Monthly Archives: July 2013
After deciding to paint, I picked the bird sketch as my subject, for no other reason than I liked it, and could see it as a painting.
I very rarely paint, and when I do it is usually small designs in pen and water-colour, so trying acrylics is a bit of a departure .
I only have a few small tubes of acrylic paints, which I use with my Fimo, and most of the brushes I have are for water-colour,
or painting walls but what the heck, I feel like painting,so no excuses.
Well I had a lovely afternoon, and I can’t help wondering why I don’t paint with acrylics more.
The result is not so good, but it was such a good lesson In observation, and in mixing colours and most of all, it was fun !
I am now all fired up, and am already thinking of what I want to paint next.
I also want to read more about what acrylic colours are most versatile for a basic palette ,and what brushes are useful etc.
It would be nice to see how artist quality paints and the right brush for the job, compare with what I used for this painting.
Mmm…. I feel a trip to the art shop might be coming soon !
Enjoy your week-end.
I am a day or two late with my sketching post this week . My
excuse reason being I have finally painted the walls of my work area, and put my paints, wire, clay, and leather tools in a cupboard – which I hope to organise a bit better over the coming week .
It feels so much nicer, not being surrounded with cement patches, and I am looking forward to spending the afternoon drawing and painting today.
Here are this weeks 5 sketches.
This week instead of picking a sketch and then choosing whether to use clay, paint, lino etc, I have changed it around. I have decided to try a painting in acrylics, and will pick which sketch to follow-up, with that in mind.
I rarely paint, as the result never lives up to what I want it to be, although I do enjoy the “doing ” of it.
So I am going to give it a go, and will post it as soon as I feel it is complete.
When I was deciding which of the 5 sketches to follow-up, I discarded my page of pegs at first.They looked rather pathetic, and I couldn’t see me being able to do anything with them.
However, I must have felt I needed a challenge as I ended up choosing the pegs for the same reason I had discarded them.
I doodled and cut out some peg shapes in coloured paper, and they looked like possible pendant shapes, so I decided to play with my polymer clay, and make some peg inspired jewellery .
I was so happy to be using my polymer clay again, that I got a bit carried away mixing colours and making simple canes.
I wasn’t really sure what direction I was going in, and after most of the morning had gone, I was no where nearer to having any definite idea in mind.
After rolling some thin slices of my canes into some green clay I had some nice patterned clay, and after pressing some left over curtain tape into it, it looked like fabric.
I liked the link between a peg and fabric and so used it to make a peg shape along with some textured gold clay, and made a brass bail based on a peg spring .
I then made some other bits and pieces with the remaining clay, which was not peg inspired
I made a second peg pendant using my left over clay, which when mixed together was a sludgy olive colour. I textured it, brushed some eyeshadow on to bring out the texture, added some silver and gold bits to give it a more man-made feel, and finished it with another peg spring bail.
They look a bit rough and ready as I have not sanded and tidied up the edges, but hopefully you get the general idea.
I am not over the moon with these two pieces, but they are a good starting point. They have given me some ideas on playing around with pendant shapes, and on trying out more fabric effects with the clay.
It also showed me that ideas can come from an unlikely start.
Enjoy your week-end.
I wasn’t sure last week whether I would have time to continue my daily sketches this week, as my parents are here on holiday.
Today is the first time I have even managed to switch on my lap top in the last 5 days, and so the answer is no I won’t!
My sketching challenge will start again after their holiday.
I finished off a few polymer clay pendants, and earrings, with wires, bails and cords before they arrived, but the next two weeks looks like it is going to be filled with sight-seeing, picnics and enjoying the sunny weather( I know it’s a hard life ! )
All crafting is on hold, until 15th July.
In the meantime here are my latest finished polymer clay pendants