Sunday, July 6, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Read all the way to the bottom to find out about two giveaways.
A few weeks ago I received an email from Sally Ford at Colored Pencil Magazine asking me if I would be interested in contributing an article about using colored pencil on polymer clay. She had seen a few of my photos on flickr and my blog and thought her readers would be interested in learning more about the process.
So, of course, I jumped at the opportunity to share the love of clay with a whole new gang! I knew that colored pencil users wouldn't necessarily want to start making beads or sculptures or jewelry the way most of us clay folks do. But, they could replace their paper with clay for a different surface that has interesting qualities paper doesn't have.
I also wanted to introduce clay in a way that would complement pencil art and not require anyone to buy a bunch of tools to get started. I opted to feature Ultralight instead of "regular" clay for two reasons:
1) No pasta machine is required
2) The matte Ultralight surface works really well with soft colored pencils (Prismacolors, for example).
The digital copy of the magazine is available for subscribers today and the print copy comes out next week. It was a fun experience and I hope some of the readers give it a shot!
Here are photos of the pieces I made, before and after coloring:
|No texturing on this surface, just a smooth, unsanded finish.|
Sunday, May 18, 2014
While wandering through the craft store yesterday I hit upon a solution to hold my beads and little fishies still while I take photos of them.
Neutral colored decorative sand in a glass dish! You can position the items any way you wish and they stay in place.
You don't want grains of sand that are too small or they will stick to your items. But at the size shown here, the grains easily brush off when you need to reposition the item for the next picture.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Pics from the East End Brewery's Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride ride today.
We were out on the bikes from 11 am to 6 pm. Rode all over the East End, ending up in the Strip for the end of the "official" ride. Had a quesadilla lunch from Edgar's, Peace, Love & doughnuts (maple bacon!), and Presto George coffee. Rode the jail trail out of town and came up Panther Hollow to Squirrel Hill and home on Forbes. I did pretty good up small hills in the morning but had to walk the bike up any incline by late afternoon.
I took a ton of photos along the way. Here are my favorites...
Saturday, March 29, 2014
My friend Jo told me about the Sketch Guru app. You can draw some pretty nice things with it. The tools are intuitive and flexible.
When I'm killing time in the waiting room or on a plane I make pictures to entertain myself. My phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 2) has a stylus so it's easier to control the drawing than if you had to use your finger.
You can draw a realistic things (This guy was in the in flight magazine)...
Or just make simple designs from inside your head ...
You can also schetch ideas for your next project. This funny face may become a new series of beads.