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Spotlight:  Morena Hockley

Morena really caught the crafting bug when she and her husband were stationed in Japan. She took several Japanese craft classes and fell in love with washi crafts. Between trips to Japanese craft stores and the unbelievable 100 Yen stores, she was never short on inspiration or supplies.

Two years ago, when she started refashioning and upcycling things, Morena really found her passion for crafting. She started sharing her projects on Facebook, and friends started asking how she made things. Encouraged by this she began regularly posting tutorials.

So excited that her projects have been so well received, Morena is honored to be able to share with this great online crafting community that she has learned so much from. You can follow Morena’s blogs and posts at: www.morenascorner.com

How did you get started painting?
I can’t remember when I wasn’t crafting. My dad was an awesome DIYer and my mom is a professional seamstress, so I was involved in many of their projects. As an elementary school teacher, I incorporated crafts into as many lessons as possible.

I really caught the crafting bug when my husband and I were stationed in Japan. I took several Japanese craft classes and fell in love with washi crafts. Between trips to Japanese craft stores (amazing places!) and the unbelievable 100 Yen stores, I was never short on inspiration or supplies.

It was when we bought our house two years ago and I started refashioning and upcycling things that I found my passion. I started sharing some of my projects on Facebook, and friends started asking how I made things. I was encouraged by this and began regularly posting tutorials. I’m tickled that my projects have been so well received, and I’m honored to be able to share with this great online crafting community that I’ve learned so much from!

What type of painting do you do?
I’m a general crafter. I enjoy turning thrifted or dollar store items into knock-offs. I love it when I see an item in a store or catalog and manage to recreate it in my own style!

What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge comes from the fact that I am a “big picture” person and not terribly detail-oriented in the planning stages. Once I have an idea, I am so excited that I will rush into it and figure it out as I go along. This means that I often don’t have something that I need or that I measure incorrectly. It usually forces me to be creative and find a solution, but it also causes me to lose a lot of time!

When did you start using DecoArt products?
I’ve been using DecoArt’s crafter’s acrylic paints for as long as I’ve been crafting, so that would be over 20 years! I love the range of colors available and the incredible coverage.

What impact do DecoArt’s products have on your work/life?
DecoArt’s products allow me to recreate almost anything I want to. I’m not a jeweler or a potter, but DecoArt’s finishes and paints allow me to create faux metallic and ceramic finishes. I can truly unleash my creativity because I’m not limited when I have products like texture pastes and metallic glazes at my disposal.

How long have you been a member of the Blogger Outreach Program?
I’ve been a member of the program for a little over four months, and I still feel like I need to pinch myself because I must be dreaming. It’s a huge honor to be a part of this incredible program.

What has been your best and brightest moment as a blogger?
Last summer my license plate art piece won the second week of DecoArt’s Summer of Americana contest. That was one of my first major wins as a crafter, and it came at a point when my confidence was wavering. To have my work recognized by a group of crafters who I admire greatly was incredibly validating.

What’s your favorite DecoArt product?
This question is like asking me to pick a favorite child. Ha! Currently, I am crazy about the various textures, especially the crackle paintable texture. I love that I can start with an inexpensive base, like recycled glass or cardboard, and transform it into something completely different with the texture paste.

What has been your greatest success, so far?
My greatest success thus far is being invited to write for other successful blogs. I am a member of the design team at Crafts Unleashed and am a contributing writer at Dollar Store Crafts. They have allowed me to realize my dream of crafting as a career.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself as a craft instructor and regular contributor to major blogs and craft publications. I love to craft and I love to teach, so I plan to continue on this path that I’ve just begun.

Who is your favorite artist, and why?
There are several mixed media artists who I admire, but my favorite would have to be Giuseppina “Josie” Cirincione. Her book, Collage Lost and Found, inspired me to move from card making into mixed media. I absolutely love her style, which mixes funky vintage images with Italian culture and language.

Contact information:
Website: Morena’s Corner
Email: morenascorner@gmail.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MorenasCorner
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/morenita
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MorenasCorner