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?
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: