Sunday, February 28, 2010

New Velvet Heart Necklaces!

These anatomical heart necklaces were inspired by my grandma's bag of lovely old velvet scraps. It has taken me a long time to get them photographed but here they are. They are a great way to show love for your mom for mother's day which is coming in May!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Work pics--in progress!

I brought my camera with me for the first time in awhile while I worked with clay. I've been going to my mom's ceramic studio for once a week to work on some bigger projects...which for me is about 2feet tall! I don't have pictures of that but I have these pics of some smaller pieces made out of this cool terracotta clay that has mica chips in it; It gives the clay a lovely sparkly quality.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Update on the heads!

I've been very slow on taking pictures of these heads as I work on them. I am enjoying applying encaustic ( wax ) onto them over the pastel that I rubbed onto the bisqued clay. I really like how I can control the color unlike with traditional glazes that are normally used with clay. Perhaps its because I've never had any patience with chemistry or I like to see what I'm getting right away. I also like shaving the chalk pastels into little pastels and blending the colors on the clay surface. Its easier to see the surface once the pastel has been rubbed in, another nice feature of this technique. The wax that I paint on top of the pastel ( after I spray it with fixative) helps to varnish the surface. Let me know if you've tried this technique and what you think of it...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday faves of etsy artists...

I think I'm going to do a regular Monday favorites to highlight lots of great etsy artists...enjoy them and check them out!