Thursday, May 10, 2018

HeArtfully Creating: Polymer Clay Journey - Flower Talk Tutorial

Hi artists of all ages! Hope you are enjoying your week so far. It has been a busy time as I frantically try to complete some extra special projects for some extra special friends, Check out this post to see what I am talking about.

Between that project and others, I was able to post a new basic video tutorial about creating stamens for my polymer clay flowers using the "ball to cup" style. Yes, I made that up. Not sure what to call that technique. Any ideas?

So take a watch below if you want to learn a lesson you may never have jeard of before. The lesson is a bonus along side the stamen one :0)

Watch Below!

Hope you are creatively inspired even a little.
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Friday, May 4, 2018

LEARN WITH ME VIDEO SHARE: DIY Silk Screen

Do you like t-shirts with printed images on them? Do you know how those images are placed on the shirt? One technique is called Silk Screening.
This is painting by me, Anita Berglund. I paint with Acrylic paint, 
the same paint used for silkscreening on polymer clay and other surfaces.
This technique can be used on polymer clay surfaces as well as others. But today I want to share some DIY video tutorials from others on how to create your own silk screen They can be expensive and besides as a visual artist, I love very opportunity to create my own images/designs.

To Create Your Own  SILKSCREEN You will Need:
๐Ÿ’“A pair of panty hose, piece of silk or a piece of sheer curtain 
๐Ÿ’“A jar of Mod Podge or a decoupage medium that is dishwasher safe so the screen can be washed.
๐Ÿ’“An image that is drawn on paper
๐Ÿ’“A Embroidery hoop or m\a frame then duct tape to secure the screen part tightly to
๐Ÿ’“Marker or something to draw image with
๐Ÿ’“A Silicone or Teflon craft mat (optional)
๐Ÿ’“One tutorial calls for using Freezer paper
When it is time to use your silkscreen on Polymer Clay, you will need:
๐Ÿ’“acrylic paint. Or as one polymer clay video shows below, you can use the dry method. For that way, use mica, pigment or chalk powders.
๐Ÿ’“A Squeegee or old bank card as a scraper device
๐Ÿ’“A tub of water to wash silkscreen immediately or the paint will dry and ruin your DIY  silkscreen
๐Ÿ’“Your polymer clay sheet, ready to be silkscreened

To inspire ideas about what silkscreen printing can do for polymer clay, first,  I will share some related videos!
POLYMER CLAY AND SILKSCREEN











DIY SILK SCREEN: MAKING THE SCREEN FOR PRINTING







I am going to try making my own design and silk  screen. When I do, I will be sharing all about that. Just need to order a few materials first!

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Polymer Clay Journey: Studio Talk: Bridal Bling

 Hi guys! Decided that I had to share a short video about my recent project for a couple dear young brides to be. I have created beaded and friendly plastic hair accessories over the years, but so far have not made polymer clay hair accessories.
Below is a short video that features photos of my recent designs as well as some information you may find helpful. One lesson learned was about the "no-name" Hot fix glass crystals I bought from China on Ebay.ca. The above piece was decorated with Martha Stewart's white glitter and Pearl Ex micro Pearl mica powder.




Watch My Bridal Bling Video Below!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Studio Talk: Polymer Clay Journey


A video is in the works but for now I wanted to share some pictures of some polymer clay projects that I have been working on. Got a little hooked on leaf and birdie or Tweetie making, enhanced with glass crystals that are called hot fix and are suppose to adhere to the surface when baked in the oven.  (Bought on Ebay for a low cost. A big lesson was learned that I will share in a future post.)
Tweeties
These little Tweeties are about 7-12mm long, They are all handmade with no holds or anything. That means they vary in not just sizes but the shape as well. Of course I try to make them all the same inform but so far it doesn't work out that way. These little guys are accented with teeny faceted glass eyes. They can be used for bracelets, earrings, necklaces or anywhere you want cute little birdie dangles. Some were created using a scrap clay base and covered with a polymer clay cane design. The others were created using marbled clay. It looks really interesting when you use translucent clay mixed with coloured clay and portions of clay with less translucent.
A sampling of my new wee Tweets 


Here are the leaf dangles that are sharped by hand as well. The sizes range from 12mm-about 20mm. Be sure to add bake and bond to insure the faceted glass stones adhere, even if you bought the ones called Hot Fix from Ebay. It was my first time using these. They are AB finished  and beautiful. But, I did find out the hard way that they didn't stick during baking. I   have watched a lot
of tutorials that say if you use the Swarovski brand with adhesive - you don't need to use any adhesive because the glue melds with the polymer while baking. All I can say is, test out the crystals after cooled to make sure. See , a bunch popped off after :o( However, they were not any brand name. You can embed them a little, so the clay wraps around enough to create a bezel like hold. Now I am trying bake and bond.
Below is a picture of how the glass crystals came off like nothing! 
The bling could be picked off easily!
Hope you are inspired to experiment and create in whatever medium you choose.

