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A Design a Day – Day 358 (Taking Inspiration From Nature: Gold and Diamond Link Bracelet)

When you design, paint or do anything creative, it sometimes helps to have outside inspiration.  I took this picture in Vermont recently and happened to glance at it when I sat down to do my design for the day:

Photo of buckets of flowers at a Vermont farm stand taken by Joana Miranda

Photo of Buckets of Flowers at a Vermont Farm Stand taken by Joana Miranda

Because I’m learning that it is important to incorporate “play” into your creative work (something I often forget or put off), I then “doodled” this sketch from my memory:

Pencil sketch of flower buckets by window by Joana Miranda

Pencil Sketch of Flower Buckets by Window by Joana Miranda

Even though I love flowers, what I enjoyed the most about doing the sketch above, was drawing in the knots of wood in the wall behind the flowers.  The lines of wood grain splitting and then closing again around the knots led me to isolate that motif; quite quickly, a concept for a bracelet emerged.  Here is the finished bracelet rendering:

Colored pencil and gouache gold circle and diamond bar bracelet rendering by Joana Miranda

Colored Pencil and Gouache Gold Circle and Diamond Bar Bracelet Rendering by Joana Miranda

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A Design a Day – Day 308 (After the Rain; Giving Thanks for Small Miracles)

Colored Pencil and Gouache Flower Link Bracelet Rendering by Joana Miranda

Colored Pencil and Gouache Flower Link Bracelet Rendering by Joana Miranda

We’ve gotten pounded with rain in the Midwest in the past few days.  As much as I grumbled last night at 4  a.m. when I went downstairs to vacuum up the small trickles of water I knew were collecting in the basement paint room, I AM grateful that we didn’t have any real water problem.  Many of my friends fared much worse, and for that I’m truly sorry.

On the plus side, probably everyone else’s gardens are looking even better than mine (which is in dire need of weeding).  My potted flowers have sprung back to life and are looking vibrant again. I’m reminded…

How lovely is the sun after rain, and how lovely is laughter after sorrow.

(Tunisian Proverb)

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A Design a Day – Day 201

How is it possible that my computer, loaded with anti-virus software and Webroot Anti-Spyware, is infected with a virus?

Do computers get the swine flu?

Here is a design taken from my files (yes, I back up my files regularly) since I can’t scan or do any photo-editing until I get my “baby” back:

Pencil and Gouache Geometric Diamond Cuff Bracelet Rendering by Joana Miranda

Two days without my computer is about my limit.  I’m looking at perhaps another two more…

Aack!

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A Design a Day – Day 198

I found an Easter bunny in our garden today…

That led me to work up some bunny sketches as inspiration for my Design a Day:

Bunny Sketches for Jewelry Inspiration by Joana Miranda

Just above, you can see how the outline of the bunny (bottom left) gave me the idea of mirroring this outline both horizontally and vertically to create a chain-link pattern.  The bunny ears morphed into part of a toggle clasp.

Here is the final result:

Colored Pencil and Gouache Onyx, Jade, and Diamond Bracelet Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

HAPPY EASTER!

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A Design a Day – Day 180

I’m not Irish

(not even distantly)

but I had some “luck of the Irish” today…


I got a hand-written congratulations note

from my state representative

(on a design award I won earlier this year)

who also thanked me for bringing beauty into this world.

Colored Pencil and Gouache "Luck of the Irish" Diamond and Emerald Bracelet Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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A Design a Day – Day 167

The bracelet I designed for today was inspired by the top I was wearing – a silk fine-gauge knit with black and white print interspersed with several red and fuchsia splashes of delicately sequined roses:

Pencil and Gouache Diamond Rose Bracelet Rendering on Vellum by Joana Miranda

The top has “bracelet” sleeves (3/4 length), so this design would be a smashing way to accessorize it.  For now, unfortunately, I’ll just have to dream since diamond bracelets are not likely to be coming my way anytime soon!

