Friday, July 22, 2016

Mixed Media Key Canvas

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today as a member of the Paverpol Design Team and I've created a mixed media canvas.

I am still getting used to Paverpol and thinking about all the amazing projects that can be created.  Still experimenting, I wanted to work on a canvas. 

Using a 6" x 6" canvas I first painted it black, then dunked Pavercotton into the Transparent Paverpol.  After squeezing out the excess Paverpol, I pulled apart the Pavercotton and placed it on the canvas, pulling it apart and arranging it until I liked how it looked.  I had originally thought about creating something spooky or creepy, but my project morphed as I worked on it.

Once the Paverpol dried, I added color using assorted colors of ColorBox® Spritzers.  I heat set the colors before spritzing the next color so the colors would stay true. 
I used a key as the focal point.  Die cut leaves from Spellbinders and Prima flowers were inked and adhered to the canvas.  A Unity stamp was stamped on a wood tag which was tied to the key.  And a Prima porcelain sign was added to the bottom of the canvas.
Look at all that texture.
Thanks for stopping by today and please stop by the blog to see an assortment of projects we have created.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wall Hanging By Kim Kelley

A wall hanging with Paverpol.

I was thrilled with how easy it was to create my own background and
with just a few items an actual project you can hang up as decor.

I started out using bits and pieces of the Pavercotton as well as some cheesecloth.

The larger pieces I did end up soaking them in a plastic bag with the transparent Paverpol
but the smaller ones I used a paint brush to get it where I wanted them to adhere to each other.


Since I knew I wanted this to hang I wrapped the edges on
a dowel I had laying around.

After manuvering the pieces around and around
and around I finally got them where I wanted them.

And let it dry...
Surprisingly that process does not take that long.
With in a few hours, even in the thickest areas, it was completely dry.
I chose a digital image from The East Wind...printing her with
a scripture "Psalm 139:14" and screwed it up. Of course it wasn't until
I had colored AND adhered her to the background that I noticed it! ARG

Yup...spelled wonderfully with out the f.
So I changed it, reprinted, recolored and glued the neck portion on.

I added some chain and then shear ribbon to hang with and ended up
with a cute and simple wall hanging.
Now a lot of people would have fix it, moved on and NEVER admitted to it...
but for me that's not what art is's about;
creating, messing up, changing it, learning from it and
passing on what we learn.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Yoga Frog Repair

My Yogi at NWA Hot Yoga had an accident with a ceramic frog. I volunteered to see if I could repair it.

I pondered the engineering aspects of the repair for several days. After I was all finished (I thought), I found some source images online. Engineering clouded my usual research mind. As I started to write this blog post, I just had to try to remedy the fact that I had made the on top leg mold into the under leg. AND, the thumb is like concrete, so there is not anything i can do to that :)

There is a full process video on YouTube HERE, and I'll do some step-out instructions below.

Narrow Craft Sticks or Popsicle sticks
Glue Gun
Aluminum Foil
Masking Tape
Creative PaperClay
Chiffon fabric or other smooth fine fabric
Transparent PaverPol
Acrylic Paint
Sand-Its (optional)

Arrange the craft sticks in position, and use a generous amount of hot glue to make sure they are anchored well in the opening.  Begin to form the toes and foot with aluminum foil. With the masking tape, wrap the foil so it will be sturdy.

Roll out the Creative PaperClay to 1/16"-1/8" thick. Cut in strips to apply to your frame. Use water sparingly to smooth. Allow to cure several days. I used an Activa Clay Roller Kit HERE

Cut the chiffon into small pieces and apply to dried foot in a collage like manner. I brushed PaverPol on the foot, placed the fabric on, and brushed over top of it. Repear until you have all the clay covered. Bring several long strips around the leg for more support. I put some strips on the other leg to match the texture. 

Let the PaverPol cure several days. I sanded the rough edges with a Sand-It tool. Using acrylic paint to closely match the original ceramic, paint the foot. If necessary, bring the paint up the body to further disguise the repair.

I was not happy with the shape of the top leg (the one repaired), so added some PaperClay to define the leg and lengthen the toes. When it cures, I will repeat the PaverPol and paint steps.

I love these products! They play very nicely together. I wasn't able to duplicate the smooth surface of the ceramic, but that would have required clay and firing, and may have been destructive to the frog.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Paverpol Goddess by Linda Ann Smith

To view a video about how to make this  goddess wall hanging click here:

Materials needed:

Paverpol Transparent Fabric Hardener
Mask base
Fabric scraps
Vivid Ultra-Metallic Paints:  African Jade, Pink Azalea, Ginger Peach, Snapdragon, Lemongrass, True-Silver

Cover working surfaces with plastic.
Begin with a mask form from a craft store. 
Cover it with plastic cling wrap so it can be reused later.
Brush transparent Paverpol Fabric Hardener onto fabric scraps.