As I write this, I decided I will make a video to share how beautiful my new Blinged out pieces are turning out! They are intended to be for brides and such! So stay tuned :o) 

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Friday, April 13, 2018

HeArtfully Creating: Polymer Clay Journey - Simple Leaf Tutorial


Hi guys! Happy spring. Just wanted to share a suer simple, beginner-esque tutorial about creating a simple leaf tutorial out of Premo Polymer Clay. These are intended to be a generic type leaf and a specific kind of plant. I am not a fan of using cookie cutters or pre-made shapes, if I can. So this is about a simple, effective way to make individual leaves. Because they are handmade one by one, no two are identical. That makes your pieces unique and personal and all that more original.
Watch Tutorial Below



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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

HeArtfully Creating: Polymer Clay Journey Learn With Me - Coffee Jar Aquarium

Hi guys! Hope you're all having a good day so far. If you follow me on Instagram you may remember that I shared a teaser photo a couple weeks back, of something I was working on for someone special. Said I would be posting more soon, so much for that. But finally here is what I was working on. This is a little bit tutorial but more of a come and learn with me video. It involves epoxy resin and of course they always wonderful polymer clay. Hope you're inspired to try out some of these techniques.
Watch Below Now!

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Inside My Studio: Come, Watch As My Dad Builds My Customized Desk

Hi there. A few years ago my talented Dad built me a huge customized desk. I  have had the footage since then and finally got it all put together into a video. He has built so many great pieces over my 52 years, the list is endless. This is the most recent. It is great to have a lot of surface area when you use a wheelchair. It means I can store things where I can see them and access them with ease. As a visual artist, collecting art supplies is an addiction. Having a large area with easy to pull drawers makes my artistic life possible. Thank you always to my wonderful Dad, and Mom too of course. Having caring parents without special needs is a blessing, and an even bigger blessing when you do have those unique needs.
Take a watch Below!
 My Dad Builds My Customized Desk

Friday, March 30, 2018

Love Of Art - Illustration Celebration

A coloured pencil and marker
illustration of a dear family we know.
Hi guys! Well I know the focus at HeArtfully Creating has been polymer clay, because that reflects where my main creative juices have been flowing into these last few years. You know what I mean! However, illustrating/drawing and painting were my number one focus or medium. And yes, painting in three dimensions, using polymer clay so to speak, has become my newest method of art making, but I still do enjoy drawing in two dimensions. However, modern technology has lead me to digital illustration. More on that in a future post.
But for today, I wanted to share a Celebration of Illustration in a video compilation of my hand drawn illustrations. Some were for fun, for gifts and because I was commissioned to illustrate for cook books and learning materials.
All of what you are about to see were created using either fine tipped permanent marker, pencil, coloured pencil, and/or coloured markers.

 Watch Celebration of Illustration Below!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Polymer Clay Journey Learn With Me- Spiral Skinner Blend Cane

 Hi guys! Hope you are all enjoying some form of creativity. It has been a productive time for me thanks to discovering those great bracelet cuff templates (check that out here) and because of some special projects for those I love. Stay tune for more about my most recent one, a special birthday gift
I got to give to my Dad yesterday. He turned 75 today! I will call it a learning experience in resin and polymer clay. You will see sometime by the weekend!

My last tutorial was about using those great bracelet cuffs but I was using a Spiral Skinner Blend Can that I just made up using some old bulls Eye canes I had. However, I was so excited about sharing that, that I didn't share how to make the purple spiral skinner blend cane. So here is the "Learn with me tutorial," on that. Just watch below. I started working on an illustration to show you how to do the skinner blend itself, but as often happens, I draw too many details and didn't get it done in time. Thankfully if you search "skinner blend tutorial" on You Tube, you will find many great tutorials. Here is one by Cool Tools.
Watch My Learn With Me Tutorial Right Below:

What You Need To Make A Spiral Skinner Blend Cane?
๐Ÿ’“A Polymer Clay Skinner Blend Cane (about 2 inches long and about 1 inch across.
Make sure you have a contrasting outer layer of clay on the outside of your cane. I used Premo Pearl for this cobalt blue and fuschia pink cane- that creates a gorgeous purple.
Make sure you have a contrasting outer layer of clay on the outside of your cane.

Storing Or Using Your Cane
As you can see in the tutorial video and in the pics, my cane is created with spirals but once it is reduced and ready, the spirals are in various shapes. I purposely want my spirals to become abstracted designs that would work well to us in a variety of projects.
You can slice it thin or thick, depends what you want. I used it and some others as a veneer or covering to make cuff bracelets. Now even if my slices are a bit skewed, I just roll them out to join seams. That distorts them some more. Which for my purpose is cool. That way there is more variety to my pattern.