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A Design a Day – Day 72 (A Thanksgiving Week Tribute to Those I Love)

The final charm in my Thanksgiving series dedicated to those I love,  is my signature charm, a ladybug or “joaninha”.  I lead a charmed life in many ways (if you backtrack over the last 6 days, you’ll read why), so I felt like I deserved a place on the chain as well:

Watercolor and Gouache Gold, Diamond, and Garnet "Ladybug" Charm Rendering by Joana Miranda

The bracelet in its  entirety follows below:

Watercolor and Gouache Charm Bracelet Rendering with Seven Charms by Joana Miranda

The placement of each of these charms was not accidental.  Neither was the fact that I designed fully 3-dimensional charms.  I wanted the charms to be beautiful seen from whatever angle they fell when the bracelet was worn.  And, while my husband’s “Pisces” and my ladybug charms are stationed at opposite ends of the chain when the bracelet is open, when clasped together we are side by side again.

All my gratitude and thanks go to the friends, family and kindly strangers who have made such a difference in my life.

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A Design a Day – Day 71 (A Thanksgiving Week Tribute to Those I Love)

Today’s charm is dedicated to my soul-mate, my husband Andy:

Watercolor and Gouche Gold, Enamel, Amethyst, and Diamond "Pisces" Charm Rendering by Joana Miranda

I’ve naively wondered why my husband is a Pisces when he’d rather be eating meat than fish; furthermore, water, whether it be for swimming or showering, has to be precisely a certain temperature before he’ll even test it with his little toe.   Since he didn’t come with a manual when we got married, I’ve learned how to combine my sign (Taurus) with his somewhat by trial and error, the school of hard knocks, and lots of love (which has always been reciprocated equally.)  Today I researched Pisces for this post and had one of those “ah ha” moments.

Traditional Pisces traits are:

Imaginative and sensitive

Compassionate and kind

Selfless and unworldly

Intuitive and sympathetic

On the dark side…

Escapist and idealistic

Secretive and vague

Weak-willed and easily led

While I won’t reveal which of these traits jumps off the page at me most, I will say that my husband is one of the kindest, gentlest, and most compassionate creatures inhabiting my earth.

(If you are curious to read more about Pisces, please click here.)

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A Design a Day – Day 70 (A Thanksgiving Week Tribute to Those I Love)

This charm is dedicated to my father, Gil, who also happens to be celebrating his birthday today.  I designed the charm as a top since my Dad has a fabulous collection of spinning top toys:

Watercolor and Gouache Gold, Enamel, and Diamond "Top" Rendering by Joana Miranda

My father, who often comes across as very serious (degrees in law and music, a European upbringing, and years spent teaching as a professor in academia certainly foster that image), has a very impish side as well.  He has played his share of practical jokes on his family, and I never tire of hearing of the funny escapades he had with his Portuguese nephews and nieces when they were little.

One of my favorite stories?

One summer when the family was traveling to the south of Portugal to vacation, he stationed each little nephew and niece at one of the windows in the train compartment.  When the train rolled into the stations along the way, he coached them all to yell out the windows to each other (in Portuguese), “Oh no! you spilled the wine!”, “Pass the chicken!”, and other such rowdy comments.   Like this, he insured that the family had the entire train compartment to themselves for the trip!

Happy Birthday!

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A Design a Day – Day 68 (A Thanksgiving Week Tribute to Those I Love)

Today’s charm is dedicated to my sister, Marta:

Watercolor and Gouache Enamel, Diamond, and Gold "Earth" Charm by Joana Miranda

My sister has traveled the world, seems to survive any difficult situation she encounters, has an uncanny knack for picking up not only the customs but the specific accents of different regions, and is fluent in three languages.  Some people say we look like twins; others, that they can’t tell that we’re even sisters.   The way I see it, she is a uniquely beautiful, intelligent and very special person.

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