Sunday, May 16, 2010
Morrisburg is a fun and relaxing event! Party gals have fun!
Some are concentrated...
Specially the newbies!
Some are not concentrated! Outch my finger tips!
And others are distracted by the camera.
A chaotic workplace; I hid the owner to protect her reputation!
Margi actually made something; I read that when you make faces, you usually represent yourself!
If you take my picture, I'll take yours (at the same time)!
Putting the mosaic together in the honeymoon suite. Phew! It is going to work.
The mosaic completed thanks to the work of all participants who made a clay tile. It is reversible; on one side it is called "Vegetables in a Bowl" on the other side, "The Gardener". Made in 1590 by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Fanny found herself a man!
This last picture is to imprint in your brain this familiar "scene" and to condition you to come back next year!!!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Merci Louise pour ton travail minutieux.
Face cane links
If you want a blog by an artist that does stupendous elaborate face canes
and see her photobucket for more inspirations
Another blog on face canes
She has a video on making face canes and side face canes. You can buy it at her etsy shop.
For those of you who don’t know what to do with the face cane she gives a lot if ideas.
General: many face cane tutorials
http://www.sculpey.com/projects/archives/witch-face-cane-lesson witch cane
Packing the face cane ( in French but look it up , many links)
in French another tutorial in pictures.
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/claypen_canes2.html many types of face canes and other canes
http://maniguette.canalblog.com/archives/2008/07/29/10070126.html French a manga face
Michael Jackson in black and white
Skull and bones
Complex face canes and components:
http://florenceboheme.canalblog.com/archives/tuto_a_la_bobo_/index.html French look at the different components used.
Complex eye cane
face cane complex: Japanese man
Face with hair Complex ( French)
Face cane with shading ( French)
Puca ( little girl) French
http://paroledepate.canalblog.com/archives/canes_tutos/p20-0.html under April 28 , 2008
African face cane ( French)
Strange face (French)
Side face cane ( French)
What to do with a face cane
http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/polymer-clay-face-bead-watch/index.html watch bracelet
This a fascinating video on a complex face cane
Animals face canes
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shimshoni-gallery/3871654514/in/set-72157606371383384/ in pictures
Thursday, April 22, 2010
We are almost there, less than one week to go: our yearly clay fest is about to begin.
If you have any questions just ask us:
Basic clayers kit
Materials for each class
Driving instructions and phone numbers
Books and magazines (optional)
Table de Junque a great opportunity to recycle (optional)
Shop, Hawk and Gawk, we want to see what you make (optional)
Canes and beads for swaps (optional)
Smile (not optional)
How to get to Morrisburg
From the 401 take exit 750 at Morrisburg. Follow signs to town about 1km
from highway overpass. (You will be turning RIGHT into town if you are
coming from Toronto, and LEFT into town coming from Montreal). Turn left at
the lights and drive another 1 km approx. On the left side of the road, you
will see the MacIntosh Inn. It is well marked and you will already have seen
the signs directing you to it. Drive safely!
The Hotel number is: 613-543-3788
Vio and I will be around and the contact person to speak to at the Inn is
When You Arrive
Someone at the front desk will direct you to the conference room and give you your keys and room number. You may want to drop your “stuff” off so you don’t have to lug it upstairs or downstairs.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT WE ALL WANT TO RELAX AND HAVE FUN!!
You will receive a folder upon arrival with class descriptions and schedule as well as some useful information about the town.
This is YOUR event. You have paid for all of the classes, it is your choice whether to attend them or not. If you feel you have too much on your plate, or that a class may not be beneficial to you, you may opt out and go for a long lunch or a nap or a Jacuzzi. (You need to book Jacuzzi times with the front desk.)
Or you may want to continue working on something that has piqued your interest. And even though you may choose to work on something else, you will benefit just from listening. The instructors will be willing to answer questions and help you any time you need it, not only during their class time.
This is our eighth MPCG gathering and we feel every one has been very successful. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, come directly to Margi or Vio. We will do our very best to help you.