To store canes and polymer clay in general, make sure it is in a polymer safe container. I have alo rolled or covered mine in wax paper and ziploc brand plastic baggies. If they are stored for a long time, they will crack when you slice them. It is best to re-squeeze or roll them to warm them up.

Some people have no problem using old canes. I have decided they are only okay if it is a project that won't require too much flexing. In my case, the canes still seem to crack to easy and I get disappointed. Which has caused me to conclude that instead of making so many canes and even pre rolled sheets ahead of time, I should make what I need as I need it. That is just my lesson learned so far. Yet, I did have a large flower cane and it worked out well a couple years later. I think the canes with translucent clay and alcohol inks are the most prone to future cracking. You try what you want and see what happens. Room temperature makes a difference too. Warm is great for me, makes clay easier to condition. Cold temps, too frustrating to work with.

Question Time
Have you noticed a difference working with polymer clay if your environment is warmer or colder?
a) YES            b) NO         c) SOMETIMES

HeArtfully Creating,
Anita

Hope you re inspired to try making a simple fun cane like this or even making a bulls eye cane. That is the starting point for so many other great canes.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Polymer Clay Journey: Skinner Blend Spiral Cane Cuff Tutorial



Hi guys! I hope you all enjoyed the changing of seasons. For us it became spring. Recently, I have been hooked on learning how to make cuff bracelets with the help of an Easy Cuff Kit by Teresa Selgado of Tiny Pandora.  And here is the link to her great tutorial You Tube channel. Worth buying (not sponsored :o)
I am going to share the tutorial about how I made the Skinner blend Spiral cane for the cuffs today. So stay tuned. Hope you are inspired to create after watching the tutorial below!
Watch!
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Come Learn With Me . UV Resin Fun!

My UV resin fun, cube beads with glow in the dark powder inside!
Hi guys! Hope you have been enjoying the beginning of March so far. Well, below is a learning with me style video about UV Resin. The coolest result of my fun was seeing what happened with the glow in the dark powder I used. To see some really pretty results, watch the resin fun video that I just uploaded minutes ago!
Watch And Learn With Me Below

Supplies That I Used To Create What Is In The above Video
Just click on the item, to link to where I found these supplies
Chameleon Nail Art Flakes
UV Ultra Dome Resin
Cube bead mold
Cabochon mold
UV light box
Glow in the dark powders

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Polymer Clay Journey: Pressed Texture Bead Video Tutorial

Watch How To Make Pressed Texture Beads Below
Hello everyone! Hope you have been creating in whatever way shape or form you prefer. Today, I want to share a video tutorial, a very simple one at that  - about how to make some very simple and beautiful polymer clay beads. Beautiful because they are textural (click here to see my previous articles on making texture plates and rollers) and enhanced with pigment powders. Since I adore chrome chameleon nail art powders and flakes, that what I used. As well as, the forever tried and true, mica powders. If you don't have these powders, you can use sparkly eye shadows. Just don't use them on your eyes after.

You Will Need
๐Ÿ’•conditioned polymer clay
๐Ÿ’•Texture sheets or stamps
๐Ÿ’•bead pins for piercing holes and baking
๐Ÿ’•Pins or needle tools, and/or toothpicks or bamboo skewers
๐Ÿ’•Mica, nail art and/or pigment powders
๐Ÿ’•baking pan
๐Ÿ’•card stock folded into a fan fold to lay beads on to bake
๐Ÿ’•a bead baking rack or hand made one (skewers or stiff wires running across a baking pan -see my original one here)
๐Ÿ’•Aluminium pan or foil to cover beads in oven
๐Ÿ’•Ceramic tile to lay on bottom of pan
๐Ÿ’•water based stirred polyurethane or glaze suitable for polymer clay
๐Ÿ’•An oven set to 275 f if using Premo

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

New Drawing- To Illustrate An Article In My Other Blog - For Fun

Love drawing illustrations to accent my blog articles and such, this drawing was created using my bamboo wacomb drawing tablet. Digital drawing devices are great. It does take a while, depending on the software, to get used to drawing straight lines again. It is often free. If you want to try drawing digitally, you don't even need a tablet, you can draw with your mouse and a free drawing app. It is great fun!
Checkout The Video That This Illustration Was Made



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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Polymer Clay Journey: Using The Stunning Nail Art Chrome Chameleon Mirror Powders


Hello everyone! Hope you're having a very creative day. This has been something I have wanted to share for along time. I was so excited to discover These powders on Ebay.ca, that I ended up ordering a little here and there - meant it took a while for them all to arrive. In fact, when I get crazy about a newly discovered art making medium like that, I ended up with doubles and extras. Which is fine, because a lot of them were more sample sizes anyway. And trust me, This powders And flakes Are just so stunning, You kind of want all that you can get - In every color that is.

