Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sgraffito Bowls-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Sgraffito is the word of the day. Sgraffito (an Italian word meaning “to scratch”) is a decorating pottery technique produced by applying color to clay then scratching off parts of the clay when it is leather hard, creating contrasting images, patterns, and texture that reveal the clay color underneath. This technique has been around since around the 15th century. 

So for this project, we follow in the footsteps of potters have been doing for centuries, minus the kilns, to make sgraffito bowls. I used store-bought, Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay. It's a really nice clay; it's fine, moist, malleable, firm (but not hard on your hands). Keep moist by spraying water. I find it similar in texture and behavior as ceramic earthenware clay, ideal for sgraffito work. You need some kind of lightweight paint to go over clay. I used Imagine's Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Ink. A light, but highly pigmented ink, perfect for this project. Get detailed images and instruction at Imagine's Blog.

High level stepout images

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Life is a Beautiful Ride Assemblage

Hello Makers!

My share today is this simple assemblage shadowbox made using handmade clay pieces, resin embellishment and paint. I found this resin bicycle years ago and thought it would be a good assemblage or canvas mixed media embellishment one day. I made the tree out wire and covered it with Makin's Clay. I know the tree feels that it should have leaves, for some reason I did not want leaves, lol! Below is high level tutorial.

So I started by painting my little 5x5 shadowbox with white gesso, 
then painted it with blue acrylic paint.

Painted some flowers, bushes, grass and clouds with acrylic paint. 

I made the tree by wire wrapping 18 gauge aluminum wire together, 
then covered it with Makin's Clay. Allowed the clay to dry for a day. 
Painted the tree and bike with white gesso. Ready to be painted. 

See my post on wire tree, where I explain how to make wire trees. 
Only difference is that the trees in the post were not altered or painted. 
Unlike this tree that I covered with clay and painted. 

I painted the tree with brown acrylic paint.

I painted with bicycle red, brown, metallic silver
 and black acrylic paint.

I glued the tree with a strong adhesive, E-6000. 
Then glued the bike onto the tree and ground.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Clay Covers Accordion Book

Hello Makers!

Today I am sharing a little, fun and easy project. An accordion book with inspirational words/phrase. I made the book covers using white Makin's Clay, mini GEO cutters and whimsicalness. I used scrapbooking paper that I've had for years for my pages. Or you can paint/ink/stamp a background onto watercolor paper. Add motivational words/phrases, affirmations. Don't want to use words, then make mini photo album by adding pictures of your children, family, loved ones. Check out my detailed tutorial on the Makin's Clay blog.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Unchain My Heart - Assemblage

Happy Valentine's Day!

Altered clock frame assemblage piece I call 'Unchain my Love'. Made the heart out of clay. The chain and mini lock are real. Just love this mini lock, it's so stinking cute. It really works too; it came with  skeleton key. Happy heart day and hope you like my assemblage piece.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Steampunk Bottle

Just love altering glass bottlet. The possibilities are endless. I altered this awesome Tequila 1800 brand bottle; just love the shape. I used polymer clay to make the faux sheet metal and metal embellishments; gears, porthole.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Bloom Journal Page-Imagine

Hello Makers!
 I have a fun, whimsical art journal page to share. Bloom where you are planted; that is to say...make the most of your situation. A phrase I find motivational and painting flowers is just simply fun, no matter the media. For this page I used Imagine's Crystal Walnut and VersaMagic inks. Check out my tutorial on the Imagine blog.