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

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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; Autumn Leaves, which 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 piece on the Makin's Clay blog.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bound By Society's Rules Assemblage Art Exhibit

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Faux Ceramic Woven Clay Bowl

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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 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