Friday, September 25, 2015

PCAGOE Honours Wyatt Waters!

This month's challenge is about taking a painting by American painter Wyatt Waters and being inspired by it. I chose the Fireflies painting. The first thought that crossed my mind, when I saw the painting,  was that it would make a great night light. I'm partial to night lights. I love making them.
Using some white clay and some inks I set out to recreate the mood of the art piece in my sculpture. I am quite happy with my results although the photo does not capture the colors as well as it should. I still need work on photographic skills.
The first photo is of the painting in question and the second is my sculpture. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ironcraft Has Gone Wild!

This challenge was about making an animal or something with animals. I've been preparing for the International Plowing Match which is being held in my neighborhood this year. I chose horses because I thought people would like those and I admire horses a lot. They are beautiful animals.
This card case is made from polymer clay, a stamp and some pan pastels. I sold this one before the IPM so I'll have to make another but I don't mind. They are such a unique item.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ironcraft Just Wants to Have Fun!

That is my inspiration for this challenge, Fun! I just got some new toys. I bought a whole set of ink pencils and crayons and wanted to try them out. I was going to a polo match as a vendor and wanted to bring items with horses on them. I drew my design with fabric crayons and then used the inks to color in and give it some dimension. I free-motioned the design with variegated thread to add even more texture. It was way too much fun! It was my first time drawing a horse and using those pencils. I think it turned out pretty good. They are great and did I say they were fun? Yes, I think I mentioned that.
Don't you just love getting new supplies or toys and just losing yourself in them for a few hours? I know I do.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ABC, It's Easy as 123.

At the beginning of this PCAGOE Challenge called "Letters", one of our members posted the Jackson 5 song in my title as a lighthearted inspiration for us. I got a real kick out of it especially the clothes back then reminding of a time when that fashion was cool. Thank you Betsy, it put a smile on my face.
I wanted to make something that I knew would be useful for me and my button inventory was in great need of replenishing so I decided to make buttons with words spelled out. I chose "hope" and "love" because those are the most important words I could think of. I'm imagining a knitter making a sweater and wanting my buttons for closures. That also is making me smile.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ironcraft is Going to the Fair!

This is definitely time for fairs. Up here, there are everywhere, every weekend. I just love them! I love the sounds, the colors and the various activities going on. When looking at the list of categories, I stopped at the dolls because I just finished a doll that I think would blow away the competition or at least get a few judges scratching their heads wondering where this one came from. lol
Her name is Queen and she is part of an online doll-making course I've been taking. Her body, arms and head are made of wire. Her face is sculpted polymer and her dress is an experiment I call polymerized fabric.
I love sculpting faces and see the expressions they have when I'm done. I know I should work of controlling the expressions with a turned up cheek and smile, frowning brows and such. I so enjoy letting the clay decide what it will look like and the comment it will make on the world using only an expression. Do you have a crafted item that you never know what it will look like before it's done? I love those the best and the freedom it gives.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ironcraft Says Keep It Small!

Summer has certainly kept me busy all over the place. I'm glad to say I've been creating more than I have lately so it feels good. So, this Ironcraft challenge crept up on my pretty fast. Luck would have it I have been creating hair accessories. I got into a craze of making hair accessories of all kinds; French barrettes, hair pins and bobby pins. I'm not sure what started this fascination with making hair things. My hair is super short. I don't use any of them. They sell at my shows rather well so I know they will go to a good home. I just keep making them because it's fun.
I hope you've found something "fun" to do this summer.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Watch Out for the Fairies!

You may not have noticed them. Fairies are notorious for keeping a low profile, not wanting to be found out by us humans. But if you look very closely with a heart filled with wonder, they will let you see the lights shining from inside their homes. I saw one once, in a dream, and made this nightlight to show my vision. This house is a replica of a home of a Sand Fairy. They are great friends with ants and nestle in among them. If you ever come across a field of anthills you may see them too. I wouldn't recommend going into the field of anthills. But if you wait, you might see the lights of the fairy houses in the dark.
OK, I made all that up but I did make a fairy house which I turned into a nightlight and it reminds me of the shape of those anthills you see in Australia. My fairy house would blend in well with the shades of the grass and sand camouflaging it well from people who do not know what to look for.
The coloring was done with pan pastels, a trick shown to me by fellow artist Izzy Hinther. I love the look of baked stone it gives to the polymer clay. The bottom is felt and you lift the whole house to put a string of battery operated led lights inside. The lights are quite bright in the dark.
Let me know what you think and if you've ever dreamed of seeing a real fairy house.