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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Revamp and more Cloud Clay flowers

the tilting board - paint fusioned
Many moons - nay, years ago - I made myself a tilting icing block for my cake decorating.  This was when extension work was all the rage, and you need to tilt your cake away from you to pipe the base of the extension work, or do embroidery so that it layed on the cake; and toward you for piping the fine pipe lines.
It was made from some off cuts of wood I bought at the local handiman store, some strips of square wood, and a length of piano hinge.  It has two pieces of wood that "live" inside the board and give me the choice of two heights.
For years it has remained unpainted (always intended to do it but never got around to it).   When I didn't do quite so much cake decorating and started using the computer more, it became a slope for my keyboard!  Having trained as a touch typist on the old manual computers originally, I wanted the keyboard to slope.  Now that I use the laptop most of the time, I have got used to typing "flat", but when using the main computer, I still prefer to have the keyboard at a slope - much less strain on the wrists!
At last I have got around to painting it.  Black gesso as a base, and then fusioned using Sheena Douglass Wild Rose stamp and Rose stamp, with some freehand leaves.  There was also a little bit of painted decoration on the ledge, but when I gilded it most of it was obliterated, but you can just make out some little roses.
Tilted board with large prop, and smaller prop also shown
I have at last got a new supply of Cloud Clay (from the Craft Barn).  It is like gold dust and the Craft Barn is the only place I know stocks it, and have waited patiently for it to come back into stock!   I have tried using stamps with other light air dry clays, (i.e. Fimo - which is great for modelling, but just doesn't work in the way I wanted to used it.)

small canvas with hibiscus blossoms and leaves and a butterfly using cloud clay
The advantage of the cloud clay is that you can roll it out, stamp into it, and then immediately cut the stamp out from the clay, and shape it as you want before leaving it to dry for a short while.  The recommended time is about 12 - 24 hours, but with the current hot weather, it is dry enough to paint in a couple of hours!
The flowers and leaves were made with the last of my white clay (which was beginning to get a bit "past it" as it was a couple of years old, and the butterfly was made trying out the new black cloud clay that I bought when I bought my replenished supply of white.  
Not quite so please with this as my previous attempt.  It was an experiment using paint fusion stamps, and attempting to use the paint fusion technique on them, that didn't quite work as I wanted to, but you have to try to see if it will work don't you?   I think I shall go back to using Sheena's fantasy flower stamps for this technique.

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