Another contribution from the one and only Dr. MC. This time she decided to take an old dresser and refinish it with a coat of bright red paint.
You will notice that the paint is nice and thin which allows for the natural pattern of the wood to still show through.
This is the completed look.
She's put it in a room and used it to display artwork that she's created. I think the little rabbit may have been painted by her husband. This is a great way to display art or even photographs.
I actually bought an old dining set a few years ago with the intention of repainting it but I've never really gotten around to it...this is inspiring me to get started on that project.
I didn't realize there were so many steps involved in making pots until I started making some of my own. Throwing on the wheel and creating some pieces myself has given me a much deeper appreciation for this art form and admiration for people who do this on a continuous basis.
The three little pots you see below were thrown on the wheel, dried for a few weeks to leather-like hardness before trimming, and then I covered them in a layer of slip before firing them in the kiln. I will have to glaze these pots and fire them again one last time before they're finally complete.
For the small pots below I'm trying out a new technique, I'm adding little flowers and leaves which I made using some cute little molds. You first have to roll out a bit of clay onto the mold and then attach it to the pot using slip.
Once the designs are attached they look like this.
I can't wait to see how these pieces turn out.
Time for another contribution form my sister Dr. MC. This one is a bit of cross stitching that was inspired by these colorful flowers. Just looking at these gorgeous bright colors makes me feel happy.
There is so much inspiration around us all the time, you just have to open your eyes and look for it. The colors from the beautiful bouquet were transferred to this piece of cross stitching and the result is gorgeous.
Here's another throwback to a scrapbook page from way back in 2009. This one has a lot of curved edges through the elements of the page which reflect the circles in the background. The semi-circle border along the part where the background papers divide was created by using a circle punch. The curved edges of the photos were also done by using a corner punch.
© Ammara Cokar 2015
So, I took a pottery class a little while ago, and this was my very first attempt at the pottery wheel. I've been meaning to attempt the wheel for over a decade now but I never managed to get around to it. I've finally had the chance/time to try the wheel out and I have a love/hate relationship with it. I think that, because I do so many different artsy craftsy things, I expected myself to be able to pick up on pottery fairly quickly, but I couldn't have been more wrong. For me, it was much harder than the instructor made it look. I think it took me 4 whole 3-hour long classes to semi-get what the instructor showed us in the first 20 minutes.
The first few pieces turned outquite lopsided and crooked but I'd like to think that these imperfections give them character. This first little piece I use to hold my keys in.
If anything art related can teach me a bit of patience I think that it would have to be throwing on the wheel. The fine balance of the speed of the wheel, the amount of pressure you apply to the clay, the amount of water, how fast/slow you touch and stop touching the clay requires a LOT of patience. More than a few times I got frustrated and broke whatever I was trying to make. Many times the bowl or vase would get thrown off center or just collapse altogether or a piece that was meant to be a cup would magically turn into a bowl and vice versa. I think by the end of the 22 hours of class sessions I was finally starting to get the hang of it though.
I will most definitely be taking another pottery class, actually I will be taking this exact same beginners class all over again before moving on to a higher level. Now that I have a better grasp on some techniques, I just need to think of what I'd actually like to make instead of letting the clay turn into whatever it turns in to on it's own.
I tried my hand at palette knife painting, and it is exactly what it sounds like- painting with only a palette knife and no brushed. This, I have to say, was so much fun! The knife was fairly easy to handle and mixing the colors in with some modeling paste gave the painting amazing dimension. I think that this would be a really great technique to teach beginners, it's an easy way of getting paint onto the canvas without being too precise. This first painting looks a bit like fireworks but it was meant to be flowers. That is the beauty of art though, it can mean different things to different people.
I've been enjoying technique so much that I gave a second painting a try as well. This one is of some more flowers. I'm going to have to think of some other ideas so that I can explore this technique further.
© Ammara Cokar 2015
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I love creating stuff. I also get bored easily. So, on this blog you'll find my experiments with various mediums and techniques along with some of my students' creations from classes that I teach.
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