Margi and Violette
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Her list of things to bring is pretty complete; you might want to check it out.
Thanks Sandy!! And by the way, go and visit her blog; it is interesting.
In just a few short weeks Morrisburg will be upon us. It's an annual gathering of 30+ women from Ontario and Quebec. We meet for a long weekend and clay all weekend long. I was dragged kicking and screaming to it five years ago by some women I had barely gotten to know at Guild. I then became one of the biggest converts as the session had met and exceeded my every expectation. It's now something I look forward to every year.
There's lots of claying, eating, laughter, friendship, and happy exhaustion. Everyone is incredibly warm and giving in their time, talent, and companionship. I'm smiling as I type this because it's just so much fun.
The photos above are a collage of the lessons that we'll be learning this year. It's a good mix of items and I'm looking forward to each and every one of them. I'll be giving a tutorial in one of the evenings, on some caning techniques that I've been playing with. You'll get to see the canes after Morrisburg.
I've started putting some things aside for packing. Here's the list of everything I've got to put together and figure out how to pack. There will be a lot of "oh, and I guess I should also add..." as I browse my hobby room. Fortunately I know that if I forget something someone else will have one.
Paints, Inks, Liquids and other tints
•Acrylic paints in favourite colours
•Glazing medium or pre-mixed acrylic glazes
•Dollar store paint brushes
•Acrylic gel medium that dries clear (Golden brand or modge podge)
•Pearlized acrylic paint
•Future floor finish
•Water spray bottle
•fabric acrylic paints or inks(Dye Na Flow) - 1-3 colours
•sponges and makeup brushes
•Empty match boxes
•Glue – White craft glue and acid free glue stick – PVA or archival
Blades and Cutters
•Cane cutting blades
•Heavy duty utility knife with supply of extra blades
•Chef scoopy thingy
•Cork-backed metal ruler
•Cutting Mat or cardboard
•Small measuring containers from Lee Valley
•Gloves for hot clay
•Bull dog clips
•Plastic sheet protectors
•-20 g. wire and flat-nose plier
•Small white vinyl canvas
•Mr. Clean magic eraser
•Polymer clay extruder with discs
•Bake n Bend clay
•-polymer clay - white,black, translucent,ecru,pearl and brown
•light coloured polymer clay
•Samples for tutorial
Textures and stamps
•Images for collages and transfers
•-small rubber stamps (ex. star,leaf)
•brads, eyelets & eyelet setter,
•ribbons, yarns, wire, bits of fabric, sewing needles, thread, coins, buttons
Junque Table stuff
Show and Tell
Friday, April 9, 2010
Afternoon: Arrival and Set-up
6:00 to 7:30 Dinner
Evening: Welcome and announcements;
Leslie Lockhart and Sherry Nash: A Book with a Secret (part one)
Fri. April 30
Fri. 7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
Fri. 8:30 – Gaby Orbach: GoingWild and Fine With Surface Design
Fri. 12:00 - Lunch
Fri. 1:30 – Louise Gagné: Best Face Forward
Fri. 6:00 - Dinner
Fri. 7:30 Sandy Willis: demo with canes
Sat. May 1st
Sat. 7:30 - Breakfast
Sat. 8:30 – Georgia Ferrell: A Tisket A Tasket, a Polymer Clay Basket
Sat. 12:00 - Lunch
Sat. 1:30 – Fanny Achache: Inkjet Transfers on Polymer Clay
Sat. 6:00 - Dinner
Sat. 7:30 –Melani Litwack: demo origami: making a box
Sun. May 2nd
Sun. 7:30 - Breakfast
Sun. (Time TBA) – Leslie and Sherry: A Book with a Secret (part 3 or 4)*
* Leslie's and Sherry's class will be ongoing during the weekend. They will intervene here and there as this project advances. We will be finishing up on Sunday morning. To prepare your book go to the blog: http://mpcg09.blogspot.com and look up their instructions. (I (vio) just did mine! easy)
Once again, we are anticipating a super weekend of learning, laughter and lots of claying. Don’t forget to bring your smile and energy because we plan to have some fun.
