Here is a project I did in 2010. I took some pictures along the way and wrote lots of notes describing what I learned. It’s really fun to look back at old projects and think about how I would do them differently now. It reminds me of just how far I’ve come! Here it is as it was in 2010:
In my long line of test projects, I wanted to work with pre-colored clays. There were several techniques I wanted to try from straight color mixing, gradients and caning. I figured all the crazy colors would appeal to a kid, then I thought about my kid, which lead me to Scooby Doo. I started by drawing an outline of Scooby on a piece of hardback 5×7 canvas. I then used Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS) directly on the canvas as a ‘glue’ for Super Sculpey. I the created a 3D Scooby in the super sculpey.
Next was to cane a ‘fur’ texture for the body of Scooby. Slowly I turned, bit by bit and covered him in a mosaic style. I used the TLS to bond it the two clays together then baked the tiles rather than baking the tiles first and gluing them.
The tiles did not define the areas as well as I expected, so I made black strings for the ‘cartoon lines’ between his toes and around his face. Add a few spots, teeth and a collar and Scooby is fit to be finished.
Next was more caning to create the different style tiles. I really didn’t want to do grass + sky (how lame), but the pattern in the tiles came out ok. One they came together I was moderately pleased with the background as lame as it is. Bake. Bake. Bake.
All that was left is the finishing. I put flowers in his mouth, a few in the grass, his initials on his collar, and a plain wood frame. Without further ado … Here’s Scooby….
Things I learned.
• I suck at caning and need a lot of practice. How them come together makes sense, but pulling them without warping is next to impossible for me. I’m sure it comes with practice, maybe I’ll do Mario next!
• TLS is amazing stuff and a must have if clay is going to be baked in stages. Magic really.
• Storing colors is hard. I have yet to come up with a smart way to keep up with them all while keeping them separate, easily accessible, and away from harmful plastics. Though I did find some really cute boxes that almost make up for the disorganization!
• A wet towel near by is another must. The colors bleed into the working area and it does not take long to transfer darker colors to lighter colors just from the dye on your hands.
• A pasta machine is probably in my future. I’m going to give myself arthritis ‘conditioning’ the clay!