Monday, May 22, 2017

HeArtfully Creating: Jewellery Talk'n About Transforming Jewellery Findings With Alcohol Inks

Want to add colour to your metal jewellery findings? Well, take a look at my short video, to give you a suggestion on how you can easily perk up and transform your metal pieces! It is super easy!
Be inspired:
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Lots of Colourful Fun!
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

HeArtfully Creating: Polymer Clay Journey - Pendant Inspiration

Here is a video below that I made to hopefully inspire some polymer clay jewellery pendants. Here are a variety of methods and techniques.
Hope you are even wee bit surprised!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: Make Mica Powder Swatches

Howdy fellow artists! As many of you may already know, Visual artists love colour. It makes sense that God, our Creator, Thee most Perfect Artist ever, created not just our eyes to see - but the bazillion of colors all around us. It is why some of us have an art supplies. Count me in as one of those people.
Since I began working in polymer clay, aside from chalk pastels, paints and polymer clay... I love them all and have gotten into the collecting of mica powders. They may be best known by a couple of brand names Pearl Ex and Perfect Pearls. Mica is actually a natural mineral that somehow has been processed in a manner that has been turned into a fine powdered pigment with great shimmer and special effects. It can be used on raw polymer clay or mixed into glazes, clays, liquid clay, gel mediums for acrylics and the like - even water and a spray bottle.
Not Just Eyeshadow!
It is probably most familiar as eyeshadow. So if you can't afford the jars, do what I first did and buy a thirty or more plus eye shadow palette on Ebay for under ten dollars! You can use the myriad of colours to add dimension to your polymer clay pieces!
Swatch Out!
Below is a video with more details about making swatches of your powders as well as some important notes about Primary Elements Pigment/Mica Powders by Luminary. Take a look.
Be inspired!

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Anita



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: Making Large Holed Tube Beads - DIY Video

Hello guys! Hope you have been HeArtfully Creating whatever inspires you. Lately, I was inspired by Sandy Huntress of Keepsake Crafts (Click here to see the video), to make cool, large hole tube beads. I watched that video over and over. So this video is about how I made some of my tube beads.

As well, I was inspired by Patricia Roberts-Thompson's YouTube Tutorial about making your own bales from polymer clay. She used Sari ribbon. Sari ribbon is wonderful to use in layers, running through tube beads or just as a cord. Check out the video here that inspired me to purchase Sari Ribbon from the shop she mentioned.

Watch my newest Tutorial Below. 
Hopefully you will be even a wee bit inspired to try them.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: Tips And About Primary Elements Pigment Powders


Primary Elements baked after powders were  mixed with a tad of moisture.
Hi guys! What have you been creating lately? Me? Well, always working on something when I can. Spent about five days recovering some illness, so my productivity was down - that always bums me out. But thank the Good Lord, I am back up to par and ready to get back to work. Keep in mind,
Primary Elements
creating for me is not "work," because I love it!
Primary Elements Pigment Powders - Surprise! 
Primary Elements before baking (I did sprinkle clear
embossing powder hoping to keep it sealed.)
If you are like me, you love adding or incorporating powders to polymer clay. Whether they are glimmer and shimmery like Mica powders or more pigmented powders like chalk pastel or Primary Elements, which are more of a shimmery mica but a pigment. I learned the difficult way that Primary elements can not really be used like Perfect Pearls. I added a colour to the back of a piece, baked it and when I went to glaze it or got it wet, a new colour appeared, it altered.
Primary Elements are beautiful, a little goes along way when added to a medium like water and arabic gum or a liquid polymer clay, or glaze. But, on their own, added to the surface of unbaked clay, they are unstable - meaning the colour can change if water hits, not to mention depending on the hue, the colour may alter to something you
didn't want. You may experience great disappointment when the surface treatment completely changes or seems to come off after baking. Where as mica powders and chalks, don't generally wash off. They adhere to the surface quite well. It may help to seal them in if you don't want any wear off, if it is a jewellery piece.
How Can I Use Them Then?
These can be used in teeny amounts to make paint. Just add a bit to water and you will have shimmery colour to spray on paper or evenly. Let it dry, but, it still might rub off, especially once the clay is baked. But apparently adding some Arabic Gum to the water, binds it together. I am not sure if it will then stand up to Polymer clay.
As well you can have great fun, mixing it into gel mediums or glazes. They act as a binder and will stay on the surface you put it on, including already baked clay. I wouldn't use colour glaze or medium
on raw clay. But you can experiment!
Swatch Out Colours
 I wanted to show you how I rolled out back clay and in some cases, I used white too. You may already know that depending on the colour of the clay, the pigment and mica will have varying results. So it is worth swatch out both colours.
Using rubber letter stamps, I stamped the name of the colour into the wet clay. Cutting the sheet into sort of rectangles. Added the Primary Elements Powdered Pigment that is also mixed with mica shimmer powders. Then to get the true colour, I delicately added a bit of water and just used my fingers to mix it on the surface. Wanting it to not rub off, I sprinkled clear embossing powder on the surface. That s why a couple pics look like they have course sea salt on them!
Fired the clay at the Premo Temperature of 275F. You can use the swatches as a colour reference, attach them into a notebook or throw them into a baggie. I am not super organized :o)
Have fun, experimenting. 
Note:
These Pigments are intense and therefore, will seriously stain fingers. You can purchase finger cots, or cut the fingers off of latex gloves (same thing), or thanks to Val Evans from the Unruly Housewife, you can wrap your finger in cling film.

