Monday, November 20, 2017

Autumn Leaf Pendant - Makin's Clay

Hello Makers!

Today I bring you a fun, stylish and quick project. Although, Fall (my fav season) is on the verge of being over and winter is coming (lol! yes I like Game of Thrones), I still enjoy wearing my Autumn Leaf pendant made using Makin's Clay®  Autumn Leaves mold and black clay. I have also embellished with wire wrapped bronze pearls.

To make the pendant simply push the clay into the mold, cut out the leaf with a precision knife. Let it cure for 24 hours. Once cured, rub Celtic Bronze Gilder's Paste on the raised surfaces, embellish with findings or beads and hang on a brownish leather cord.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Power Struggle Assemblage

Hello Makers!

I am so excited to be selected as a Guest Creative Guide over at Vintage Journey, where this month's theme is Mini Marvels. The goal is to create art pieces no bigger than 4 in. x 4 in. This is up my wheelhouse; I love to create small...and create assemblages. How cool is this? I call this piece  "Power Struggle".

I used a Tim Holtz box, found objects, metal and chipboard embellishments, polymer clay, and Milk paint. To learn more about this project and to take a peek at what the rest of the Vintage Journey folk's Mini Marvels, visit them at Vintage Journey.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Autumn Leaves Collage - Makin's Clay

Hello Makers!

Fall is my favorite time of the year. As the matter of fact, yesterday I went on my annual foliage watch at Skyline in the Shenandoah Mountains, VA. Really enjoy the stunning views.

Makin's Clay® has a new clay mold out; Autumn Leaves, which  I love so much that I made three projects using them, will post my other projects.  For this project I made a collage using ephemera paper and fibers and used the leaves as an accent. You will find the instructions on how to make this project on the Makin's Clay blog.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bound By Society's Rules Assemblage Art Exhibit

Hello Makers!

So proud to announce that my "Bound by Society's Rules" Assemblage was accepted into the "This is America" art exhibit at the Gallery Underground Arlington, VA, near Washington DC; Nov 27th - Dec 29th 2017.  Additionally, my piece was selected to be part of their promotional materials, see postcard images below.

A little bit of a background on this piece. This piece was inspired by the debacle between Senators Elizabeth Warren and Mitch McConnell during the Sen. Sessions Confirmation hearings earlier this year. While Sen. Warren was speaking, Sen. McConnell tried to get her to stop talking by using an obscure senate rule. I believe, that Sen. McConnell might of found her speech too critical. Funny, both parties do that to each other all the time, part of the game. During this time, he uttered those famous words "Nevertheless, she persisted", and like they say, the rest is history.

This incident got me thinking how we have a double standard on how women and men should behave. We don't want women to talk too much, for it's annoying. We blame them when they don't speak up enough. If they are assertive, they are seen as aggressive, rather than pro active. Even a slight smile could tilt opinions, even decisions. For instance, if you smile too much, you might look like you flirting. You don't smile enough, so they ask you to smile more, so that you won't seem like prude. That's just society norms; then there are many unfair legal laws, rules, regulations, you name it; another story with the same double standard theme. For now, I just wanted to make my little statement, the way Sen. Warren did. I hope you like my art piece.

Front of the postcard

Back of the postcard


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

One Heart Sculpture in Art Show

Hello Makers!

So excited to announce that my little piece "One Heart" will be part of the River Oaks Square Arts Center Alexandria, LA 2017 5x5x5 Art Show, Nov 17 - Feb 10 2018.

Friday, October 27, 2017

La Llorona-Weeping Ghost Clay Pendant

Hello Makers!

Halloween is around the corner and soon those tricksters will be at your door asking for their treat, you will get tricked or scared, or something like that. Scary things don't only happen on Halloween.

Most cultures have some kind scary folklore or story that have been passed down many generations, that never ceases to scare. For  instance, in Latin America, there exist La Llorona, or the Weeping Ghost. She's roam the earth looking for her dead children and is said she's always crying and screams "where are my children" and causes destruction to the living nearby.

Today I decided to make my own version of the La Llorona in the form of  Makin's Clay® pendant. I used  Makin's Clay® Earth Tone clay. I added a little bit of color using acrylics; Raw Umber and White and Blue Mica Powder. I hope you enjoy my little Llorona pendant.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

One Heart Sculpture

Hello Makers!

Lately I have been into figure sculpting with clay. You probably saw my first sign of this on my Dress Sculpture post. I made this piece using FIMO Soft white Polymer Clay. I colored this piece using Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts products: VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Inks, Southwest 4-pack, Black Staz-On, Brilliance Moonlight White and Galaxy Gold, All-Purpose Ink -Vintage Wine and used Sponge Daubers, and Imagine Brushstix to apply the inks.

The project measures 5 inches in height and about 2.5 in. wide. I used a cotton ball, wire and aluminum foil for the armature. I sculpted and baked (cured) the armature first (kinda of the skeletal frame). During this phase, I carved out the window or niche. It's easier when the clay is raw and you can carve through the aluminum armature as well.  After baking, I sculpted the face, body, hair, window, bricks using clay tools. I then baked it again. 

I painted the entire piece with Gesso; this helps the inks and acrylic paint to adhere to the clay.  I then painted the face using peach acrylic paint. I antiqued the piece using Raw Umber acrylic paint by wiping off the high points and allowing the paint to remain in the crevices. This helps the give dimension.

I painted the piece using VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Inks colors with my fingers, sponge daubers and for the small areas, such as the face, I used the Brushstix. For the hair, body, and eyelids I used the VersaMagic Gingerbread color ink. For the lips and bricks I used VersaMagic Red Brick  For the heart I used All-Purpose Ink -Vintage Wine, Red Brick and Black Staz-One for the outline. I used the Brilliance Gold and White in conjunction with the Gingerbread color on the body.  Colored the window using VersaMagic Torquoise Gem ink. 

Always make sure to seal your project. I personally like using Satin Polyurethane, Sculpey's Satin Sealer or Preserve Your Memories (PMY) II.   

I hope you enjoyed my little sculpture.

Some stepout pictures

All the products I used for my piece.

The Brushstix are detailed sponge tools, perfect for painting small details such as teeny tiny lips on my sculpture. 

The Chalk inks can be brushed on with your fingers, make  up sponge or small daubers. The ink will not stain your fingers. You can easily wipe the ink off with a paper towel or baby wipe.

The All-Purpose Ink come in a small plastic bottle. It can be applied to an ink pad. For my purpose I used a small brush to paint my heart. 

I wanted to add dimension to the heart. After coloring the heart with the Vintage Wine and Red Brick inks  I added a black outline with a Brushtix and black Staz-On ink.