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. 

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

Hello Makers!

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

Hello Makers!

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.