Have fun! Experiment! Even making colour swatches is mega fun!

Baked on Primary Elements (remember with a sprinkling of clear embossing powder to seal it from making a mess)
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Tutorial Video Share: Making Peonies

Hi guys! Today has clearly been focused on Flowers! Makes sense, Since Spring is in the air. Well I hope it is in the air, In our neck of the woods It was +16
Celsius On Saturday The next day, -1 Celsius. However, We can see A couple of tulips and crocuses trying to make their way out of the soil! Hope they don't catch a cold!
One of my favourite flowers In a garden, besides the Oriental poppy, are peonies. my dear friend Jan, who has gone onto heaven, transplanted one from her garden into our's. Here's the painting that I did of it.    They're just so beautiful. 

So once again, Here are some more video tutorials All about making flowers but this time a specific kind, peonies. Not Just Using paper, But there is one that is edible, made using  gum paste (If you watch Cake Boss you will know what that is.) As well as Peonies made from fabric.

As always, hope you're inspired!

HeArtfully Creating!
Anita

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Video Tutorial Share: More On Paper Flower Making But Huge Ones This Time


Nasturtium by me, Anita Berglund. Acrylic On Canvas
Okay, now that I am looking, I can't stop sharing these great inspirational tutorials. Loving flowers as much as I do. These Ginormous ones remind me of the way I once painted pictures of them! 
Here is some more inspiration!  

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Video Tutorial Sharing: Learn To Make Paper Flowers Of All Kinds!!

Hi guys! As often happens, I "accidentally" Stumbled upon Some very beautiful paper flower makingVideo tutorials. If They inspired me I thought that they would inspire you too! Some of them Require Tissue paper. Some, Crêpe paper, And some of themUse coloured card stock Paper! What matters most, They are all Really Beautiful. And I think once you see some of the videos, You will See That it is possible for all of us to make them!
California Poppies by me, Anita Berglund

If you know me, Or have been following this blog, You will know That I have painted Flowers In acrylic on canvas-A lot !  As well, I Have A Huge photo library Of The flowers In our garden, when it was in its prime And these days, I haveReally enjoyed Creating flowers using polymer clay. If you're interested in checking all that outJust searchFor flowersOn this blog to see.
Hope you're inspired As we watch spring (where we live In North America) roll in, bringing us new life, New flowers, And new inspiration.

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Paper Flowers
Raununculus- Persian Buttercup


Paper Flower
Paper Roses










Gerbera
Hibiscus


Geraniums
Oriental Poppy

Cyclamen

Wisteria
Hibiscus


Bougainvillia


Star Gazer Lillies

Gladiolas
Paper Bouquet - Hydrangeas


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Sunday, April 9, 2017

POLYMER CLAY JOURNEY: My First Sutton Slice ATTEMPT

Finally, I tried to do the Sutton Slice technique and wanted to share a short video about how to do it. Here it is. Hope you are inspired.

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Anita




Saturday, April 8, 2017

In My Studio: What I Have Been Working On

Hi guys! Been behind posting lately. Wanted to share some projects I have been working on in Polymer clay. The pictures below are a couple of pendants, one is a Pebeo Abstract Painting I did on a resin cast and then made a polymer pendant. The teardrop is a beautiful labradorite stone encased in polymer clay.
Be inspired to create.
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Anita







Friday, March 24, 2017

Fun Stuff! So Excited. Thank You Christi Friesen!

