Jen Howell’s artsy ornaments add local flair to every tree

Original Ornaments

Your Christmas tree is more than a simple piece of holiday décor and this year your holiday spirt is going to shine through when you deck the halls with photojournalist-turned-alcohol artist Jen Howell’s handcrafted ornaments.

“My main focus is alcohol ink art. It is abstract and finding the flow of it calms my soul,” Jen says. “The only control I truly have over the inks is choosing the color combinations. But even then, when two colors collide together, they make other colors and textures. I let the ink and flow lead me.”

Jen creates canvas and ceramic artwork year-round, showing her work at the Lodi Community Art Center, pop-up events, farmers’ markets, and other local events. But this time of year, she turns her attention to ornaments: like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. “The idea of ornaments came from experiments on different surfaces,” Jen says. “My glass ink ornaments are beautiful and most have a wintery, soft feel. They’ve very delicate.”

Jen’s ornaments and other artwork are available on her website and she accepts commissions by email. Plus, workshops.

Deck the halls

Folk Art Ornaments, Acrylic on Wood, $10-$15

Glass Ink Ornaments, Alcohol Ink on Glass, $18-28

Abstract, Acrylic on Glass, $10-25

Acrylic on Bisque, $18

Gold Leaf on Glass, $22