Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dimensional Still Life

Being a mixed media artist allows me to expand my techniques and art aresenal. I would have a lot less art stuff if I stuck to one media but I love it all. One thing I love to do is to finish off my art with texture and I achieve this with both cast and suclpted Creative Paperclay®.


Acrylic paint
Silicone molds
Creative Paperclay®
Sculpting tools
Soft gel

Before casting my objects, I mix a dark blue acrylic paint in a bag with my Creative Paperclay®. It keeps my hands clean and allows me to mix the two completely. Then I apply the colored clay to my silicone mold and let it dry thoroughly. At that point I can glue them to my surface with a soft gel. The bees on the right hand side of the papers were also done this way. I finished them off by rubbing a lighter color of paint on them.

I lightly dampened the surface of the painting then applied the clay in the shape of an orchid. Using several different tools, I started blocking in the shape and smoothed the edges with water on my fingers. When finished, I let dry then painted it with my acrylics.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Adding Texture to My Art

I love, love, love mixed media. It lets me have endless options with my art. Here I am recycling an older piece of art and adding the curved shape created with Creative paperclay®. I applied to my panel surface by brayering it flat, trimmed the shape then smoothed the edges with water on my finger.

Note: If your clay is too thick, you are likely to get cracks in it. They can be fixed but better to think ahead.

My next step is to stamp words and shapes into the clay. Once this dries I will coat it with polymer medium and paint.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Creative Paperclay® Decorations

I wanted to make party decorations for a friend for either her gift ornaments or for the place settings.  I started by casting baby heads and shells from my collection of silicone molds. I only wanted partial baby faces so after casting I tore the top of the heads off. Am I cruel or what? Next, I let them dry overnight.

Creative Paperclay®
Gold Paint
Adhesive size
Holographic foil
E6000 glue

When the cast shapes were dry, I glued them together with E6000. I could have glued them together with a piece of clay but, as usual, I was in a hurry and E6000 sets quickly.

After painting them a matte gold acrylic by Holbein and letting the paint dry, I applied the adhesive size. This is a special glue made for metal leaf and foils. It goes on white and when it becomes clear, it is tacky and ready for the foil application. I prefer Wunda Size as it is water soluble.

The holographic foil is then rubbed on to the tacky adhesive size. This is then lifted off. Because it has a very thin layer of plastic over it, the foil not used will remain attached to the plastic.

My apologies that this is so hard to photograph In person it looks great.

I get my holographic foils at Royal Design Studio. They have a great range of holographic and regular foils plus you can order it by the foot, yard or roll.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Paper Clay Bowl

You need so little to create a Valentine bowl that has so many uses. It could hold a ring, valentine candies or incense. It just depends what you come up with.


Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic paint
Polymer Medium

Cover the orange with the clay, trim to heart shape and stamp. The most difficult part is to wait until it dries.
When dry, just pop it off the orange.

When you turn it over, you can see the wonderful dimpled texture from the orange. Now it's time to sand the edges smooth. Once that is done, I seal the heart with polymer medium.

Now the heart is painted with various shades of red and pink.

The back side is painted dark rose gold and highlighted with a lighter, brighter gold.

Great as a gift or to keep.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Casting with Gesso Beauty

Just got the latest issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors with my article on casting gesso. Loved the metallic gessos by Holbein. They are not inexpensive but so wonderful and worth it. They have a great binder so I was able to cast with them easily. I cast into metal, silicone, latex molds and bubble wrap. This article gives you all the tips and techniques to do this well. 

I will also be teaching a class this summer on Mystical, Magical Gesso with a Twist that is the most complete and thorough class on the subject of gesso. This will be with ArtfulGathering.com.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Die Cut Foil & Layers of Art

Playing around with my Silhouette Cameo and spending the day die cutting foil, papers and all kinds of fun ephemera. This sample shows a variegated foil on one of the initial layers of my painting. Often I sand back the foil to make it a little grungy. On the finished piece you can see that stencils had been applied over them

By the time that the piece, My Heart Takes Flight, was done, stencils, image transfers, found objects and lots of paint had been added.
The image in the background was taken in a church in France taken by a friend's daughter

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Remember the Beach

Holy Mackerel, 12" x 12" mixed media on panel. I can smell the ocean air and see the pelicans in my mind after having spent most of life in Newport Beach, CA.

The techniques use were stencils, paint skins, collage, metal leaf and acrylic paint.