I never enter draws or buy tickets but recently, I joined Christi Friesen's Creative Neighbourhood on Facebook. We can share photos of our polymer clay work. It is a great place to connect with Christi (one of my favourite polymer clay/mixed media artists. She is such a fun alady, great artists and teacher. Little did Know our names went randomly in a draw and I won a surprise gift! So thrilled to even see my name, I waited for my prize to come from California all the way to Thunder Bay, Canada!
Today, it came. And it is a Christi Friesen handmade. original polymer clay heart. She even initialled it on the back! So cool. Not to mention a handwritten note. Christi is the movie star of the polymer clay world to me. So thank you for blessing my day Christi!! Love you! 
!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Polymer Clay Journey: Works In Progress And More Glazing Lessons Learned

Howdy guys! I've noticed that Wednesdays are often referred to as works in progress days. Well, I've noticed that in the polymer clay world anyway. It is where people share pieces that they are working on but are not done yet. So this is my first works in progress Post, I think so anyway. Maybe more like works I thought were completed, but then started to take photographs for my online Etsy shop, but noticed, thanks to direct sunlight and macro photography.... the Tiny little bubbles and flaws in the polyurethane gloss! This time, I thought I was so careful. And some of the pieces have yellow spots. Again, does anyone out there have any ideas as to what I am doing wrong? Too much at one? Should it be a really thin layer after layer? All that then means, the pieces I thought were complete and ready to prepare for sale, are not. Argh!

Polymer Clay Earring dangles, with copper,
handmade (by me) ear wires. 
Back to my works in progress. Been working on textured, polymer clay "dangles," created using my own texture plates/rollers/sheets (Here is article 1, 2 and 3 on making your own texture/image sheets and rollers) , whatever you want to call them. The first piece has, thanks to the inspiration of Christi Friesen's polymer clay art work, where she talks about incorporating inclusions, which is anything not made from polymer clay. I incorporated items like micro beads and a small faceted Glass bead. The surface was then treated with Mica Powder, acrylic paint, and finished with that frustrating water based polyurethane. I thought it looked great at first, but then as you take the photos under direct sunlight, then you see all those darn bubbles...teeny ones!


Here are a pile of some more photos of some of the pieces that I turned into earrings. I think they look pretty great, as long as I don't zoom in with a macro lens! Maybe I am being too picky. Oh
Polymer Clay Earring dangles, with copper,
handmade (by me) ear wires. 
well, it is important to perfect my work so customers receive professional wearable art! Creating is always a learning process.
Thanks for stopping by.
HeArtfully Creating,
Anita
Polymer Clay Earring dangles,
handmade (by me) ear wires. 


Polymer Clay Earring dangles, with copper,
handmade (by me) ear wires. 

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Practical Polymer Clay Projects: Make Your Own Tools

Hi guys! It has been a whirlwind week. Had great plans to get a few new blogs out by today. But, as many of you know taking photos of your work while you work, editing the photos - especially when you're like me and take at least 200 photos for every couple of items made. Actually, when I was just transferring photos just for this project alone, there was at least 500 photos. You can see why I turn them into videos to document my work. No one would want to look all of those photos in a blog post!

Practical polymer clay project: texturing tools
I am just trying to post this before I hit the hay, so I won't say too much right now. But I did want to show some photos before Friday ends.

With polymer clay and sewing needles, and a 26 gauge wire threaded through the eye of the needles, I grouped  them together and then formed polymer clay around them. I have to thank my Mandarin ducky, Anikko, for that idea. Take a look.


Then I made my own craft knife so that I can use up some spare tiny blades that were leftover, when a cheap craft knife broke within one month. Again wrapping wire so the clay had something to grab onto, I made my own detail knife. As well, I made a double knife so I can make Little strips of clay. I thought it was kind of cool. Take a look at these.



The loopy thing/ tool, was created from an idea I saw somewhere on the Internet, sorry I can't remember where... They took a guitar string and made a loop and formed it into a sculpting tool. This is a necklace cable that I used instead. No guitars here!



Everyone have a great weekend! Lord willing, I would posting more detail Photos and articles this weekend. Wait till you see the new textured polymer clay pieces I have been working on all week :o)

HeArtfully creating,
Anita