Monday, January 21, 2019

You Are Loved-Wall Hanging-Imagine

I love making art with hearts, not because I because it the heart is such a fun shape to work with. So today I  am sharing my 'You Are Loved' Wall Hanging using Imagine goodies. I used a 6x6 inch Ampersand wooden cradled board because it absorbs the Walnut Ink nicely, making it look like wood stain (without the smell, and mess).  I made the heart out polymer clay, stamped the word with ink. Used fun chipboards to embellish-all which has been colored with pigment inks, Gold IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Check out my detailed tutorial at the Imagine Blog.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Heart Clay Bowl

Hello Makers!

In time for Valentine's Day, a heart shaped bowl. I made this clay using air dry stoneware clay.

Lately, I have been experimenting with different brands and types of clay. What can I say, I am a simply lover of all clays. To make this bowl, I used Amaco's Artists' Modeling Clay in white. It feels and behaves like ceramic clay, which is made of earthenware or stoneware. This clay is very strong. It is air dried and is not kiln fired.

Your pieces can take two days to two weeks to dry; depending on the size and thickness of your pieces. It's always wise to make your pieces hollow, just like you would ceramics. After my pieces completely dry, I put in the oven at 230 degrees F for about 30-45 mins , I feel that it makes the clay stronger. It does not bother the clay and it does not produce any fumes.

You can sand it or carve into when dry. I sanded this bowl, just a little, with fine sandpaper. Don't want to use sandpaper? You can smooth it out when dry by activating it with water. You can't reshape it though. However, if you smooth it enough when wet, there is no need to sand it. It may develop cracks once it dries. This is due to shrinkage, ceramics clay does the same. If this happens, just wet your finger and smooth it out. You're kinda burnishing it out.

When wet, you can stamp into it and use cutters and, if it's leather hard, you can carve designs (sgraffito). For this project , I used Makin's Clay mini heart cutter from the Makin's Clay Mini Geo set. I also textured it with Makin's Clay Texture Sheet, set F-Abstract sheet.

So to make this piece, I rolled out a slab (a flat sheet), then cut out the heart shape with a needle tool. Then I I cut out the mini hearts with the cutters and textured it. I then laid it down inside a real bowl. I let it dry for two days. Once it was completely dry, I put it in the oven for 30 mins-this step is optional.

Because the clay can be activated when wet; I highly recommend sealing it, with any kind of sealer (spray, polyurethane, varnish) before painting it. Brush on black acrylic paint, then brush on red acrylic paint. Do not paint the inside walls of the small heart with the red paint. I added a little bit of black paint with a fine paint brush along the outer edges of the little hearts and the bowl's edges. This adds dimension. Also, added red metallic wax, for added coolness. Finally sprayed it with Krylon Glossy sealer. Well, I hope you like my little heart shaped bowl.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Message in Bottle-Imagine

Hello Makers!

The idea of sending a message in a bottle has been around since 310 B.C. The Greek philosopher Theophrastus used to plop sealed bottles in the sea to prove that the Mediterranean was formed by the inflowing Atlantic. In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I of England believed that some bottles might contain secret messages sent home by British spies or fleet. As a result, she appointed an “Uncorker of Ocean Bottles”; making it a capital crime for anyone else to open one.

Today the idea of message in a bottle is more of fun romantic notion, thanks to literature and Hollywood movies. Show some love in a unique way with a  message in a bottle. The nice thing is that these days you don't have to send the bottle via the ocean. So it's safe to embellish the bottle like I have, using Imagine's StazOn Studio Glaze medium, and StazOn ink. Stamp your stamp a message on a ribbon.  Check out the tutorial on this on the Imagine Blog.

Friday, December 28, 2018

100 Day Project - Abstracts - Days 46-50

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 46-50. 

Day 46 Abstract

Day 47 Abstract

Day 48 Abstract 

Day 49 Abstract

Day 50 Abstract

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Groovy New Years Card

Hello Makers!

The new year is upon us. As you are finishing your holiday shopping and getting ready for the celebrations, don't forget to send you new year wishes. This card is quick and easy to make. This card is made using Imagine's Craft Sprays. Check out my quick tutorial on Imagine's blog

Monday, December 17, 2018

Little Red Dress Sculpture

My little red dress sculpture made using stoneware clay. She measures around 7 inches and is 4 inches at the widest point.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Tree Pendant

Hello Makers!

Christmas is around the corner. As we go about shopping for others, take a little break and make something whimsical and holiday themed for yourself to go with the nice threads that you will be wearing during the celebrations. How about a polymer clay Christmas Tree pendant. I made this pendant using black polymer clay and Makin's Clay tools; Geo Mini Cutters, and rolling cutters. Check out my quick tutorial below.

Polymer Clay
Makin's Clay: Ultimate Clay Machine, Geo Mini Cutters, Roller and Cutter Set
Baroque Gilders Paste: Patina, Silver
Silver Glass Glitter (any brand)
Judikins Diamond Glaze

Roll out two sheets of clay on the pasta machine to the fourth thickest setting or use a roller.

Cut out desired tree shape and size template by using a piece of cardboard. Place the template over the clay, using the template as a guide cut out the tree.

 Cut out the stars using the star shape from the Mini Geo cutter set.

Make the wavy lines on the trees by rolling the crinkly cutter across the tree. Don't press too hard or you'll end up cutting it.

 Place tree over the second sheet of clay and cut.
If using a bake clay, bake the clay according the manufacturers directions on the package or let if using air dry clay, allow the clay to air dry.

Before we put products, paint the tree with black gesso. This allows the products to better adhere. Rub on the Patina Gilders Paste on the tree and use the silver paste for the stars. Add a thin layer of Judikins Diamond glaze on the stars, then sprinkle the glass glitter. Add another layer of Judikins Diamond, filling the stars' cavity. Also add glaze to the star tree top. Let it dry, allow to glaze to dry for more than an hour. When wet it looks hazy and shows clear when dry. You can also color the tree with acrylic paints, mica powders, which you can use when the clay is baked or unbaked. Hope you enjoyed my project. Happy holidays!