Monday, April 29, 2019

Clay Ring Dish-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Today I have a clay and Imagine inks project. I made these ring dish using Activa Plus Clay and Imagine All-Purpose inks. Just love this clay; it's a fine, firm and easy to work with.  All-Purpose inks come in liquid form and is highly pigmented. It seeps into the clay nicely because the clay is porous. Check out my tutorial how to make these bowls and how to apply these inks on Imagine's blog.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Nature Diorama Pendants

Happy Earth Day!

Celebrating nature with captured nature in little diorama pendants. There is something so cool about creating a tiny world that we get to peek into. I made these necklaces with real preserved flowers, reindeer and Spanish moss, dandelion and real rocks. I have also embellished the outside with metal findings.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Graduation Card-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Graduation is coming! Don't forget to make a card for the grad in your life. Show him/her how proud you are. Check out this easy peasy, grungy grad card using Imagine's inks on the Imagine Blog.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Tree Zipper Sculpture

Hello Makers!

One of my favorite symbolic artifacts that I like to use in my art are zippers. I mainly been using zippers on my bottles; like my Lost for Words bottle, or Found Diamonds bottle, or Faces bottle. With one exception, I used a zipper on my Beginnings collage. This time I decided to use a zipper on my tree, in this sculpture I call 'Unbinding Nature'. 

A little about this piece. One day I was making one of my wire tree sculpture, a windblown tree and I was looking for reference photos and ran into an image of a tree that was split in half, it was hit by lighting. It was so cool looking...I do feel bad for the poor tree though. I wanted to explore nature through surreal, juxtaposed lens. I made this tree by using 28 yards of 16 gauge wire, plaster, paper mache, patina oxidation and real zipper.  

Friday, March 29, 2019

Birds of Feather Card

Have you heard of Imagine's newest inks? They are StazOn Pigment inks. They are truly a game changer. These inks behave like pigment inks, however, they are permanent like the original StazOn ink. They take details incredibly well. It works on just about any surface.

For this card, I used Dura-Lar film (it’s like vellum paper, but it's archival) to create a dimensional effect by stenciling bird images with the Peacock Feathers color of StazOn Pigment. I overlaid the stenciled film on a moonlit night background; also created with StazOn Pigment inks. It made for a great backdrop for the Peacock colored birds. Check out the tutorial on this and check StazOn Pigment inks.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Angelic Altered Bottle

Hello Makers!

Upcyling discarded items can be fun and inspirational. Bottles come in all shapes and sizes, each having a potential to become a work of art. For example this small men’s cologne bottle felt just right for my Angelic bottle. I used Canvas Corp Brands goodies; High Impact paints, Architextures wings and center adornment and 7gypsies skeleton key. Check out my tutorial.

Gesso the bottle. This will help the paint to better adhere.

Stencil the pattern with Liquitex Modeling paste.

Paint one layer of the White High Impact paint.

Paint one layer of the Aqua High Impact paint. 

Lightly sponge one layer of the white paint on the raised areas. 

Paint a layer of the black paint and wipe off the paint from the raised areas, ensuring to leave paint in the crevices.

Before adding the key and wings, seal the bottle, so that the paint does not scrape off. You can use  spray sealer like Krylon or 3M or use a water based varnish or polyurethane. Add the key and chain and glue on the wings.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Red Dress-Polymer Clay

Hello Makers!

Whenever you work with clay, any type of clay, you'll always have scraps. However, that does not have to be the end of your clay. Just reuse the clay. One way to reuse Makin’s Clay scraps is by placing them in a sealable bag; spray with water and let it soak for a couple of days. It turns into a thick paste that you use to sculpt relief type pieces. Check out how I made my sculptural red dress using this process by visiting the Makin's Clay Blog.