Thursday, November 8, 2018

Polymer Clay Journey: Alcohol Inks and Translucent Clay Beads


 Happy Thursday guys! If you have been following ABERGIECREATION on Instagram (ABC is my main name for social media and my Etsy shop), then you’ll know I have been working on making beads and dangle drops with alcohol inks and translucent clay. My plan was to create a tutorial as well as talk about using alcohol ink refill ink and not just Adirondack and PiΓ±ata inks. Well, haven’t stopped long enough to edit the video and I am still creating more and more beads. Thought I would share some pictures from the last weeks until I get the tutorial made (Should be up by Wednesday or sooner).

It is So fun mixing colours and incorporating glitters, powders and glow in the dark powders too. Hope you try it. Talk to you soon. Thanks for stopping by!











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Some Thoughts and A Video: On Patreon And Earning A Living


one of my first  hand drawn tutorials for my blog!

Being an artist I have always wanted to earn a living making art.  After much contemplation and initially struggling wi
th the idea of Patreon and after wanting to become a patron of other creators, I finally decided it was okay to set up a Patreon account, just to present it as an option to anyone interested. Yes, It feels weird even to talk about the idea of anyone giving any amount of money to support my creativity. Heck, I'm Not even comfortable telling people prices for my art work or setting prices in my Etsy shop. So please know that in no way do I expect anyone to make a pledge or sponsor what I do.  No matter how this adventure goes, as long as the Good Lord puts breath in my lungs, I will continue to create and share in whatever way possible.
What made me jump in?
I have concluded that if I enjoy learning from or like what other creators do, even though it's their choice to produce what they do, that to support what the do not just by giving them a thumbs up or positive comment, along with sharing their link -  by offering a dollar a month (or however much), then it helps encourage them even a wee bit to create more great content. Or it just helps to say thank you for what you do, I am watching/reading your stuff. 
Earning A Living
For many these days, creating you tube videos, tutorials and/or blogging is how they want to earn a living, hoping to leave their day job. Definitely, I can relate to that.
As an artist myself, I know the time and energy that can go into planning, filming, writing, editing, producing, and not to mention the equipment and software costs needed to provide quality visuals with good audio. (Obviously, that's not my content- yet! :0) So when I sign up to be a patron, I am simply trying to encourage them to keep doing what they do. That it may mean they can devote more time doing what they are so good at instead of having to stop creating or producing, to work at a job they don't love, to pay daily living expenses. Most folks are creating in their spare time for fun, which is great. For me, I started sharing on the internet what I do for fun, because I love talking and I really love teaching what I know, especially art making.


Me at age 13 at Sick  Children's Hospital after scoliosis 

surgery (and yay, my aunty Cleo!)
Not to mention, because of my life experience - living with a physical disability, and becoming a Christian, my heart feels lead to share what I have learned to hopefully encourage and help others. Makes sense since the lives of others encourages me.  Then ways became available to earn a little (for some, a lot) extra money doing what I love as a bonus. That's how I see earning platforms like, Google Adsense (it took me about 4 years to earn $100) and Patreon (brand new to that one). Even though it works  out to .068 cents a day, it was still a rush receiving that deposit for doing what I enjoy. It definitely helps to encourage me to try harder and work even more. 


 
What If... When people Like, share and subscribe, as well as leaving positive comments on our pages and channels, that is a huge way to show support that I am thankful for. And these days, now having the possibility of receiving financial support to do what I love, is an added bonus making it possible to earn a living for some. 

If it is meant to be, and I am blessed with any support, depending on what happens, my hope aside to help contribute to our living expenses, but also (my dream list)  to obtain better equipment to record quality video tutorials and vlogs as well as editing software and such. Having a means to record videos and photos in a better way, have lighting, and a microphone, proper editing software and such would mean it would be possible to create a more enjoyable viewing and listening experience. Not to mention improving our internet speed/equipment for uploading the videos for our channel. If it didn't get so frustrating trying to upload, I would post more of them. In fact, the video for this post took about 4 attempts and a total of 5-6 hours to finally get it uploaded properly. Not sure why but on average, it takes about 2-3 hours or more to upload a 10-25 minute video and we are unable to use the laptop or our smart tv while it loads.

 As well if support is received, it could fulfill my life long dream, which is to earn money on my own, working at what I love and can do, being an artist. You may already know the progressive neuromuscular disorder I was born with, Spinal Muscular Atrophy 3, has meant depending on the help of others physically and financially (like my husband's retirement pension supporting us). I shared my thoughts and experiences on that topic in the video below.
Watch the video below.
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So if you want, please Watch the video right here below

The Rennaisance
Strawberries by me, Anita Berglund
The whole Patreon thing reminds me of the Renaissance period.

