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.

HeArtfully Creating,
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.
Thanks for stopping by!
Anita