Thursday, March 31, 2011
This tutorial is from Lesley Shepard, About.com (click HERE). What is really great about her tutorials is that they include color recipes and detailed instructions. She has taught miniature craft and polymer clay projects for over twenty years. But, as you can see from the above photo, it's not only miniatures.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
So does this bench make my butt look big??????? They're benches in China. Made me laugh out loud. Image is from Mogg Blog - one of my very favorite blogs. Take a gander HERE. Always, but always something new and interesting.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
This jacket is completely handmade from scratch.....the jacket design, cutting of the leather (which was unbelievably soft), making of the fringe, the horn buttons,
the embroidery design, each bead hand sewn,
Monday, March 28, 2011
I finished my bracelet (sort of)! I say sort of because I still want to incorporate some polymer in there. A good friend and her husband spent 6 weeks in Europe. As my gift, she brought back an organza bag full of beautiful crystals and an antique bakelite component she got in a Paris flea market.
I've been wanting an industrial charm bracelet forever. But I wanted something with meaning to me and something I could afford. Michael's craft store now sells industrial jewelry charms, components and findings in three different colors of metal. Perfect.
The pencil=art, the compass=direction, #7 & #17=luck, G=gratitude, bucket=bucket list
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Some of my polymer clay pieces in a window display (through Photofunia, a free photo editing program), and
Friday, March 25, 2011
Photographs of a Creative Paperclay sculpture I did called, "Tribal Woman". I hand beaded her head dress and necklace. The bust is about 2.5' tall x 2' wide. She is sculpted over a Styrofoam armature. Photo effects are through Photofunia.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
These are photos of two polymer clay sculptures I did using ProSculpt.
Using Photofunia, I made them into a pastel drawing, a puzzle,
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Ok, I just discovered I was spelling Photofunia incorrectly. I was putting "ph" where the "f" in fun is. One pun, and it stuck in my head. I've corrected all the hyperlinks. Now you will have some fun.
I revised yesterday's post and put the specific instructions in it.
More fun with Photofunia (click HERE). My polymer clay sculpture "Warrior" is featured in the top four photos. In the above photo my polymer clay sculptures "Warrior" is on the left, "Autumn Man" in the center, and "And Then There Were Two" is on the right.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Above is the original photo of a polymer clay sculpture I did called, "Warrior". The shading is done with polymer and I made the rabbit skin head piece.
I've been playing with Photofunia, click HERE - adding some photos of my polymer sculptures. I love this book effect.
You just pick an effect, click on it, browse your photos, double click on it, it will come up on the effect, hit OK and it will upload. Then you can right click on it and hit copy, right click again, go to my pictures, and right click, paste. Voila! Magic.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Some of our art group sitting in the front of the restaurant....two painting in oils and one sketching.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Impressionistic painting of the scene below.
For whatever reason, I have not been able to post....my laptop would freeze at the upload button. But after two attempts this morning-I'm here. Yay. The bottom photo is what I was looking at while I painted the top photo, which was a nice view of the Sonoran Desert out behind the Horny Toad Restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona. The restaurant was nice enough to let our art group paint where ever we wanted. They also let us keep our gear set up while we ate lunch, which allowed us another hour to paint after lunch-it was great. I still can't get over how completely different it is to paint outside from painting in the studio. So much fun.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I bet you thought I was kidding. I went plein air painting yesterday in Carefree and Cave Creek (Arizona). These are some funny photos from the day. I will probably post the painting tomorrow. Unfortunately, Ho Hum Road was too busy for me to attempt a painting.
Friday, March 11, 2011
I am so busy grinding away at some projects. Can't wait to get them finished. I took a break and picked up my polymer to do a quick sculpt using some little molds and Kemper punches. Our local art fair is March 19th so I am trying to get my plein air paintings framed and finish some new large abstracts. Good to be busy again.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I know this turkey hat is crocheted and it's a real beauty, but it really says it all how I am doing with my knitting. I finished the back, sides, and sleeves of my free form kimono. I blocked it, sewed it together and decided it was far too big. The back was fine so I left that alone and tore out the rest. What I discovered (duh!) is that once yarn is blocked, it doesn't like to be undone. I'm knitting the front two panels again, but they are not matching the back because the yarn was compromised. It should go well with the turkey hat. BTW, the turkey hat is from Ravelry (free to register and there are hundreds of free patterns); just in case you want to start yours now so you're ready by Thanksgiving.