Once, about twelve years ago, I was blessed with an Ontario Arts Council new works grant. It was an incredible encouragement to actually receive government funding to earn a living (for that period of time), painting! They not only provided funds for art supplies but ask you to place a value on your time. That way the council encourages art forms by basically paying an artist to make art. Otherwise most artists have to work at non-art jobs to eat and pay for shelter and expenses, meaning not much, if any time to create. It kind of mirrors the Patron days back when Michelangelo Buonarroti and Da Vinci had Patrons like the wealthy Medici banking family who wouls sponsor them to create their art. The artists had patrons. I assume that is what Patreon has modelled itself after. Thankfully, even a dollar a month helps an artist or creator. We don't have to own banks to support the arts! Once I realized all of that I began to conclude it would be ethically okay to to join Patreon. 

Either way, I look forward to continuing creating!
Take care everyone!

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Digital Drawing Talk: Tablets To Drawing Software on A Budget

One of my earl digital drawings on Wacomb Bamboo Fun
For about 7  years I have been illustrating using a Wacomb Bamboo Fun Tablet with primarily Sketchbook Pro6. But for over four decades I drew and painted with actual physical art materials...paint, paper, pencils, markers and canvas. For me the reasons to try digital art making is because it helps me to overcome the physical barriers that arise as my muscles deteriorate due to my SMA. All I now need is a tablet, my computer and my creativity. No easels, heavy equipment, messy clean up. Don't get me wrong, all of that is great if you can create what you want and have the ability to manage all that goes with it. I am just trying to say that thanks to technology, those who want to create but have limited arm/hand/finger mobility and strength, not to give up. That digital drawing devices and software make virtual painting and drawing a possibility.

A page I drew by hand, scanned and completed digitally
Based on my experience so far in digital world, I have say what I have learned to help anyone else like me. Make sure you get a drawing tablet that has PRESSURE SENSITIVITY. This has been my biggest frustration. When I started out, it was as if I was a three year old using a pencil for the first time. Turns out there are drawing programs and devices that can help your experience be as real as using an actual pen or brush. If you don't have the right specs, the stylus is beyond hyper sensitive, flailing about with every tremor or even every breath you take...Hmmm....a song just popped into my head!

 Well because I have been crazily creating beads and such in polymer clay, I haven't used my Wacomb Bamboo Fiun tablet in a while. I was shocked when my laptop said it wasn't compatible. When in doubt unplug and re-plug devices. That worked part way but, the software drivers were gone. Reinstalling them, I can now get back to drawing!

However, as this was happening, I assumed it had finally broke down and I would need a new tablet. Not wasting a minute, I hit  up Amazon and started searching sites for the best affordable tablets. That lead to also researching Digital art application reviews. Wanting to avoid spending mega dollars, I was interested in a fun/great online YouTube Artist named JAZZA!  I am not comfortable with all of his content and advise parental supervision if browsing his channel. But I really enjoy his great personality and artistic talent. Since he is a modern young artist, he can help me update my old traditional ways. The video I am posting here is definitely "Suitable for All Ages." I recommend watching this if you are interested in finding a free to under twenty dollars digital art making program. I am going with his first choice. You will have to watch to find out which one!
JAZZA

Here is another great video giving great advice on becoming a digital artist, the first video is about purchasing a drawing tablet as well as some suggestions on drawing software/apps as well.
Nadiaxl

Nothing digital made this. I used coloured pencils and markers.
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Finally Friday!: See My Dad's New Art Work!

Painting by R. J. "Bob" Harris, oil on canvas 
Childhood Inspiration
Yay, it's Finally Friday! When you grow up in a creative family, you definitely are more likely to be creative yourself. It doesn't mean you won't be an artist if your parents didn't create, it just really helps. My parents always kept me well supplied with art making supplies. I remember before I fell in love with illustrating and painting, I really enjoyed all the craft making kits they would give me. Forgive me if I mentioned this before, but it is how much I loved getting to play around. Everything from wood burning kits, "Dip- It" liquid plastic, rug hooking, Spirograph, Coloured pencils, pints, pastels, plaster of paris, string art, macrame, weaving loom (Dad made me one and a spool knitting spool)...to even a paint by number set! Yes it is a sin now for anyone who paints, but hey it's great fun when you are a kid. So parents, encourage your child's creativity by providing them with art making supplies or anything that can be created with. Heck, I remember enjoying hours at my Grandma Harris' house cutting up styrofoam egg cartons to create teeny ashes and cutlery. Not to mention getting to create crafts with kits she would give me when I hung out there!
And then there's my Mom who taught me about crocheting, embroidery, and sewing. Creativity can be expressed in endless ways!

