I purchased this box unfinished from Hobby Lobby. I had no idea how I would use it, but it serve for several years as a stand for my other projects while they dried. It about 24″ long and 5″ wide, so it was great for sitting items on allowing air to flow underneath.
My goal this year is to complete my unfinished projects. While I was staining my desk, this too got stained. Instead of painting the box, I decided to create a mosaic from polymer clay on the inside of the box. I left the outside of the box plain with a high gloss polyurethane coating.
I purchased some wood squares from Michael’s. I was going to create fluid art on them and make coasters. I have multiple sets of fluid art coasters so I decided to sand and stain the squares while I was staining my desk. I used acrylic paint markers for the designs and sealed the squares with gloss polycrylic.
I am not sure what to do with these. I may still make coasters out of them. Coaster work better if they are sealed with resin. Which is still possible, because resin work better when the surface is sealed.
I purchased several 6″ wood panels from Blick’s Art Supply. My original intent was to create some fluid art. However, I decide instead to sand and stain the panels and put a design on them. I used acrylic paint pens for the design. I sealed the panels with gloss polycrylic.
Here is my Inktober Drawing for 2019. It was done on a 20×16 Bristol Board. I used the Zentangle method for the drawing. I marked the four corner, drew wavy lines and circles. I made sure there was 31 sections and use the 2019 Zentangle Inktober list to fill one section a day. On October 31, I shaded all section of the drawing. Below is the results.
I also did mini (3.5″ x 3.5″) drawings for Inktober. I used the list provided by Pattern-Collection website. Those drawings are on the Drawings page.
Shading makes all the difference. I did not create this drawing for Inktober. It was just something I though of while I was traveling. It was done on 16″x20″ Bristol Board with Micron Pens and #2 pencil for shading. My drawing for Inktober is locate on my Drawing Page using the recommendation of the Pattern-collection group:
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.
I decided to do some drawing on large drawing boards, 16″ x 20″ This drawing was done on Carson Black Art Board using Sakura Metallic Pens. I used a compass and ruler to draw the grid lines for the drawing, and than I created the pattern using only lines.