I have been away for a long time (almost 6 months to be exact)--I'm always posting art on my Facebook art page--it's just a lot easier for me. But shows are finished for this year (one more small one, but that's it) and I have a little more time for everything else including getting to my neglected blog.
So I've been painting a lot--
….and I've been making 'houses'
I'll post more later--I don't want to make this too photo heavy--yes, I've been busy in my happy place :-)
Ever since I discovered Laurie Mika and her unique approach to working with polymer clay I wanted to try working with this 'stuff', but always putting it off---thinking I didn't want to go through the learning process. Finally this year, I decided it was time to at least try it. And yes, there is definitely a learning process to it, but during the process I found that you can still come up with pieces that you're happy with, encouraging you to keep going.
My first 'piece'--
Okay, so the only polymer clay piece on this one is the sun face. I used a push mold (the supplies for polymer clay are endless and addictive!). And I was so thrilled with it--I used white Sculpey Premo clay and I painted it after I baked it. The painting part was fun for me, since I'm always playing with paint and by now, I'm very comfortable with it.
So next I wanted to do something a little more--
This was made on a cupboard door. The 'frame' of it was collaged with my hand-painted papers, and the house is made from polymer clay. I used a pasta machine to roll out the clay in 2 different sections--the main house and then the roof, stamping the roof with a texture plate and carving into the house with a stylus. I indented the little holes into the house, so after I baked it and painted it I glued black beads into the holes. The rest is just embellishments--basically incorporating polymer clay elements into my mixed media style of art that I usually will make.
So on another cupboard door--
This time it's the birds and the stamped words that are polymer. I made a template for the birds, and used a craft knife to cut them out on the clay--so easy! I wanted the clay to be thicker so I used a rolling pin, again with the white Premo. I like painting them myself, but there are so many colors that you can choose from, you can find your own colors to use, and not have to paint them. The hearts have texture too. I made them from modeling paste and a heart stencil.
More polymer fun--
I made lots of small tiles for the one piece and a large heart for the other piece. I glued the embellishments into the large heart with Sculpey Bake and Bond before I baked it, and then I painted it.
My favorite part about polymer clay is its versatility and ease to work with (a very forgiving medium)--if you're not happy with what you're working on, just roll it out and start over. And for the most part, I got the basics from you tube videos--hundreds of them out there! I can't wait to see how my polymer journey goes---I don't know what I was waiting for!!
Maps can add great detail and interest to your mixed media art. I love collecting them, and I kind of forgot about them, because they are tucked away, but not my atlas books, which I also have a small obsession with.
This top one is my favorite, and it's the same one that's underneath, which is just about used up. So I was happy to find it again at a thrift store last year for 10 cents!--just 10 cents!!
My first project --
a map box--love what the map alone did for this box
I call this my Home Sweet Home assemblage
And here's a before shot of the next one--still thinking about maps--this time with a globe--
really happy with her!
and one more--
another map box
Maps are so inexpensive--new and old ones that you can find in abundance at any flea market--if you've never used them--try them--they do half the work for you!
Yes, that's limited for me. I usually have a whole array of colors in front of me to choose from. But this time I didn't, and here's what I ended up with--
And backing up a bit--here's the first layer--
and the next coat--
I could have kept going, but I was happy. It's amazing how many shades can come out of a few bottles of paint, and when you restrict yourself, it won't be so overwhelming like it could be if you have a whole table full of paint in front of you!
This last month was not a fun one--I fell and fractured my wrist--the only good thing about it was that it was my left one. I'm restricted in what I can do, but thankfully I can still paint, which has been the best therapy! A little slide show of what I've been up to--Only a portion, because I have been painting like crazy!!
my favorite subjects to paint--the sun, followed by the moon...
And a couple of them turned into greeting cards--
These cards are 5 x 7 and blank inside--also great to frame--they're available in my Etsy shop along with more of my art on cards--you can find them HERE
So, needless to say, glad January is past me and hoping by the end of February this cast will be off of me--I'll never take my left hand for granted again!! Hope you all can find the time to do what makes you happy--it sure does make a difference!
That's what I got for Christmas!--a 3 month subscription to Sketchbox. Each month they send you supplies focusing on a basic form of art making. This month (January) is all about technical drawing. So first here's the cool box , which features a monthly artist, that everything comes in--
...and here's what was inside of it--
I'm a sketcher but mostly with a graphite pencil so it was nice to get these full size supplies for me to try out. There were a total of 9 supplies in this box--well worth the subscription price, which by the way is available on a month to month basis at no extra cost. And what were my favorites in this box?
this set of 3 Derwent Graphic Line Markers in this cute case--they go on the paper like graphite pencils but they're actually a permanent ink--really like the result you get with them--and another favorite?
this Tombow mono zero eraser--yes that tiny little tip is an eraser--love it!!
So...here's what came out of my playing around with these supplies--
sketching is one of my relaxing pastimes that I do just for me, so I enjoyed creating this very much! If you're interested in learning more about Sketchbox here's the link