That Awkward Feeling When…

Hi Everyone,

 

Lately I’ve been very much into fine arts again. When I say lately you have to understand, as a child my first love was reading, my second was art.

But for many years I focused more on other crafts and projects, but now I find myself starting to collect supplies and wanting to draw and paint.

 

 

For the past few years I’ve slowly collected everything I need to do airbrushing and although I’ve tried a few color backgrounds I haven’t actually done anything that could be called “painting” with the airbrush.

My new project which is an underwater scene with a dolphin needed me to create a new background.

One of the last things I got was my duel action airbrush and a 50L air compressor.

It’s not one of those little cute art ones, because they are seriously overpriced, but rather the type of compressor that you’d find in a workshop. A work horse– something that costs half what an art compressor will cost (just because its targeted at artists) and last five times as long. That means its LOUD.

 

I have admit, I’m a chicken when it comes to anything “under pressure” I won’t even use the pressure cooker, (they scare me) and when my compressor switches on and off it scares the living crap out of me.

One time during today’s painting session I was filling my airbrush with paint as it switched on…

My face is covered in blue paint. *raises an eyebrow* Yes I’m jumpy with the thing.

My tattered nerves aside, it really works well.

 

But now we get to that awkward feeling. Yes. That awkward feeling when you are trying to work in a new medium and you realize you SUCK at it!

Its times like these when having learned patience comes in handy.

Because I know I suck at airbrushing

But I also know I won’t continue to suck at airbrushing. As I practice using the medium I will get better. I know I can’t get worse.

These are the first layers of the painting

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(ps: The Dolphin and bottom part are covered in frisket so it will be solid white once I peel the frisket off. )

And though I was originally going to do the dolphin and the coral in pencil colors I think I’m going to try and airbrush them as well. (the more I practice…)

I’m okay with making mistakes, I’ll learn from them and I’m determined to learn how to do this.

But tonight I plan on attacking my youtube app on my tablet and finding videos on.

-how to unclog your airbrush

-how to clean your airbrush

-Airbrushing 101.

 

Wish me luck!

 

 

 

 

Tips and Tricks Wednesday:Clean work

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Be sure – before starting any project that you have washed your hands. Especially with clay.

Especially with white clay:

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So wash your hands.

A good way to get off the extra oils is to use some hand sanitizer, it works well between colors if you’ve gotten them into your skin.

A good way to avoid getting color into you skin is to use hand lotion after you’ve washed your hands.

 

Tips and Tricks Wednesday: Reference³

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From the very start of learning to draw, my art teachers insisted, no, demanded that I use reference. “Your mind has a set image of something and that is not how it really looks”

They are right. So I’m going to hop on that illustrious  bandwagon and say…

Reference Reference Reference

in short

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You  can’t have enough of it. When I was sculpting my baroque doll I went on google and searched baroque dresses. I had about a dozen images that I printed out and pasted into my reference book, then I worked looking at all of them to create the finished doll.

When you are sculpting or drawing or doing anything that you want to have a realistic look. The best thing to do is going and find as much reference as you can and then pay attention to it.

See how point A fits to point B.

Not how you THINK point A fits to point B

Tips and Tricks Wednesday:Chalks and such

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There are many mediums you can use on polymer clay, the most common being soft pastels.

I’m not very fond of them because for me they seem to be to hard.

I prefer to use make up. And before you say eye shadow is all glittery, I’ll say you can get matt make up.

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I got this pallet from Dischem the other day, its bright beautiful colors in a matt finish that is gorgeous. Way better than pastels. The pallet only cost about R80 I got it for nothing because I used my rewards points.

Score all the way.

So keep an eye out for things that you can use with your clay and other crafts. You never know when you might find something in the most unusual of places.

Tips and Tricks Wednesday: Clean as you work

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I’ve heard many crafters complain that their studio is a mess. That they can’t find anything or they are embarrassed by the chaos.

There is a simple solution to this, one I use every time I craft. It boils down to one saying

“Everything has a home”

or like my dad used to teach me “Elke ding het sy plek.” Its an Afrikaans saying that boils down to the same thing.

When you are done using something, put it back where it belongs. Throw little bits of paper and junk in the bin as you work. Don’t leave it on your work space.

As you finish one part of your project, put away the tools you used for that part.

You’ll find when you are finished you have very little to clean up and your work space and craft room will stay organized.

Tips and Tricks Wednesday: Brushes

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Finding tiny brushes for sculpting can start working out expensive. For painting your clay creations and for working the clay.

I discovered that I could go buy a whole set of “Nail art” brushes and my local Planet Nails for the price of two or three artist brushes. Not only are they tiny for detail work but they are pretty good quality too.

First baby outfit for Reborn Babies

 

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Yay, its done, and in my searching for what I wanted to knit I found a LOT of pattern.

I’ve added links at the bottom to the patterns I used, in case you would like to knit them too. The flowers are small ones I bought at Herannies (a massive craft shop here in Centurion)  a while ago and I used tacky glue to make sure they stay. I only used glue because this is for a reborn doll. Had I been making it for a real baby I would have stitched them in place.

But there was one blog in particular that was wonderful for patterns.

Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days 

She is a prolific knitter and pattern designer and several of her patterns are now in my reborn knitting book.

I have a hard cover book where I’ve pasted all the patterns I’ve printed that  I want to knit for the babies I’m going to be making. It lives in my knitting bag and it makes my life a lot easier.

You will notice that in the picture there is a hat but there is no link to the pattern.

*looks sheepish* That’s because bright spark here (points at self) printed the pattern and forgot to book mark the page, and now I can’t find it no matter how hard I search.

Cardigan

Booties