchased....  The single pine cone decoration shown below was selling for $7.99 apiece so if I was going to sell a 3 piece decoration my price would be a minimum of $21.00.  Buying my pinecones ..... the cost is about $1.10 each.

Cascade Mountain Range Sunset

Copyright Diana Putnam 2016

A friend sent me a photo from the Prineville, Oregon area of a sunset taken with a cell phone and texted it on to me........naturally I had to paint it and this long thin hand wrapped portrait grade canvas boards was perfect to catch just what was sent........  I used Liquitex Soft Body Paints and Dynasty Decorative Series brushes......

 I am pleased with the results.....and would have loved to have seen this firsthand.

"Fall of My Dreams" Acrylic Painting

copyright:  2016 Diana Putnam 

I just finished this acrylic painting using a landscape photo for inspiration.  I don't do a line drawing.
I paint free hand which allows me more creativity and I play with colors as I go but do have my favorite palette colors ...   They vary depending on the season I am painting....or hope I am painting.
I never know how the painting with turn out when I start so it is a fun little journey as I travel through the design as it develops....

I love fall, water, fog,  oranges and reds, trees, flowers and skies.....  It is so much fun to do an atmospheric painting and "feel" as well as see;  with depth instead of just a flat design on a canvas.

SIZE:                8" x 10"

SURFACE:      Custom portrait grade hand wrapped canvas board

PAINTS:          Liquitex Soft Body Professional Grade Acrylic Paints

BRUSHES:     Dynasty Speciality Brushes

SPECIAL EFFECTS:  Glamour Dust Paint "for sparkle"

Polymer Clay Tile Bracelet and Ring

Playing with the rubber stamps I sell on Etsy.........  I wanted the tiles to look like an ancient dig find....  Used white clay, Paynes Grey paint, and then sanded.....  I used my pistol grip Dremel that my sister got me years ago....and is no longer made.  Big Mistake Dremel..... I love mine because it is so comfortable and easy to use.   Found an extra ring blank so not I have a "set" and may think about doing a necklace as I still have tiles with this design left.    It turned out like I wanted......

Wire Bend, Twist and Mold

I have found that I really enjoy wire sculpture and have done a couple.  This one is "in process".  I have chosen a wood tray  and this one will be dimensional but more flat than 3D.... I think.  It seems that as I play things sometimes change during the journey. 

Wire allows me to go within....and there is really no thought process just a doing process.  My hands move, the wire bends and I just allow...  Right now I have used some silver mesh and have fashioned a mesh curtain valance with pleats and tiny billows as if there is a breeze.  It is "ouch-y" to work with.

The material backdrop I don't think will be my final choice.... and I think a trip to Hobby Lobby or JoAnnes to browse the material section might be on my agenda....

My original idea and where I seem to be going with the wire focal piece is a tree with roots ........ and maybe along the way I will discover the connection to me.

Hole in the Wall Mural

One of the projects I am working on is the mural in my studio that has been waiting for me for a good 3 years....  I just didn't know what I was going to do..... but it is now working up quickly and I am enjoying the journey.....  Hopefully I will finish it up this holiday weekend....  My ladder, brushes, and paints await me.  I have to do the highlighting on the pine tree.... and the last photo shows the closeup of the clouds which is what I worked on last to enhance.

I LOVE CLOUDS, and TREES, and ATMOSPHERE........  Note that some of the coral base coat that was on the wall kinda shows through the white adding an unexpected touch of color to my sky that looks really nice..... Neat happening.

Spirit Dolls / Polymer Clay

Last night I finished up the 2 Spirit Dolls that I had started.  I used 2 different rubber stamps that I sell on Etsy (Seashell and Forest Floor).   I am anxious to make more so later today I will  go through my stock and see what else would work up into a doll.  Half of the fun is looking for the stamp that speaks to me and then finding embellishments... chosing the color, etc. and laying out in work preparation.  I have a stamp called "Nails" that might work up really neat for a Male Spirit doll....hmmmm.  A steampunk Gear Stamp that might be neat completed,  and A Chinese Writing stamp for some Oriental flair.... we are limited only by our lack of imagination.

Spirit of the Ocean has Sea Urchin shells for arms which I purchased at Florence, Oregon when I took a "me" sabbatical  and the dangles are Tierra Cast Ocean charms from:


The center is a handmade glass lamp work bead that has an eye in what looks like a seashell in browns and greens that I love.  I used the manicurist tool I have written about here on my blog to drill the holes, and a face mold for the faces.

Spirit of the Forext has arms that are real pebbles which I order predrilled.  The leg dangles on this one are Moonstone Czech beads and square silver beads from "stash".

These are so relaxing to create.......  I love them.

Marry Your Muse by Jan Phillips

A friend gave me this book to read and it is UNBELIEVABLY FANTASTIC and a must read for anyone who is creative, thinks they are creative, or wants to be creative.  I began reading it last night and only quit because my eyes would no longer focus....and I went to sleep thinking about what I had read.   it created such a warm, fuzzy feeling of contentment and peace as she identified feelings that were familiar to me as I create "whatevers"....   I have so many areas of art that move me .... bring me joy .... etc.  and an appreciation of what others do.  She is an amazing writer who is able to convey what I know is truly felt from deep inside her creative soul.  

