A few pictures from a day out at Chester Zoo. So any amazing animals but only managed to get a few good pictures. Must have walked for 5 hours, but the weather was good.
I’ve been pretty busy recently and haven’t felt much motivation to blog really – it is the Summer Graduations at work and I’m doing overtime as well so my drive to make things is dwindling…. But I wanted to put an update on the creatures I have made over the last few weeks which I have decided to call Fizzlings! Sounds cute to me!
I made the purple and pink one for my sister as a request and she asked for him to be holding/eating a lolipop. I think that one is my favourite so far! Each one I’ve made is different and I can clearly see how much better I get, fine tuning details and working on my weak areas.
My sea creature monster, Eric, was a challenge as I wanted to create an upward tail with a mermaid-like fin. I love how he turned out although I was frustrated while I was making him and used loads of clay to get his head right! I used plastic eyes as well and they reacted very strangely with the polymer clay. They started to liquefy! I was scared of baking him but I kept an eye on him while he was in the oven and he turned out fine.
My new creature is going to be a combination of pale colours and new glass eyes I bought from Etsy. Will update as soon as he is finished! And I made this cute baby evil plant for my friend. Enjoy!
This is my recent project of love and hate! it took me two weeks to make this thing!
After watching Little Shop of Horrors recently the idea of having my own Audrey 2 lodged in my brain. I’d been messing around with polymer clays for a few weeks I thought ‘yeah, this will be a great project, making my own plant!’ – Not realising the amount of time, materials and effort it would actually take to make it!
However, when I obsess over a new project I tend to jump in and I started my research by looking for some pictures of Audrey 2 and making a list of materials I would need to make him.
As I mulled over how I was going to make this plant, I did some pretty basic sketches of the parts to make, but because I seem to like making things hard for myself, I decided my plant would have its mouth open! Mainly because I liked the teeth and thought they would be cool to make.
I watched some videos on YouTube about modelling using Super Sculpey and armatures and bought a new book on polymer clay called Polymer Clay Master Class, while also going out and gathering my materials.
This is what I have been doing recently. Playing with polymer clay and resin. I saw a cute tutorial on YouTube showing how to make a koi pond in a tin using Fimo and resin and this is my first attempt. I found some moss after I did this one so will make another one soon.
I have also been using moulds for my resin, using it in tiny jars and bottles and recently making these monsters using a foil armature inside, I currently have this week off so am starting a new clay project which I hope turns out well! Check it out here soon :)
I was 28 when I started this blog. It was quite basic in the beginning as I only put up photos of things I had been making. I’m now 31 and a lot has happened in three years. I’ve moved house five times, waited two years for my job to become permanent and had more than my share of personal struggles to overcome.
I’ve also become more confident, happier in myself with a better understanding of what I want. My perception of art, creativity and my life has gradually changed. Writing a blog allowed me to reflect on just how much I did change, and sometimes I am surprised with the things I have done. I developed a quiet self-assurance in my ability to learn and not be afraid to make mistakes. This allowed me to open up to new creative challenges and try new things for the pleasure and curiosity, as well as pushing myself to grow. As I did this the deeper and more fascinating different craft projects became. I also cared less about other people’s thoughts.
I began to see that perfection wasn’t the purpose for art, at least for me. I embraced my mistakes, documented them and used them as a measurement of how far I could go. This is something I did in all areas of my life not just my art. I started learning more technical things around my job and teaching myself how to develop, layout and write a website. I read books about photography, blogging, and social media and went to talks about the future of technology. I became interested in design and started learning how to use InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. These skills fed back into my blog as it went through many looks.
During my early 20s after finishing my studies I struggled finding a job. In-between the drudgery of job hunting I started looking into new crafts. I experimented with mosaics which I liked although I shredded my fingers cutting the tiles and made a mess in my room! When I moved back to Cambridge I got a sewing machine and taught myself how to sew. I had a bit more space then and made my sister a school bag, made some fluffy critters and tried making clothes. I also experimented with polymer clay.
When I was 27 I moved to Manchester and this was a dark time in my life. I found solace in my art. I remember at one point I had no money, my computer had broken, I had no TV and my phone had been cut off. I was disconnected from the world! But I knew the one thing I could still do was create, so that is what I did. I made books into altered art pieces and experimented with paper crafts.
Since starting Cherryblossom Tears I went from mostly sketching and painting with oils to trying altered arts, die cutting, paper crafts, collage, decopatch, art journaling, shadow boxes, jewellery making, photography, video tutorials, embroidery, felting, stamp carving, fabric pens, polymer clay and resin. I found my niche in mixed media and a love of creating projects to work on. I enjoy sharing my work, writing tutorials and finding new ways to convey my ideas. I believe that everyone has the ability to be creative; some just need encouragement and guidance to start. Who knows what you could craft if you allowed yourself.
While the evil old creative rut crept up on me I decided to get a few items and start a new shadow box, as it had been quite a long time since my last one and I was falling out of love with my embroidery a bit.
Some things I used to make this box include:
- Tim Holtz heart charms
- Tim Holtz arrows adornments
- Tom Hotltz foundation feet & decorative corners
- Mini bottles
- fimo clay
- found items including metal charms, buttons and wooden adornments
- papers and die cut pieces
- fabric flowers and little mushroom bird
This was my first time using resin as I wanted the bottles to look like they were full of liquid. I loved making them, I filled one with tiny fimo bugs! My next project will be something with resin.
Here are few pictures as I made the box, it measures 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches which is super cute!
I seem to love butterflies! One thing I love about making things like this is gathering my different items and finding a way to combine them with my theme. Nature is a strong theme in my work now and I wanted the box to be quite light and uplifting. The items inside are also symbolic in a similar way to dreams, such as the key and the different bottles. The box came with a plastic front piece which I used, as dust getting in pieces like these is annoying and impossible to clean!
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Just a few things I’ve been making recently. The Little stumpy fellows have helped me get out of a creative rut as I made them without much thought, just playing around with clay and some found items. I adore Kawaii things too so just had to try making some cupcakes, a raindrop, some apples and lemons. And the little creature who is last was made from some gold and translucent clay I had left.
Having felt a lack of motivation recently and a general malaise in my art, I decided to a.) watch Heroes as a break from all my embroidery and b.) try a new approach. I’ve made things with Fimo Clay before and had a lot of things left over, as I like to keep all my different creative projects and supplies. I started making little charms in 2010 before I moved to Manchester. This post is what I’ve been doing recently, starting with something super easy – snails! These are cute and make nice little gifts for people. I then got a few new colours and started making cute monsters, with the idea to turn them into key rings. It’s much easier to bake with this kind of medium now I live in a better house! Here are a few things I made last week
I found a tutorial on the jellyfish which I thought was so cute, so made two of them. I also wanted to try making some bugs. These are quite small but I think they are good for a first try, I can see how to improve them and that is when I know my creative rut is lifting.
This is an excellent question right now! Because while I’m not in a block as such, I feel like I’m disengaged with my projects. It could be some apathy I’ve been feeling from other things – work, health, personal dramas – and this is bleeding into my art. Or maybe I am just run down and need a break longer than a few days.