My husband Rob defeated a nemesis this summer, a stubborn root from a volunteer tree that had taken up residence up against the foundation of our house. With a lot of sweat and a small blood sacrifice, he managed to get the entire root out of the ground. He was ready to throw it on the brush pile when the shape caught my eye. I was confident that underneath the dried clay soil clumps was the the perfect “fantasy tree” for a sculpture.
From Root to Fantasy Tree
Here’s the steps that I took to turn a stubborn root into the perfect tree for Red’s Wolf to hide behind.
- Trim off some of the ends to form a nice “tree” shape.
- Clean the root with water and a wire brush to remove dirt and loose bark.
- Stain or use a paint wash to enhance the color
- Add mokume clay slices (I used black, pearl and white clay) to create few focal points.
- Add brown chalks and pearl powders to provide shading to the white clay.
- Tint liquid polymer with brown ink or oil paint. Cover the entire root.
- Cure the clay according to the liquid clay directions.
About the Wizard’s Assistant
This piece is a miniature sculpture that I created of a mischievous tuxie cat peering around the side of a celestial globe. The globe is a real hollow chicken egg covered in polymer clay. It is about 3 inches tall.
Your chance to win him: One lucky attendee at the Artist Meet & Greet on Oct. 29 at my Curiosities: Halloween and Fantasy Art Show will be able to choose a door prize: either this little guy or a witch finger pen (pics soon).
See you there! Event Details >
Meet Red. She went for a walk on a moonlit night. That probably wasn’t the best idea, but I’ll let you, the viewer, write your own ending. Did she escape? Was she eaten? Did she fall madly in love with the wolf. All things are possible in the realm of fantasy.
Red on Display in Bedford, Pa.
Red’s Walk is a 15 x 15 inch shadow box polymer clay fantasy art scene that I created for my first solo show, Curiosities at Grin Gallery which opens TODAY!
Red Riding Hood is just one of the themes I display here. You can cast your eyes upon all kinds of fanciful creatures and puckish oddities during this month-long exhibit of Halloween and fantasy-themed sculptures and wall art at Grin Gallery.
Artist’s Reception: On Oct. 29 I’ll be there to host a meet and greet from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments (wine, hors d’oeuvres and such) and have a chance to win one of my creations.
October just happens to also be the launch of the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy’s first-ever Facebook Showcase. And guess what the theme is— Wonderfully Weird and Creepy! So for the month of October, the members will be posting pieces that they created in that theme and showing you behind the scenes of their creative process. Some of the works are for sale just in time for Halloween!
You’ll get a chance to know Red better this month as she makes some appearances in the showcase.