Here are my latest fluid paintings. I used a lot of color and finished them with resin.
2019 Christmas Card
Here is my 2019 Christmas Card.
More Polymer Clay Roses
Below are batches 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of my polymer clay roses with leaves and stems.
I took some white clay and blended one edge with some pink clay. The leaves and stems contains three shades of green and gold clay.
The center of the roses were made from the clay left over from Batch 2. However, there wasn’t enough for three flowers, so I mix a little red with the pink and white for the outer petals.
I wanted some flowers that glowed in the dark. I mixed bright pink, yellow, and orange clay with some florescent clay.
These red roses were also mixed with some florescent clay, but they do not shine as well as the pink roses in Batch 4.
I had just finished the yellow sunflower vase and wanted some yellow roses to put in the vase. But, yellow roses would just be too plain. The rose color from stem to the petal tips are hot pink, orange, yellow, and lemon yellow.
Some more vase inspired flowers. I used the leftover clay from the vase. I gently it mixed together to make the roses.
Vases with Polymer Clay
I wanted to see if I could put some polymer clay on a vase, bake it in the oven, and have the clay stick to the vase. Below is my first vase experiment. I had a bottle, shape like a light bulb, that was just sitting in a cabinet.
I figured the best way to get it to stick to the vase, was to put a thin layer of polymer clay around the vase and then put the design on it. Since it was an experiment, I didn’t want to waste a lot of time with the design. However, it does glow in the dark.
Since it was a success, I did four other vases.
The Sunflower Vase: I wanted the top and bottom of the vase to look like the petals were coming from the center of a sunflower.
The Gold Flowery Vase: From the beginning I wanted a gold lattice work around the vase. The flower idea come later. After it was baked, I applied paint to give it an antique look.
The Shades of Red Vase: The original intent was to cover the vase in black, then give it a stain glass appearance. That idea change when I saw how nice the reds and pinks looked against the black.
The Flower Vase: I extrudes some blue/purple clay that was left over from other projects. The intent for this vase was to have a delicate flowery pattern.
After the vases were baked in the oven and cooled, I applied polyurentane to seal the clay. Since the clay is not permanently stuck to the vase, I could probably take a sharp Exacto Knife to any vase that turns out poorly to remove the clay.
Polymer Clay Crosses
I spent some time creating crosses from polymer clay, which was left over from all of the other polymer clay projects.
First the pretty crosses:
The difficult cross:
Folding clay and braiding clay is a little bit challenging.
The weird ones:
I created the mandala below for the month of February. What happens is February, beside National Pizza Day, Ferris Wheel Day, Chinese New Year (wait, I could have easy created a mandala for these days)? It is the month that Valentine’s Day is observed.
A PDF of this mandala is available on my coloring page, for anyone to download.
It was created and colored in CorelDraw.
Experiment: Epson Fine Art Paper
As soon as I felt the Epson Fine Art Paper, I wondered if I could use it for some of my coloring page. Over the last week, I have experimented with the paper.
This is the drawing I decided to use for the experiment. It was designed using CorelDraw.
It is also one of the first of my coloring pages I printed. It was printed using my Epson printer, on Epson Fine Art paper, with the thick-paper setting turned on. It printed nicely, but I did notice the lines in the middle were very close together.
I thought my first attempt to color it would be with color pencils; instead, I used watercolor pencils, with a water brush, and a light touch. The black line appeared to bleed a little, but I kind of liked that effect. The more color I added to the paper, the less the black lines appeared to bleed. The paper did really well with the water, there was minimum wrapping of the paper. Below is the results:
My testing of the color pencils did not go well. The color went on the paper like I expected, nice blending was accomplished. However, when you apply multiple layers of color with the pencil, wax bloom happens. Little specks from the color pencils gets all over the drawing. One method to get rid these little specks, is to use a kneed eraser.
The Fine Art paper, absorbed the gray color from the kneed eraser. It also absorbed the pink from the pink eraser and any color left from previous erasing off of a white eraser. There are two ways I can see to get rid of these little specks for future projects when using this paper: first, to clean the white eraser every time before touching it to this paper; or use can air to blow the specks off the paper. I am will probably go with the can of air.
Since I created the drawing in CorelDraw, I had to color it in CorelDraw. When I saved it out as a JPEG file, I though the background provided additional shine to the colors. Below is the piece of art.
It you would like to color this design, I have posted a PDF of it on my coloring page.
Flowers on Bamboo
Below is a drawing I did by hand with Derwent Inktense Pencils and Watercolor pencils on 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper.
After I finished the drawing, I thought it would be a fun page to color. So, I recreated the drawing in CoralDraw. This version was created for letter size paper, therefore the flowers are spaces .75″ apart, instead of the 1″ spacing used on the hand drawing.
I created a black and white version that is available for download on my Coloring Page.
2019 New Years Mandala
Here is my mandala for New Years. It was created in CorelDraw. A PDF coloring version of it is available on my Coloring Page.
A PDF coloring version of it is available on my Coloring Page.
Painted Coasters – Set 2
Okay, the wait is over. The presents were wrapped, shipped, received and opened. Now, I can share them on my blog. Below is a set of coasters I made from my mom. I did a pour painting on top of 4″ wood tile.