Margi and Violette
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The 8th (I know, I can't count) Morrisburg Polymer Clay Gathering is going to happen in a few weeks! This message is a reminder of things you can bring along with you to share, show or sell.
LIBRARY: once again we ask for your cooperation for the reading table; we all like to read and if you have any magazines or books of interest, please bring them along. They don’t necessarily need to be clay related: anything to inspire will do the trick. Please mark the books/magazines you bring so that they can be returned to you.
TABLE DE JUNQUE: how about making a special effort for the table. In this time of recycling, take a good look at all your clay related tools/supplies. There are a lot of things that you don’t use and won’t use. Why don’t you give them to someone who will? We can’t think of a better way of sharing. We all have stuff lying around begging to be used…by someone else!! Think about it. There are always little treasures to be found on that table.
SHOP HAWK AND GAWK: if you have anything to show and tell we would be happy to see it (does not have to be for sale). Just bring anything you are proud of or maybe things you want input on. And if you have stuff to sell, we will set up a table like in the years past.
Mark each item with your name and price.
You are responsible for the sale (i.e. receipt, taking cash,
We will have an area assigned, but if you have special display requirements, please bring them.
CANES: Do you have canes that are never-ending? Why don’t you bring them along to exchange? that way, you will have a greater variety of canes to work with. The more canes, the merrier. This has worked well in the last three years and we want to do it again this year.
BEADS: Do you want to swap beads?, bring some with you to exchange.
If you have any ideas you want to share, please go right ahead. The information we gave you will be uploaded to the Morrisburg blog. http://www.mpcg09.blogspot.com
Once again, we are anticipating a super weekend of learning, laughter and lots of claying. Don’t forget to bring your smile and energy because we plan to have some fun.
You will be receiving driving directions and phone numbers etc. closer to the date.
Margi and Vio
PS: we have also planned two demos.
The first one by Sandy Willis who will show us more elaborate things to do with caning. For sure, this will be a great complement to Louise's class.
The second demo will be given by Melly who will show us how to make a pretty box to give that special gift in. Get ready to fold paper!!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
if you are going to morrisburg and have no other way to get some superflex
bake and bend clay, please let me know and i will try to bring some for
you. it has many uses besides what i will be doing with it, so perhaps you
might want to either purchase a 6- one ounce package or an 8 - 2 ounce
package at michaels with a 40% coupon... or share one of these packages with
two or three friends.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I am going to place a bulk order for Premo clay (only) thru KJP crafts.
Premo Sculpey Open Stock
Premo Sculpey comes in 33 colors in 2oz bars for retail. Box pack is 8 units of one color. Mixing colors
(min. one box/color) OK for volume pricing. Please see our website for colors.
5001 White 5101 Pearl 5323 Green 5521 Fluorescent Green
5018 Copper 5129 Silver 5382 Cadmium Red 5562 Ultramarine Blue
5033 Orange 5259 Red Pearl 5383 Alizarin Crimson 5572 Cadmium Yellow
5042 Black 5289 Blue Pearl 5392 Raw Sienna 5583 Fluorescent Red
5053 Burnt Umber 5299 Green Pearl 5503 Fluorescent Pink 5600 Fluorescent Yellow
5063 Cobalt Blue 5303 Gold 5504 Fuchsia 5703 Glow-in-the-Dark
5072 Zinc Yellow 5305 Sea Green 5505 Turquoise
5092 Beige 5310 Translucent 5513 Purple
5093 Ecru 5317 Frost 5515 Violet
Sixteen colors of Premo Sculpey are available in 1lb bars labeled for retail.
