Haunted by Van Gogh

Free polymer clay tutorial by Mihaela Georgescu / Beads Academy

 

Hello dear friends, 

I prepared this tutorial for Day 2 of the 3-day Quote Challenge. I did my best to finish the cuff yesterday, but I guess I have chosen something too complicated to have the chance to make it , take the photos, write the blog post, all in one day. Yet, I am happy with the result of the process. 

 

So, I will start with the Quote Challenge. I have been invited to the take the challenge by drowningwings.wordpress.com (https://drowningwings.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/3-days-quote-challenge-3/)  and these are the rules: 

 

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone or anything.
  • On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on with the fun! No pressure; nominees are free to decline.

Therefore: I nominate:

Lucy from http://allrightchoices.com/2015/07/28/learning-how-to-paint-fur-in-acrylics-10-days-challenge/ Visit her blog and you’ll be inspired to take out your acrylic paints and paint

Inese from http://inesemjphotography.com/2015/11/05/the-land-of-magic/ When photography meets magic 

Yvonne from https://yvonnedewit.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/christmas-gifts-online/ Be prepared to be amazed by the most beautiful earth inspired unique art jewelry 

Even though my blogger friends could not have the time to take the challenge, I am happy to share my admiration for them with the entire world 

 

Do small things with Great Love

I used in this collage a photo of a polymer clay statue that I made when I started out working with clay. In fact I was combining two colors of polymer clay to get a marbled design and thus to make cabochons to use them in my bead embroidered pieces. And, while I was working clay in my hands, I stopped to see how it looked and I was amazed to see that in my hands there was like a Madonna and the child little statue (at that time I never considered I would be using polymer clay for more than making cabochons and little beads for bead embroidery). Yet I kept the statue (I baked it in the oven) and I hold it dear (it was like a sign or a gift of the univers, if you like). 

Secondly, even though the final piece seems more inspired by Van Gogh than by the below painting, this is my proposal for the ArtBeadScene January Challenge:

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Landscape with Stars
by Henri-Edmond Cross
Materials and tools: scrap clay, gray polymer clay and metallic silver clay, yellow polymer clay,  dark blue polymer clay, white and black polymer clay, translucent clay and blue Pinata ink, crystal bicone beads, wire, liquid Fimo, Lisa Pavelka texture sheet. 
1. I conditioned the different colors of polymer clay. 
I had a cuff of scrap clay that was sitting on my desk for a couple of days (I cut a rectangular piece of scrap clay, measure it against a Pringles box diameter and after putting it on the box, I joined the ends together and rolled on it with the roller so that to have a smooth surface all around). 
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Then I started to remove clay with my fingers to get some openings in the cuff (I wanted an uneven and irregular result). 
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I am preparing gold wire and crystal bicone beads. 
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I put three crystal beads onto the wire and arranged them to be in the openings. I put wire all around, fixing it with stripes of clay. (I go from one side to the other side, leaving an opening for the closure area). For the middle wire, I made loop at each end to be able to attach rings and eventually a clasp (the cuff turned out to be too large to be able to put a clasp, but by adding just a ring, it was large enough to slide it on the wrist). 
I am forcing myself to try new things (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t – but I train myself to concentrate on solutions). 
Then I put the cuff in the oven [30 minutes and 110 degrees Celsius – I am working with Fimo clay] – [first time in the oven ]
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I started to create the cane:
I prepared a rectangular block of gray clay. I cut out a triangle shape and I placed in the hole a triangle made of metallic silver clay. 
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I am adding more metallic silver clay in the upper part (I looked at the image from the ArtBeadScene challenge for inspiration).
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I added Pinata ink to translucent clay (I waited 5 minutes for the ink to dry) and then mixed the clay (I formed a log and twisted it). 
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I made some holes into the clay block (using a wooden stick) and put inside logs of yellow polymer clay. 
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I am creating the space to add some dark blue mixed with a little bit of black polymer clay. 
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I am adding the dark line.
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And the tree bodies. 
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I pressed everything together and then I started to reduce the cane.
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This is the result of the landscape cane.
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I prepared some white clay and then rolled a slice of the cane on top of it. 
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Using liquid Fimo, I put the cane slice (with the white on the back) over the cuff base elements (pressing gently to glue it to the base). I trimmed off the excess clay.
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I got a wavy look because of the strings that I used to keep the wire in place, but I wanted a wavy and irregular look on the entire cuff. 
[Second time in the oven – 30 minutes at 110 degrees Celsius). 
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For the back, I used silver metallic polymer clay and a Lisa Pavelka texture sheet. 
I glued the textured clay to the back of the cuff using liquid Fimo.
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Then I pulled a little on the clay to cover the margins that were showing of. 
[Third time in the oven – 30 minutes at 110 degrees Celsius].
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I sanded it (using wet sanding) with the following grids: 600 – 800 – 1000 – 1500-2000-2300 – 2500.
I buffered it and as I wanted a even more pronounced glassy look, I added some varnish (two layers set with the heat gun). 
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The cuff was too large when I attached the claps, so I decided to add rings and a dragonfly dangle.
Thank you for reading my tutorial!
Have a wonderful and creative day!
Mihaela 
Free polymer clay tutorials by Mihaela Georgescu / Beads Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36 comments

