Friday, October 13, 2017

Faux Ceramic Woven Clay Bowl

Hello Makers!

I recently went to a gallery to look at an all clay exhibit. There were ceramic bowls, sculptures and even painting using a bas relief technique. There was one artist that made huge somewhat abstract mechanical, industrial shapes; gears, tracks from a tank. All of the pieces were made out of various types of earthenware clay. The pieces all looked like genuine worn out metal...pretty cool, I thought.

Seeing this exhibit, got me thinking about how how polymer clay is so diverse; you can make just about anything look faux with this great medium. So I decided to make my own faux ceramic bowl.

I made this blue weave bowl using  Makin's Clay®; an air dry, no bake clay. I used clay, acrylic paint Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Extruder® for the strips, boy was it ever so nice to use for this project; no need to manually cut the strips. To learn more about how to make this piece, check out the Makin's Clay® Blog.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bronze Dress Clay Sculpture

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I have great and exciting news. I will be in my first Art Gallery Exhibit. I will be part of biennial Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA ThinkSmall 9! Exhibit Oct 27th through Dec 17th. In this exhibit, the art is 3 inches or less. All art will be on sale and it's to raise money for the gallery. Always like to support the arts.

I made a dress sculpture made out of Polymer Clay, using FIMO Professional Clay. I call this piece House Dress. Lately I have been obsessed with Dress/Figurative sculptures with architecture aesthetics, but with with a niche or opening. I like the idea of looking at an opening in art; it's as if there is something secret going on inside. I have made a couple of other dress sculptures using different materials; polymer and paper clay, paper mache, wire, plaster; like experimenting with different materials.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Imaginary Neighborhoods-Art Journal

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I have a quick share today. I am showing you what's in my Art Journal. Finally decided to blog about it. I maintain two different size journals; a 9 in. x 12 in. and a 6 in. x 6 in. I like creating in both sizes, depends on the inspiration. Most of my watercolor I tend to in the smaller size.

In these pages I have created imaginary neighborhoods, where the homes are surrounded by giant flowers, that serve as trees.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Twisted Metal Pendant-Makin's Clay

Hello Makers!

Today I bring you a nice, but quick to make project. I call it a Twisted Metal pendant. It is made using Makin's Clay. I am fond of using stamps and mark making tools to make pendants, I also enjoy free style sculpting as well. This pendant literally took 20 minutes to make.

Run the clay through the pasta machine to the third thickest setting, cut a long rectangle shape. Mine measures 1.5 inches in width and about 6 inches in length. Slightly bend the clay in half, don't make a seam or hard edge; instead, keep it rounded. Then take different sections and twisted in any directions and glue the ends.

Let the clay cure for 24 hours, I then rubbed on metallic Silver Gilder's Paste Wax, it gives it a nice color and protects the clay. You can poke hole for the bail or in my case I made a wire wrapped a bail. Voila! you're done and now you have a stylish pendant. Be sure to visit the Makin's Clay blog for more project ideas.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ATCs- Four-Week in Review

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For the last four weeks I have participating I have been Mixed Up Magazine Mixer Artist Trading Card (ATC) prompts challenge. This is Facebook group where we share our creations. About a month ago they started weekly ATC themed prompts. This effort will be for one year. I will try to follow the weekly prompt make my ATCs and post four weeks of ATCs at a time on my blog. It's neat little way to stay in a creative flow by making small, quick pieces of art. So here it goes.

Week 1 - Make Some with newly purchased art supply. 
At the time I had just purchase watercolor and been experimenting with it, turns out, I like it. Will post other watercolor creations as well.

Week 2 -  Make Coffee Rings
I made coffee ring, which I used as my background then created this abstract pieces.

Week 3 - Use Alpha/Numbers die cuts or stickers
I used color chipboard die cuts and created this abstract piece. Really I had no idea what to make.

Week 4 -  Favorite Poem or Song
On one of my ATCs, I used my favorite poem and quote of all time is from Emily Dickinson's 'I Dwell in Possibility'. On the other ATC, I used my favorite song from the band Disturbed 'Sounds of Silence'; an original Simon and Garfunkel song. 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Happiness Box - Makin's Clay

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Today I bring you a tiny bit of happiness, in a box, that is. I've had this small happy face stamp for while now. I purchased it with no project in mind, just liked it. Recently, while looking for a stamp, I saw it and got the inspiration to make this Happiness Box. 

Imagine getting, this box and think, hmm....okay, this is a silly little box. Really, you don't know what to expect. Then you open it to find happy faces...your reaction. Ha! ha! See it already made you smile.

I made my box using a simple jewelry box, Makin's Clay® and acrylic paint. Check out the Makin's Clay® Blog to get detailed instructions for making this cute Happiness Box. Then go spread happiness.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Watercolor Flowers ATC

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I have a quick project to share. Lately I have been experimenting with watercolors, something I've never done before. Why now, because of my affliction, Crafting ADD. So far I've been playing with them trying to get the feel of them and have made some other projects in my Art Journal; whimsical flowers, houses and strange fantasy creatures. I will share those later, when I get brave enough. For now, I'm sharing my little flower ATCs.

I am submitting this to the following challenges