5001-1 White 5101-1 Pearl 5323-1 Green
5042-1 Black 5129-1 Silver 5382-1 Cadmium Red
5053-1 Burnt Umber 5303-1 Gold 5513-1 Purple
5092-1 Beige 5310-1 Translucent 5562-1 Ultramarine Blue
5093-1 Ecru 5317-1 Frost 5572-1 Cadmium Yellow
Case pack is 12 bars. Mixing OK for volume pricing.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Welcome to our fun and exciting workshop where we will explore the art of “altered books” and how they marry with Polymer Clay to create a “new book look”.
We will teach you how to line a niche in clay and then introduce you to exciting new applications to fill that niche, techniques to embellish your book and for the more ambitious, possibly construct a drawer or two. The ideas are only as limited as your polymer clay supply and imagination … fill your niche with a mosaic pictorial, a vignette, a polymer clay painting! Your altered book can become a travelling suitcase or art gallery to showcase your finished ATCs, jewelry pieces, mini art works. Or add polymer clay fronts to drawers designed to store beads and miniature pieces. Think “Infinite”!
Optional – Advance Prep work
1. Find a good book (but not to read! To ALTER!) and construct a niche* …or NOT (if you just don’t have the time or inkling to hunt for a used book and do the pre-work, we will gladly provide you with a book complete with prepared niche (measuring 3.5”h x 2.5”w x ½”deep) and ready to alter for a nominal fee ($5.00).
NOTE: If you want to purchase a prepared book, please notify Leslie by email no later than Friday, 26 March 2010: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Bring a finished polymer clay focal piece to showcase within the dimensions of your completed niche …or NOT (you could use something you create while in Morrisburg).
NOTE: If you’re purchasing a prepared book, pay attention to the size of your focal piece as it must not exceed the dimensions of the niche.
3. Decide whether you want a theme for your altered book …or NOT: Some artists enjoy working with a theme and can be inspired by the title or content of their book while others prefer to see what develops (or… let your focal piece inspire you).
*For those opting to prepare their book in advance
What kind of used book? The only pre-requisite is that the book must be hardcover as they work best. The ideal size is around 5”wide x 8”long x 1 ½” deep, but for just this once, size won’t matter….. it just has to be deep enough to carve a niche to hold your focal piece. Click on this instructional link for more details: Considerations for Choosing a book.
How do I construct a niche? To create a niche you will have to glue and cut pages ahead of time. Click on this instructional link for more details: Gluing and Cutting Niches
Materials List – MUST HAVE’S
· Basic polymer clay kit items
· Cutting Mat
· Cork-backed metal ruler
· Heavy duty utility knife with supply of extra blades ($store brand ok)
· Used hardcover book with prepared niche OR $5
· Polymer clay focal piece to fit the dimensions of your niche OR create one in Morrisburg
· Polymer clay of your choice – approximately 2oz – to line a niche and for embellishments
· Acrylic paints in your favourite colours
· Glazing medium or pre-mixed acrylic glazes
· Glue – White craft glue and acid free glue stick – PVA or archival
· Paint brushes for painting altered book pages (flat ones, sizes 8 – 14 work well) plus one for applying glue
· Palette or container for mixing paints and holding glue
· Container for water
· Waxed paper
· Paper towels
Materials List – “NICE TO HAVE’S” but optional for embellishments
· Extra used book to “practice” experimenting with layout or colours or treatment of altered pages
· Acrylic gel medium that dries clear (Golden brand best or modge podge)
· Pearlized acrylic paint
· Polymer clay extruder with discs
· Mold forms
· Rubber stamps for impressing polymer clay and for stamping pages
· Stamping inks
· Collage papers
· Images for collaging or transfers
· TLS for image transfers in polymer
· Bone folder or equivalent (old credit card, back of spoon)
· Ephemera for embellishing book pages such as assorted polymer clay beads, glitter, marker pens, brads, eyelets & eyelet setter, found objects, ribbons, yarns, wire, bits of fabric, sewing needles, thread, coins, buttons
· Heat gun – to speed paint drying
· Adhesive tape – regular, double-sided, removable are all useful
· Hole punches
· Small (empty) match boxes if doing drawers
Monday, March 8, 2010
In this class we will learn some clay recipes and techniques that will lead to a variety of projects. However, for this class I will demo the creation of a basket of polymer clay. For this basket we will mix a variety of clays so that you can have samples of the different blends used for weaving, macramé, braiding, knitting, crocheting, and some jewelry cording. Lots of fun here because there is lots you can do with the ‘yarn’, the ‘reeds’ and the ‘weavers’ you will make with polymer clay. You will be able to make a project or simply use the techniques to make some samples for future use. Baking tips will also be discussed, as this is an important part of using bake and bend clay.
