Saturday, October 26, 2013

Hello All,

This week I've been working on a hair ornament with the Paperclay.  As frequently happens, I have decided to do something else with it.  I really like boxes, so my current thought is that I use it to adorn the top of a box I make out of Paperclay.  I once made a heart shaped box out of layers of paper grocery bags glued together and then crackle painted, pink with black on top. I decoupaged a butterfly on the top. Even though it was a bit misshaped I really liked it.

My hair ornament started with a design on 1/4" graph paper which I traced onto tracing paper with a pencil.  I rolled out my Paperclay and rubbed the design onto it.  Then I used my paring knife to cut it out. After a day and a half  I was tired of waiting for it to dry so I baked it on a wire rack in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes.  When it cooled off I coated it with gesso twice.

While it was drying I had time to think about what I wanted to do next.  I painted it dioxazine purple.  Then I decided I wanted to gold leaf it.  I used my gel medium and let it dry 15 minutes.  The gold leaf didn't stick.  So I coated it again and only waited 5 minutes.  I still didn't stick.  Finally I rooted through my supplies and found the proper adhesive.  Now it is gold.

 The adhesive has 24 hour working time. It's still tacky so I'm waiting to brush off the loose gold leaf. Time to think about the next step.  I'm always pondering in the back of my mind what I want to do.  If I make my box square I can decorate around the top.  Using the graph paper will make it easy to draft a pattern for a square box.  Might be the way to go.

I've also been working on a scarf I started knitting last year.  Yes, I am that slow.  I put it away when the weather got warm.  Knitting to me is a warm, cozy winter kind of thing.

It's a seed stitch which is knit one, purl one every row.  I find that when I can't sleep and get up to knit, I make mistakes and have to rip it out.  I've done that 3 times this week.  So now I'm training myself to look at each row before I start the next row so I can catch my mistakes quickly.  Awareness is the key along with focus.

Hope you're all having fun creating beauty!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hello All,

I've finished my Art Bead Scene October challenge piece.  There were a few setbacks that had to be worked through.

The paperclay art beads were the easiest part.  After they dried  I painted them with watercolor.  I thought it would sink into the paperclay but it didn't.  Maybe it would have if I had painted them when they were still moist.  Or I could try acrylic paint.  Next time.

After checking out this tutorial by Nicole Ringgold,,  I bought some waxed Irish linen cord with the plan to string my seed beads on it.  That didn't work as the cord was too big for the holes in my seed beads.  I ended up just making a braid with the intention of using it for some other project.

Then I tried a peyote stitch for the cord, but it kept twisting so I used my matte black seed beads to make a herringbone tube.  After about 6 inches I decided it was a bit bulky, but I used it for the branch and used seed beads to attach the owl and the gingko leaves.   I decided to use the braided piece creating a loop on one end for the button closure.  I attached some carnelian beads to the other end.

I'm pretty happy with the finished necklace.

What do you think?  The paperclay was lots of fun to use and I'll definitely use it again.

Hope you're having fun creating.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hello All,

I've been working on my beads for the Art Bead Scene October challenge.  I sketched the owl  in the size I wanted to make the bead.  Then I decided that the bead should be balanced.  I changed the wings so they are both open.

Scops Owl for Art Bead Scene October Challenge

Susan Owenby ( posted a blog about using paperclay to make a witch's hat.  She inspired me to use paperclay to make my art beads.  I loved it.  It's very easy to use.  I took my tracing of the owl and traced the lines in pencil on the back of the paper.  Then I put the tracing on the paperclay and rubbed it.   Perfect resolution.  I used a small knife to cut and smooth the paperclay.  I freehand cut the gingko leaves and shaped the crescent moon.

Paperclay beads for ABS October Challenge

Hope you're all having fun!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hello All,

Here's another sketch of a Scops Owl for The Sketchbook Challenge Animal Companions,   I'm practicing the owl for the October Art Bead Scene Challenge  This month's challenge is based on Ohara Koson's woodblock print, Owl on Gingko Branch.  My plan is to use paperclay to make art beads of the owl and gingko leaves. 

Scops Owl for Sketchbook Challenge Animal Companions

I hope you'll go to the Sketchbook Challenge to look at the other animal companions and the Art Bead Scene to see the beautiful jewelry inspired by Ohara Koson's woodblock print.  Are you inspired to join in the fun?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hello All,

I'm back from visiting my daughter who just had her first baby.  He's adorable.  They don't want his name on the interment but did give permission to post a picture.  So here is Q, born 9/30/13, 7 lbs. 9 oz, 19 3/4".

Isn't he adorable!
And he looks good on the quilt I made him.

Enjoy your families and do something create.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hello All,

While most of my day was spent holding the baby I did manage to attempt a drawing of a Scops owl.  The ABS bead challenge this month is a wood block print by Ohara Koson that features a Scops owl in a ginko tree with a crescent moon.  So I thought I would attempt to draw an owl.  I find the Mircrosoft paint program to be difficult to use with my touchpad so I don't try very often.  That said here is my first attempt at sketching a Scops owl.  Get ready to laugh!

I'm linking up with the sketchbook challenge.

Hope you're all having fun doing creative things.  Don't worry about how they turn out as it's about the process.  And the more you do whatever you're trying the better you will get at it.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hello All,

Don't have anything creative to post.  I'm visiting my daughter, son-in-law and my grandson who was born on Monday!

A new baby, that's plenty creative.  Yeah!

Will see you next week.