I have been working a bit with some textures, pan pastel chalks and inks. Just a bit every night. If I wait too long to go to bed, it gets too hot to sleep after the sun comes up.
Most of us Polymer artists have a needle tool. I discovered that the textured portion of the handle can be used to make little diamond like texture on clay. I used this tool to texture white clay tubes, the colored with blue and green PP chalk. After baking, I used black liquid Kato clay to fill in the recesses of the texture. When I wiped off the excess liquid clay, I found that it also removed the a lot of the color of the chalk.
To give a bit more zing to the beads, I mixed some interference violet into clear liquid clay that I had tinted with a few drops of Sunshine Yellow ink.
|Blue chalk highlighted with LKC tinted with yellow ink|
|Green chalk highlighted with LKC tinted with yellow ink|
Since the LKC was remove the chalk color, next I tried inks on the base bead. I colored these with a green ink and then baked. The color is kind of flat as I did not add any mica powder to the final coat, just to see what would happen.
I made up more white based and colored them with chalks. Am itching to get back into the studio, but it is soooo hot it will have to wait. I don't even get tonight .... One of the graveyard techs is on vacation, so I have to work a split evening/graveyard shift to cover. Don't get off till 4 am.
I am so looking forward to retirement and not having to clay around my work schedule ... of course, then I will be too poor to afford the clay LOL. I am thinking about trying my hand at selling online. Unfortunately for me, there is already a Polymer Penguin on Esty.