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ColorSafeStudios is an evolving dream of mine. For a long time I was held back by the idea that there was one proper way to create art. A kind of "color inside the lines" thing. It intimidated me - I believed that there was only one way to use a tool- watercolor brushes were for watercolors, a canvas must be primed and well, must be made of canvas....You get the picture.

Then suddenly, and without warning, I realized that I was expressing ME, and there are no rules to dictate how I do that. If I gave a project all that I have, what I created could only be my truth. As I experimented I discovered how a misstep can be a wonderful accident. Without rules, there is freedom.

I have a degree in Art Education from the University of Colorado. I have extensive experience in the production side of the newspaper business. I have designed ads, pasted-up pages,…

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  • Joined January 7, 2009

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wood, wool, felt, cotton, vintage books, buttons, acrylic paint, vitage jewelry, game pieces

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About

ColorSafeStudios is an evolving dream of mine. For a long time I was held back by the idea that there was one proper way to create art. A kind of "color inside the lines" thing. It intimidated me - I believed that there was only one way to use a tool- watercolor brushes were for watercolors, a canvas must be primed and well, must be made of canvas....You get the picture.

Then suddenly, and without warning, I realized that I was expressing ME, and there are no rules to dictate how I do that. If I gave a project all that I have, what I created could only be my truth. As I experimented I discovered how a misstep can be a wonderful accident. Without rules, there is freedom.

I have a degree in Art Education from the University of Colorado. I have extensive experience in the production side of the newspaper business. I have designed ads, pasted-up pages, (yes, this was before it was all done on the computer) paginated the newspaper and managed the whole motley production crew.

I left the newspaper business and took a creative hiatus. As a new Mom I took care of my baby - but rarely made the space or time to take care of myself. I quietly tucked my creative energy away in the basement of my brain.

Ahhhh, but the ideas can only stay quiet for so long. About 5 years ago I was thrilled to enter the Industrial Design program at Metro Denver. The excitement and satisfaction of fine design had always been a passion. I jumped in with gusto but realized it would be an uphill road. I had recently remarried - with a new husband, a job, and 3 children, I was trying to crack into a field overrun with excellent, young, designers with nothing but time on their hands. After researching and finding how very few job opportunities there were in Denver I decided to let go of my designer dream.

The buzz remained. I still needed a place for my creative exhale. My mind began working overtime. I would stay awake nights thinking of new projects. I thought I might explode with ideas. I would come home at night and take over the kitchen with wild abandon. A drill here, paint there, a hot iron precariously perched atop the stairs. The house was bursting with my ideas. There were supplies jammed into every crick and cranny, I could no longer contain the art. The house was going to blow.

Enter, ColorSafeStudios. I found a place with room for all - the supplies and the ideas. An oasis bursting with possibilities. OK, truth be told it was my garage, but I travel a million miles away when I enter that creaky wooden door. There are no rules here. A place for me and, (if you are ever in the neighborhood,) for you, to get messy, to let go, to breathe. There is a satisfaction in looking at a completed piece and saying - "Wow, look what I did!" Good, bad, ugly you have something that wasn't there when you came in the room. There is great satisfaction in completion and accomplishment.

As I continue to experiment and push my limits I create things to share with you. It is what I must do - it is part of who I am now. Perhaps, some of these things will speak to you....perhaps not. Regardless, I hope that as you wander through Etsy, you encounter things (mine & other's) that move and inspire you to explore your own creativity.

The opposite of war is not peace, it is creation.

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