Dad Share
My Dad!
Wanted to share my Dad's newest painting that he shared wit us! He is an epic landscape painter who prefers oil paint. I like his detailed, layered brushwork. For those of you who don't know oil paint is the coloured pigments combined with oil mediums that make it oil paint. I tried it once and found it difficult because it takes much much longer to dry. The good thing that I liked, that you can re-work areas after. Unlike Acrylic (Water based, plastic like paint) that dries crazy fast. Fine if you know how to keep it wet with a spray bottle but frustrating if you don't.
It is worth buying a small Reeves oil paint set just to try them out. If you haven't decided what you like, you may fall in love with them.
Historically,  many of the famous artists we know of like Monet, Picasso, VanGogh, Kandinsky, Keefe and the Group of Seven, painted with oils. It is fun to learn and try the different paints that exist.
Paint Talk
Water colour and Gouache are the only paints that I know of and have worked with, that can be re-wet once dry. For instance once they dry in your palette, you can spray them with water and rehydrate them to use them some more. Whereas Acrylic, is tricky to keep from drying and then being useless. I and my husband keep them on a plastic plate for a palette, continuously moistened with water spray and stored in a sealed zip type bag. Oil Paints can be set aside during the day, with pretty much no worries about your palette drying out. To store, laying plastic wrap or sealing in a plastic container works too. Give them a try.
See Some More Of My Dad's Paintings!
Painting by R. J. "Bob" Harris, oil on canvas 
Painting by R. J. "Bob" Harris, oil on canvas 
Painting by R. J. "Bob" Harris, oil on canvas

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Painting by R. J. "Bob" Harris, oil on canvas

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Painting by R. J. "Bob" Harris, oil on canvas

Painting by R. J. "Bob" Harris, oil on canvas

Painting by R. J. "Bob" Harris, oil on canvas

Painting by R. J. "Bob" Harris, oil on canvas

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Friday, September 28, 2018

HeArtfully Creating. Polymer Clay Journey - Made With Love Wedding Figures

This summer was extra special as two precious sisters we love were married one week apart. I was honoured to be able to create extra special one of a kind wedding figurines for them. They are both off to a happy new life beginning. If you want to see other figures I have created just check out the posts with videos on this blog. It is something I only do for people I deeply care for. Some have asked me if I would do them to sell and my answer so far is no. They are a work of love and I am still learning. If you love sculpting or painting in three-d, then be sure to try creating figurines.
To Watch The Video About Creating Wedding Figurine Number Two Below!
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Learn With Me. Resin Talk and Review

Hello. This video is more of a "come learn with me," and a bit of a review or opinion video talking about my experience so far with mostly UV resin. Didn't want to repeat what I already covered in previous videos on resin.
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Friday, August 24, 2018

A Share From ABC: A Closer Look at A Bergie Creation - TAZZIE- Resin Polymer Clay With Copper Tassel Earrings

Excited to share what I did with those beautiful resin cube beads that I made last winter. 
I am about to list my first pair of copper chain tassel earring!  (Here is my shop) Dangling tassels are so fun and definitely have been popular for the last few years or so. I am a wee behind on trends in fashion accessories, well any trends really. Inspired by some fine copper chain I found in my art making supplies. The links were too teeny to thread a clasp through so I thought, voila! What a great way to make tassels! Chain has great swing and movement. To take a super closer look, I made a video to watch at the top of the page.


On top of that, it was a great way to finally use my handmade resin cube beads. They were made using duo or two colour sparkling pigment flakes, from violet to turquoise blue green and the accent polymer clay beads, were coated with emerald green that transforms to a gorgeous violet hue. Inside these glass like resin cubes is a layer of brown mica powder and a thin undetectable layer of glow in the dark powder. Below are some pics that I originally took when I made the beads, showing the glow in the dark abilities! They need to be "charged" with sunlight or uv light before glowing. The glow doesn't last super long but still really fun.
 The ear wires were handformed and slightly hammered for texture. I love the whole look of these tassel earrings. Copper is a great metal and colour. These turned out so wee that I made another longer pair using my newest "fux" turquoise beads. Stay tuned to see them in my Etsy shop, A Bergie Creation.





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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Polymer Clay Journey: "Faux" Turquoise Tutorial

If you like having fun watching other people makes creative messes, then you have come to the right place!
Yay, finally the "Faux" Turquoise tutorial is complete! Well technically, because the variations are endless when it comes to faux stone. Now just like I explained in the video, the word "Faux" is in quotations because I enjoyed creating my own variations of Turquoise. That means this tutorial is not for anyone seeking an authentic turquoise look. Contrary to real turquoise, there is sparkle and striations that you don't find in the original.

