Friday, November 29, 2013

A Frosty Pair

The weather report from
a couple of weeks ago, some
near zero temperatures,
common in some parts of
the world but rare in
Vancouver. Unlike the
usual dampness, the air
was cool and dry, on
the ground a thin veil of
frost over the fallen leaves.
I hurried to snap couple
of shots before the rising
sun melts the crystals away.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Making Friday: The Trunk Bowl

A final post on bowls, I hope
you enjoyed the different ideas
 and decorating techniques. This
one below, the one that started
it all, the first bowl I made
it is in the shape of a trunk.
Same clay used here and here,
I couldn't help it, I love the
light texture of Cloud Clay!
It began as a ball, then dipping
your thumb and pinching it towards
the sides and gradually building
the walls up, but leaving
some volume at the bottom.

Then using a pair of scissors
cut into the excess on the bottom,
snipping it into 5 different parts.
This formed the roots. You can
level the rim around the top
by pressing it against a non-stick
surface. Leave to dry, then paint
on some bark texture, I used
acrylic ink. Don't forget the
inside and the underside!
And yes they are the best parts!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Making Thursday: The Nest Bowl

The nest bowl started off with
a perfect shape, all sides were
symmetrical even the thickness
was uniform. I used the same clay
as this bowl. Somehow the
idea for the eggs came quickly
while I was decorating other
bowls. Three blue eggs
in a nest, they were attached
 with a mixture of clay
and vinegar. No further
embellishment except for a
layer of Golden Crackle Paste.
It took only a couple of days for the
paste to dry, you can tell as
the cracks will show.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Black and White

The black and white branches
against the grey skies, some
barren others still full
of leaves their details
captured in this pair
intriguing despite the
lack of colors.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The New Park Part 2 of 2

Deeper into the forest we
went, walking leisurely
following the stream
of peaceful sounding
babble. It was beautiful
why didn't we discover
this park earlier...
a lady bug froze as I
focused the camera
mushrooms flourished on
a tree trunk all the
way to the top as
high as I could see!
Reflection on a pool
 of still water mirroring
its surrounding branches...
we must return.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The New Park

At the new park we
followed the leaf laden trail
colors of the fallen
comrades intermingled.
One overturned vein
pattern caught my eye
another bright green tone
stood out, smallish mushrooms
were found growing inside
a tree trunk, the trail
continued into the forest...

Friday, November 15, 2013

Making Friday: The Flower Bowl

If pinching or coiling is not your
forte, try the slab method for
making a bowl. First cover a bowl
you already have with plastic wrap,
then flatten out a ball of clay with a
rolling pin, I used Amaco Marblex Clay
for this one, and cut out an oval.
Lay the oval onto the plastic
wrapped bowl and leave it to
dry. This may take a few days
depending on humidity conditions.
Once dry, apply some pieces of
decorative paper with acrylic medium,
origami paper is used here, 
the flower is painted on.
Don't forget the bottom
it is the best part! 

Making Friday: The Leaf Bowl

Another challenge for a bowl,
 no need for round or longish shapes
how about a leaf shape?
First roll out a ball of clay
with a rolling pin,
make it on the thinnish side
about 1/8",  then using a
dull knife cut out a leaf shape.
Then using your fingers create
undulating curves on the edge,
starting on one side and
continuing on the other side
until both sides have curves.
Leave the leaf to dry, there is
no need for support the
Laguna Dry Hard Clay
will hold its shape. Once
dry decorate with acrylic paints
 a caterpillar awaits at the bottom!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Making Thursday: The Fish Bowl

There is no need to make a
roundish shape simply because
you're making a bowl. Start out
with a pinching method and eventually
working your way towards the sides
will result in an oval shape below.
Sea glass polished from the rolling tides,
broken shells and a small twig are
part of this bowl's decoration. They
were pressed into the body of
clay and left to dry. The bottom
was not as smooth as I had intended
but that became a perfect surface
 for a fish, a surprise waiting underneath
the bowl. Fish and dots are painted on.

