Sunday, December 21, 2014

Meilleurs Vœux, Happy Holidays, Felices Fiestas, お正月おめでとう

Un petit tuto pour tous mes amis qui fimotent... (A small tutorial for all my claying friends.)
J'adore les textures, surtout celles que je fait avec les plantes qui poussent dans mon petit jardin.  Comme promis, voici comment je fais mes textures en pâte polymère.
(I love textures, especially ones made with plants from my garden.  As I promised my Créations-en-pate-polymère friends, here is how I make my textures in polymer clay.)  
1. Cueillir des plantes commes celles-ci. (Gather plants like the ones seen below.)
2. Empreindre les restes lissés sur un carreau avec ces plantes, (Make impressions with the plants in some leftover clay that has been smoothed onto a tile.)
3.  ...beaucoup de plantes, et même des plumes à la fin pour les vides. (I use many leaves and flowers, even some feathers to fill in empty spots.)
4. Enlever toutes les feuilles et les fleurs. J'utilise une aiguille et beucoup de patience. (Carefully lift away the plants using a needle and patience.) 
5.  Faire cuire la pâte, laisser refroidir et on commence à s'amuser. 
Ici j'ai choisi la pâte noire mais cette technique marchera avec toutes les couleurs. 
Pour faire l'empreinte j'utilise de l'eau et un petit bouton.  
(Bake the clay and let it cool - now the fun begins!  
Here I have chosen black clay but this technique will work with any color.
To make the impression I use water and a little drawer pull/knob.)

6.  Peindre avec les peintures acryliques métalliques, doucement 
(Paint with acrylic metallic paints, lightly)
7. ... avec très peu de peinture sur l'index.
(...with very little paint on my index finger.)
8.  ... toutes les couleurs à tour de rôle
(each color takes a turn)
9. ...pour que toutes les textures sortent.
(so that all the textures appear.)

10. Laisser sécher et couper en morceaux avant de cuire.
J'ai fais des boucles d'oreille, des pendentifs et des perles.
(Allow the paint to dry and then cut into pieces before baking.
I have made earrings, pendants and beads.)  
11.  Je les cire avec du Renaissance Wax.
(I polish each piece with Ren Wax.)
C'est tout!
(That's it!) 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Art Bead Scene Blog: October Monthly Challenge

The writers at the Art Bead Scene Blog have proposed a vibrant landscape as the inspiration for their monthly challenge.  Milton Avery's oil painting is titled"Autumn" and is full of some spectacular color combinations.

I have always wanted to try making landscapes in polymer, so this challenge was especially intriguing.

I started by making canes for each of the main colors in the piece and then packed them together.  
In my opinion the white tree is the focal point of Avery's painting, so I added my own favorite kind of tree with a light colored bark, the sycamore.  
I know it is all a bit abstract, but I am pleased with the feeling of motion in my piece.
I had time to work with some wire to add to the interest of the neckpiece.
    Happy to be ready for the fall and the many shows on my calendar!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Challenge Évantail - Fans Challenge

Aujourd'hui sur Parole de Pâte on peut voir les résultats du challenge évantail.  (Today on Parole de Pâte you will see the results of the latest challenge - to make a fan using polymer clay.)

Le mien est grand, peut-être trop grand. Il a l'air un peu exagéré...  Ça mesure presque cinquante centimètres du largeur,  (As usual, my piece is huge, measuring nearly 20 inches across when it is opened fully. I tend to work large especially when I am trying a new technique.)
C'est fait en polymère (Here is a photo to show which parts are made in polymer):
 Les brins sont couverts avec du washi (papier japonais) que m'a mère m'a donné juste avant sa mort.  Pour le bleu des brins j'ai construit une canne qui ressemble aux détails (sans les mots du poème)
The spines are covered with washi (a type of Japanese paper) that my mom gave to me just before she passed away.  For the blue on the polymer part of the spines I used a cane that I hope resembles the details of the paper (minus the Japanese script of a poem):
Et pour le rose c'est fait avec du pâte transparent mélangé avec un peu d'encre rose et du pâte blanc pour resembler au papier washi.  (And for the pink, it is made with translucent clay with a bit of white clay and pink alcohol ink.  This part is quite translucent in the light.)
Et cela peut fermer ou plier comme les vrais évantails aussi.  (And, yes, it can be folded like real fans.)
Pour le tenir assez facilement j'ai attaché des rubons organdis et une grand perle avec un bouquet de petits roses que j'ai sculptés.  (To make it easier to hold, I attached organdy ribbons and a large bead scupted into many tiny roses.)
J'ai dû me mettre en "engenieur" pour satisfaire les contraintes de ce challenge, mais, en fin de compte, je m'amusais bien.  (I had to be a sort of engineer to make the fan. In the end I loved the experience and had fun.)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Art Bead Scene Blog: September Monthly Challenge

Art Bead Scene Blog: September Monthly Challenge
This necklace is my response to the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge.  The focal beads are made with polymer clay using two of my favorite techniques: the faces and flowers are canes and the swirls were made by texturing and highlighting with metallic paints. The findings are my own wire work and I added a variety of seed beads from my stash of vintage glass, shell and metal.  
Here are photos of my raw clay design:

I tried to echo the lines in the inspiration painting, "The White Rose and the Red Rose" by Margaret Macdonald 1902:  
To continue the theme of the inspiration I chose rectangular shapes that are elongated more than my usual style.  I tried to keep the colors muted  which was a bit out of my comfort zone.  Normally I love rounded shapes and darker hues.  

On the back of each of the beads I added some of the rose canes along with some very heavily textured clay.

What a treat is is for me to explore an artist I had not heard of before this month.  I love how the Art Bead Scene bloggers give me this sort of opportunity.  What a wonderful resource to all of us with a passion for art and bead-making.  

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Challenge jaune

Tewee of CreationFimo has tempted us with "le challenge jaune."  This particular challenge which is all about my favorite color since childhood has held me in its grasp for a couple months now.  I do love yellow, but especially when it is not standing on its own.  First I tried to use a  lemon yellow to orange yellow textured skinner blend with touches of acrylic paints as a veneer for a caleidoscope. I actually made this one from scratch with mirrors and glass I cut/broke myself.
I even added yellow beads to turn cause the pretty reflections inside to match the yellow theme. 
 After I fired it I felt that it was a bit too orange and I could see that I had added a bit too much copper acrylic to highlight the textures.  
I regrouped my ideas and decided to make a yellow peacock feather cane.
 These first canes came out a bit too honey colored for a true yellow challenge.  I did not give up!  The third time is a charm, right?
Now I had a cane I liked and put it to use on a collar neckpiece. I covered a metal collar that I expected to be able to remove later, but it actually adhered to the polymer permanently.  I decided to let it remain inside and covered the back with a layer of soft yellow clay.  The white parts of the uncured feather above are actually translucent clay that clears after curing.  After it was all together and ready to wear I still wasn't quite happy with. I decided to add a bit more interest by carving some feathery veins into the surface.  I back filled these with metallic yellow acrylic paint, sanded, buffed and polished.  I finally felt that this collar was something I could be happy to enter into the challenge group.
 It sits nicely just above the collar bone and hugs my neck comfortably. I am thinking about making earrings that will compliment this, or maybe it can stand alone.