Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday Digital Design Download

To download click on the picture to get a full size image. Right click and "save to" your computer desktop or a folder of your choice.

It's Sunday again and here are some more digital designs to go with the paper designs of the previous 2 Sundays. (I call this set the "Sherbert" collection.) They are "PNG's" which means that the backgrounds are transparent. If any of you are using these designs for something I would love to see what you create. (I will even post a picture to my blog.

Have fun with it!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bleach Tutorial

My wonderful husband got me a digital video camera for Christmas. I asked for it because I wanted to be able to do tutorials on my blog. So without further ado here is the first monthly techniques for January on how to use bleach. I show how to use liquid bleach as well as the "Clorox" bleach gel. I also show a resist technique, using embossing powder, the "Castaway" ink pad and a faux technique that looks like bleach. The next month is February and it's on Texture Paste so be sure and watch for it.

It's All About Mica

Christmas is finally over. (SHEW!!!) I got a fantastic book called "Transparent Art". It's all about using transparencies in art projects and has some very cool stuff in it that I want to try. (I think I feel a tutorial coming on!) I also got a gift certificate to Barnes & Nobles so I am looking to get a few other books I have been wanting.

I have also been working on the bleach tutorial for the upcoming monthly techniques swap. I hope to have the video edited and posted today or tomorrow. Of course that will be later if I have problems with the video.

I sent out the monthly technique cards for Dec which was using mica. Above is the card that I traded with everyone. I usually just give a card as extra to everyone who participates but there was only 5 people this time so I got to keep one for myself. (YEAH!)

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and got lots of art supplies.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday Digital Download

To download click on the picture to get a full size image. Right click and "save to" your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. (Images must be increased in size by 200% to use as 12" x 12" paper.)

Sorry these are a little late this morning but I forgot it's Sunday. You see my husband has taken three weeks off work so I am so screwed up with him home every day. Yeah I know what you're thinking and yes I am sick of having him under foot already. (SIGH!) Only 2 more weeks to go.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Cards and a Margarita

Yes I actually have been busy. This morning I am dragging a little because last night was my husband "work" Christmas party. (That was one huge margarita they served me.) Anyways the last few days I have been busy making all my Christmas cards to go out. To prove it, above is a slide show of the ones I have done so far. (I still have to make about 15 to 20 more.) I'm going to go fix myself some lunch now, take some aspirin for this small hangover I have, and get back to making more cards.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

First Digital Download (For FREE!)

To download click on the picture to get a full size image. Right click and "save to" your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. (Images must be increased in size by 200% to use as 12" x 12" paper.)

I have decided that I should not waste all the digital paper and embellishment designs I produced when I worked for Kinetic Scrapbooking. Since I won't be able to produce them into actual paper they can still be downloaded by all of you and used for lots of artwork. So without further ado...I will be posting a digital design every Sunday for everyone to download for free. Simply click on the design to get it to show in another window at full size. Right click on it and save it to your computer then print it out to your hearts desire. All I ask is that you observe common courtesy with my designs and not reproduce them to sell. Please use them for your own art and credit me where possible as the designer.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Clearly Love

I have been busy again in the basement. This time I finished the second card for the other WTAx2 winner. (See previous post.) This one is for Juliet Arrighi and she likes sparkly/shiny things. So here is my version of sparkly yet contemporary. I saw the idea of doing a window with acetate in a card magazine I subscribe to and my card just built from there. Hope you like it Juliet.

Caught In The Act

I received these chipboard windows that are the size of an ATC card in an exchange with a lady from Australia. (Don't get too excited because they are only available in Australia right now.) I had traded a card with her before that she had made with one of these windows and it is one of my favorites. I decided to play with them yesterday and this is what I came up with. I did a variation on the previous lit ornament I had made for another swap using an image of Santa at the fireplace. This wonderful card will be going to this months WTAx2 Peace Schuyler from the ATC World list. (WTA means winner takes all.) The way it works is that a bunch of people sign up and 2 winners are chosen. Then all the other people that signed up send these 2 people cards. (Don't worry Juliet I am working on your card next.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Chief Spotted Feather

I'm still not feeling all that great and I can't seem to get rid of this cough. At least now I can breathe due to the antibiotics but I have 7 more days of that awful tasting stuff. (BLECH!) Anyways I have finished my Art Doll for a Yahoo group I belong to. The theme is "men or masculine". I was still stuck on Thanksgiving so I decided to do an indian from the first feast. I was thinking of doing them for the monthly art doll swap that I host, but he became to involved for me to have time to make 5 more of them. (Sorry to all of you that joined that swap, but I wanted to get them mailed and to get healthy.)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Blonde Bombshells & Beach Babes

