Close Up Clay Covered Box
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.
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.
Bee and cacti
I’ve been quite unwell recently with a sinus infection. Mostly been sleeping, feeling sorry for myself and watching a lot of nature programmes! I’ve also been doing a lot of art journaling and over the last few months I’ve found a lot of inspiration online through other artists work. I am obsessed with Pinterest!
This made me think of doing a series of blog posts on inspiration once a month. I am definitely a person who goes through phases of struggling with a creative block. It is almost like I have either too many ideas or none at all. So I am going to put up some themes and tips about this in the next few months.
Here are a few things I purchased and have felt inspired by over July and August:
My interest in Gothic art has been growing and bought Weirdo Noir which is a beautiful and informative book on contemporary pop Gothic art. It features lots of contemporary artists doing work in comics, illustration and is a refreshing change to all the shit candy pop stuff you see in mainstream day to day life. As I am also exploring sculpture, I am fascinated with art dolls and bought The Doll Scene which is full of gorgeous handmade dolls by interesting mixed media artists across the world. I love art books in general but thought I needed something a bit different to inspire me to go in a new direction.
New Art Books
I bought these two books Stamp It! and Craft-a-Doodle for some inspiration and this is a doodle I started to get back into my art. I’ve also been carving more stamps, which I will be putting up in a new post soon.
Mollie Makes came out yesterday so I am very excited to read this! Lots of flowers in full bloom right now too
I am on a little bit of a creative kick these last few days, I wonder if it is the weather! It has been really humid and sunny, I don’t think I’ve seen rain for at least 5 days.
Here are some things I’ve been doing recently.
Lana Del Ray
I’m really happy with the way this page turned out, although it might be a little crowded. I am developing some new ideas around my blog and tying different themes together. I like how this conveys the way I see my blog and my art as a journey into the unknown, the magical and mysterious.
I got these two today as well – Mollie Makes and a cute little art journal! I can’t wait to start my new ideas for that, I think I will keep it until I finish all the pages in my bigger one. Still working on my December art challenge, some pics will soon be put up 🙂
Finally, I am putting up pictures from the Graphic 45 matchbox I have spent ages making! I loved making this and am giving it to my sister for her birthday. This was an organic process and I went with my instincts as I made it, the main idea in my mind being an enchanted woodlands. I know how much she loves fairy-tales!
I got this book the other day – it has lots of cool projects and outlines the basics for sewing. It’s also really colourful!
For my sister Catherine 🙂