Monday, March 10, 2014
I saw this sing on Pinterest and quite like how it looked - it was in shades of browns and I did my own version on turquoise and brown. I bought an 8x10" canvas stretched on a frame, from Dollarama - it was only $1.25. It was an unfinished canvas, so I prepped it with 2 layers of gesso. I took some turquoise paint, blended with titanium white, loosely, and some other blues and painted that across the surface. I brush blended as I was painting it to leave some loose streaks in, for texturing.
As it dried, with still some wet spots, I took some punchinella and using a brush with either some blue or white paint, lightly stippled it to add some more texture, and took a moist baby wipe to remove some colour lightly in some other areas to add some more texture and distressing.
After that dried, I used carbon paper to transfer the lettering on, and painted it with Payne's Gray. After that dried, I added the border colouring in with burnt sienna and copper, with a dry brush, using a wet baby wipe to blend and wipe some colour off.
Because this is actually for a swap, I added a crackled heart I had left over on the back and labeled it.
I quite like the combination of brown and blues - I may have to make one for myself. It's hard to see, but there is a nice metallic sheen from the copper paint - it is subtle though.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
This was done the same as the other tile pendant from earlier last month but using bright blue polymer clay, with a black Staz On. I went with Staz On, because I wanted something that would not be water soluble, and durable. I did not glaze these after baking, especially as the Sculpey gloss finish I have is thick and clumpy right now, and would not give a smooth finish if I were to use it.
This is not a mica polymer clay, like the pearl one from before. So it gave a matte finish, and I like the black on the blue. Next time, I would like to try the copper metallic Staz on with the matte blue. I think that would be a cool look. Perhaps with a resin glaze over top too... will have to play with this idea further.
Especially with the copper findings used on top.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
I took a mini workshop at Creativ Festival last Fall on making beaded beads and was grossly disappointed - the class was too large for the teacher to help people effectively, and her diagrams were ineffective. I have some knowledge on bead-weaving, and thought it would come easily too me, but it was only an hour and a half of irritation and frustration. Anyways, I gave up on her instructions.
But I found some easy instructions on-line for right angle woven beads, and went with that. It was easy to do, and the hardest thing was dealing with tying tiger tail wire - never fun to begin with. I made several in size 8 and size 6 seed beads, and in the end, I strung them on a half circle of memory wire, and made this little bracelet.
I am going to have to try it with perfectly round beads to see if it turns out even better that way.