Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Put a little bling in your life!

As my first post on my blog about the wonders of Creative Paperclay I want to show you what I made. I like things that have a little bling or kick to them so I decided that I'd like to have a gourd brooch that was embellished with Paperclay. I used a book just out by Maria Dellos on ink and gourds for a little inspiration.

I started out with just a piece of gourd that I had carved out of a scrap of gourd and with a face that I had already formed in a mold and which was already dry. (It helped to get things moving along a bit faster. I then attached the face to the gourd with just a little E6000.)
Before attaching the face I woodburned some squiggles on the gourd piece. I then painted the face with some metallic acrylic paint in gold, blue, & copper touches. 
 Once the face was attached I used some more Paperclay to make a scarf to go around the face. I then painted the scarf with metallics. (Topaz, Sapphire, Copper, Gold, Green, & Purple) It really turned into a beautiful scarf. I added a little glue and some glitter on the bottom side to enhance the scarf.
But was that enough? Oh no my friends! I then took some multi-colored yarn, wire, and some beads and added a little bling to it. I then added a pin back to the piece so that I can wear it as a brooch. As you can see that end result wasn't bad, hmmmmm, no not bad at all!

Please pardon the pictures which were taken with a black background, but trust me the whites just wouldn't photograph very well sitting on white. I love my new brooch don't you? I also love Creative Paperclay and have used it for a long time, even before gourd art. It's very easy to work with and cleans up easily with just water.  It has stood out and become my favorite clay to work with on gourds. Also check out the Creative Paperclay blog for more tutorials and projects!


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The Garden Bell said...

Very cool. Nice job

Deneen said...

Nice. You know, you now have me thinking about gourd art, where I can get them, etc. Just what I need, another hobby!

debi said...

Your brooch turned out beautifully Barbara! I love the colors you used, and the metallic paints really add some bling.

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, gorgeous, Barbara!!! Happy Mother's Day to you, dear friend!

glor said...

Barbara, you truly are an artist. This is just beautiful. You should be so proud of what you do. Gorgeous. Have a wonderful mother's day filled with blessings and joy.

Eileen Bergen said...

Barbara, I'm so excited to see this - your 1st project for PaperClay!

The brooch is lovely and something that seems accessible to us beginners.

I already bought a pack of PaperClay but haven't gotten it home yet to try out.

I love that PaperClay eliminates the baking step of polymer clay.

If you've used polymer clay as well, maybe someday you could post about the plusses and minuses of each.

Just an idea ;-)

Cyndi L said...

Very very pretty! More layers always = better :-)