Saturday, August 31, 2019

Last week on Art With a Needle

For 33 years we have lived in a house set back quite a way from the street near the bottom of a cul-de-sac.  When we first moved in I nailed some house numbers to a piece of scrap treated lumber, stuck it to a piece of scrap metal and set it at the corner of the driveway.  Felt very proud of myself.  But over the years shrubbery grew into the corner and overran the sign; meanwhile the sign itself rotted away.  I have been wanting a new sign for a long time and finally got my wish this week.  Don't you love the bright orange aluminum numbers?

More hemming of quilts this week, but mostly I worked on revising the member handbook for PYRO Gallery.  This is the kind of fussy writing task that I love to do, but it sure is time-consuming, and at the end of the week, when you realize how much time you have NOT spent in the studio.

Walking up and down the aisles of the art supply store, I discovered air-drying modeling clay and bought a two-pound hunk.  I've been thinking that it would be fun to make some little clay sculptures for my daily miniatures, but didn't want to use Sculpey or Premo because they have to be baked in the oven.  My rule for daily miniatures is that they have to be finished by midnight and never touched again except to photograph and store them.  Sometimes I will leave a miniature out by itself overnight for paint or ink or Fray Check to dry, but no further making is allowed.  So self-drying clay will follow the rules.

Here's my first little guy from the bag of clay, and my favorite of the week:


  1. Yes, I like that guy! I have another blog friend that works with air dry clay. She does whimsy art and it's always a treat for me to see clay art.
    xx, Carol

  2. I really like your miniature. It brings a smile to my face, so I have saved it in my photos.(I hope that is fine with you.) Doing a project as a one day piece is an intriguing idea. I did clay work years ago (like 55 years ago), back when the only clay available had to be fired. You have inspired me! On my next trip out will be to get a ”chunk” of air dry clay to play with, or perhaps Amazon will get my business if this rain keeps up. Thank you for sharing your artistic passion, it is a joy to read. Peace

  3. This looks like both a bunny and a face to me. Did you do that on ourpose?

    1. Aaakk! I didn't see the bunny until you mentioned it! But you're right. Supposed to be just a guy with a big nose.