Wip, what I’m up to

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Hi guys, I’m trying to post more wip pics to show more of what I’m up to. Above, is a little piece I’m working on to look like fired clay. I love ceramics but I don’t have access to a kiln so I decided to try out different types of clay. This one is using Darwi classic air-dry clay, painted with acrylic paint and coated with UV resin. It is gold on the inside and violet/pink/magenta on the outside, with resin little feet. It is super strong and feels like stoneware. I’m still working out the bugs but hopefully I can come out with something I’m happy with.

By the way, I’ve been really into my succulents lately so I’ve been making little pots for them. This piece is a tiny succulent pot.

Hope your summer is going well, let me know what you’ve been up to 😄

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Succulent

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I’ve always loved plants but hated gardening (bug phobia). Lately, I’ve realized that succulents are really forgiving despite my black thumb. Above is my succulent arrangement sitting on my kitchen table. I’m thinking of adding more of these guys into my living space.

As usual, I’ve been busy with life and am still struggling to get any art done. I haven’t given up tho.☺️ Thanks for stickin’ with me so far.

Jeannette

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Charcoal Sketch

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Hi everyone, I just did a quick sketch to test out Strathmore 500 Charcoal paper. The paper is in pad-form (approximately 9 x12) but it also comes in large single sheets.

The good stuff: it’s archival and 100% cotton and not too expensive (about half the price of Stonehenge paper)

The possibly not so good stuff: laid texture (good if you like it), thinness

For me this paper’s laid texture is too pronounced, especially in this size format. It’s hard to blend if you want a softer look. The texture also makes it harder to erase with your putty which makes it harder if you like to work carving by out highlights. Also, the texture heaviness might not be so pronounced, if you use the larger size single sheets that are available. For some, the laid texture might be just what they are looking for but it would have been nice to have had a choice.

The other thing is the thinness of the paper (64lb, 95g/m2). It does not bother me at this size but in larger sizes, it would be easier to flop around and cause dents.

Overall, some might love this paper for the same reasons that some might dislike this paper.

 

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Figure Sketch

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Hello everyone, it’s been a while. Here’s a little sketch I did to brush up on figure drawing, which I haven’t done in a long, long time. It’s just astounding how skills get rusty and lost if not used regularly. I always thought it was like riding a bike, you do gain the ability back but, with much work and practice. It’s more like doing exercises to maintain fitness; it’s hard but you gotta do it to be healthy.

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