Basic Clay Kit
Super Glue or very quick setting glue
Bake ‘n’ Bend clay -- 2 oz. block or more if you wish to do more projects or large ones
Extruder with flat and single round discs, several sizes
Several pieces of heavy cardboard to bake on… corrugated is best about 9 x 9 inches
Several types of clay – studio, premo, fimo, kato etc perhaps 2 ounces of each plus your
regular clay stash.
A pair of gloves as you must touch the clay when it is hot. I use those one size fits all sort
Any yarn or ribbon you might want to use as finishing touches
A piece of Styrofoam and some bull dog clips, key rings, and some straight pins.
Please note: Bake and Bend clay only comes in packages of 8 -2 ounce blocks or 6 one ounce blocks. The colors are red, black, white, orange, beige, green, blue, yellow in the 2 ounce size. Please let me know if you want me to purchase this for you. I must know by April 15. I will bring the blocks to mpcg and it will be first come first served colorwise. You might want to get together in groups to purchase this for yourself.
All the colors mix pretty well to get nice new colors, and especially with mica shifting clay.
Looking forward to seeing you all at MPCG 2010.
Let's play with all those pearlescent paints,alcohol-based inks,sponges and texture sheets to explore different surface designs. After experimenting with several decorated sheets,we will decorate a box with reassembled strips or pieces of the previously decorated sheets. Jewellery application of these techniques will also be an option.
-small box (if wooden - conditioned in 250 deg. oven for 15 min.,covered with modge podge where applying polymer)
-polymer clay - white,black, translucent,ecru,pearl and brown
-assortment of metallic and nonmetallic acrylic paints (include beige)
-alcohol inks ("pinata") - 3 or 4 colours
-"pearl ex" powders (and/or metallic embossing powder)
-fabric acrylic paints or inks(Dye Na Flow) - 1-3 colours
-acrylic floor finish
-small spoon,container to mix
-background or overall-pattern rubber stamp or texture sheets
-small rubber stamps (ex. star,leaf)
-1 plastic sheet protector (found in office supply stores)
-water spray bottle
-cosmetic and sea sponges
-thin and regular paint brushes
-small cookie cutters ("aspic")
-20 g. wire and flat-nose plier
Sunday, March 7, 2010
As a graphic designer I am passionate by image. I've been making
photos for years, and I love to make collage. So obviously I had to
find a way to add images to my polymer clay creations.
After looking into all possible ways to make transfers, I've finally
found my favourite. And after trying a lot of different papers to
find which one works best, and moreover works with my home inkjet
printer, I was finally able to find the one that works best. It's an
Epson inkjet photo paper with a matt finish. You won't have to bring
paper or images, I will provide them for you. I have lots of very
nice images to please everybody. But if you want to make sure you use
your favourite image the reference paper is 041070.
We will be creating tiles with image colour transfers that you will be
able to use for pendants or bracelets.
In the first part, I'll show you how to make the transfer on the back
of a translucent polymer clay sheet to protect your transfer.
On the second part, we will be making tiles.
In addition to the usual clay kit you will need
liquid polymer clay
light coloured polymer clay
a bone folder or a spoon for burnishing
Bamboo skewer or fine knitting needle
Graduated ruler or grid paper if you have it but it's not
If you want to finish your jewellery:
Elastic cord for a bracelet
Buna cord or leather cord for a pendant
It could also be a brooch.
