Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stone Clay & Basket Weaving

Every morning for the past couple of weeks, I've been experimenting with new materials. This week, I played with some self-hardening stone clay. I used this type of clay before when I taught kids through my summer art school Art Adventures. It's perfect even for kids who have sensitive skin and sand/clay allergies (but still best to do an allergy test!).

I made some mini planters, and punched holes in them to string later on.

I painted them by spraying different shades of walnut ink (terra cotta, walnut, and eucalyptus).

And then using raffia, I tried to do a simple basket weave...
...which was not so simple because I was working with 26x2 strands!

After a few rows, it looked pretty decent.

The basket isn't done yet, because I'm still thinking of how to finish the top off. I think little projects like this are perfect for exercising creativity, just like this "rainbowl" I made using DMC threads.

I'll be sharing this basket weaving project at the Handcrafted Arts & Crafts Fair on January 31, 3-6pm! To register for this class, e-mail your name and contact number to dmc@focusglobalinc.com with the subject: Rainbowl Weaving. :)