Monday, March 24, 2008

Two Girlies - Using Some Stamps

I have a lovely collection of stamps now. I was going to start an art journal but as usually I ended up doing something else. Last weeks I came across Suziblutube's videos on YouTube and I was really inspired by her art. I love it! She's so lovely and so funny and sooooo talanted! I just love her girlies and I just had to try and make something like that. I am not really good at drawing simply because I don't practice it enough, but I am quite pleased with the result although I copied the girls. It was a nice chance to use some of my new hand made stamps, too. Mostly they are not really clear but they are great for background and some details that are maybe not seen well on the pics.

I used everything that I have at home: watercolour pencils, watercolours, acrylic paint, stamps, decorative paper, napkins, crayons, markers, old book pages, ink,... Tomorrow I have to go shopping again to get some gesso and watercolour crayons. Hope we have that in our stores!

And by the way, happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cut It Out!

I was looking for some inspiration and some tips regarding eraser or stamp carving and I came across this fabulous site: Street Team Challenges. This month’s challenge Cut It Out is about making a stamp or stencil. I am a big fun of hand made art journals, but for now I am just watching and getting ready to start my own. With sites like Michelle Ward's and all the links from her site I am not really far from giving it a try.

I am getting a bit obsessed with stamp carving at the moment. What can I say, I just love it!! :)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Eraser (Rubber) Carving

Did I say I was going to try to combine wire with polymer clay pendants this weekend? Yeah, right! Of course I didn't. We were shopping on Friday, Nina needed few things for school and in the stationer's shop I saw quite big erasers. And they were on sale. Just perfect, for quite some time I wanted to make my own eraser stamps. I bought 7 or so and it seemed a lot. I started with carving as soon as we got home and it's really an easy way to make stamps! Nina was watching for some time and then she wanted to try, too. We run out of erasers yesterday although we carved them on both sides as they are thick enough. So tomorrow I am going back to that shop to buy all the erasers they have left! :)

These are Nina's carvings (I made her name and draw a cat, she did all the carving herself and designs for the other ones):

And these are mine and one with a piece of paper where I tried how eraser stamp works:

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wire Pendants and Rings

Bought some more wire, different types and now my fingers really hurt!!! The next step is to figure out how to combine wire with polymer clay. I'm looking forward to the weekend...

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Box, Pendant, Picture and More Pendants

Yesterday I was in Velenje meeting with the girls from our creativity group. It was great to see them again and we had a wonderful time together. We had a "How to make a book" workshop and then watched photos from Rusia. In the meantime we ate a lot of delicious home made food and I learned how to make a wire pendants. I had to try that today and of course I didn't have just the right wire, but with some things from my stash they turned out quite ok. Oh, and we had two great swaps yesterday as well - scrapbook pages for memory books and 8th March swap. I got this cute picture, made of air dry clay (thanks Marta!):

And this is what I've made for our swap (cardboard box decorated with decorative paper K&Company and some ribbon with polymer clay pendant in it):

These are the two pendants I managed to made today (Natka, thanks for the instructions!). Yesterday I am going to the city to buy some more apropriate wire.

Thanks for the lovely day, girls!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Baking Clay

Look what I got! A brand new cute little oven which I am going to use for baking clay! I used my regular kitchen oven until now but for quite some time I was thinking about buying a smaller one just for clay. Last week they had them on sale in one of the stores near here. Dajana went there in the morning while I was at work and now I finally have it. Hooray!

I am going to turn it on now and bake the pendants I made earlier. Hope it works well and doesn't burn them :) - keep your fingers crossed, please!