Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What I did with my texture sheets

In 2008 I started collecting Victoria James Real Textures sheets directly from her website: http://www.victoriajamesart.com/realtextures/index.htm 
At about the same time I was looking for a way to contribute to Arrowmont and thought of making arrow pins to be sold in the supply store on campus. I made some small arrow cutters out of strips of lightweight brass sheet and epoxy, and I barely looked up for days! I rolled out sheets of clay with the pasta machine and on the final pass I inserted one of the Real Texture sheets to make an impression on the clay. I cut the impressed clay with an arrow cutter, very lightly dabbed the raised portions of the design with liquid clay and sprinkled the surface with embossing powder. When I tapped off the excess powder it fell out of the crevices and stuck to the high areas, defining the impressed design. I baked the arrows normally, attached a pinback with clay and baked again. I had about a 90 percent success rate and learned from the other ten percent.
That year, for my holiday shows, I made tree pins using the same techniques, sometimes substituting mica powders for a metallic sparkle, sometimes using metallic paint. I really went wild with the metallic paint and ordered more metallic embossing powder than I could ever use.
I started using Donna Kato's patterns and finally purchased several of Helen Breil's rigid texture plates.

I tried an ivory-colored clay with Golden's Fluid Acrylic in Micaceous Iron Oxide or Metallic Bronze rubbed into the crevices and wiped off the ridges.

I know I'm just prejudiced, but I think my favorites have a polymer clay base the color of Georgia clay.

Please don't forget to leave a comment any day through Thursday to be included in the drawing for three of Helen Breil's rigid texture plates.


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