Old art feels new again if enough time goes by. Some art doesn’t, and those canvases can be painted over with newer impressions, but sometimes I pull out an old painting and pause. If it touches my heart, it’s still good. It was created in 2007.
That’s how universal art is created. It has a timeless quality.
Mind you, everything is in the eye of the beholder and I’m of course partial to my own art.
I’m amazed how many styles I have tested over the years, from Americana folk art, to abstracts, to all sorts of mixed media, and now mostly intuitive art, which is really abstract if you want to be picky. Though sometimes weird figures abound.
Here are some pictures of my 2007 painting, Magic Happens:
I used all kinds of texture, from polymer compound to collage to crumpled tissue paper. The paint enhance the texture in major ways. The hand was cut out of a magazine page, my own hand pattern. Then I applied layers on paint on top.
This painting is available for sale in my etsy shop. You can head there if you want to see more pictures. I uploaded ten pictures there.
Polymer clay mosaic art is one of the crafts I never get tired of making. Polymer clay is incredibly versatile as it can be used in jewelry and sculpture, but I mostly stick with the mosaic tiles.
I have made these kinds of boxes and frames for years and they evolve as I come up with new ideas. At one point I incorporated recycled Christmas heart ornaments into the art. Lots of mixed media in this old piece and the altered heart ornament is in the middle.
I also used to embellish paintings with mosaic tiles in the past.
The veil is actual lace that I stiffened with Mod Podge. The face is made with a polymer clay mold and the dress is covered with tiles.
I have made many boxes and continue to do so. My etsy shop Earth and Faery is full of them. 🙂
This older box has a dragonfly charm attached to it.
The items below are later creations. I have started making mermaids in frames. When I compare my contemporary work with old pieces, I notice a more cohesive design. Perfection was never my goal though, and cutting straight lines in the clay is still difficult. 🙂
My most popular how-to video on YouTube is about painting mosaic tiles. You can check it out here.
It’s not hard to make tiles. It takes time and you have to be willing to follow through with the process to get the tiles you like. Then the fun begins–designing your boxes or frames.
If you’d like to find out how to make a box from beginning to end, you can purchase my self study how-to e-course. It’s a bargain at $23. Try a new thing today! 🙂
Have a wonderful, creative week.
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I had a discussion yesterday about art. Some days I paint perfectly recognizable art projects, like birds and things in nature (for example.)
Sometimes I make random art, which is so easy, but the pages don’t necessarily mean anything to me. The person I was talking to swore by random art.
It’s interesting because the art journal pages I don’t care much about get the most “likes” on Instagram and Facebook. Not that the likes matter much, but they are an indication of what speaks to the viewers.
People like random “loose” renderings. I feel very ambivalent about that kind of art. It doesn’t SAY anything to me. I like a good story or something recognizable.
Not that random stuff is ugly. Many times I’m drawn to the energy, and that’s enough.
To stretch myself I’m going to make art that doesn’t always sit well with me and see where it leads. If it’s easy, it flows, but there are no rules. Easy doesn’t mean fulfilling.
I do like abstracts as long as they draw me in. I’m very ambivalent about my own art at this point. These art journal spreads have been painted, mostly, with a paint on a credit card edge. I like the texture, but I also like texture on house walls. 🙂
When is it decorative, and when is it art? Well, it doesn’t have to be labeled, but it’s an interesting question .
One time I painted walls that had a leather faux finish. It was a lot of fun experimentation to get it just right. In the end, it was a satisfying project. I wouldn’t call that art, but it needed skills.
The above spread was totally random painted with a credit card, except for the art picture that I glued on top. I can’t say that I like it, but it is what it is.
What is your opinion? What kind of art makes your breath catch in your throat and your eyes widen?
For me, I would say it’s some kind of mastery that shines through the art. I’ll never forget when I first saw some real Renoirs at the Met in New York. The light he had mastered! I’d say it was an awesome immersion experience.
As it is, we live one day at a time, and any creative endeavor brings us closer to the heart of who we are. Each piece of art brings us closer to more deeply express the essence.
I aspire to inspire, one step at a time. 🙂 What about your art?
Lots of love,
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People have been asking me about more polymer clay mosaic tutorials.
I have posted before on how to paint the baked tiles, and there is a YouTube video on how to paint them as well. CLICK HERE.
Here are some pictures on how to put the mosaic together with the finished tiles. Since this is a star box I had to fiddle with and cut some of the tiles, which is tricky since they break pretty easily. It’s much easier to make a square or rectangular design.
I paint the lids black to hide any gaps between the tiles. If the gap is too big I place some glue and drop some seed beads to fill the gap.
Here you can see some blue seed beads in the top two corners. The tiles were too big to cut for size. Seed beads are great and they lend some sparkle to the project as well. Choose a color that matches the main color(s) of your design.
I painted the box on the outside with acrylic paints.
I spray paint the bottom and the interior with gold paint before I paint the rest.
What do you think? Pretty colorful. I had fun making this, and so many others.
I made a mirror that promotes PEACE! I thought that was a worthy thing to be reminded of while looking into a mirror. Peace begins within and it’s a choice. I even had a Buddha charm I embedded in the clay and baked.
The mirror part distracts from the frame in the bright outdoors, but there it is. Polymer clay is so versatile you can make almost any design.
I use old buttons, rubber stamps, charms, found objects, and lettering to imprint the tiles. You can use anything that makes a nice imprint.
If you enjoyed the tutorial, please leave a comment.
I have a giveaway on my blog today. It’s Day 29 of the 30 day blogging challenge and I have made it through so far. I’m celebrating by giving away this FUN ink blot art journal I made from a manila folder and some ink blot art. I made it today and figured it would be fun to give away. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind journal!
Here are some pictures and the video on how I made the journal. You can enter the giveaway or you can make your own journal. 🙂
An idea for you how the pages look. I added a bunch of blank card stock pages as well to fill out the journal. Here is the video how-to.