Once again, The nail art world, Impacts the polymer clay world. As many polymer clay artists will tell you, worlds definitely collide when it comes to polymer clay surface techniques. If you saw my actual fingernails, Oh wait you can when you watch my videos, You will see Just how awful my fingernails are. So clearly I don't buy nail art "Stuff" For My actual nails.

These powders are called  mirror chrome powders, as well I've heard the term Chameleon used as well. The names may vary depending on who is selling them. As you will see in the video below, I have three of the same color, but each of them are a different "Powder." In fact one is an amazing Flake version, Another is a coarser grind called glitter powder (Reminds me of ultrafine glitter), And the other is the chrome powder (Reminds me of mica powder.) Now I do not think that These are mica powder based, If you know anything more about it please let me know. Because of the flake options, I think it might be synthetically made. Doesn't matter, There stunningly gorgeous.

Why So gorgeous? 
Because depending on how the light hits the surface, You actually have two colors in one. I did the best that I can, to show that in the video below. It's tricky trying to capture the amazing Effects With my camera, But I think you get the idea.

Watch now 
See Just How Stunning Chrome Powders Are On Polymer Clay


Here are a few links to get you started if you want to try them out:
Transparent Chamelon Flakes
Transparent Chamelon Powders
The White chrome Powders
Chamelon mirror  powders
Chrome Or Chameleon flakes
Chrome Holographic powders

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Finally Friday! Polymer Clay Journey: Bead Making

Yay it is finally Friday! That may mean a lot to some of you, To others like myself, We work at home studio - We're creating Knows no holidays. That's because we love what we do. When you love what you do, It is at work. Not saying it isn't Actual physical work, In fact, Many artists work very hard at what they do. What I am trying to say, Is that no matter how much energy and effort goes in to creating, It sure doesn't feel like 'work' as the world knows it.

Recently I was working on some cane construction, After mixing a variety of colors using Primo translucent clay, along with bits of coloured solid clay. As often happens, As I sliced off the ends of the canes, I started smooshing up the scraps. And voila, as always, A delightful, colourful surprise. In fact I often like the colourful surprises produced from smashing up clay bits So much, thatI find myself making "purposeful," scrap clay just to turn into beads or something.

Click here to see how I tweaked my Amaco Bead baking rack, thanks to the Polymer Clay Tutor's idea.

Watch the video below 
if you want to dive right into How I made cylinder beads using scraps of polymer clay.


Bead Making Hints & Tips
#1 Bringing Out The Best:
Accent your beads or pendants by selecting a specific colour out out your surprise mixture.

#2 Can't Stand Up?:
I know many clay artists say t "stand up and look down to find the center of a bead before poking." If you can't stand up, like I can't, to look above, while poking a hole in your beads- just do your best to look above and down. Poke a little and hold up the bead to double check where you are.
Begin centering the piercing pin and gently twist it half way down. Then turn it around, eyeball the center again and begin to twist gently. Pick up the bead as you carefully maneuver the pin through, trying to make it travel gently through to the other side- if you go
Some of my very first cane  beads
slowly and carefully, you will feel it slide into the channel already made. Then out, it will come.

#3 Drills Or Needles? Raw Or Cured?
Many clay artists prefer drilling holes into beads and such after curing in the oven. One reason, because they don't know where exactly where the hole should be. I get that. But I have tried to do it after and for myself, it is much more difficult to try to hand turn a hand drill into any bead with thickness.
That being said, I have concluded that for me and anyone with hand pain, strength issues- poking holes and planning prior to curing is best. And if you want a larger hole after, it is easier to use that hand drill after a thin hole is already baked in.

#4 To Sand Or Not To Sand?
Well, again this is done a  lot by many clay artists. To sand and buff to a beautiful shine is rewarding for sure. But with limited hand strength, I can not achieve the same degree of shine as others do. So if you are like me or don't want to worry about all that - don't give up or be discouraged. My life is about improvisation - figuring out how to do what you want but in a different way than others, accomplishing the same or similar end result.

Smooth, smooth, smooth. The smoother your raw clay pieces are,
My Amaco Bead Baking Rack  with Sugru
the less sanding you'd have to do after. Or you just glaze it after if you want. You definitely want your pieces to be as professional as you can. 

Stir, stir, stir! I learned the hard way. If you do use polyurethane water based or even oil MINwax -is good, stir to the bottom or the glaze will be sticky and even peel off. Be gentle, bubbles are icky.


Question for you today is?
Do you like to?
A) Avoid sanding and buffing at all cost?
B) Keep your beads Au Naturelle?
C) Prefer to glaze to a glossy gloss?
D) Or Do you use a matte glaze?
E) Or does it totally depend on each bead making method? 

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My first home Made Bead glazing rack