Servus, dear visitor!

Servus and a warm welcome to my other "Von Pappe" blog.

Edit 1: I have been thinking about this for quite some time now and have come to the decision to change this blog into a more personal one - more of a kind of diary of someone who struggles with Hashimoto thyroid disease (and therefore sometimes also depression) and also often with trying to be an artist (which both takes quite a lot of courage I found - especially when you lack self confidence ;).

Sometimes I feel I need to write down thoughts, ideas, plans or goals - just to make them "count" or more "real" for myself in a way. So what you will find in this place are traces of my personal journey towards feeling healthier again (after also having been diagnosed with borreliosis more recently) and also more confident as a creative.

I have also decided to keep this blog - though being quite personal - set to "public" in the hope that others who struggle, too and read my blog, feel less alone on their "journeys".

So if you choose to read posts on here you may well read about feelings and thoughts that are usually not being shared out there in crafty blogland and on facebook and all the other social platforms, where we all want to feel surrounded by shiny, happy people only to feel good and not be reminded of our own sorrows and struggles (which I totally understand to be honest).

Edit 2: After more consideration I have also decided to disable the commenting function, so no one needs to feel pressed to leave a comment, as some of my posts may seem as if I was "fishing for words of encouragement" I found...which definitely is the least I want for my wonderful creative friends out there, who care, to feel like!
I know you care - and for that I feel blessed and thankful! *

Please, know that I am fine. I just - like everybody else - have (harder) times when I am wearing the "darker glasses" and when I question everything and everyone and especially myself...and I also have times - and these are by far the majority - when it is just the usual artist's struggle...or real life struggle...or simply having gotten up on the wrong side of my bed....nothing exceptional. Just life.

Take care! XXX

PS: in case you want to contact me, do so via email under

* a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who have left uplifting comments on here in the past! I've loved them all and always will. xxx

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Altered Art Encaustic Jewellery

As by now all the necklaces have reached their new homes (as I gave/sent them to some dear friends for Christmas) I can finally share some pictures of them with you.

I adore the encaustic art and workshops of Shari Replogle from Plays With Paper and have done two of her online workshops so far and loved them!
So when I recently found some old wooden and ebony dominoes at a flea market I knew immediately what I was going to use them for!

And as I feel a bit lonesome, useless and cut off today this might be a good time to write a post on my "more serious" art blog (as I love to call it). Do you know this feeling (well, I guess everyone knows and encounters it from time to time) when you question everything you do and have done so far? When you doubt that anything you make or have made has ever made an impact or been important to anyone else than yourself? And even if you know that these feelings might be caused by something as simple as PMS or fatigue, you just can't help it?

Well - obviously it is one of these days for me today and instead of endless sitting in front of my laptop and waiting for something coming my virtual way to distract me (or simulate that I am "in touch" with the world out there (or at least someone)) it might be better to stop waiting (as you know exactly that you are in a kind of "freeze mode" and the only one who can help you out of it is yourself) and act.

So here are some images of the encaustic pendants and I loved making them! They are rather small and I worked on two at a time - so I could add colour or detail to one while the other was cooling.

The first pair is made of wooden dominoes and I used bees wax that had some Dammar resin added to make it harder and more durable.

Colour was added by brushing on Pan Pastels and working them into the stamped in texture.

The second pair was made of two smaller ebony dominoes and I used some guilding flakes underneath which shows through at the edges mainly.

The hanging was made of a small piece of linen ribbon which was fixed to the domino with the hot wax. Once it had cooled down it turned into a stable loop I could attach some jump rings to.

I also used some crackle paint underneath the wax and some old book pages I had glued on to give the wax some tooth to hold on to.

To finish the pieces off I applied hints of guilding wax around the edges to add a little delicate sheen and highlight the beautiful textures.

I so enjoyed playing around and creating these! I hope you like them too!