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.
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.