Category: Creating

A Clay Face – Just for Fun

Several days ago I had an idea to make my own clay model of a face for drawing practice. The idea isn’t mine, it’s from Bert Dodson’s “Keys to Drawing with Imagination” where he talks about modeling your own subjects then drawing them to achieve a more personal interpretation of the subject.

So, I went to the local Michael’s and bought some Laguna Self Hardening Clay. It comes in four colors, but I wanted the Terra Cotta for that natural look and because the lighter colors don’t show shadows and contrast as well for drawing features.

That’s my clay face up there and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out especially since I’m not accustomed to working with clay. It did remind me why I don’t work with clay – too messy! Things that get my hands dirty just aren’t my thing, but I wanted the end product enough to endure it.

Doing this did show me where my knowledge of facial anatomy needs work. Having to build it from scratch is a remarkable test of understanding. The nose and chin are purposefully exaggerated for character, the eyes turned out nicely, and the mouth could be more refined.

I’ll probably make another one or two of these to have on hand for models as well as giving me the chance to explore facial structure. No time yet to draw and paint from it but, look for artwork based on the clay face in future posts.

I’ve been Following Blogs

But it’s not as creepy and stalkerish as it sounds.

Call me slow, but I just got around to finding out what’s up with the little widget on the left there called “Followers.” That’s the number of people who have listed my blog as one they follow. Right now that would be – not too many but hope always rises.

Now, there are other blogs out there that have me listed as one of their followers. They get to see my little picture and have the satisfaction of knowing I am watching them. Always watching…

Anyway, you are invited to follow my blog through blogger or subcribe via email. To subscribe just enter your email in the other little widget on the left and new posts will be delivered to your mailbox.

I do see your email address but I promise not to do anything unpleasant with it like send you junky emails or broadcast it over the web. Occasional messages and postings directly from me personally is all you’re signing up for.

Meet the Author of Mostly Metals

If you are close to Cape Coral, Florida on Saturday, September 27, plan to go to the grand opening of the AC Moore on Pine Island Road.

There, you will get to meet my friend and editor as well as author Karin Buckingham who will be signing her book Mostly Metals and demonstrating a project from the book. Check her blog for the details.

Karin is talented and generous and wonderful to meet. She has edited my books (Knit & Crochet Combined and Let’s Knit! ) from Kalmbach Books. I can’t express how helpful and encouraging she is. When you meet her, be sure and tell her I said hi!

Spray Paint – What’s not to Love?

GLITTER SPRAY!

Yes, you saw that correctly. Glitter that comes in a spray can. I love this stuff.

From Krylon, it comes in five colors. I have the gold but am just aching to try the “Magical Multicolor”.

It’s a sparkly glitter with small particle size (as you would expect to come out of a spray can) and works very well. My can has never clogged and the spray dries very quickly.

It does smell, much more so than most spray paints, so heed the instructions to use in a well ventilated area. The finish is a little rough due to the glitter particles so if you want a super smooth surface, it would require a sealer or varnish.

Of course, the best part of using this, or any other glitter, is the little bits of sparkle that cling to you the rest of the day.