Life By The Seat Of My Pants

Archive for August 2012

In this video I share how to hollow a book out, it’s a great way to re purpose a book into a piece of art. Make sure to check out my video showing what I created using a hollowed out book.

You can always find arty/crafty inspiration on the Things Crafty website!!!

 

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This painting has gone through several transformations. You can view one of those transformations on my Ustream broadcast. I transformed her from a hot mess into a tree, but she still didn’t feel finished. I put the painting away for a couple of months because i was not inspired to finish her.
One day while looking through my drawers of ephemera, I found some faux fall leaves and my inspiration was sparked again! I added the the leaves and FINALLY finished this painting. You can watch the final stages below.
I finally feel like she is finished and I very happy with the end result 🙂

You can always find tons of arty/crafty inspiration on the Things Crafty website!!!

To order a Hocus Pocus Spell Book Replica, please email me at mixedmedieology@gmail.com. Thank you!

 

Hocus Pocus is one of my all time FAVORTIE movies! We watch it every Halloween without fail and someday I WILL make one of those witch costumes.

Christopher and I decided to watch Hocus Pocus last week and I made the offhand comment that we should make Book. Before I had even finished the sentence, technique ideas flooded my brain and I exclaimed “We should make BOOK!!!!”

So… we did!

You can view the video with a full picture tutorial below.

Thank the Spirits for HDTV and a pause button! I have scrutinized this book for days and tried to get every detail as close as I possibly could.

I found the perfect book to alter at my local thrift store. I thinned some of the pages and hollowed the middle of the book.

Next I started sculpting. I made the first knotted snake on a base using polymer clay. I started making the second snake but it was not tuning out as good as the first, so after some mental debating, I decided it would be much better to have a mold. I mixed up some Amazing Mold Putty® and created a mold for my knotted snakes. Since Amazing Mold Putty is oven safe, I was able to fire my polymer clay right in the mold which helped a lot! I made the two long snakes and the basic eyeball shape, also using polymer clay then fired them all in the oven for about an hour.

While the snakes were baking, I started working on the spine of the book. I sculpted the fingers with polymer clay, then I debated on how to fire them. If I pulled them off of the book, I risked ruining the shape and fit. If I left them on the book, I risked setting my house on fire. I decided a more precise replica was worth the risk, do after much dowsing with water, I put the book in the oven.

The original Book has an intricate clasp, with a circlet around the eyeball on the front, an animal claw on the back and a braided piece connecting them in the middle. I needed the clasp to be sturdy and hold up to regular wear and tear, so back to the polymer clay I went. I created the circlet and added a gem on the end. I had to make sure if fit exactly around the eye, yet still leave room for the stitches. Once that was finished, I sculpted the animal claw for the back, again leaving room for the stitches. I added tiny hinges to each piece, and then created the connecting braid to fit. All of the pieces were fired then painted with a coat of black, then layers of metallic silver to create the look of aged metal.

The next step was adding the stitches. I decided to use Creative Paperclay® instead of polymer for the stitches because I really didn’t want to have to bake the book two more times. I added Paperclay logs, and then sculpted the cuts and thread holes with a tool.

I painted the eyeball and attached it to the cover of the book, then using more Creative Paperclay® I sculpted the eye lids and creases of the eye.

I needed to create the look of skin, so I covered the entire book with layers of tissue paper until I reached the desired look. Next came three coats of paint in flesh tones and titan buff, and that was just the under painting!

I still needed to darken and age the book, so I created several different washes of brown paint and just layered it on until I was happy with the color and look of the book.

While the cover was drying, I painted all of the large pieces, first with a coat of black, then layers of metallic silver to match the clasp. I made the base plates for the long snakes by embossing chipboard, then painting them to match the other pieces.

The stitching was the trickiest part for me because no matter what thread I used, nothing looked right and everything kept raveling. It wasn’t until I tried using help cord that I got the look I wanted. I spent four and a half hours cutting and gluing each individual thread on the book.

Once everything was set and dry, I glued all of the large pieces to the book using E-6000. I let it set for a full 24 hours before moving on to the final step.

