Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Stitched Heart Pendant

I have a quick, but fun make to share. I made this stitched heart pendant using Makin's Clay black clay and water drop cutters. Two water drop clay pieces make up this heart. Easy peasy project, check out the full tutorial at the Makin's blog.

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 the Imagine Blog.