I am feeling a little better but I just can't seem to get rid of the cough! (I sound like a barking sea lion) Anyways I had to finish the final 2 Lucky Lady Dip cards because they need to go in the mail today. They are due the 15th and it takes a week or more to get to England. I feel they aren't my best work but what can you do when you aren't feeling well?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Blog Awards

I have been sick with an upper respiratory bug that is going around so I haven't done any art for a few days. (I just haven't had the energy.) I thought instead though that I would post a few awards that I was sent a few weeks ago. I didn't post them sooner because in order to post the award on your blog you are supposed to forward it to 7 other blogs that you follow and admire. I have to admit that I don't follow anyones blog just because I never thought of doing so. I really like the idea that I inspire others so I have posted the awards with the idea that I will look for some other blogs that I want to follow and I will pass along the awards in the future. (So thank you to Tamera and Lynne for nominating me.) And I promise to pass it on.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Tattooed Lady

Here is the second of the 4 ladies from the I have to create for this swap. I took me forever to find the images I wanted. The background is a nice image of a carnival with the tents and a ferris wheel. Too bad I covered it all up. (Oh well ... at least I know it's there.)

The Bionic Woman

Here is a card that I finished last night which I really like. It is part of a swap called "Lucky Lady Dip". The way it works is that there is a long list of different types of "women". You choose 4 you want to do and make a card out of each one. My 4 choices were "Vintage Beach Babe", "Blonde Bombshell", "Tatooed Lady", and this one which is "Bionic Woman".

I started with some watch parts but it wasn't "digital" looking enough for me so I searched around the house for an old calculator I could rip apart. I cut down the circuit board and cut up the keys and started gluing. The face is printed on a transparency and glued over a piece of frosted plastic. I then backed the face with white paper so the part that hangs off the circuit board would show up better. The rest is some watch parts, a few pieces of metal tape around the edges and some resistors.

I have to go finish the other "ladies" so I'll be back to post them later.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Playing With Polymer Clay Again

I purchased a new book that I am really fascinated with at the moment. It is on "mosaics" but the difference is that the author makes almost all of her tiles out of polymer clay. (If I see a book that has metallic powders and polymer clay I have to buy it.) I was busy last night making all kinds of tiles using the book as my inspiration. Basically you roll out a sheet of clay, (I chose black) and you then stamp images into it. You take a little metallic powder, (like Pearl-Ex or Perfect Pearls) and dip your finger in it then rub it over the raised areas. Then you simply take a clay blade and cut it apart into different size tiles. I only did the basic tiles of which I just described but the author goes into adding beads, (I did that to the "Golden Green" card) stamping over other stamps, adding frames and pictures, painting the tiles, and adding buttons. I may at some point create an entire piece of art with polymer clay tiles like the ones I made but for now I wanted to use them individually as art on some ATC's. Below is a picture of the book. If you click on it you can see a larger image of the cover and how the author puts her creations together.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dark Side Of The Moon

Well I finally finished the last of the altered CD's. I feel it isn't as good as the others, but I can't figure out what more I could have done to it. I guess they can't all be masterpieces. Right now I am trying to figure out what to do for my Mom's yearly Christmas ornament. I have made her an ornament every year since 1979 so she now has her whole tree full. I am playing with polymer clay but I may not have time to finish it. (I have to give it to her on Thanksgiving)

Everyone enjoy your turkey and be sure and get really stuffed.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Polymer Clay Tutorial

Yes Elena here is your tutorial on polymer clay faces. Here are the supplies you'll need to do this project. (Click on the pictures to see them full size.)

1. Baby Powder (or corn starch) and small bowl
2. Large Mop Brush (to apply powder)
3. Polymer Clay in assorted colors
4. Metallic powders or paints (Pearl Ex, Primary Elements or Lumiere)
5. Pre-made silicone molds or Mold-N-Pour to make your own.
6. Polymer Clay Glaze and Brush to apply it
7. 4x4 Ceramic Tile
8. Small Toaster oven (or kitchen oven will work)
9. Eraser Tip Clay Tool (Optional)
10. Items to make your own mold from (optional)

I'm going to start this tutorial on how to make your own silicone mold using a 2 part compound. It is called Mold-N-Pour and is made by Suze Weinberg. You can find it at Michael's in the rubberstamp aisle with the melting pot supplies.