For the finishing touch, I added actual spells from the movie to the front of the book. I printed my pages, soaked them in a tea bath for aging, and then glued them in using gel medium. I had left a few original book pages in the front of the book, so I glued one spell page to the front and back of each of those pages.

And so, after five days of pretty steady work, that is how BoooOOOooook came to life  😀

I love, love, LOVE the way Book turned out and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. You can see more photos in the video slideshow below.  Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section.

I have decided to make and sell these replicas, as well as the eyeballs, so if you are interested in purchasing one, feel free to email me at mixedmedieology@gmail.com.

Hello Everyone,
I just wanted to give you a sneak peek at the project I am working on. I hope to finish it tomorrow and post a full picture tutorial by Wednesday!
Take a look! *wink*

Exciting news!!!! Not only was I selected for the Things Crafty Design Team, I was also chosen for the Polymer Clay Productions Design Team!!!!
*SQUEEEEE!!!!*

I have worked with Creative Paperclay for about a year now, but I am new to the world of polymer clay. I look forward to experimenting with this new (to me) medium and I plan on sharing everything I learn along the way!

For my first post, I wanted to show you an easy way to get the most out of those expensive die cuts you bought but didn’t want to use. It is also a great way to use up old clay that is too hard to really work with.

I hope you enjoy my first post ;D
You can find tons of info on the Polymer Clay Productions website.

 

Welcome to Leslie-Rahye’s Fairyland BLOG HOP!

At the bottom of this post you will find the links to everyone who is participating in this awesome blog hop.

You can view the full video tutorial below.

This cute little fairy started as  a wire armature completely covered in Creative Paperclay®. Once she was dry,  I painted the entire thing with acrylic paint in portrait pink, then used a flesh tint to paint the shadows and white for the highlights. I painted all of her facial features and dress using acrylic craft paint in metallic peridot and napa red.

I cut a small piece of lace for the base of her skirt. I added several strips of yarn and ribbon, to give it a bit of flair and whimsy, then glued it in place.

I have these really unique, “fairy wing” leaves that fall from the tree in my front yard. I coated both sides of the leaves with melted bees wax, and then attached them with fabric glue.

I made my own spray ink by mixing butterscotch and cranberry re-inker with water. I then sprayed a small section of undyed wool roving to get the color I wanted for her hair, then I glued it in place with more fabric glue.

For the finishing touch, I colored a chipboard butterfly sticker with glitter gel pens and glue it in her hands.

As I said, this is only part one of the entire project, so you will have to tune in next time to see the finished piece. I have already begun working on it and it is SO cute!

 

Do you ever go through artistic phases? You know, those times where all you want to do is paint roses or make ATC’s. Right now I am on an art doll kick.  I am currently working on my largest art doll EVER, and in the mean time this little fairy came to life. Actually, she took over and would not let me sleep until she was finished!!!

You can view the full video tutorial below.

The whole project isn’t actually finished, but at least the fairy part is done. You will have to wait until next month to see the totally finished project 😉

I created a wire armature and completely covered it on Creative Paperclay® and sculpted her face. Once she was dry, I painted the entire thing with acrylic paint in portrait pink, then used a flesh tint to paint the shadows and white for the highlights. I painted all of her facial features and dress using acrylic craft paint in metallic peridot and napa red.

I cut a small piece of lace for the base of her skirt. I added several strips of yarn and ribbon, to give it a bit of flair and whimsy, then glued it in place.

I have these really unique, “fairy wing” leaves that fall from the tree in my front yard. I coated both sides of the leaves with melted bees wax, and then attached them with fabric glue.

I made my own spray ink by mixing butterscotch and cranberry re-inker with water. I then sprayed a small section of undyed wool roving to get the color I wanted for her hair, then I glued it in place with more fabric glue.

For the finishing touch, I colored a chipboard butterfly sticker with glitter gel pens and glue it in her hands.

As I said, this is only part one of the entire project, so you will have to tune in next time to see the finished piece. I have already begun working on it and it is SO cute!

You can always find great tips and projects on the Creative Paperclay® blog.