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Textures of nature: A great free tutorial for polymer clay artists

Some times we just need a field trip to open our minds and creative ideas.  And this tutorial is giving me a perfect excuse to take a walk and pick a few weeds. LOL!

flower pendant

It appears she has used alcohol inks in this pendant.

I love the textures that nature offers and am often inspired by them so when I found this tutorial by Russian artist Julia Titova I just had to share.

Now let me back up and say, I believe that to be the artist’s name.  Since the entire blog is in Russian and the site, the best I can tel,l is a forum of artists in the region I can’t be sure. So hopefully I have given the proper credit.

air dried clay for molding

The best I can tell (using google translate) is that she is using air dry clay to make the relief of the flowers both fresh and dried and makes the pendants reinforcing it with resin. You could also use polymer clay or silicone mold making kits for a more stable longer lasting mold.

relief molds

relief molds

After the mold base had been made she then makes the relief imprint, and adds color  in the form of  my personal favorites alcohol inks or thinned acrylic paints.

colored

And finally she adds a layer of resin to offer a tremendous depth to the piece.  My favorite is ProTec Powder Paint.

stages

For me this is just another excuse to play with nature and of course alcohol inks.

If you would like to see the full tutorial follow this link

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Have a happy crafting weekend!

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Free tutorial, Flower power, batik like color on polymer clay with alcohol inks and pastels

Flower power full of color polymer clay pendant

Flower power full of color polymer clay pendant by Linda Prais

 

Supplies:

Directions

1.  start by conditioning your clay about 1/4 to 1/2 block is plenty.                       Then roll out to the thickness you desire for this project mine is about 1/4″

2.  Using the your pastels in this case I used stick pastels that I had to scrape to get my pastel powder. BE SURE TO USE A HIGH QUALITY pastel that insures intense colors.

scraping pastel chalks

scraping pastel chalks

3.     Using the powders you created rub the colors into the clay. I like to keep the colors separate these will be the colors that peek through.

rub pastels into clay

rub pastels into clay

4. press your stamp into the clay being sure you have good depth of the design.

complements of Linda'a Art Spot

5. Squirt lightly with blending solution, also apply blending solution to your applicator pad. Next add a couple of drops of the ink colors you choose to the applicator pad. keep them separate and use sparingly.20150805_150305

6. Lightly apply on top of the chalk in a few places.20150805_150238

7. Now using a clean applicator pad, add a small about of blending solution if necessary. Gently wipe some of the top ridges of the design clean (ish) of the pastels.20150805_150246

batik

notice in this piece that I have used cranberry and blue sparingly in a few places.

8. Now drop a couple of drops of you alcohol ink onto container or plate. *see below for hint. Spritz your clay piece again with the blending solution this will allow the ink to move. Don’t over saturate the clay. Using your fine tip paint brush lightly touch a small tip of alcohol ink into the recesses of the design to accent. Don’t over do just a bit here and there. notice in this piece that I have used cranberry and blue sparingly in a few places.

9.  Let it dry to the touch then cut your shapes I used the smallest teardrop from the premo set. Arrange the design into a flower. I used the inside of my hollow bead maker to hold the cupped shape I wanted and pinched and curved the petals to my liking. Press together add the center, gently press to be sure all areas are touching well, and cure according to manufacture directions.

10.  Now notice on my finished piece the light green highlights that was achieved after the piece was cured and I very lightly dry brushed some green acrylic paint in just a few places adding yet another dimension.

11.  On occasion the bond will not hold after it is cured because of the layer of chalks and inks. DO NOT PANIC all is not lost. I almost prefer it to show any weakness. After it is cured I just give my best kept secret Kato Poly Paste a bit of a  stir to be sure its nice and sticky and using my finger rub a bit onto the piece to be secured like glue and then cure again. Don’t forget to tent your piece to keep it from scorching.  This is also what I use to attach my clay bails.

 

Enjoy and have fun Remember some times you just have to make a mess to find the beauty within!

Happy Claying,

Linda

*HINT for alcohol inks

Use a discarded candy tray to hold drops of alcohol ink. Let it dry out before storing, it can be reconstituted by adding blending solutions and stiring with your paint brush or tooth pick

Use a discarded candy tray to hold drops of alcohol ink. Let it dry out before storing, it can be reconstituted by adding blending solutions and stirring with your paint brush or tooth pick No mess, or waisting of ink.