Well, who ever thought that I would make it to 100, but I did!
Today’s ATC creation also goes a little darker than previous makes by giving my little impression of what it means to struggle to get to sleep – something that I often go through, and I know that a fair few of you do too.
First up, here is a look at the finished piece.
So, to start this ATC I needed to define what it meant for me to not be able to get to sleep.
After losing sleep thinking about it (LOL) I came up with the following description – being unable to get to sleep is like floating at the edge of a dark sea with the gentle ripples of slumber lapping against me but not engulfing me and carrying me off to sleep.
Of course there is the annoyance that the lack of sleep will make me tired for the next day, leave me sluggish and frustrated at not being able to get a decent night’s sleep and all the rest of the negative emotions that go with it however I thought that the simple definition that I have outlined above was probably the simpler concept to illustrate on an ATC.
I knew that for this creation I wanted to use air dry clay so I needed something more stable to work on than 250gsm cardstock. I had a quick internet search and found the US Art Quest Art Canvas ATC Cards and ordered a pack.
When they arrived I broke open the pack and set to work with the clay. I shaped the face first, using my fingers and a pokey tool. I then created the ripples/waves by adding “dabs” of clay and stroking them out towards the outer edge with my finger tip, working out from the face.
This is what I ended up with.
I let it dry overnight in order for all of the moisture in the clay to evaporate.
Now it came to decorating it. I wish that I could describe every step that I took for this however it developed over time and I used a variety of random titivating techniques so here is a quick synopses of what I did for each area.
- For the face I used flash toned acrylic paints. I worked from dark to light in layers, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. I also used a very dilute solution of dirty brush water (the dirty water in the pot that you wash out the brushes in) to highlight the texture of the clay. The final layer added was the lightest colour over which I did not apply a wash. This was intended to give the face a look as if it was lit from above.
- The eyes consisted of a dry-white glue onto which I placed a seed bead. Once this layer had dried I applied some dry-clear glue to give the eyes a realistic glaze.
- The waves again used acrylic paints to begin. I again worked from dark to light. The darker layers were applied with more liquid inks so that they sank into all of the cracks and crevices. The light layers were subsequently dryer so that I could highlight the wave crests. To finish the waves I applied a layer of clear embossing powder and then highlighted the wave crests with a metallic gold marker.
After all of this fiddling and titivating this is the result that I got.
I have to say that I am very proud of this one. It was totally from the imagination and turned out exceptionally well.
To close this post I thought that I would give you a few more shots of the finished piece so that you can see it in different lighting conditions (as it can give the piece new feeling).
So, what do you think? Did I give the right impression with this interpretation?
Anyway, I’d best crack on with some more mini makes.
Just curious by the way, are you all still enjoying this series of posts? Things have been a bit busy around here lately but I am hoping to get back on track with some lengthier and more in-depth posts soon on all sorts of subjects but I am grateful for the limited time that I get to make these little wonders so I hope that they are giving you as much pleasure as they are to me.
Thanks for visiting today – I hope to see you again soon.
Bye for now,