Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Texture

Texture


After a  l-o-n-g  separation from my art due to 90-100 hours of work each week for the entire first semester of school,  I finally found some free time to create.  It isn't so easy to turn one's creativity on and off at a moment's notice, so I decided to get going by taking part in a challenge on the French-speaking forum, Polym'air de rien, which is associated with the well-known blog, Parole de pâte.  The challenge was "texture" and we were encouraged to make our own textures or to use stamps or texture sheets.  
I can't think of many things I like better than playing with textures.  I have several drawers full of texture-making toys.  Can one ever have too many tools for making textures?  I think not!
So, I felt it was necessary to make a new texture sheet in honor of this challenge.  


I was inspired by several macro photos I collected on Pinterest.  



 #1 shell
#2  palm 
#3 leaf
#4 leaf
#5 fungi








To make the piece I submitted for the challenge I combined a modified mica-shift technique (gold clay textured and lightly shaved) with a fossilized mineral  technique taught by Sophy Dumoulin on CraftArtEdu.










This white pendent features the fossilized-mineral technique by Sophy.  


After making the challenge pieces I kept on claying.  This is another piece I put together:

I was trying to go for a "Jan Geisen" sort of vibe. I tried to keep things balanced but interesting like Jan does with such a unique flair.  I never quite get the same effect in my work.   Jan is an amazing artist, and I love how she puts things together.  I was so lucky to be able to clay with her in July this last year.  That was actually my last chance to make any new polymer pieces.  
I did find time to put together three mosaic tables* and a few new jewelry pieces with not-so-recent components:  


You may notice a sort of"idée fixe" running through my recent pieces.  During my fall sales many customers asked for butterflies.  I decided that I had best incorporate a few into my pieces for next year's sales.


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

CREUSE TON NEURONE- LA PATE BEURK/SCRAP


I recently joined a group of French-speaking polymer artists in a forum called Polym'air de rien
I love looking at the photos and reading the comments of this group of fun, spirited, innovative and kind clayers.
One of the activities on this forum is called "CREUSE TON NEURONE" which I would translate as "delving into something with all your brainpower." The specific topic for the last few months was to create new objects with scrap clay, LA PATE BEURK/SCRAP.  
I don't really consider my clay "scrap" until it is an ugly, ugly grey or brown color or if I have unintentionally picked up "inclusions" like micro beads, pet hair or dirt. Generally, I end up my projects by blending leftovers in common color groups and storing them in the fashion of  Elaine Robitaille of Tooaquarious:
Sometimes I just want to make a variation on a theme using the actual leftover cane pieces.  One of my favorite French books on polymer is a wonderful resource for using scrap clay.  It is titled Pâte polymère, Techniques et astuces pour utiliser vos restes de pâte by Marie-France Tournet.

In this book Marie-France explores and gives tips for making wonderful objects and jewelry with your leftover clay.  I purchased my book from Amazon.fr. You can find Marie-France on Facebook.  She is amazing!
As an inspiration for my piece for this brain-racking challenge I decided to do a bit of sculpting with my scrap clay.  It isn't something I do often, and I wanted to expand my boundaries.  I love a photo by Alex Lee Johnson which he posted on "Paint my Photo"(an online community where photographers share with painters).  
 I liked the stance of the girl in the photo, and I liked how natural and at peace she seems.  
I set about sculpting on an actual prepared canvas.  
The muddy area around my girl is from my use of clay softener in an attempt to smooth out the surface,  I wanted her hair to look a bit more natural, so I textured the clay with something that is immensely abundant in my yard, helicopter seeds from our silver maple tree. 
After curing the sculpted girl on the canvas, I painted the canvas and the sculpture with acrylic paints.
The impression I was hoping to give is that she is skipping across a pond on top of giant lily pads.  

Please come visit Parole de Pâte to see all the lovely creations the Polym'air de rien artists have made using scrap clay.  It is a delightful collection.  





Sunday, April 26, 2015

Des Expériences

Depuis une semaine je fais des expériences avec une recette de Mylène et mes pastels secs.  
J'aime les motifs de feuilles et de fleurs, alors j'ai improvisé un peu.  Voici quelques créas:
Voici mon processus...
(57 g de premo)
(gribouiller avec une ficelle ciré)
(ajouter des pastels secs avant d'enlever la ficelle)
(mettre l'accent sur mes motifs avec un peu de peinture acrylique) 
C'est prêt :)
J'aime surtout les craquelures. 




Sunday, April 12, 2015

Art Bead Scene Blog: April Monthly Challenge

Art Bead Scene Blog: April Monthly Challenge
Frida Kahlo is my favorite artist.  Both her work and her life story inspire me. Even though she faced enormous physical and emotional obstacles she was true to her roots and took pride in her life's work.   When I saw that a piece by Frida was the inspiration for this month's Art Bead Scene challenge,  I decided I would try to carve out a few minutes each day to create. I finally finished a couple pieces this weekend. The first is a long necklace.  The pendant is made of polymer clay with a sculpted cat and monkey sitting on Frida's shoulders.  I have enjoyed using my Frida face cane for years now.  Here is my cane (mostly made of translucent clay) after reduction.
The second piece is a collar neck piece made by using the "carving in raw clay technique explained in my last post here.



Monday, April 6, 2015

Challenge couleurs - violet, fuchsia et vert


This piece is my entry for the recent colors challenge on Création Fimo.  We were asked to make a collar neck piece (a plastron) using purple, green and fuchsia.  Please find the collection of all the beautiful neck pieces on Parole de pâte.  
I was inspired by a photo of a "pink peacock" that I found on Pinterest.  

I then borrowed and idea from an intriguing video of pottery artists.  The technique used to make the second vase (1 minute and 30 seconds into the video) is what I adapted to polymer to make my neck piece.
I layered my colors in thin sheets and then carved shapes into the raw clay.  I wish I had taken photos while I was doing my challenge piece, but I was having too much fun, really in my zone. In any case, here are a few photos showing the same technique for a similar project I am working on at the moment. 
I bent some staples and embedded them into clay snakes to have a variety of tools to carve my raw clay.   
Carving tools made with staples and polymer.  
carved layers of raw clay
 leaf, cut out after carving

After carving some designs into the layers of clay, I use the pieces by smoothing and sculpting and trimming with a blade to make pleasing designs.  




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!)