  1. Another amazing piece of art, Mihaela! And thank you so much for the nomination. This week I am doing another nomination, and I will leave yours for the following week 🙂 Thank you again!
    Inese

    1. Thank you so much, Inese, for your wonderful reply! I love so much your photos and this was the perfect opportunity to show them to my blogger friends. My best wishes! Mihaela

      1. Thank you!!! 🙂

  2. More beautiful work Mihaela, I’ve missed seeing your creations!

    1. Thank you so much, Deb! I wanted to tell you that I loved your watercolor peacock! http://debbreton.com/peacock-watercolor-painting/ Have a wonderful and creative day! Mihaela

  3. Van Gogh would be soooo pleased with this!

    1. Thank you, Gary! You made me smile! Have a wonderful day! Mihaela

  4. Thank you so much for the nomination!! I love your work. As always, a wonderful piece of art!

    1. Thank you, Lucy, for your appreciation! You are wonderful! My best to you! Mihaela

  5. tesoritrovati4800 · · Reply

    I adore reading about your process Miss Mihaela! Really involved work that makes a wonderful statement piece. Enjoy the day. Erin

    1. Thank you, Erin! I love your art jewelry and I am tremendously happy that you liked my way of presenting my work! http://www.tesoritrovati.com/content/welcome-tesori-trovatitreasures-found My best to you! Mihaela

  6. It looks adorable…Thank you sharing the techniques.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment and for visiting my blog! Just like you, I have a dream and I will fight for it! I loved the way you put this idea into words! http://joescribe.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/whole-big-dream/ Have a wonderful day! Mihaela

  7. I feel very silly, I kept coming to your page and saw the front pieces and thought that was your post!!!!! Love love love this!

    1. I really appreciate that you shared this with me, Lynz! Maybe I should re-think my blog’s appearance. Have a wonderful day! Mihaela

      1. Ok did you change it? Maybe I went to the wrong page! now I can see it all clearly!

      2. I changed it the way it was in the beginning. It wasn’t a very good idea to put the About page to show every time someone enters the blog. You helped me understand that it wasn’t the best idea to do so! Thank you, Lynz! Have a wonderful day! Mihaela

  8. IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL AND CREATIVE…..

    1. Thank you! I love reading your poems! I find Spanish poetry as well as Spanish music very romantic. Wishing you an amazing day! Mihaela

      1. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR WORDS.
        POETRY IS MY PASSION, I’M
        GLAD YOU LIKE…GREETINGS FROM URUGUAY…

      2. Sending you my best thoughts from France! Have a beautiful day! Mihaela

  9. You are so gifted Mihaela.., not only do you make it look effortlessly done, you seem to have endless ideas of making unique pieces!!!

    Vivienne X

    1. Thank you, Vivienne, for your wonderful comment! I love reading your stories and I I totally loved the one about embracing your wild side (from time to time I also feel the need to embrace my wild side too). http://vivalaviv.com/2016/02/05/my-biker-jacket-diary-embracing-the-wild-side/ Have a wonderful day! Mihaela

  10. I bet even Van Gogh would surely like this! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! It feels so good when you see other people appreciate the things into which you poured so much of your heart! Best wishes! Mihaela

  11. It is no compliment. I have no time to lose. But I’m quite sure that Vincent would have been very proud of your work. You are able to capture essence and he was a master at capturing the essential moments of his life. I congratulate you, but your work does not need my words. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hello dear friend! You are wonderful! Thank you one more time for taking the time and writing to me! Your comment is also very appreciated. I’m trying to do so many things… And for the moment I don’t have the results I hoped I would, but, anyway I am lucky to be doing what I love. My best to you! Mihaela

      1. Hello, don’t forget the thought about the creation process of your work is like a dam. You will collect ideas and these will flow someday.
        Luck and best wishes!

      2. I’m sorry, my dear friend, that I missed your wonderful comment! Thank you for writing to me! Now that Anton is at home (on holidays) I have less time for my blog. I am trying to do the best I can for him and for me. I wanted to tell you that it is always a great pleasure to read your messages! Wishing you a wonderful evening! Mihaela

  12. Dear Mihaela, there is no problem, rather a kind surprise receive news about you. We have a same calling for art, and we will walk our paths and will cross some periods with more or less communication between us. Today your message is a true gift. We will be in touch as ever. Kisses to Anton and you.

    1. Dear Enric, I thought that your message was a true gift. I don’t know how you do it, but you always find the words to make me smile and cheer me up. Thank you from the heart for the good vibes that you are sending to me! My best to you! Mihaela

      1. You’re welcome. I will be glad if you have an starry night for a good dream. So long Mihaela!

      2. I will surely go to sleep with a smile on my face after reading your wonderful words! Thank you!

      3. Nothing else can make me feel better. Good night!

      4. Good night to you too!

      5. Thank you dear 🙂

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