Sunday, March 30, 2014

Craft Barn Challenge #6 Flower/Travel

Hi Everyone! Sorry I have not been around to visit and catch up with you all...the last week has been both overwhelming and hectic.  I managed a little art today for the latest Craft Barn challenge which is to use the word flower and/or travel.  I have a lot of quotes about flowers, and this is one of my favorites:
Collage on an art card blank using scrapbook papers and dimensional flowers from K & Company.  The quote is from Oliver Wendell Holmes.  If you'd like to stop by and see what other have done with this challenge, here is the link.  Hope to be around to visit everyone soon.

Monday, March 17, 2014

T(ea) Stands For Tuesday on Monday St. Patrick's Day Edition

I wanted to put up a short St. Patrick's Day post, and since I know Elizabeth usually posts her T(ea) Tuesday  link late on Monday, I hope she won't mind that I am posting a little early to also share with Bleubeard and Elizabeth and the rest of the T(ea) Stands for Tuesday gang!

My daughter has Spring Break (Grad School) this week so most of my time will be spent catching up with her, but I thought I would present a few facts about St. Patrick that you might not already know.

Did you know....

March 17 is actually the day St. Patrick died?

St. Patrick was not Irish...but rather was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales?

At the age of 16, Patrick was kidnapped, brought to Ireland and sold as a slave?

Blue was the original color associated with St. Patrick, not green?

Now it's time to show my drink, along with a new French Beaded flower arrangement that was inspired by the New Zealand Rock Lily or Renga Lily.
Of course it is food coloring in my water! Happy T Day everyone! Thanks for stopping by today!  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Craft Barn Challenge #5 Art and/or Road

I was so happy when I saw the two prompts for the 5th Craft Barn Challenge! I knew right away, even before seeing some of the beautiful examples from the DT, that my inspiration was going to be George Harrison's song, "Any Road".  My husband enjoys putting our travel photos on DVD and has gotten quite proficient with adding effects and music.  When our daughter returned home from studying at The University of Oxford, he did the same with her photos, using this song which often plays over and over in my head.  You see, as he is trying to get the timing exact, he plays a song, or a snippet of a song, over and over again until he gets it matched up just right.  It's a good thing I love this song!

I used blue acrylic paint mixed with a glazing compound for the background, and hand cut (since I don't own a die cutting machine) all the elements.  Inspired by the first lines of the song, I created the signpost with vehicles cut out of a street map and arranged in order.

In case you are not familiar, here are the lyrics from the first two stanzas:

But I've been traveling on a boat and a plane
In a car on a bike with a bus and a train
Traveling there, traveling here
Everywhere in every gear

But oh Lord we pay the price
With the spin of the wheel with the roll of the dice
Ah yeah you pay your fare
And if you don't know where you're going
Any road will take you there

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 7, 2014

How to Make a Polymer Clay Sea Themed Medallion

Before I get to my tutorial, I want to thank Kym from Totally Tutorials and Sculpey for selecting me to receive the Sculpey III polymer clay, tools, and accessories shown below in exchange for making a tutorial using these products.
I am not going to give basic clay info here since that information is readily available all over the web.  A great source for basic information, as well as projects, is on the Sculpey Website. I am going to show you how I used some of these awesome supplies to make this medallion.
Choose some sea appropriate colors and began layering them together.  You can either roll them to blend or if you have one, put them thru your clay machine.  I wanted a very organic look so I continued to combine and blend stopping when I liked the result.

When you are happy with the different blends, simply "patch" them together and roll or put them through the clay machine to smooth them out. Aim for a thickness of about 1/8".

Next I used the Sculpey flexible texture sheet of landscape patterns.  The honeycombs reminded me of bubbles so after the clay was smoothed out, I lightly sprayed the sheet with water, placed it on top of the clay and rolled it with the roller.  This gives a much more subtle effect than rolling the clay side up or rolling it through a pasta machine. The water makes it simple to remove the sheet from the clay.  When done, I chose to cut a circle for my medallion, but you could use any shape as well as a free-form shape.
Next make whatever elements you want to add. I made all the elements first and then applied them to the medallion.  How about some seaweed?  That's what I saw when I looked at the left vein pattern on the same texture sheet.  I had some leftover clay from when I cut out my circle. This time I rolled it through the clay machine making sure to cover the area I wanted with the clay. Don't forget to spritz on a little water here, too. Simply  use the clay knife to cut out the individual branches of the "seaweed" and clean up the edges a little. 

Here I rolled out a bit of hot pink clay, and used a mini seashell cutter from the Premo Nature set.  The needle tool was used to impress some lines like a real scallop shell.
A tiny amount of chocolate brown mixed lightly with white so streaks still were visible became a starfish--also a cutter from the Nature set.  Last of all, I wanted a fish, but alas, no cutter.  So get creative! Here I mixed orange with a touch of chocolate brown to tone it down a little and rolled it out.  I used the aspen leaf cutter (Nature set) for the body and used the starfish cutter to cut out two arms and a fin (not shown).
Perhaps you can see how I assembled the fish using the leaf cutter and starfish arms.  The detail tool helped blend it together. I used one of the texture wheels to lightly add some scales, and the needle and blunt point tools to add an eye and fin lines.
Arrange the elements any way you wish and bake according to the manufacturers recommendation in a clay dedicated oven. When cool, add some waxed cord, hang and enjoy!

My three most important tips:
1) Don't forget to use a light spray of water on the texture sheet for easy removal.
2) Shapes and parts of shapes or textures can be used and combined to make other things.
3) Have fun!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tea Stands For Tuesday-Fat Tuesday Edition

Hi Everyone!  It's Mardi Gras time! I am joining Tea Tuesday today with a more colorful beverage and a craft to get in the spirit!

I have been trying to drink more water lately and recently came across this flavored water drink.  No calories, no sugar, no carbs and pretty good tasting.This one is cranberry flavored. I also tried mango peach which is good, too.

This week I decided to create a Mardi Gras mask using polymer clay and some feathers I had in my stash.  Here is a better look:
In researching masks, I noticed that the trio of gold, purple & green are often used together.  I hand formed all the parts which is why it might look a little wonky, LOL, and used a design plate for the design on the right.  The feathers were baked right into the clay.  I plan to use this on the color of an altered book that I am planning to start soon on celebrations/ holidays.

Thank you, once again, to Elizabeth and Bluebeard for organizing T(ea) Stands for Tuesday! It also gives me a (sometimes much needed) push to keep creating! Here is this week's post. Stop by and see what everyone else is up to!