Making Thursday: Simple Tribal Bowl

Another day another bowl,
same clay used as this one.
A small size embedded with beads
no glue required, as the clay
dried it shrank trapping the little
beads. A simple design with O's
and V's gave this piece a tribal
appearance. I like the simple design!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Making Wednesday: Gold Leaf and Stamps

A continuation on the clay
adventure, this time with
Laguna Dry Hard Clay in
white, I like the texture it
feels very much like
a pottery clay. The shape
started out with a pinching method
then gradually flattening out
to the edges, much like this
bowl, part of the edge
 was texturized with a seashell.

The bowl was painted white
then stamps were added and
details painted on, gold leaf
applied, same method on the back.

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Rusty Pair

The rusty pond awaited me on my
walk that day, curious I headed
towards the concrete structure
only to find shallow water with
dried leaves. It was only
months ago this was a
construction site... the lines
captured a unique graphic
quality I like the blue tones
and the bright yellow in
the first picture. Good morning
Monday, I wonder what
this week will bring?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Sunny Sunday Out

A Sunday out last weekend
to a craft show, the first in
many years. I had fun, even
treated myself to not one
but three silk scarves. Photos
captured that day, such
clear blue skies with
perfect cotton puffs, a
white bloom in the shade,
the sun setting off the golden
glow on the Autumn leaves.

The rain came throughout
the week, sunshine are
precious these days.

Have a great day everyone!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Making Friday: The Blooming Bowl

Wanting to try something
different with another air dry
clay, this time Das in
terra cotta. The shape
holds itself very well, I
was surprised how thin
I could make it. The bowl
started out with a pinching
technique and gradually
flattening itself out towards
the edge. On the edge a pie
making technique, manipulating
the clay to make undulating
curves. The decoration simple
 dots and lines white alone
is enough to add that Mexican
feel to this piece. I like
making things with clay!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Making Thursday: Half Sputnik

It was not hard to come up with
a sputnik like shape after the
bunny bowl. A different subject matter
I just wanted to make some spikes.
At first they were formed with
my fingers and later stuck on,
but I found out making round
shapes and sticking them on,
then shaping them into spikes
was a lot easier! I like
making spikes!! Inside the bowl
a bright yellow glow, I couldn't
help it... A toasty surprise!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Making Wednesday: The Bunny Bowl

The bunny bowl came to
mind while experimenting
with Cloud Clay. Easy to
work with, requiring no slip
whatsoever the clay sticks
to itself, no mess left
behind hands stayed clean.

It took about 3 days to
dry completely, I was going
to leave it white but decided
his fur needs some refinement
so silver acrylic ink was
applied, pearlescent pink for
the nose and ears for color.
Boy does he look handsome!

A Note on Fall

On the lookout for
nothing in particular
at the park, wondering around
outside keeps us energetic.
Feeling refreshed I
noticed some leaves are
still green, a sunlit
leaf by my feet
and a fiery bush.
Taking in the smell
 of Fall, the wind
began to rustle...

Monday, November 4, 2013

Us and the UU

Seeking out sunshine in the
woods, the two of us
leading the trail, the
temperatures are getting
cooler but still nice enough
to play outside. Around
the corner, the UU's awaited
us, I didn't even notice
it was Dave that pointed
them out. Worthy of a
picture most definitely
I shifted my attention
away from the endearing

Going as far as we
can until we could go
no further, at the end of
the trail sun beams
radiating through the trunks.
Thank goodness for Fall
and sunshine!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Follow the Mushroom Trail

Follow the mushroom trail
everyone, deeper into the woods
we go...
brown ones, yellow ones,
even noticed my favorite
apple colored fungus.
Fungus amongst us!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Seeing Red

A walk outside around noon
drew me to these red red
trees, so bright they were
the colors of the building
behind them. Even the
sidewalk was decorated
with all kinds of leaves
that were various shades
of their origin. I love
Fall for all its colors.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!!