Friday, August 12, 2016

POLYMER CLAY TRAILS...The Creation Of ArTee The Sea Turtle

Thanks to my recent computer crashes, I am unable to post anything consistently. Even right now I type this praying my computer won't croak before I am done :o) Forgive me if it is too short on details. I don't want to take to long, just incase.
Meet ARTEE The Sea Turtle! 
Artee took about three weeks to make. He was adopted by our dear young friend. We wanted to give him a special gift. Here is in his full fashion grade eight graduation ensemble.
Here He is with his new owner :o)


And Here He Is from the Beginning....
























Friday, July 29, 2016

HEARTFULLY CREATING: TRYING OUT PEBEO FANTASY PAINTS VIDEO

Yay, here is the  video I mentioned last week about what I did with Pebeo Fantasy Paints! So far I love the cool effects they can create but, polymer clay remains my favourite medium. However, I definitely recommend trying out any new art making materials that you want. Creating is all about having fun. I recently told a frustrated young artist that making art is about having fun. and not something torturous. It was his first time drawing and I think he thought he had to create photograph like image. Hopefully he knows now that if he isn't enjoying art making, then maybe he's  trying too hard! Relax, have fun and experiment with different media or art making tools. You may find something you jut love doing or find out you love a little this and a little that!
HeArtfully Creating!
Anita :o)

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

SNEAK PEEK!....EVERYTHING, PEBEO FANTASY PAINTS!

Yay, we are enjoying our first hot summer day, 37F on our thermometer! In our city in Northwestern Ontario, that is a huge event. Do I hang outside in this weather? Nope, not anymore. Since creating art is what I love doing daily, I enjoy the weather from inside. But it is nice to know I can go outside without shivering :o)
The number one medium I used for most of my artistic career has been Acrylic paint on canvas. In the last eight years, my focus changed to jewelry making and design using beads, wire and such. And the lasT year and a half, my new favourite medium of course is, polymer clay. Which means, I haven't worked on very many two dimensional works of art since eight years ago. There are a few exceptions though. What are they you ask?  I discovered a really cool oil based paint called "Pebeo Fantasy Paints." Not only can you use them on polymer clay pieces to create really beautiful special effects,  you can use them on glass, wood, metal and epoxy resin and, I am sure more surfaces than that! I used Pebeo's glass paint "Vitral," to re-furbish an old pair of metal framed glasses!
When you drop in the paints with a tooth pick or eye dropper pipette type device, the paints have a special formula that causes them to actually move and transform into really cool designs. It reminds me of molecular or chemistry images. The Moon paints contain Mica powder for the shimmer, metallic look and it is the Prisme (Prism) paints that create a honeycomb look!
You don't use a paint brush on these paints in order to get the proper effect. Stirring the paints prior to use is critical in order to maximize the effects they offer. Other wise ingredients like mica will just sit on the bottom. I used disposable pipettes as you can see in my photos to keep it as neat as possible. Toothpicks or skewers work well also to stir and to use as a dripping mechanism.
Because they are oil based, it does take a long time for them to dry. Soap and water clean up is not possible. I love what they paints do. Glad I bought them and tried them on a variety of surfaces. Just see below to find out what I did.

Take a look below to see but a mere sampling of what Pebeo Paints are capable of.

This is a preview to let you know the next HeArtfully Creating video will be all about Pebeo. So stay tuned or subscribe so you can find out as soon as I have it posted. (Just started working on it :o)
 Pebeo On Canvas
Painting In process by Anita Berglund - Pebeo Fantasy Paints and outline or "leading" paint for outlines. 

As well, using their tubes of acrylic based imitation "leading" or outlining paint, I had great fun drawing abstract designs and then dropping in the fantasy paints. Oh, and I also delved into epoxy resin. Made some pendant bases and again, dropped in Pebeo paints to create some gorgeous molecular effects.
Painting In process by Anita Berglund - Pebeo Fantasy Paints and outline or "leading" paint for outlines.  Then I dropped in Pebeo Fantasy and some Vitrail paints.
Paintings by Anita Berglund - created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints 2015


Pebeo On Resin
I was having great fun, learning how to make epoxy resin pieces. Some more on that adventure in the future. Once the resin cured after 24 hours, I was able to drip on the Pebeo Fantasy Paints to create some incredibly beautiful pendants. 
 by Anita Berglund - these pendants were created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints applied to resin pieces and jewelry bezel settings. 201
 by Anita Berglund - these pendants were created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints applied to resin pieces and jewelry bezel settings. 2015 
Pebeo On Metal Jewelry Bezels
 by Anita Berglund - this pendant was created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints applied to a jewelry bezel setting. 2015
by Anita Berglund - this pendant was created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints applied to a jewelry bezel setting. 2015 
by Anita Berglund - this pendant was created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints applied to a jewelry bezel setting. 2015
by Anita Berglund - this pendant was created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints applied to a jewelry bezel setting. 2015
by Anita Berglund - this pendant was created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints applied to a jewelry bezel setting. 2015
by Anita Berglund - this pendant was created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints applied to a polymer clay  disc that I made. 2015 
by Anita Berglund - this pendant was created with Pebeo Fantasy Paints applied to a resin base that I made. 2015


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HOWARD THE TURTLE - Polymer Clay Unplugged - How To Make A Turtle Trinket Holder - Part 2

I know I keep changing my polymer clay segment titles, makes searching for it confusing. But I have a new title I like to hopefully, I will stick with POLYMER CLAY UNPLUGGED. On that note here is Part 2 of Howard the Turtle, Unplugged - the video.

Make The Most Out Of All "Oops!" Moments
Making Howard was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot and hope that you will try creating a critter for fun. If you haven't already :o) It never has to be "realistic." Have fun with all you make.
Creating should never be a chore or torturous. It relaxes me and brings a smile to my heart. However, I would be lying if I said every step of the way has been one big "Woo Hoo!" moment. As you can imagine the frustration did increase when I just couldn't get his shell to fit right no matter how many times and days I spent carving and reshaping things. But, it was all turned into a great learning experience and making a second shell was easier because I already knew how now.
So my "oops!" moments turned into Woo Hoo moments!
And making your characters fun or cartoon like, takes the pressure off worrying about realism. It did help me to at least look at photos of real turtles. I wanted him believable but not photo realistic. He is
supposed to make you smile.
Even if you plan on creating something to be a certain way and it doesn't go the way you planned, always problem solve. Make the best of every "mistake." In fact don't even consider them mistakes. Because if you modify whatever it is, to work out in a different way, it is no longer a mistake or flawed. It becomes just the way you wanted it to be!
I would love to hear from you if you have created character from polymer clay, or if you have ideas, questions, thoughts or feedback! Just write them in the comments below or down below the YouTube channel video.

HeArtfully Creating,
Anita