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Delightful by Heather Miller

Title: Delightful
Year: 2011
Size: 2″ x 3″

Delightful was created using polymer clay, beads, a small mirror, and acrylic paint on a mini canvas.  The piece has a wire hanger on the back so it can be hung like normal artwork.

The Story:

I’m writing this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2011 so I’ll do my best to remember.

Delightful is a piece I don’t remember much about.  It’s basically a simple doodle using polymer clay.  I created this alongside of Tranquil.  The canvases for both pieces use the same painting technique.  After doing a base coat of paint, and letting it dry, I added vertical lines of a lighter pink along with lines of the base coat color.  Then I took a toothpick and ran it through the lines horizontally.  I did this repeatedly until I liked what I saw.

For the polymer clay, I don’t normally start out with a clear idea of what I want to create.  In this case, I do remember I started with the mirror.  I had never used one with polymer clay before.  The mirror is round so I ended up creating something of a yin-yang with two shades of pink.  The other part that was ‘new’ for me was the white loop.  It actually stands off the canvas.  When I put the clay in the oven, I wasn’t sure if it would remain standing or flatten out.  If the clay is too thin, or the loop / curl is too large, the clay can’t support itself without supports.  This one baked up just fine.

After the piece was baked, but before I mounted it to the canvas, I decided to do a wash.  I painted the piece with a silver paint and then immediately wiped it off.  The only paint left is what I worked into crevices and deeper areas…for the most part.  I left some areas with more paint than others.  In hindsight, I wish I had used a different color or perhaps skipped the wash.  I’m not sure it really works the way I was thinking it might, at least for this piece.