I am looking forward to sharing this with you all
See you soon
Basic face cane or face cane 101
I will be showing how to do a simple face cane.
This cane will be used to do an ensemble work .
Think of a group photo after everyone has done their cane. If you would like to make your own group portrait look at the end to know what you will need.
Since simple is different for each of us I would suggest that you do a simple drawing of what you think your face looks like, that means a nose, two eyes and a mouth.
If you don’t know how to draw, Ed Emberly’s drawing books are for you. Simple line drawing that you will find in the children section of your library
You can see yourself as a monster, a man or any character you like.
You will learn how to make eyes , nose, mouth, cheeks ( mini canes) to assemble together to make your face cane.
I will show you also how to reduce using different techniques like toothpicks, Play Doh or any air dry clay or even using mac tack.
You will need: a simple drawing of a face ( the real you or how you see yourself) black and white is o.k.
The size of your drawing should be about 1 to 1½ inch. Bigger will give you a bigger cane and more cane to keep.
I suggest using a firm clay : kato, premo, fimo classic. You could use other clays but you will have more problems when reducing. Use the same clay throughout the project.
I will be using premo so the measures are for premo clay. The finished reduced face should be 2 inches long by 1 inch or so wide. I don’t like having too much cane left.
3 blocks (more, if you like working big) of your base colour.
Kato skin colour is pale and has trans already in it, I think, if you are using that clay.
Do not bring Super Sculpey, I will show you why.
If you want to make real skin prepare your clay ahead, mixing your colour the way you want to make it. You need at least 3 blocks worth or more. Make more than less.
To help you, here are a few recipes:
Skin recipes taken from Polymer Clay Cyclopedia and Glass attic:
1.Mix white, brown and yellow clay until you get a colour that you like, making sure that you have enough of it.
2. To achieve a very natural porcelain-looking skintone, I add equal amounts of premo fleshtone, and sculpey translucent. I also put a dab of pink chalk, or blush to create blushed cheeks before baking.
3. For a light fleshtone I love using fimosoft flesh pink with an equal amount of fimosoft nightglow (the glow in the dark). It sounds strange, but it perks up the colour nicely, especially good for fair-skinned babies or faeries. I also use a 1:1 mix of fimosoft flesh pink and premo beige. The premo adds more translucence to the skin tone making it look more realistic.
4.From Glass attic, more recipes:
-equal parts of sculpey beige and premo beige,
-equal parts of sculpey tan and premo beige;
-1/4 block sculpey tan plus 1/4 block premo beige plus 1/16-1/8 raw sienna (nice cocoa colour);
-1/4 block sculpey tan plus 1/4 block premo beige plus a pinch of gold or copper.
I use ecru, beige or a mix of white and ecru for very pale skin. Ochre with white or pearl is good too. If you want a more translucent skin colour mix the base colour with trans ½ and ½ with your base colour.
You will also need:
¼ block white mixed with trans
½ block black
¼ block blue or green or brown depending the colour you will use for eyes.
½ block red
1 block contrasting colour to put round the face. I use a brownish beige mix.( burnt sienna, ecru and white)
Those colours are for a real face.
If you want to make a monster any colour goes. The total amount of clay you will need is about 6-8 blocks.
All your regular tools : be sure to have a good cutting blade, pasta machine, clay gun (optional)
If you want to try the reducing part you can bring Play-Doh or any other air dry clay or mac tack like product.
I will bring the toothpicks.
A blank canvas found at the dollar store. 5 X 7inches
Be ready to give to each participant a piece of you (your face cane) to make the different group portraits.
Each participant should be able to go away with their group portrait on the last day.
If you want to do a pin, bring a pinback.
Want to make a bottle of hope, remember to bring a bottle.
Reducing a cane with Play-Doh, go here. See Oct 2ND 2009.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Clay of your choice,
pasta machine (no motor),
knife or scraper,
wet/dry sand paper,
note taking and drawing materials,
modeling tools such as knitting needles or what you like to use,