So I worked with air dry clay and some sparkly Sculpy for the final creatures. Sculpy requires baking and that always made me nervous. I was willing to consider it when I found myself running up to the deadline of both this project and a custom munny I'd promised for a trade on the illustratedatcs.com website. I started working on the munny one night and completed the clay creatures you see here. The air dry clay is heavy and takes a few days to dry fully especially in the thicker areas. I've had problems with other works cracking before. There was also an area on the munny that I could see a small crack developing that would need to be filled. Frustrated and needing to finish my projects, I picked up a pack of creme sparkly sculpy that I've probably had since my first husband (if you know me you know that's a long time.) If not then it's long enough for that knowledge to be lost to everyone but God. I wasn't entirely sure the clay would still work.
After talking to some of the other artists on illustrated atc's I heard you could boil the clay when it was on a blank vinyl piece so one wouldn't have to worry about it melting in the oven. I got to work and used up the little pack of Sculpy making the creations you see here and two munny modifications. I used one of those mods to make the custom piece for trade. If you would like to see how it turned out visit my facebook page.
So I present to you the final creatures of The Creature Card Creation project. A one year goal that took me two but that I still finished!!!! WOO HOOO. Better late than never :) I've learned a lot and grown more comfortable with my art. I understand the difficulties I'll be dealing with to work around my disabilities, but I have a good support network that encourages me along the way. I've made wonderful new connections and I'm so happy that a little part of me gets to go live with them. I hope you have enjoyed this ride with me.
We still have some winners coming up soon and adoptions to post. Make sure to get you're three creatures in while there is time left. Good luck and thank you all for participating!
If you would like to see more views of some of these creations let me know. I really wanted to get this out on time and the pictures were wearing on me.
Day 175 - 182 creature drawings are open to anyone who hasn't yet won a total of three creatures since the start of May. The deadline to enter is 12 am pst, July 7th. Don't forget the last day IS Day 182. Adoptions opportunities will be posted soon.
These are the last creatures winnable in this project.
Day 175 is made from air dry clay. After the clay dried I painted it with acrylic paints. At the end the piece was glazed. Originally I was going to make the beak area hair but Ashley suggested making this into a toucan like bird, sort of a tiny melted toucan.
Day 176 is made from air dry clay. After the clay dried I painted it with acrylic paints. At the end the piece was glazed. Originally this creature was coming out of a small terracotta planter but liked it better out once it was finished. You could decorate a mini planter and put this inside if you like :)
Day 177 is made from air dry clay. After the clay dried I painted it with acrylic paints. At the end the piece was glazed. The shell on this creature is a real shell that I've had for some time and can't remember, honestly, where I got it from. I tried to mimic the colors.
Day 178 is made from air dry clay. After the clay dried I painted it with acrylic paints. At the end the piece was glazed. The wooden knot this creature is sitting on is real. I've had it for some time and always loved the shape of it. The creature is not currently attached for shipping purposes but can be attached or not at the winners discretion.
Day 179 is made from a sparkly Sculpy clay that requires baking. The clay has a great color and look in person so I've decided not to paint many of these pieces. The winner will get to experience the subtle egg shell tone and sparkle these creatures contain.
This is my little mini full figured creature. Sculpy is much better at holding small forms with some strength. I really have fallen in love with baking clay. Since it's basically a rubber plastic it's better about not breaking and having a little bend. They are considerably lighter than the air dry creatures. (I wouldn't suggest forcing the pieces but they are going to ship better)
I tried a wash of acrylic paint on the Sculpy to see how it would look. This is hard to see in the photograph without the gloss and sparkly effects. The ink was added to the eyes and a clear glaze applied. Then a spray glaze on the top after the paint. I think I could have baked the bail into the clay but didn't think of it at the time. This piece was inspired by some recent glass creature pendants I bought on etsy from my new friend Josh :) His are way better lol.
This is the final creature of the project. YAY! Day 182 is also made from the sparkly Sculpy clay. It has a great creme and subtle variation I enjoyed and wanted to retain that purity. This would look fabulous in a shadow box. From the side it reminds me of a dagger. There are great subtleties in the face that don't play in the photo, but if you know art you know the photo can't tell everything... so why not win it and know the truth!
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