The wonders of a fairy house door and other enchanted doors in polymer clay

Every so often I will peruse Etsy and Pinterest to check out what some of my customers are making. Check out what I found today….

Fairy house doors by Kim Detmers

Wev’e all seen the cute little fairy house doors but what happens when you take it a bit further? Not just to the lands of fairy’s but to lands of ogres, bats, sea creatures and other mystical places.

While quickly flying through hundreds of Pinterest images I kept seeing these adorable fantastical doors. You could tell they had to be from the same artist so I had to take a closer look. These doors have such a distinct look; sort of elegant and whimsical melded in a way that makes you wonder just who lives there. LOL

 

 

Magical Doors by artist Kim Detmers can lead just about anywhere. How about  to a spooky castle?

 

 

 

 

 

How about to an ogre’s home?

 

Turns out these wonderful doors are created by polymer clay artist Kim Detmers

 

I love the way that Kim mixes her cane work with textures and color giving the piece a very cohesive appeal. Kim also does a wonderful job letting color work for her weather it’s in a complementary or contrasting way in MHO she nails it.

 

Often when canes are used to create sculptural pieces they can become a bit flat, not literally but visually, but she has done a great job of mixing it up to keep your eye traveling around the piece to see what other little detail is hiding.

 

Although it seems she only has 1 door currently available for purchase you should definitely check out her work on her Etsy site, oh yes and be sure to check out her blog.

I don’t know about you but this has given me a bit of inspiration I’ve never done a fairy door or house my feet stay a bit more in this realm. But I have been selling these cute fairy door and window molds, and with Christmas just around the corner maybe I’ll take them for a spin and make a Christmas Elf door???   Hmm I wonder, what will this inspire you to create?

Find all your creative supplies at Linda’s Art Spot and see what it may spark!

 

 

 

 

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Wahooo Citadel paints are in stock now at Linda’s Art Spot

Citadel Paint article  and photo by Syndee Holt

Did you catch the wonderful article in Polymer Arts Magazine  Fall 2017  “Time in a Bottle” recreating an aged look written by Syndee Holt? Syndee does a wonderful job sharing the wonders of Citadel paints. Since Linda’s Art Spot carries Citadel paints I thought I would share some of the technical sides of the paint.

Let start with some basics. All Citadel  paints are non-toxic, water-based acrylic that are designed for use on plastic, metal, and resin. The different styles are designed to work together for a wonderfully cohesive look.

One pot contains either 12ml or 24ml of paint depending on the type of paint. Each paint comes in a “pot”  has a wonderful little top that snaps shut with a no leak appeal, just be sure you hear the snap.

image by Syndee Holt

Citadel paints Wondering what all the buzz is about?

Well to start with they come in different types like Shades, Texture, Technical, Layers Bases and more. I thought I would share a bit more about the difference types and how they are designed to be used. The approach that polymer clay artist take when using this paint is different then their intended use, so I’ll stick with that in mind when speaking about them.

Lets start with Shades

Shades are by far a favorite for PC artist. Shades are specially formulated to flow over other paints and into the recesses on your work, defining details and accentuating recesses. So if you love using stamps and texture tools to get designs. This can really add a pop. Once applied, they dry to provide very effective shading.

Now for the Technicals

Technicals are another favorite  especially with Syndee they include colors like Nihilakh Oxide, Corrosion, and Mud

Technicals are designed specifically for creating unique effects. For example Nihilakh Oxide allows any painter to add a verdigris effect. While Typhus Corrosion is designed to add streaks of oily rust. It can be painted into recesses, around rivets, or between panel lines to give a realistic, time-worn appearance.

 

Textures

Textures well thats sort of straight up they are designed to give texture. So for example Martian Ironearth creates a cracked earth effect. While Armageddon Dust and Armageddon Dunes contain microbeads to give you a dusty or windswept desert effect.

Hum I wonder about stone or pebble paths to a little fairy house? Or just a neat little texture to add to a favorite focal piece.

 

Base and Layers again pretty straight forward.

Base paints are just that the base paints are formulated for basecoating  quickly and easily. They are designed to give a smooth matte finish over black or white undercoats with a single layer. Not as prevalent for most polymer clay artist.

Layer paints hey are designed to be used straight over Citadel Base paints (and each other) without any mixing. By using several layers you can create a rich, natural finish

Find this fun new paint family and other great supplies at Linda’s Art Spot!

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