Watch And Learn Here:

The colours I used....
All Premo brand, Peacock Pearl, Bright Green Pearl and Turquoise. In one variation I did use the white Pearl.

Coming soon, will be a talk and review about UV resin because that is what I tried to do with the pieces I made with my turquoises.

Hope you are inspired to try creating your own faux stone variations.
Thanks for stopping by.
HeArtfully Creating,
Anita




HeArtfully Creating,
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Friday, August 3, 2018

Polymer Clay Journey: Bead-making - How I Use Veneers

The video that goes with this article can be viewed right here below:

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you had a great week. What were you creating this week? Any extra special projects? Did you learn anything new about your favourite art making method? If you want to share any answers, we would LOVE to hear from you and even see your creations too! The best way to do that is head off to our Facebook group:  HeArtfully Creating Group (click here.)  
My cabochons and beads
The video that goes with this article can be viewed at the top of the page.
What have I been working on? As always, a variety of projects but this one in particular. I love the colour turquoise. Now we all know there are many variations of turquoise... greeny blue, bluey - green, tropical ocean blue, peacock blue....that is just how colours are. Well, I have been mixed varieties of colours trying to create a faux turquoise stone effect. Not the true stone look which is more chalky, opaque and basically one shade of a turquoise, but, Anita's version... multiple tints and tones of blues to blue greens. I just love creating depth and interest. The sample picture below of real turquoise is just one kind of blue. They are not all the same.
These are REAL TURQUOISE stones

This tutorial is about the basics of how to make beads using a polymer clay veneer. You can use the same technique using whatever veneer in polymer clay you want. Please watch the video to see how easy it is. As well see the other projects I used the veneers on.

My Top Veneer Bead Making Tips...
1. Make sure your bead core or foundation clay colour works with the veneer you are using. (see more about that in the video.) Also make sure the bead core clay type is strong enough to hold the shape you will want. Experiment by baking a bead or two first. I have learned lessons the hard way by NOT testing things out first!
2. If it matters to you that you can replicate the same look/colours by making other batches/blends in the future, be sure to record the exact brands of clay, portions/ratios and their colour names. Because I am a wing it, impulse person, I tend to make large blend mixes since I know I won't be replicating the exact same look again. That way I usually have more than enough to create what I want.
 3. Make your bead holes before baking and enter into the clay on both sides to avoid a pokey clay nub. 

See how I made my own bead baking rack CLICK HERE. 
Learn about Baking your own poly clay beads...See how I made my own bead baking rack CLICK HERE. To learn what I have about bead baking  CLICK HERE. And to learn about the Amaco bead baking rack that I talk about click HERE.

My next tutorial, with better "how to" footage, will be a faux turquoise tutorial. However, because I have enjoyed creating some great cabochons an jewellery pieces, I thought it would be fun to share how to use the veneers made with the turquoise blends first, hoping to stir interest in creating a faux stone blend/veneer. To learn how I made some of my turquoise blends, be sure to subscribe so you can receive notifications as they happen. 

Here is my first batch of faux turquoise (no two batches are the same)





Final note... It has been a productive few weeks. So much so, I even got to list a piece of jewellery created using one of my turquoise blends! Click here, if you want to see.

My cuff bracelet



Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you are inspire to create.



HeArtfully Creating,
Anita

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Polymer Clay Journey: Video - Creating A Fantasy Gemstone Pendant Part #1

I just listed this great piece in my Etsy shop! Just click here to see! 
Been having great fun creating fantasy style pendants using polymer clay, gemstones and nail art powders that have colour shifting abilities. They are called chameleon and the Pear Ex mica powders that can shift from one colour to the other are called DUO.

Since I have completed about four pendants, it seemed best to share each pendant in separate videos to avoid one long boring one! Because creating is my main focus I don't get to turn each piece into a tutorial, but I do try to take process photos so I can share my work as it happens and afterward. Then I can offer some hopefully useful information, that might inspire you to create an artistic piece of jewellery.