I have an Amazon Echo so I went into my Audible account and it is also available there for purchase.....   My Echo is in my studio and I love being read to as I loose myself in my artistic endeavors........

I GUARANTEE you will NOT be disappointed in this book and will devour it in total pleasure.

Ancient People Fineline Rubber Stamp

This is a brand new rubber stamp that is 6" x 9" called Ancient People fine line that I really like.  (It is also available in a continuos rollable).    I am anxious to give the design a try on a piece of polymer clay jewelry.

 I am working on a couple of altered art Spirit dolls ---
"Ocean" and "Forest Floor"... using 2 other rubber stamps.   When they are done I will post photos....they are laid out the way I "THINK" that I want them but I just NEVER know how they will finish until they are finished.  Artist play is so fun.

Manicure Electric Tool

This is one of my favorite tools....and found at probably every manicurists table.....  Mine came with a box full of attachments and I can even add some small drill bits to mine that I borrow from my husband......  It is especially useful when I am working with polymer clay and cement.....  Drills my holes for jewelry, buffs for a nice shine, sands edges and imperfections..... and nice fat easy grip tool...  I just used it last night and went "wow, I really like this tool....."  I purchased mine off of Amazon and cool it is pink.....

Perfect Hand Lettering with Deli Paper Courtesy of Kari McKnight Holbrook

I sell deli paper in my easy shoppe and it has been selling like hotcakes and I thought I would share one of the artists' ways of working with this versatile "out of the box" supply.    Right now I only sell one size but it comes in several .....   I am anxious to give this technique a try....  I don't know about you but I have SEVERAL different small quotes that would be awesome on a canvas, with some type of background color to make things really POP........

So enjoy.

What's so great about Deli Paper?

Deli Paper is the hottest non-art art supply going right now.

It stands up to liquid media.  Paint, ink, gel medium, etc.  You can use deli paper as a palette and you can print and write on it too.  Either way, the liquid stays put, it isn't waxed, so the liquid won't bead up.

Deli paper is stiffer than tissue paper, but still pliable.  When you stamp, print, or roll excess paint onto deli paper, it doesn't collapse and stick to itself.  It pretty much stays in a nice, flat sheet that you can use later.

Gel medium turns deli paper transparent.  After you've painted, printed, lettered, etc. on the deli paper and it's dry, you can glue it to a background with gel medium and the papers will "disappear" leaving just the image or design visible.

To me, the very best use of deli paper is for adding lettering or a sketch to a background.  Who among us hasn't carefully added letters,  a name,  a quotes, etc.  to a piece of art only to discover a misspelling or you really wish you'd placed the words a little to the right, or whatever?

You can avoid mistakes like these by using deli paper.  I learned this letter trick from Kari McKnight-Holbrook via her video tutorial, Backgrounds to Bindings, Beautiful Handmade Books and Art Journals.

1.  Draw your sketch or write out your quote onto a sheet of deli paper.
2.  When you have everything just as you want it, cut or tear sound the quote or image and place it on your background.  Move the paper around so you can decide exactly where you want it.
3.  Spread a thin coat of gel medium onto the background and place the deli paper on it, smoothing it out over the medium.

Now you have perfect lettering in the perfect place, brought to you by the miracle of deli paper.

These bottom two photos with the quotes show the technique.  I hand tore around the quote and then used gloss Gel Medium (Matisse, because this is what I had) and adhered it using the above method to a canvas purchased at JoAnnes.  I am going to try the same technique again and try hand painting the background first....  I used a Micron pen on the deli paper and got NO SMEARING, or
BLEEDING.....  I also want to try it on colored card stock.  I am definitely pleased wit the result....especially because writing on canvas directly is BUMPY and this way with deli paper it looks so much more professional....

I don't like it a bit on a painted background but I think I am REALLY going to like the effect inside a
greeting card.......and instead of "tearing" I am going to use decorative scissors (that cut with a design) or one of the Edger punches you can buy......THAT I think will look really nice and with the different colored Micron pens we can choose the ink color.....  My cards are down on my work table and will be so much fun to "play" with.....

New Painting



PHOTO #4.  


I originally painted this landscape design  4" x 4" and my son in law asked for a larger version so this is a  24" x 36" canvas.  If you scroll down to prior posts you will see the original small finished piece.

Because of the canvas size there will be some modifications in this piece.  When painting freehand and mixing colors it is nearly impossible to duplicate....

I have the entire foreground to complete, water enhancements, more trees, some additional highlighting and shading, etc.  I am never quite sure how the finished piece will look and although I begin with an idea of where I am going there are always things that change....which is the fun of a painting journey.

As usual Liquitex Soft Body Paints,  Dynasty brushes;  but the canvas is from JoAnnes which was on sale for 50% off and a real deal...  This is the largest canvas piece I have ever done although I have completed several wall murals in the past.  A white canvas; for some reason is intimidating.

I have numbered the photos in the order of the painting progression.

I am hoping to have the piece finished by the beginning of next week.


Freezing fog on a pine tree bough.