Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Silver Clay Pendant

Hello Makers!

I have quick share today. I've made this polymer clay pendant; surface treated it with silver embossing powder from Imagine. Learn to make this by visiting the Imagine blog.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Bowls - Imagine Inks and Souffle Clay

Hello Makers,

Did you know you can use inks you use in paper crafting on polymer clay. You can color and stamp with inks into your clay projects. Specifically, I find pigment and solvent inks work best on polymer clay. Stamp ink while the clay is raw or after it has been baked (cured).  It is very important to heat set the ink so that it does not smear. You can heat set when baking the clay. If you add ink on cured clay, throw your clay project back in the oven heat set for about 10 mins. You can also heat set with a heating tool. For this project, I create three different bowls using Sculpey Souffle clay with Imagine's VesaMagic Dew Drop and StazOn inks and demonstrate several techniques when using inks. Visit Imagine's blog site for detailed instructions. Hope I pique your interest and give these projects a try.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Beneath the Truth Assemblage

I am so ecstatic to be part of the Rhode Island Art League "Parsing Sign and Image" Art Exhibit. The show runs Sep 14, 2018 through Dec 1, 2018; with a reception Sep 27 5:30-8 pm . This goal of this exhibit is to consider the influence of letters, text, signs and language. 

My piece is an assemblage piece I call "Beneath the Truth". Inspired by our current state of affairs. We get so much information from in different forms; television, government, social media, newsprint, court transcripts, websites. We tend to believe what we read and take it at face value, but should we? 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Fire Dress Sculpture

The summer is almost over in most of the United States. Thank goodness, it's been freakishly hot. But all hot things aren't so bad. Like depicting hot themes in art. First, it does not burn, second it's a fun way to express yourself as I did with my fire theme dress sculpture I call "Fire Within". This dress measure around 11 inches in length and 7 inches at the widest point. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

100 Day Project - Abstracts - Days 36-40

Still on my 100 Day Project Journey. I am attempting to make 100 abstracts. Not sure how long this project is going take me. I have now completed days 36-40. 

Day 36 Abstract

Day 37 Abstract

Day 38 Abstract

Day 39 Abstract

Day 40 Abstract

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Terra Cotta Bowl-Makin's Clay

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I have a quick share for you today. A Makin's Clay bowl using the Terra Cotta colored clay and Texture Sheet, Set H.

For this project I used the entire clay that comes in the 17.6 ounce package. I conditioned the clay with the Makin's Clay roller and rolled out a sheet of clay about 1/4 inch thick. I then textured the clay by placing the texture sheet over the clay and firmly running the roller over it. I cut the edges in an uneven fashion.

I cured the bowl for 24 hours draped over a real bowl so that it takes the shape of the bowl. I then turned it over and let the other side for another 24 hours.

Because I wanted to add dark paint into the crevices only, I sealed the clay with a Satin Polyurethane Sealer. This clay tends to be porous, therefore, the paint stains it too much if it is not sealed. The fact that is porous is great if you want to paint or add inks. Or you might prefer a more stained look. For my purposes though, I just wanted to get into the crevices.

I brushed Art Minds Slate Wax, then wiped it off with a dry paper towel; the wax is thick and a little gooey. The dry paper towels helps to this gets a lot of wax off. I then used a baby wipes, it gets even more paint off it. For some reason, the baby wipes takes wax off fast and efficiently, just not a lot at a time. It's design for wood, probably, its consistency helps to get into the wood efficiently. I like it because it has a soft finish. I then sealed the bowl again with Satin Polyurethane Sealer. As a final touch I manually drilled some holes with a drill bit and weaved hemp string.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Clock Theme Card-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Today I have a fun and quick card to share. This clock theme card was using Imagine's Java Walnut Ink and Metallic Gold Creative medium. I love how the metallic gold looks against that rich, earthly looking Java colored Walnut Ink. It really makes the clocks standout. Visit Imagine's blog to learn how to make this card.