Trying something new
// September 20th, 2012 // Mixed Media, Journals & Papercraft
Hey guys, I have been seeing all the amazing things the other designers are creating using polymer clay so I decided to take a stab at how this stuff works.
I found some clay hidden in the back of a drawer for I am not really sure how long and gave it a go. I began by conditioning my clay as I learned in the free polymer clay class you can take right here! Once my clay was workable I used an unmounted acrylic stamp in the shape of a heart with wings (a promotional stamp from Close To My Heart I purchased a few years ago). After cutting my image out I baked it as directed on the label of the package.
Once my clay cooled I used perfect pearls and Krylon Looking Glass Spray to color the baked clay piece. Next I began to assemble my project.
In my art journal I try several different techniques, some successful others a ‘learning experience’. In this case I layered pages I tore from a book and CAREFULLY burned the edges. (I used a little water to outline the area I did not want to burn and I did this outside with a hose running close by.) I used a combination of distress inks, paints and Glimmer Mist spray to color my background. In addition I used staz-on ink in black to add bits and pieces of music stamping into the layers.
I used a few gel pens to add color and script to my page. Because I just recently celebrated my 14th wedding anniversary (I celebrated with our kids at a soccer practice, my hubby with his buddies at a professional meeting and together we sighed ‘Happy Anniversary’ as we fell exhausted into bed) I decided to do something as a tribute to the amazing man I married.
Once I had my background completed I used a heavy duty glue to affix my clay piece to the page then added my journaling using a gel pen outlined with a black marker.
This is really the first time I have used clay in a mixed media project, and I think it may pop up from time to time. As a matter of fact, I just recently made some ‘mini dominoes’ to make a title on one of my scrapbook pages!
I hope you enjoy this creation, and I look forward to creating more in the future.