I think after making my large scale shark coral reef, I felt a little bit of a lull with my ideas. Although I had some vague thoughts on new clay projects, I couldn’t seem to get started. I looked at Pinterest (go to place for inspiration!) and started thinking of a space theme for an Altoid tin. I drew round a tin I had in my drawer at work and did a mini sketch of a 1950’s style rocket. I liked where this was going!
Working with Altoid tins in the past, I found that putting clay over the entire thing doesn’t always work and wanted to try spray painting them. I learned pretty quickly that you should invest in some metal primer if you don’t want the paint to scratch off.
I decided to used my rocket drawing as the basis for my tin lid. I mixed together Fimo clay in black, purple, translucent, green and stardust to get a blend similar to a galaxy. I rolled it through the pasta machine to stretch the colours out rather than completely mix them and placed this on the lid. Next I cut out some basic shapes in silver clay for my rocket, using a deep blue and aqua to define parts of the rocket ship. I used a pointed tool to make some indents and added some small gold pieces for detail. I used a fluorescent clay to make the stars which I thought would be add dimension.
After baking and leaving the tin to cool, I sprayed it with metal primer and left it for a few hours. I then did several coats of black spray paint before deciding what to do with my tin.
My main project has been an altered wooden box. I removed the lid and covered it with polymer clay (Fimo), creating a hummingbird on a branch as the central image. Using my pasta machine to roll the clay into sheets, I cut out the shapes and built the image up with leaves and flowers around the edges of the box. I used some tools to texture the bird, branches and leaves and added my favourite Perfect Pearls for shimmer and depth. I added some Tim Holtz hinges to the back and a clasp at the front I had.
Close Up Clay Covered Box
For the bottom part of the box I primed it with Gesso then painted a few coats of Cosmic Shimmer paint in green and blue. When baking the lid I made some separate leave pieces with added gold leaf and once they were hard I glued them to the box for interest. I then varnished it and am quite pleased with how it turned out, especially the background.
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
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!
Coating with gesso
Pretty new adornments
What to use?!
Finished box with plastic cover
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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I may be 31 but I feel like a kind in a sweet shop when I get new craft things to play with! And that is what I’ve been doing on my week off. I bought a mini toaster oven to make shrink plastic things and I love it. I’ve been experimenting as well as reading Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! to get ideas on size and how well different ideas lend themselves to plastic.
Wow, October sneaked up fast! Not long left of the year, which has made me reflect a little on all the projects I’ve done and the ones I’ve wanted to try. I seem to forget how productive I can be!
I started the year still really into art journaling and got my smaller A5 dylusions journal which I still love. I was also doing a lot of mixed media projects in Spring like my Printer’s Tray and Steampunk themed shadow box. I like to come up with a theme then collect all my materials for that.
This week I have been thinking of exploring more textiles and sewing for my creative projects so picked up two magazines for inspiration. I also decided to buy a new Dylusions art journal because my old one is now so fat it is really difficult to do two pages! I’m completely obsessed with the newness of journals and notebooks – so many possibilities!
This book box from Graphic 45 is just too cute for words and includes 3 tags inside – excited to start thinking of a theme for it. And I’ve been exploring and enjoying my doodle art journaling in my smaller journal, although I use my Posca pens so much I’m starting to run out.
Hope everyone gets to do something creative this week 🙂
I had a few days off which I thought would be a good opportunity to start the art journal pages challenge I set myself, and this one was to make a page heavy with texture. Sometimes it is hard to just pick up materials and not really think about where to put them, but I consciously decided that the page would be layers of textures first and the image would come later.
I am having a serious case of ‘creative block’ and it is beyond frustrating.
my motivation to pick up a pen, play around with my art stash or even look for inspiration has dried up completely and I am stressing out! I am even finding reading, or concentrating on reading hard right now and I can’t seem to pinpoint why.
I know I overreact when this happens, and it has happened many times before.Other stresses in life bleed over into my free time and stick in my brain, feeding a deep anxiety. Usually art is an escape for me. I get the spark of an idea and must go and explore it at once. But right now, I have no desire to make anything.
I wonder how long it will last. It always seems like forever, every time it happens. Because it seems to have left a hole in my time, I am forcing myself to at least do something constructive and add to my CV/ job skills. Not the most interesting thing ever, but maybe if I worry less about my creative block, it will soon disappear.
A new art journal page I did recently in my smaller journal. I wanted to play with some colour schemes and will be experimenting some more with this kind of style. I think this swirling style of mine lends itself really well to nature and the ideas of things flourishing, not just flowers and plants but also creativity and human potential.
I’ve been working on this little box and mini book since Christmas, although it seems to get neglected a bit when I’m busy or have to do some journaling! I’ve wanted to do a sweets and desserts type project for a while as I had so many cute items. Think I will finish it very soon, although I can’t add too many embellishments to the book or it won’t fit in the box!
With all my art journal pages, I will start out with a very small idea and see where it takes me. I wanted to use a shimmery, light background and love how the pink and blue mixed here. The stars where made using a stencil and moulding paste, and once dry I painted them silver. I then added the foliage with stamps and black ink, used different punches for the flowers and cut out the bird.