Here are a bunch of items that I have made molds from. It includes beads, pendants, buttons, doll heads, statues, tiles, toys, charms, and my own hand made clay pieces.

To get started I am going to make a metal pendant I found in the jewelry section into a mold. First thing I need to do is cut off the ring at the top.

Next I need to file the rough edge where I cut the ring off. If you leave it rough it will show when you make a mold out of it.

Open the 2 part silicone molding compound and get out equal parts of each color.

Mix them thoroughly by twisting and kneading it together. When the colors are combined evenly then you are done mixing.

Form a ball or oblong shape that mimics the object you are going to mold then push the object into the silicone and form it up around the edges.

I like to place the silicone on my table and gently push it down to create a flat area on the back. This will help keep the mold level when you are filling it. This is really important if you want to use them with liquid polymer clay or hot embossing liquid from a melting pot.

Once it has sat for about 10 or 15 minute you can unmold your piece.

Here is what the final mold looks like from the face pendant.

Here are some of my favorite molds that I have purchased. (Be sure to check out the links I have listed.)

Now on to how make polymer clay pieces from your own molds. (Or ones you have purchased.)

You will need to "squirt" some baby powder or corn starch into a small bowl. You will also need a mop brush to apply the powder to your molds.

Get a fair amount of powder on your brush and coat the inside of your mold. Blow any excess out. (If you over do it it will leaves small pock marks in the clay.)

Knead your polymer clay to get it warm and pliable. I usually sit on a small ball of it in a plastic baggie while I am preparing other things.

Pinch off a piece of clay that you think will fill the mold and roll it into a ball. (You'll get the hang of judging how much clay a mold needs after you do a few.) This is to smooth it out and make sure there are no cracks or folds in the surface of the clay.

If the mold is oblong like the one I am working with, mold the clay into a rough oval. If you are working with a face mold that has a prominent nose then roll the ball to a small point. (The point will be inserted into the nose to make sure it reaches the bottom of the mold.)

Push the clay into the mold and work it out to the edges. Don't worry if it doesn't go all the way to the sides. It's OK to do partial molds.

Gently peel back one edge of the mold and work out the clay without distorting it too much. If you are having a real problem then re-powder the mold and try again. Sometimes you can take a small ball of clay and stick to the back of the clay in the mold and pull it out.

Place the clay piece on a ceramic tile and gently push down the edges so it sticks slightly. (This will keep it from moving when you pick up the tile or powder the clay.)

Take a pot of metallic powder dip your mop brush into the powder. (A little goes a long way.)

Gently brush the powder all over the clay making sure to get into the creases and around the sides. (Once it is powdered try not to touch it.)

Add other polymer clay pieces to fill your ceramic tile. I find it helpful to use an eraser tipped clay tool to redefine any features that may have been "smooshed" or just don't come out too well. (It has a pointed tip on one end and a chisel edge on the other.) You can find these in the polymer clay aisle at Michael's for next to nothing.

Bake your clay pieces at the manufacturers reccommended temperature and time. Remove them from the oven when they are done and gently slide them off the ceramic tile to cool. (It only take about 5 minutes for them to cool.) Once they are cool you can paint them with metallic paints if you left them plain. You can also paint over the metallic powders with a dark metallic paint, a dark glaze or Rub-N-Buff and gently rub off the excess leaving the color in the creases. Once dry you will need to seal them with a polymer clay varnish. (Otherwise the metallic powders will rub off.)

Here is an assortment of faces I have done in various ways. (Click on the photo to see a good close-up.)

Here are some projects I have made using those faces and a few other things I have made from polymer clay.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Heavy Metal

Here's a real DUH moment for you. I was going to post a message on the ATC World list that there was still time to join the monthly techniques swap I host. It wasn't due until the 15th and that..... OH S*%# It's the 20th. I was wondering why I wasn't getting any more cards in the mail for that swap. Seems they are all here and I haven't done the card that I am going to include in everyones envelope. This revelation came at 4:30 this afternoon so I have been sequestered in the basement frantically working to get them done. (MY BAD!) Well they are mostly done but I will be able to mail them tomorrow. (I really am thinking that Halloween is going to be any day now.) It's just not time for it to be Thanksgiving next week. SIGH.....