Have you ever had a gift you were giving in your family that really couldn't go under the tree? Or shouldn't because it would be obvious what it was?
One of my kids asked for a guitar for Christmas this year. I found a nice one on a used items exchange list. But the box is huge!! If I wrap it, it will take a whole roll of paper! and my son would guess what's in the package instantly. I really like to make gifts surprises, so that just isn't acceptable to me!
So I decided to make a polymer decoy that I will wrap in a neat Little box. Black clay, some scraps of a brown mix, some metallic thread. I put a magnet on the back just to give it a functional purpose as well.
Can you think of gifts where a decoy might come in handy? How about a trip?--sculpt a cruise ship! Concert tickets for a future date? sculpt the preformer (or use my idea for the guitar, I won't mind!) Ever give family a certificate for x number of babysitting hours or some other help around the house? Get out the polymer and add a fun item to represent the gift!
Color Inspriation can be found almost anywhere, but I think mother nature provides the best color pallet. Not quite sure that these are purely mother natures work, their might be a little dye involved. wink wink. But no matter what the reults are lovely and inspiring. I hope you enjoy the combinations and create some beautiful projects with them.
Thecolors are from Premo Sculpey Accents and can be found at your local craft and hobby stores.
It's that time of year again for me... no, not Christmas, it's the entry deadline for my local art center's juried craft design show.
Juried shows are always a dilemma for me. I don't enter my "usual" designs or those which form the staples in my wholesale or retail lines. I guess I expect that those are too mass market and not "significant" enough. So I try to come up with some show-stopping fantastic design. No problem, right...? I wish it were easy.
One of the problems with this approach is that by trying to push for a spectacular piece, I tend to short circuit my own creative process... the trial and error part. So often the designs I come up with when I'm under a deadline are not completely satisfactory to me. Along the way in the making of that fantastic piece, I realize the technical and finishing details that I would like to do differently in a subsequent piece. The problem is I don't have the luxury of time or resources to do another piece.
All that said, I think trying to stretch myself with new origianl pieces is important to me. Whether or not the entry makes it into the show, it's important that I get some time to produce one-of-a-kind pieces and play with new ideas, too.
Here's one of the pieces I did for this year's show entry:
And a close up:
The texture on the metal clay was from a sheet of bake & bend that I carved. The background polymer is narbled sheets of Premo! layered with bits of silver foil under translucent, then rolled with the same carved texture sheet. I painted acrylic paints over the sheet then wiped most of it back off with a plastic knife, leaving it in the impression lines. Finally, I rolled another sheet of translucent over that. I did a sheet with mostly blues and one of reds and pieced them together for each bead. The surface of the beads are coated with uv resin and the silver pieces are mounted through the face of the bead with hidden wire "staples" folded over and then the piece was backed again with a solid color.
The project today is a part of an ornament hop with the line of Laura Kelly buttons from Buttons Galore and More and and a few of our crafty friends. The hop participants were asked to make ornamnts no bigger than three inches. The ornament I chose to make is using one of my favorite techniques called FAUX CERAMIC TILE. I love the look of the finished piece. I did a tutorial on my blog using Liquid Sculpey and alchol inks. Click here for Tutorial Link
If you keep scolling down you will see all the ornaments made by this fun group of bloggers. Go all the way to the bottom and enter the GIVEAWAY too!
This color inspiration is a photo from a flower market in New York city. I was there earlier in the year and managed to snp a couple of photos before the battery in my camera died. Insert super sad face here. The market had every flower imaginable. There were boxes everywhere loaded with fragrant bouquets. You can expect a few more of the color combinations to come from the few photos I managed to take there. Mother Nature really does create the loveliest of colors and she knows how to pair them perfectly.