Arrange over mask base overlapping seams

Drape long piece of fabric around mask base.

Let dry.

Paint with Vivid Ultra-Metallics

Finish with Varnish

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dancer Yoga 1 by Vicki Ross

What a fun product PaverPol is! I've had a quart of transparent PaverPol for ten years or so, waiting patiently for me to take time to discover it. I was fascinated when I first heard about it. Took me long enough! Being on their Creative Team gave me the incentive to play!

I love traditional sculpting, but did not pursue it beyond experimentation due to the high cost of foundry work, and storage, and, and. Want some cheese with that whine?

A full process video

A brief step-out instruction is below.

Paverpol Bronze and Transparent
#14 gauge armature wire. I used a coat hanger but it was almost too stiff.
Masking Tape
Aluminum Foil
PaverPol Stockinette or old t-shirt and/or panty hose
Miscellaneous ribbon or trim
Some kind of base

Make armature. I used an articulating mannikin (Art S. Buck HERE). Even though mine was missing an arm, it gave me the ability to pose her AND use for measurements. Close, but no cigar :) Even though I researched armature lessons online, I still pretty much butchered mine. But, aluminum foil and tape hides many sins. I probably worked twice as hard as I could have. I sped up the video so you will be encouraged to follow an armature video instruction. Do as I say, not as I do. But that is the wonder of art! Jump in without a life preserver and see what happens.

I just did a quick search for anatomical models online and came up with several to choose from. It was a big help to have this little model right in front of me for visual measurements.
Figure out some way to hold your armature while you work on it. I held it, propped it up, and used the antique iron match holder depending on what I was doing.

I was thinking I could get a smooth, more sculpture like finish if I used panty hose. Yes and no. I quickly discovered that PaverPol is designed to be a more textured surface. Cut the fabric into 1" or so wide pieces. Stir the PaverPol very good. Pour into a smaller container, then put the lid back on the main container. It doesn't take too much, and you can always refill!

I started by dipping the end into the PP, then wrapping once around the leg. With an old brush, i then brushed more until the fabric was saturated. Wrap once, paint, making sure to get it thoroughly wet.

OH, I started out the day with a barrier cream like Invisible Gloves, but it disappeared quickly. Wear gloves if you must, but the dried PP comes off your skin easier than dried Matt Medium. If you still get manicures, I can't help you. Continue until the entire armature is covered.

This will set up in a few hours...but won't completely cure for several days depending on your humidity. I did a second layer of fabric out of t-shirt strips. Think a bit about how you want to dress your model. I knew I wanted a scarf of some sort, so I left long pieces of undipped t-shirt strips…one around her head, and one around her outstretched arm.

After drying overnight, I decided to give her a dancer's skirt, partly because I thought she looked like she was wrapped in ace bandages, and because some of my body parts weren't exactly Yoga-ish. I figured a dance skirt of chiffon would drape nicely. After a long stitch on my sewing machine, I could
gather the fabric in a more controllable way. I prepped a tulle and gold mesh, and a separate chiffon skirt. I thought I would use all three, but the chiffon alone was the best choice.

I cut a 2"-ish piece of chiffon at the selvage edge so it would be smooth. I twisted and draped it BEFORE i dipped it in the transparent PP. After arranging it and securing the end, I wrapped the skirt to decide where I wanted the overlap. Then I dipped the skirt and applied it to my girl. The chiffon was pretty stiff, but as the PP set up, I could manipulate the folds. I used the end of the paintbrush, but anything will work.

Next, I had some ugly spots at the gathering of the skirt. I took some of the gold meshy tulle and wrapped a piece around her waist, leaving some tails. I measured about 36" of a 2" wide piece of the gold tulle and dipped it in PP (I left the ends uncoated for later). I cut off the t-shirt pieces from her head and arm.

Starting about 12" from one end, I wrapped the piece in a turban, and tied a knot on the right side, leaving an end to deal with later. The other long end I draped behind her head, down her left arm, over left hand and let it fall.

I have not resolved the base yet. There is a piece of wire sticking out the back of her left leg. I really like the marble tile, but she will need more support. Hubbie will help figure out the engineering...and there might be some copper wire involved.

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