Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sculpture: Cobra/Dragon hybrid 13

Finally i got around to assembling this baby. I started off by gluing down the tail onto the branch stand by dabbing at the joints with crazy glue and then with white glue...For the head portion i tied it in place and then dabbed some glue in wherever it touched the stand.
 Once i had the two pieces in place i proceeded to add cardboard strips all around the joint...glued on using hot glue...
 Then using some plaster cloth i had left over from a previous project i went on to add it over the cardboard...
 Next I filled in some areas using homemade paper clay and i also added some to where the spine would be as seen in the image below...let that dry...
 I then went on to add the bottom scales which you can see in the last image and, using hot glue, attached the spikes and wrapped them with pieces of cloth dipped in white glue...
 On of the last things to be added were the overlapping scales. These were simply square pieces cut out of a thin cloth that were then folded to form triangles...
 And in the image below you can see the bottom scales (green thick cloth)...
Once it was all dry and done with i went on to add one coat of white glue and now it is ready for its coat of gesso! Next up will be the paint on this addition and maybe, just maybe, the final images for this guy that will, after a year, finally conclude this project!!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Journals on Etsy

Traveler's Journals are now up for sale on my Etsy Shop




Quick Stamp

So i decided to mark the project i have already finished with a stamp, that would consistently appear on my projects and this is what i came up with:
 I went with making a ball out of sculpey original and then pressing down on it with a hardcover book to make it consistently flat...
 Then i proceeded to back the clay disk in the oven as per the instructions and penciled in the logo...
 For carving out the negative space i simply used an x-acto blade and a needle tool. I wanted the stamp to end up looking a bit used so i went on to carve a little pieces off here and there.
 Using a brush i proceeded to add black acrylic to the stamp. Wrote in the projects birth date and my name plus the word 'res' which is the nominative plural of the latin word Res, Rei which stands for things, objects, matter.Might as well use the latin i learned for something!
So this guy will first make its appearance in the four travelers journals and hopefully all following projects...
Thank You for reading!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Traveler Journals Final

After coptic stitching all of these guys i proceeded to thread yarn here and there to the covers and tie beads made of paper clay to some of its ends. And finally I finished off this nice little project and staged it! I ended up giving one of these guys away before i did the lovely staging of it so i just took a couple of quick pictures of it.
Journal 1:
 This journal ended up having a book marker made of yarn an at its end i tied some beads that were made with paper clay and then stained with diluted acrylics...

These bottles did end up fitting nicely in the background once the staging part came... Making of Apothecary Bottles
 They ended up looking lovely. Had an old wooden chest lying around the house that worked perfectly for the background...
Made a quick map which is the one you can see at the bottom. Tutorial for some quick map making can be seen in my previous blogs: Map Part 1 , Map Part 2
Journal 2:
 For this guy i ended up adding stained yarn to the edge along the right side where the two textures met.
 This one also got a book marker made of string and beads at its end...All books ended up laying down nice and flat...With the exception of the first journal the other 4 journals were stamped on the inside of the front cover...


 Yeah, really ended up liking the crisscrossing that this one got...along with the color pallet...
Journal 3: With this one i went with a more simple design and just added yarn to the edges...

 Just like the first two journals, this one got a book marker string as well...


Journal 4: To this guy i left extra string emerging from both sides of the book covers...
 With this extra string i tied it up so that the book can be safely closed and then added some extra beads...

 No book marker but it closes!

 Journal 5: Just like the previous one this one also closes in the same way...



And just like that this project is done and will soon be up for sale at my etsy store! Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Quick Prop: Apothecary Bottles

As i was gathering up some background props to prepare the setting for my current Traveler Journals project I decided to dig out these bottles that i had stored in the shed some time ago and finally use them. Since this will be just a background prop, whatever i end up putting inside would just be a temporary thing and will be cleaned out once the final pictures of my travelers journals are done.
 Found these guys at a thrift store and one of them had some kind of herb inside so i decided to leave it in there...One of the bottles was missing but how could i resist picking up these handsome guys for a dollar-fifty?
 I started off by dirtying up the holder by covering it with black acrylic, letting it dry for a little and then wiping some of it off with a cloth...
 For the top of the bottles i went with cutting squares of a white cloth and staining it with some coffee. then ripped off the edges a bit to give it some wear...Then this cloth was held in place using stained string along with beads made with paper clay...
 Then using some stained paper i cut out small pieces to use as labels ...Made up some quick names...Glued the labels on...For the bottle below i just threw in some string, water, red food coloring, and a bit of coffee...who cares, its just for a temporary background!
 For the bottle below i made some irregular balls out of air drying clay...Painted some with black acrylic...
 And for the last bottle I threw in some pinto beans, water, coffee, along with a few drops of brown acrylic...Let it sit overnight and found out that the beans had puffed out and the majority of the water mix had moved to the top...Not planned at all, but the end result came out looking pretty good!
 And finally went on to add the cloth top, string, and beads...I decided to leave one of the bottles without the cloth (the one with the pebbles) so that this one can be left open and laying down next to the journals...some pebbles spilled out...yeah
It was a fun quick prop to make! Not sure when i'll actually get to fill these bottles with their final contents but i'll keep thinking about them in the meantime!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Traveler Journals 3

Following the final steps towards finishing the book covers and staining, folding, and piercing the pages came the addition of Some string here and there...But first! adding the inside lining to all the covers...Most of these pieces came out with a nice wavy-ish variations in color which, in my opinion, looked alright!
 So I proceeded to cut down these pieces to fit according to their covers as seen below...these were then glued down using slightly diluted white glue...
 Before going i went back and pierced the cover's holes with a needle tool since the gesso and paint had seeped into them a bit...Next i dyed a ball of thick cotton string (will get a closeup in a future post). As with a previous project i just went with a dye mix composed of coffee first and then added random spots of diluted black acrylic to the string to create a variation in tones...Once i had this i went on to thread it in whichever way i wanted!

As i was working with these guys i made sure that the string i was threading into the covers was longer than what was needed since i wasn't sure at this point on what i would use the extra string...something in between a bookmarker or some kind of book closing method...


 After this was done it was time to prepare for the sowing of the books...For this i went with using some cotton yarn i found at the store.
 Once again just as with the string used for the covers i used a combination of diluted coffee and acrylics. I went on to add the dye using a paint blush and letting it soak in...I let it bask in the lovely 100 degree exterior for and hour and it was ready to use!
 Separated the magazines into their bundles of 10, making sure that the holes at the spines aligned well...
 And finally got to the fun part of learning how to do a coptic stitch, which turned out to be a pretty easy and fun task! This is the youtube tutorial i learned it from: Coptic Stitch Tutorial
 Et c'est tout! First coptic stitched book done!