About Debra Maerz

A mixed media artist and decorative artist, there is not a technique or surface that does not interest me! I should probably be a little more focused but diversity in mediums, surfaces and techniques has kept my interest and creative process expanding over the years. Never one to sit still after art school I dabbled in glass etching in commercial buildings and residential homes. Until the birth of my first child, which way laid my art endeavors for nearly eleven years and I stumbled upon decorative painting. A way to channel my creative yearning even though I was too exhausted to actually "think". Following others drawing patterns and painting instructions decorative painting satisfied my muse until my children were older and I had more energy to devote to my art. Now with an empty nest and the down turn in the economy I have so much more time to entertain my muse with all sorts of creative energy! So stay tuned you never know what you find posted in my blog or for sale in the Etsy shop!

The latest out of the studio …

Floral Fantasy 2aFloral Fantasy 1aFloral Fantasy is a new series that I have been working on and this is the first piece in this series.   The gourd, of course, was cleaned and cut out.  I always clean seal the interior of the gourd first because as I am doing that I am mentally designing the exterior. After the design was drawn on I began wood burning the design, applied the eggshell and added the small gourd for the top.  I used my new Dr. PH martin’s Bombay inks for the color-and I love those inks!

Floral Fantasy series 2abThe gourd on the left is the second in the Floral fantasy series.  Again, the gourd was cut and cleaned, inside sealed.  I wood burned the flower design and then decided to add an eggshell mosaic under the flower design, so that the entire bottom of the gourd was covered with the eggshell mosaic.  I painted the eggshell with a terra-cotta color and to me, at least, it looked like a terra-cotta clay pot that has tiny little cracks in it.  I once again used the Bombay inks for color on the flowers and leaves, and then added the sea grass rim with imitation sinew.  The addition of the sweet gum pods was the final touch, and I painted them with a purple glitter.  I just love the final result.

Turtle Necklace with beadsClass ProjectThe turtle necklace is an eggshell mosaic that I had in my Etsy shop and I also have a few in the Art and Antiques Gallery in Eau Galle.  The three necklaces are what I taught at the gourd meeting in July, and hopefully will be teaching again February at the state show which is held in Melbourne.

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When I can spend an entire afternoon doing nothing but working in my studio I am so happy !!  And that is what I did today I finished working on Christmas ornaments and some Santas .  Since I had started … Continue reading