A Side Note: A watcher recently commented on one of my non-tutorial videos about how it would be more interesting to watch, if I showed the making "it" process. So I am writing the following to address their comment. Of course I also have tutorials as they happen too and Kudos to those great artists who faithfully create tutorials, I know how much time, planning and work it takes to put them together. As much as I love teaching the art making process, and wish it was easier to film/edit and upload tutorials. Because I have physical restrictions,  my husband has to be home to help me set up and move around my camera. So I definitely do the tutorials when I can. Since taking photos is fairly easy for me, I can compile them to make videos like the one below. It may not be a detailed "how to make it," tutorial, but I do hope it stimulates those creative juices!
WATCH here right below:
Materials:
I used...
πŸ’“It is easier to work on a ceramic tile that you can slip into the oven once you are done.
πŸ’“ Keep your tools and surfaces clean with rubbing alcohol and baby wipes
πŸ’“ A dark mix of Premo polymer clay
πŸ’“ chameleon nail art powders
πŸ’“ A largish gemstone cabochon (a Labradorite stone -about 30mm x 20mm).
πŸ’“ flatback crystals
πŸ’“ Liquid Polymer Clay or Bake and Bond
πŸ’“ Shaping and sculpting tools
πŸ’“ Dedicated baking pan, ceramic tile, aluminium foil to cover clay while baking.

The Process
My clay pieces are one of a kind so I can't tell you exactly how to copy anything. Instead, I am here to encourage you to create your own original work. Looking at the pictures for ideas, create your piece. Many artists pre-plan their work, sketching and drawing it out. If you follow my youtube channel and/or this blog, you know that is not how I create. When it comes to art making, there is no right or wrong way. Planning happens if I need to, but usually I just go with the urges to create. Whimsicalness is key.

What makes this a "fantasy" design? It is up to you, but I think using lots of decorative swirls and flowing forms  help achieve that feel. As well, using shimmery sparkly bits and pieces makes me think fantasy. Fantasy is something imaginative, not real - think Lothlorien, the Elvish home from the Hobbit/Lord of The Rings. No, I am not an expert in labelling design styles, this is my opinion only πŸ˜ƒ

The work of others inspire me. Materials inspire me. God's creation, always inspiring. I just gather what I need and begin building my piece. What is important is making it visually interesting using, line, shape, texture, colour and other elements of design.

The main step is set your cabochon in with a clay bezel and the rest is up to you. Keep reading to learn about bezels and cabochons, these are two key words used in my pendant design. 

Cabochon/Bezel Talk
You need to set your stone with a clay bezel....
Until today, I though cabochons were beads without a hole. Turns out I had it wrong, cabochons are polished, shaped stones that aren't faceted. Working with polymer clay and gemstone cabs means that we can make jewellery pieces without being a metal smith, because you can form your own bezel to hold the stone.

What is a bezel? If you are reading this or watching it on a screen then you see a large bezel every day. The bezel is the part that goes around the stone (or computer/tv screen) edges to hold it in tightly.  If you have a ring, you can probably see prongs holding on to the stone. We can set the stone with a clay prong type bezel, you just need to make sure it is well secured. I prefer pushing the stone into the clay and either letting the clay gently slip around the edges of the cabochon and letting it "hug" the stone enough to be secure. As long as it grabs just the edge well it will be secure.

You just need to barely capture the cabochon's edge with clay and it will be secure. Depending on the look you want, you can just lay it flat on the clay surface and then place a thin or wide strip of clay around the cabochon. Whichever way you choose, be sure to smooth and shape your bezel accordingly.

Decorate It!
Once the stone is secured, I decorate/design it,  building around the stone's bezel, creating a one of a kind pendant! Of course you can use the same method to set a gemstone for other pieces, like a journal cover or a brooch pin.
The fun escalates as the clay is shaped and placed down as I think it looks best. If you don't like what you did, remove it and re-do it. The beauty of polymer clay

Choose A Cabochon to Use...I used Labradorite
See the blue flash in the labradorite!
The stone I used for this pendant is one of my faves, Labradorite. God's amazing creations come in so many forms, these rocks included. What makes these one of my favourites is that they are fairly affordable (I buy mine on Ebay, from India mostly - under free shipping), that helps. But they also have an incredible feature that enables them to reflect amazing colours. The iridescence or what is often called "flash," or "labradoressence," is gorgeous.  They have a variety of colour possibilities, with really beautiful lines and depth. I suggest you read more about them by clicking here.

Make Your Own Faux  Stone
If you want to make your own version, there are great polymer clay faux stone tutorials online. Here is a favourite, Ludmila Bakulina's tutorial here.
Once my piece was done, I made sure I had a place to suspend my pendant (do that in the beginning.) Then I used liqiud clay to secure crystals and brushed the coloured powders.
I always bake my pieces for an hour or more. (if your oven if the correct temperature, you can never burn the clay.) 

Bake the piece on a ceramic tile, with foil or baking pan covering it. I completed the back after with liquid clay and textured raw clay- baking it again.
Final step, I used UV Resin.

HeArtfully Creating,
Anita

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